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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.

Comment: Re: Yah, sure (Score 1) 140

by edis (#48442079) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

Even then, extent of corruption and theft of resources in Russia itself remains unsurpassed, while not anybody else has been role model for Ukraine's oligarchy in modern times. Finally, people of Ukraine started looking at other neighbors, and understood that they can do in very similar ways. This is precisely when Russia started poorly hidden war on Ukraine, openly annexing Crimea. It is going to be extremely expensive adventure for Russia.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by edis (#48163787) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Proper idea is to tax not the wealth itself, but its increase (often mapped to income).
It is easy to grasp difference, taking example case, that you accumulated some wealth by your efforts in some good times of the past, but do not have significant income at present. It's allright with you being wealthy at some constant level by itself.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by edis (#48163515) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Hopefully (probably?) what he means is that the only taxes are on consumption.

FYI: majority of contemporary economies have VAT or similar, which is essentially that,
and makes major part of all taxes collected.

At the present level, this alone still does not solve much deeper structural problems with capitalism.
Very good roadmap of its problems and proposed solutions is explained in this excellent book:
Spiritual Capital: Wealth We Can Live by, written by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall

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