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Old October 8th, 2016, 07:09 PM   #34681
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I also saw a Jeep. Maybe it was the same one...
I doubt, they (middle aged couple) went into Russia end of April and I'm sure they didn't end just in Moscow.
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Old October 8th, 2016, 07:35 PM   #34682
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I doubt, they (middle aged couple) went into Russia end of April and I'm sure they didn't end just in Moscow.
Sorry, I was wrong. It was in a traffic jam near Nice on 20th April. They drove in front of me and I could see anything. I changed to the left lane and drove next to the car for a while. I think it was a dark (not black) Jeep Patriot?
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Old October 8th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #34683
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I think it was something smaller but I can't remember what was it so I'm not sure. It had quite a lot of sponsor stickers all over. We were on Finnis-Russian border on 28th April. Dates could be correct if they've literally flew over Europe (I wouldn't if I were in their position).
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Old October 8th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #34684
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why no other countries succeeded/traid to do the same?
Maybe there's no political interest in the matter.
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Old October 9th, 2016, 01:07 PM   #34685
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Driver's license conversion is something different. It is about people moving for the long term to the other country and exchanging his or her original license for the one of the new country.
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Old October 9th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #34686
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Old October 9th, 2016, 09:49 PM   #34687
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I think it was something smaller but I can't remember what was it so I'm not sure. It had quite a lot of sponsor stickers all over. We were on Finnis-Russian border on 28th April. Dates could be correct if they've literally flew over Europe (I wouldn't if I were in their position).
Ok, it was a different car. Mine had no sponsor stickers

I thought it might be the car of a rich football player('s family) or any rich Brazilian living in Monaco. It had shaded windows.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #34688
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DAB+

What is the status of DAB+ radio implementation in your country? Some countries want to switch off the FM broadcasting in the next 5-8 years or so. Norway even plans to shut down FM radio next year.

In the Netherlands, only 6% of the people have a DAB+ radio in their house and/or car. In the first half of 2016, only 23% of new car sales had DAB+ radio.

It makes you wonder if the FM shutdown isn't rushed too much. Given the fact that the average car in most European countries is between 8 and 12 years old, it will take a long time before DAB+ radio is standard in the average car, especially if you consider that for example in NL, 77% of the new cars are not equipped with DAB+ today.

DAB+ is not to be confused with the older DAB standard. They are not interchangeable. DAB radios cannot receive DAB+ broadcasting.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #34689
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No plans yet for Italy. DAB+ signal covers only 70% of the Italian population. I have no info on radio receivers.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 05:43 PM   #34690
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What is the status of DAB+ radio implementation in your country?
This is easy. Zero market share in Finland, and currently no plans to implement DAB+.

According to Yle's (the state broadcasting company) spokesman in April 2015, it seems that there is no sense to build a separate DAB+ network but use the mobile internet as the carrier. Most radio stations broadcast in the internet right now.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #34691
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Do people in Finland use internet radio in their cars as well? FM radio is the most difficult to phase out in cars due to the longevity of cars and lack of aftermarket radio replacement nowadays.

One critique I've read is that cellular networks don't have sufficient capacity yet for everyone to stream radio broadcasts. Another problem for users is the cost of data usage.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 07:56 PM   #34692
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Do people in Finland use internet radio in their cars as well? FM radio is the most difficult to phase out in cars due to the longevity of cars and lack of aftermarket radio replacement nowadays.
Depends on, of course, the functionality of the car equipment. It took 20 years to phase out the C cassette players.

I do not believe the car radio is the killer here. The listening is more or less a personal choice, and the backseat youngsters hide themselves behind their headphones connected to their smartphones.

I listen to the radio quite seldom in the car. The commercial radio stations are all similar and quite idiotic. They just irritate me. I carry a few USB sticks containing some 10000 tracks of different music. If that is not enough, I listen to internet radios broadcasting my favorite genres. I drive with the traffic announcements on, but a tablet on the dashboard running TomTom delivers a better view on the traffic situation than TA:s broadcasted.

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One critique I've read is that cellular networks don't have sufficient capacity yet for everyone to stream radio broadcasts. Another problem for users is the cost of data usage.
The 4G/LTE is expanding quickly, because all the licensed operators are obliged to implement 99% (Sonera) or 97% (others) coverage by the end of 2018. The technology is being developed to support broadcasting more efficiently. Unlimited data plans are available at 15-25 eur/month.

I think the worst problem is not related to the broadcasting technology: Many Bluetooth stack implementations are lousy having less error correction features. Having a one-second break in the broadcast stream is seldom a problem. But if you need to restore manually the Bluetooth connection between the phone and the car, that is a show-stopper.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 08:02 PM   #34693
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Unlimited data plans are available at 15-25 eur/month.
I wish we had that in the Netherlands. My operator KPN offers 1 GB/month for € 20. The most expensive plan you can choose is 10 GB/month for € 40.
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What I don't understand about Norway...

According to the Digital Radio Survey for Q4 2015, conducted by TNS Gallup, 60% of Norwegians use digital radio on a daily basis. 26% of Norwegians have DAB in their car, up from 20% in Q4 2014 and 10% in 2013.

So three-quarters of Norwegians do not have DAB+ in their car, yet FM will be switched off next year. You'd think this FM switch-off is rushed way too fast (much like their plan to ban fossil fuels by 2025).
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I wish we had that in the Netherlands. My operator KPN offers 1 GB/month for € 20. The most expensive plan you can choose is 10 GB/month for € 40.
Your operator is too expensive. I use T-Mobile NL, I pay € 32/month (no phone included ) for 20 GB/month. They also sell an unlimited data plan, it costs € 95/month or something like that.
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Panoramio is closing.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 08:46 PM   #34697
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yes, i have received that notice at sunday at @ and couldn't believe. that was one of the best Google's projects. they are changing it with some Google shit for which you must have G+, merge it with GOogle account blaa bla... disaster.
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Old October 10th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #34698
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Not sure ow many of you use Instagram, but they had a nice feature, you could see your whole map if you tagged the location of your posted pictures. You could easily see where you've been, check out what you posted from some areas, etc. You could do the same for other users aswell. Recently they removed the map because according to them the feature was not used much. They want to focus on Snapchat like features and stuff...
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Old October 10th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #34699
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Tech monopolists tend to shut down services if they're not used by a large proportion of their users...
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So three-quarters of Norwegians do not have DAB+ in their car, yet FM will be switched off next year. You'd think this FM switch-off is rushed way too fast (much like their plan to ban fossil fuels by 2025).
That sounds like when Apple discontinued the jack on Iphone this year. Or when it discontinued the 3.5 inches floppy driver on Mac in 1998, when the only external memories available were non-rewritable CDs.
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