Okay. I had to reset my phone, but now I'm back to 100% microG.

The Lao AnySoftKeyboard Pack doesn't include a dictionary. Autocorrect is the only thing that lets me type other languages 😂😢

iOS 14 is out... PWAs still don't obey the webmanifest's icons, and there's still no push notification. I hate you Apple.

@ammaneena Right >:(

But, as a Thai person typing Thai you will no doubt want easy access to Arabic numerals on your keyboard.

How do people tolerate snake_case on QWERTY keyboards? On Dvorak, this in home row, right pinky (where the ' is). I have a hunch one reason people prefer camelCase is because it's much more ergonomic to type in many cases.

@ammaneena Sounds like you gotta use Arabic... meaning this keyboard is even more valuable.

@loke I hear stories of people hiking 5 hours to see a mountain or waterfall to be hit with the ticket just in front of the attraction. After you walked 5 hours, you can't just boycott. That's the thing: it's really _not_ fair in any sense the numbers that are often priced.

The has been floating around with COVID-19 particularly since the only foreigners that _can_ go are ones who live and have been living here so it's easier to be vocal. People who live here, like me, are usually taking some sort of salary cut because it's expected that your living expenses are lower (and local businesses couldn't pay you the same Western salary anyhow). So it's very frustrating. You couple this with the fact that one of the rare occurrences of seeing the Thai numerals is to obscure dual pricing and the frustration is easy to understand.

@ammaneena There's too much jargon for me to read the post in Thai. I read Richard Barrow's summary @ facebook.com/richardbarrowthai

> Interestingly, it also says prices must use Arabic numbers and not Thai numerals like they do for .

But I already noted in my post "the main purpose is to prevent people saying to DM for prices" so I didn't miss the point

@loke I think part of the pain though is that the rate isn't reasonable.

Like a 20% discount for locals ... sure, whatever. But Often it's an order of magnitude more expensive and is perpetuating this idea/stereotype that all white people are magically rich and money-printing machine.

In a place like Kampaeng Phet, I paid I think about $2.5USD and my girlfriend at the time paid about $0.6USD for access to an entire days worth of historical sites. I didn't feel ripped off and felt the value was absolutely fine. But there are a ton of examples, like seeing the waterfalls at Ko Chang, where each individual waterfall was $0.6 for a local and $6.4 for foreigners every stop. It really starts to add up when you try to stay somewhere for a weekend. Places like Khao Yai, it's $12 just to enter the park and then foreigners are expected to pay $6 for each attraction in the park. (For reference, a typical meal costs $1.3)

@loke Shouldn't governments want other nationalities to be interested in their culture? Gaining more allies/sympathizers is useful to a government.

@loke I don't disagree w/ that in theory, but I think there's too much unfairness in practice. Is it about cultural heritage or people that pay taxes or something else?

One really tricky example that stuck with me: I went to a waterfall in southern Laos. I'm a chatty person so I profiled some what I thought were Lao tourists to practice my okay Lao language skills. The family was indeed Lao, but they grew up in France w/ French passports & could speak passable English and only quite broken Lao. Do they deserve the Lao discount on heritage? Do I get a bone for somewhat speaking the language and getting some local jokes? Should expats who understand Lao culture get a discount for contributing to the community & understanding the culture better than these "foreign" Lao people? I don't know, but they were given the Lao rate for looking Lao.

The line is too fuzzy for a minimum wage worker at a ticket counter bother w/ trying to divvy up all these tiers and rates. It's easier & fairer to enforce a single rate.

@bkhl Yep. It's pretty well optimized. Having a $ helps with programming as well.

I think another cherry on top could be the ◌ symbol so you can easily meta talk about vowels/tone marks using it as a placeholder like you see on Wikipedia and other sources *nudge, nudge* @s2hanano

According to Wikipedia: "Using the generic dotted circle character also shows the relative positioning of the diacritic."

@loke I disagree with this sentiment because it's too hard to practice. There are a lot of well-off Thai people that pay the "Thai price". There are a lot of expats that aren't tourists (most of whom pay taxes) but have to pay a "tourist" price. There's really not a strong correlation with someone's ability to spend and whether or not they are traveling -- many would come specifically to SEA trying to get a more budget-friendly experience. How would you start to measure the means test? Would you require tourists carry an document with their net worth or income? This is would still be more fair than the current system which is if you don't look brown/Asian, then you get stopped and asked to pay the more expensive rate.

It'd be much easier to enforce with one rate. If you want a tiered system, I'd suggest doing what US national parks do: you can buy a annual pass. With an annual pass, locals/expats can buy it and get more "value" out of it while incentivizing more domestic travel/spending to get that value.

I guess it’s now even more relevant that @s2hanano has been working on a Thai alternative keyboard[2] with Arabic numerals on the main layer. The Thai government is mandating Arabic numerals be used for prices online[1] (the main purpose is to prevent people saying to DM for prices, but the Arabic numerals I find more interesting).

Sadly, this isn’t for the physical world, where prices to go to the park is ๔๐฿ for Thais and 200฿ for “foreigners”.

1: prachachat.net/ict/news-525665
2: gitlab.com/sahabandha/ikbaeb-t

Apple doesn't read icons from the Web App Manifest only expecting its own `apple-touch-icon.png` in the root. Why do we bother supporting this shit company that doesn't want to follow the basic specs?

Finally switching back to AnySoftKeyboard after using SwiftKey for like 4 years. The biggest issue with AnySoftKeyboard is how HORRIBLE the configuration menu is. It's an ugly, confusing mess. But I think I'm reconfigured now. I'm just needing to relearn that backspace is now on the right instead of the left. I'll get a Thai keyboard soon.

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