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Old January 4th, 2012, 11:28 AM   #12101
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You could write about the fact that motorways decrease the number of fatalities and traffic accidents as a whole. This may serve as an argument for further development of the highway infrastructure of Poland.
That's a good one. Thanks very much
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Old January 4th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #12102
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It has yet to snow a decent amount in the Northeast , which is rare. Usually by now we have a few storms.....and are freezing to death....
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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #12103
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Little accident in Vaals, the Netherlands. A German bus without passengers had to avoid a stray dog and hit a few parked cars.





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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:54 PM   #12104
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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #12105
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Old January 4th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #12106
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I think that may be one reason for the low results of the US, UK and Netherlands.
One of the main reasons for slow speeds in Blighty is that the further away from the telephone exchange you are, the slower the speed. I live 3 miles from the exchange and I get on average 2.5mb connection. At work I'm a mile away and get an average speed of 6mb. A mate who lived approx 750 yards from me can barely get 500k on his connection.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #12107
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Distance is barely an issue with optic cables

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Here's a funny clip from an Estonian New Year's Eve TV show about drunk driving (with English subtitles). Worth a watch!


This even received a 'thank you' letter from the traffic safety department of the Estonian Road Administration.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #12108
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Distance is mainly an ADSL problem. You don't have that problem with cable or fiber-optic.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #12109
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It helps if you turn the heat down. 25.5 C, do you like to live in a sauna?
I have steam heat which I can't control - it's in the basement. I've actually had to turn on the air conditioning a few times during the last month, because I'll come home from work on a relatively warm day and find the radiator's been on full blast. "Sauna" is exactly the word that comes to mind then.

But it's my only complaint about this apartment.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #12110
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I have steam heat which I can't control - it's in the basement.
Never heard of the heating system that you have no control over it. Must be very old house?
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Old January 4th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #12111
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I didn't grow up with steam heat so I don't know how these things are supposed to work, but there's a knob on the radiator in the main room which I can't move, and no knob on the radiator in the bathroom. I haven't bothered to bug maintenance about it; it's not every day, or around the clock, and running the air-conditioner for a bit cools the apartment off. I'm one of six apartments in the house; the controls may be in the basement.

I'd guess the house is late-19th-century.
I'm not going to put my exact location on the Internet, but this is close, and typical of the neighborhood: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2300+L...19103&t=m&z=16
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Practically all of the Soviet-built commieblocks in Estonia have (or had) single-tube central heating systems that you can't control directly from your apartment. In this kind of system the hot water goes through every radiator so the only way to control the temperature is to tweak the amount of hot water that passes through the whole system. Therefore it very often happens(ed) that some apartments have 25C while some have 20C. To enable direct control for each separate radiator there has to be a second tube that enables water to bypass radiators by the given amount. In most of the renovated and insulated commieblocks over here a second tube has been added to the heating system so everybody can regulate their apartment's temperature separately.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #12113
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Here's a funny clip from an Estonian New Year's Eve TV show about drunk driving (with English subtitles).
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Old January 4th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #12114
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Go Street View! This mutilated photo may be my car!

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Old January 4th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #12115
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Heh we always maintain the thermostat at 24-25 C in the winter. I find it very comfortable (so I can be in a T-shirt and shorts while it's below zero outside). I guess we like it very warm.

The weather in Toronto so far has mostly been pretty mild (-1 today, +5 on Friday), but it has also been very crazy: yesterday we had -16!
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Old January 4th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #12116
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Distance is mainly an ADSL problem. You don't have that problem with cable or fiber-optic.
My flat has cable from the early 1980's. Virgin are the main cable operators but for some unknown reason don't/won't supply broadband using the existing infrastructure on my estate. Maybe there's a technical reason but they also have no inclination to supply any of their services. Consequently I can only access broadband by either satellite (way to expensive) or via British Telecoms network via an LLU operator.

I don't even have a choice of premium TV services. Its either Sly or nowt.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #12117
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Little accident in Vaals, the Netherlands. A German bus without passengers had to avoid a stray dog and hit a few parked cars.
Wtf you always get such weird accidents in the NL.


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Old January 4th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #12118
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Heh we always maintain the thermostat at 24-25 C in the winter. I find it very comfortable (so I can be in a T-shirt and shorts while it's below zero outside). I guess we like it very warm.
How much do you pay then?

I live in a older apartment of about 90m2 in uninsulated block and we pay from zero up to 250 € per month (depending on cold in that month). Until now we were paying only by apartment surface after new year we will start to pay by actual consumption (right word?), measured by special dividing devices.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #12119
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We do pay quite a lot compared to the area (I live in a townhouse with a private gas heater per suite, and payment is usage-based), but we would rather save on other expenses and live in comfort. Also, because we don't like the cold in general, we usually pay less in electricity costs in the summer because we set the AC to also around 24 C, compared to many Canadians, who like it at 20-21.

PS: I don't remember the exact costs, since I don't currently handle the payments, but even in high-usage months it is considerably less than 250 €. Energy costs in Europe are very high compared to North America.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:28 PM   #12120
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Wtf you always get such weird accidents in the NL.
We're just crashing Like a Boss
we recently (New Years day at 3:15 am) also were almost involved in an accident:

We did not see the police road block, and we were not the only one.
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