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Forum: General 08-20-2007, 10:03 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Middle East?

> There clearly is still a lot to do to clean up the geographical database, and the "aliases" referred to (also in 2004) have apparently not appeared either

And neither has the Caribean...

It...
Forum: General 08-20-2007, 09:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Middle East?

> So where is it? In Europe?

Surprise! It's in the <a href="http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/">Middle East</a>. ;)
Forum: General 08-20-2007, 09:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Middle East?

Unfortunately (or not) I note that Turkey is not among the countries listed for Asia even though both its largest land mass and its capital are obviously (geographically) located in Asia.

So where...
Forum: General 08-20-2007, 09:44 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Middle East?

> since there are only continents to choose from, there was no Middle east choice possible.

Not now at least - but my guess is that there was a "Middle East" section when this thread was started...
Forum: General 08-19-2007, 05:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Are You sure that Turkey is located in the Middle East?

Whose Middle East, Maria? Are you not aware (or "informed" that there are no fixed borders for what is called the "middle East"? What makes you think your definition of its "borders" is any...
Forum: General 08-19-2007, 08:32 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Are You sure that Turkey is located in the Middle East?

Please do not forget that "middle East" is a very fluent concept with no political borders. What may seem "Midddle East" for someone who went to school in Turkey can be an entirely different area...
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 08:31 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Anything to make a buck...

> This is the American way, whether we all like it or not.

Oh, no - in China it's very much teh Chinese way. ;)
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 08:28 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Are You sure that Turkey is located in the Middle East?

> So rather than quarelling about where Turkey is located, why not book a ticket to Turkey and see it for yourself. Its quite an interesting country with rich cultures.

I couldn't agree more! And...
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 08:24 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Of course!

If we have to subdivide Asia at all, then I'd like to see Central Asia as a grouping next to Middle East. But like "Middle East" it's more of a cultural subdivision, although in many ways a...
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 08:16 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Better check your geopolitical books...

But here we go wrong as well ... Apart from the (essentially meaningless) "North" and "South", the Netherlands has the even more puzzling "Other" which contains Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.
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Forum: General 08-18-2007, 08:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Are You sure that Turkey is located in the Middle East?

Unfortunately, any geographical database that tries to impose a strict hierarchical organization will fail in such cases. Turkey straddling Europe and Asia, Russia doing the same in another way.
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Forum: General 08-18-2007, 07:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,143
Posted By iamback
Re: Are You sure that Turkey is located in the Middle East?

A small part of Turkey is in Europe, most of it is located in Asia, in that part of it commonly called the Middle East.

Membership of the EU has nothing to do with that geographical reality.
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,874
Posted By iamback
Re: Same tired old front page

Personally, I don't care. I have to be reminded by a thread like this to even deliberately go to the front page, otherwise I never even see it - I don't enter the site through there.
Forum: Announcements 08-18-2007, 07:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 187,558
Posted By iamback
Flash? Sorry, no go

I will not put any Flash on any of my sites. I use web standards only.

I've already said this in the discussions about protecting our photographs - I won't have anything to do with Flash, and if...
Forum: General 08-18-2007, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,100
Posted By iamback
Re: Question about People Photography

Well, you can have a lot of fun with that - like being arrested for such antics. :)

Do not forget that many countries have laws about what can, and especially, cannot, be photographed. In general,...
Forum: General 07-31-2007, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,927
Posted By iamback
Re: About frames

I just don't use frames.

One exception: a panorama picture where I had to add a border to get the small-size image up to the required minimum size.

Everything else: no frame. I find they...
Forum: General 07-31-2007, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,100
Posted By iamback
Re: Question about People Photography

> You have to try to take the picture unnoticed, if possible.

Well, Kevin, in Muslim countries I just do not do that! Unless the person just happens to be in a street scene, and even then I'm...
Forum: General 07-30-2007, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,100
Posted By iamback
Re: Question about People Photography

I never, ever pay for taking a photo. You make beggers out of people that way - next thing they'll start pestering people to have their photo taken. And the traveler will have to go somewhere else to...
Forum: Photos 07-30-2007, 05:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By iamback
To michiels: no storm...

That "sky" is actually the side (cliff) of the mountain on the opposite side of the valley from the one this was taken from. It's dark, because that side is already in the shadows. :)
Forum: General 07-30-2007, 05:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,047
Posted By iamback
Re: conclusion so far

Logo? What logo? All I see is a big "Click here to download plugin" box - that's Flash (which I don't use).

I've said it before, a watermark could discourage photo downloading - but that doesn't...
Forum: General 07-30-2007, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,130
Posted By iamback
Re: Browsing Photos

> If I remember correctly Adam said it wasn't implemented because of the potential bandwidth overhead of people just clicking from image to image.

I can imagine that was a problem - but with the...
Forum: General 07-27-2007, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,130
Posted By iamback
Re: Browsing Photos

I like the idea. And if one uses a browser that can do pre-fetching, it would make loading the photo pages a lot snappier, too.
Forum: General 07-27-2007, 07:36 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,047
Posted By iamback
Re: conclusion so far

Good - that's one hole already closed then! (Of course that not only protect our images from being used directly elsewhere, but also saves bandwidth for TE.)

That leaves the watermarking option...
Forum: General 07-26-2007, 03:08 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,047
Posted By iamback
Re: conclusion so far

On the first, photos are watermarked - that's one of the "solutions" I suggested as an option. I see no other protection than that - but it's a discouragement, at least.

On the second, when I...
Forum: General 07-26-2007, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,774
Posted By iamback
Re: To Adam - A small feature to add in "Themes"

That's what I've been doing so far - but it is still wildly inefficient - the titles aren't evenly distributed across the letters of the alphabet so even guessing where to start looking is very much...
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