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Comment: Abbreviated ID, if you insist (Score 1) 394

by edis (#49394959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

One can find such a form of the name on FB, that wouldn't be straightforward to navigate to. Having said that, I must second getting rid of it altogether: deleted profile myself couple of months ago, and life became so much cleaner. It was worth, perhaps, to experience phenomena that it is, but this chapter was closed with as real a pleasure. Next step was to end with one major news concentrator, and life is obviously being claimed back. Slashdot tends to sound professional, thus firmly on board.

In the age of information abundance and free-flow, our real challenge is to tame it.

Comment: Re:State os photography industry (Score 1) 422

by edis (#49009711) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Many of my most interesting film shots exhibit exactly that painting approach. This is achieved by intuitive and playful application of cameras (moves, double exposures, overlapping, etc.), that themselves are either vintage or toy cameras (or both) with the plastic lenses, which are treating light rather differently, than glass exactness would. That freedom of expression and wait for results to appear is left unmatched by digital appliances. And it's as real, as material is film emulsion.

Comment: Re:Simple, they're ignoring the consumer market. (Score 2) 422

by edis (#48993421) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

A lot of casual users discovered and joined Lomography and toy camera movements. These cameras are accessible and very playful, adding own character to resulting pictures. The problem with prosumer cameras is not only their upper pricing, but that they are quite boring with disposable digital as medium.

Comment: State os photography industry (Score 2) 422

by edis (#48993267) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Since I am keen and current collector and analogue photographer, I could see similar thing happening, that is happening to vinyl records. There is surprisingly lot of buzz going on. Now most of action, however, shifted towards places like Flickr and eBay: good lenses are on sale for big money, good analogue cameras of the past do interest collectors in large numbers, and in all their variety, toy camera movement is noticeable and many outstanding plastic cameras are made again either with improvements or with more playful rebranding.

Thus, it shifted slightly, it may moved away from where traditional photo industry was, it may be unnoticed by everybody with a phone as camera in place of cameras for the masses, but it is thriving. Actually some analogue film manufacturing facilities are about to be restored ( Everything became so much more accessible, and this fuels interests in photography, with a lot of pleasure along. Digital did not kill the film, I could only recommend anybody to rediscover joy of film shooting. Of course, for some digital may be covering their needs - here again stuff like lenses and such is still applicable too.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant (Score 1) 158

by edis (#48920463) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

IE is decent utility browser. Nothing to write home about, but then that's what Microsoft does all the time, and still pleases its users in their needs. Can't comment from standards compliance viewpoint though, as "improving standards" is certain awful another of their rudiment deeds.

Comment: Re:How low will Opera go? (Score 1) 158

by edis (#48920379) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

I am on OS/X 10.6.8, still using Opera 12.16, as no other major browser cuts it as well. Very basic stuff like shortcuts and shortcut controlled Speed Dial, session consistency are not on par elsewhere compared to that old Opera release. Tried to escape many times by now, still returned. There are problems, that could have been cleaned in 12 branch yet, and I would not want for more, seriously: hogged memory use is suspicious, focus to tab is lost occasionally during inactivity, one local site hangs browser to death (but the same site partially nonfunctional even with popular Safari). Even with these problems still better (for me) than major alternate browsers.

The main problem, that was always seen with Opera - it was pushed to some turbo, link, e-mail, torrent distractors, while missing high quality plank of delivering rich, however minimalistic features. The essential spirit of Opera was actually the same, Unix is made of. Stability would have been real crack for browser connoisseur.

Comment: Re: Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 1) 640

by edis (#48808061) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Name it "Random connection", change IP to suit you each time, you'd want to use Random Connection.
OS/X RDC rocks, except that it dies occasionally with new LibreOffice window, etc. Minor debugging remaining.

Still, this is written by Mac minded folks, working for MS. Good job.

Generally, MS will have things to be busy with in the coming future, there is not a lot choice still in software for corporate needs,
and business software market is not that vivid at all with all these buoyant buyouts.

Comment: Re:Objectively Guage Your Happiness (Score 1) 312

by edis (#48535221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

I am keeping to my Nokia 6120 classique. It fits my hand nicely, slips into smallest pocket. I have dropped it again today, on pavement. It has got one more dent, but operates, as I used to expect. Screen is, of course, not broken. Sound is great and equipped screen is quite nice. Overall, quite classy looking, not a silly cheapo. It does not have wireless, but I hooked it to MS Exchange, in case I need badly to examine business email.

The best part, I will always remember, - I found it in the bin, where they collect disposed electronics garbage. Somebody has bought smartphone there, I guess. Just replaced covers with the new clean original ones, they were on sale for peanuts, took mixed set of cheapest colors. I love this phone, and having many times considered upgrade to smartphone, it did not happen yet - silly money, and much more risks for minusculous benefit in real deal functionality.

Comment: Re:I call bullshit (Score 0) 140

by edis (#48442195) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

You liar. Russia invaded Ukraine, and annexed Crimea. That's what any serious paper will tell you. As to Crimea (Qirim yarimadasi) "is Russian, because nearly everyone there is Russian", learn when and how it became populated by Russians extensively, how many natives still remain there, and how rightful is "mandate", being part of annexing campaign. Then think again how much rights to annex territory of independent state of Ukraine Russia has had.

Comment: Re:Still they are underpowered (Score 1) 140

by edis (#48442135) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

You don't get it right. They don't need these parts of Ukraine to be part of Russia, doesn't make most of the sense. Crimea was it, nice souvenir to get army of fools as supporters for a national hero, bringing lands back. And that's it. Chunks of Ukraine with influence of Russia need to obtain special confederation status, while remaining part of Ukraine, so retaining control over Ukraine. Just like Moldova is kept in halt trough Transnistria.

Putin is not afraid of the West at all, but he does not like them, and his country won't ever see themselves as a part. They protect their zone of influence, and Ukraine was pretty much still in it. Now it wants to walk own ways - and is made to struggle.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton