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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:02 PM   #28141
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A new tax will be introduced in Hungary.
By every Gigabyte you download or upload you have to pay 150 forint (approx. 0.50 Euro).
I can't wait when Orban's Slovak twin will adopt this as well
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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:12 PM   #28142
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A new tax will be introduced in Hungary. By every Gigabyte you download or upload you have to pay 150 forint (approx. 0.50 Euro).
Is this serious?
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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:16 PM   #28143
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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:58 PM   #28144
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I can't wait when Orban's Slovak twin will adopt this as well
Orban's Slovak twin? Who is this?
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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:58 PM   #28145
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Is this serious?
Absolutely, the government submitted this bill today.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:01 PM   #28146
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Is the goal to suppress Internet use or does the government need money that badly?
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:05 PM   #28147
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Is the goal to suppress Internet use or does the government need money that badly?
I guess both
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:30 PM   #28148
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Is the goal to suppress Internet use or does the government need money that badly?
The main issue is that Hungary has a large tax on phone calls and SMSs (what's the plural of SMS?). But "unfortunately" people started to use internet calls (Skype, Hangouts, etc.) instead of phone and web based message services (e.g. Facebook messenger) instead of SMS so that the income from that kind of tax is much less than expected. So the govermnent said, alright, we create a new tax on internet usage.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:35 PM   #28149
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So they are going to monitor your data usage? Isn't there a huge outcry over this?
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:36 PM   #28150
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That is ridiculous. To use hangouts or Facebook messenger, you have to have wi-fi or packet data internet on your mobile phone. To have wi-fi you have to pay monthly fees within your package. Packet data are usually charged by flat rate unless you exceed the pre-paid amount of data. It is not free at all.

And the second question: what do mobile operators or internet providers think about that? They will surely increase the prices for services.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 11:08 PM   #28151
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So they are going to monitor your data usage?
No, they will not. Basically the tax must be paid by internet service providers, not by users. Of course all providers will let the users pay it, but the government and the tax office monitors ISPs only, and theoretically the ISP is not forced to let it pay by end users.
(Phone tax is paid by phone service providers, not by end users, officially).

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It's a very recent propsal of the government, they initiated it this afternoon, only some hours ago. People are currently shocked, I expect huge objections tomorrow.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 11:10 PM   #28152
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And the second question: what do mobile operators or internet providers think about that? They will surely increase the prices for services.
No one knows it at present. This proposal is very new, operators had no time for responding.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 11:51 PM   #28153
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I don't know what it's like in the rest of Europe, but we've got hurricane type storms going at the moment and the sirenes on top of the church are howling continously...
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 12:01 AM   #28154
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Mayrhofen? Sneek? Bromley? Stevenage? This "we" is a bit imprecise.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 12:03 AM   #28155
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 01:13 AM   #28156
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50 cents per GB of internet? I'm shocked.
I guess I use from 20 to 100 GB of internet per month, I'd end up spending from 10 to 50 euro/month more than my contract. That's insane.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 01:56 AM   #28157
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I don't know what it's like in the rest of Europe, but we've got hurricane type storms going at the moment and the sirenes on top of the church are howling continously...
Yup in Delft as well, hit 7bft at least, next door in Hoek van Holland 9Bft was hit.
The wind burst are the worst though... The trees next to my flat didn't like it all:
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 03:09 AM   #28158
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I don't know what it's like in the rest of Europe, but we've got hurricane type storms going at the moment and the sirenes on top of the church are howling continously...
Pretty windy here in Aber. Lots of trees down across the UK, a woman was killed in Knightsbridge.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 03:14 AM   #28159
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Is this the remnants of that hurricane that hit Bermuda last Friday? Last I heard, it had passed Newfoundland and was heading for Scotland. (They weren't expecting it to still be a hurricane when it got there, of course.)

On the other hand, we were supposed (as of last Friday or Saturday) to have a nor'easter* today/tomorrow/Thursday and today turned out quite nice.

*a persistent, strong low-pressure system that forms off the east coast of North America and moves up it, producing a strong northeast wind and heavy rain. We really do say "nor'easter," never "northeaster."
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 03:19 AM   #28160
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Yay, I'm going to Belgrade next month. I've been to Australia, but I've never been to Serbia.
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