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Comment: Advice, and homeschooling doesn't suck. (Score 1) 701

by Droideka-TheGuy (#40258855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?
Good Chemistry: Make sure you have access to proper facilities, or get a good chemistry kit. Find the ones that have you grow crystal structures (and why those structures grow). There is not a single teaching solution for chemistry. I went in to a college chemistry lab for chemistry experiments. At the age of 10, I was making crystal farms in a test tube. To those that say homeschoolers don't get a good education, etc: I was homeschooled up until college. I never went to public and/or private school. I finished high school with a good grade on my ACT, and a fairly-high GPA. My older sister was the same as me. Homeschooling groups are not hard to find. Those that say they are don't know where/how to look. I'm extremely extroverted, I had more friends (And probably more mature friends) than most of the people I knew that went to public school. I participated in sports from the ages of 10-16. Most schools will let your kids join in on school sports, etc. (Even if it's not necessarily state law). My parents very rarely taught me anything. By the time I was 10, I had learned how to read at a level above what most people can hope to achieve (400 page books take me around an hour and a half to read, with around 96% comprehension). I taught myself everything. My parents are quite qualified to teach, however. My dad has his Ph.D in anatomy and physiology, my mom is an R.N. My dad teaches college genetics and microbiology courses. Good homeschooling curriculum teaches itself. If your kid is having to ask a lot of questions, try finding a book that teaches better. The only classes I have a remotely difficult time in now (Final year of a Comp Sci degree at the University) are the ones I didn't get a background in H.S. (Machine Architecture, etc.)

Comment: Re:Yield... (Score 1) 251

by Droideka-TheGuy (#31915022) Attached to: Hidden Cores On Phenom CPUs Can Be Unlocked
They're not all bad cores. What AMD does is locks cores that don't perform within a certain margin of error. While some of the cores may be flawed, some are simply a megahertz or two off of the others, and so AMD locks them, because some boards just can't handle the difference. Asus, MSI, and I believe ASRock all are stable enough even with different speed cores to allow for some small variations. So when it comes down to it, you have about a %75 success rate for one that you can actually unlock cores.

Comment: Why not make it voluntary? (Score 1, Interesting) 703

by Droideka-TheGuy (#31769466) Attached to: Wisconsin DA Threatens Arrests Over Sex Ed
Why do they require this? Christian families (Such as my own) don't want our kids to learn this at school. It's my personal belief that kids should be taught this at home. However, I'm not saying that it should be banned. But why not make it voluntary? Parents should be able to choose whether or not sex-ed is right for their own kid. The state shouldn't tell us that our kids have to go through their particular sex-ed programs. I remember when my dad gave me "The talk". Most awkward ten minutes of my life, but there is no way I'd have wanted to learn that in school. If it was a voluntary program, I doubt there would be so much fuss over this.

Comment: Re:Not really so (Score 1) 367

by Droideka-TheGuy (#31745058) Attached to: Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age
I'd like to add that Ensemble Studios withered, not Age of Empires. Quite a few of the main characters in Ensemble Studios left shortly after MS took over their company. Honestly, when you compare Apple and Microsoft side-by-side, you get two completely different functions from each: Apple: Artsy people and people that want to have pretty looking technology. If you want to look futuristic, Apple is your company. But they are ridiculously overpriced almost all the time, and have limited use outside of art students, and looking good with your new toy. MS: Everyone else. Easy to use. Runs almost everything. In general, built for function first (Although, trial-and-error seems to be the way most MS-based companies go, and people always complain about errors and whatnot plaguing Microsoft.) At least 7 was a step back in the right direction after the horror of Vista.

Comment: Re:I don't like it. (Score 1) 193

by Droideka-TheGuy (#26925557) Attached to: In-Game Web Browser Round-Up
"All it does is encourage people to multi-task more. And that is not a good thing. Our brain isn't good at multi-tasking (in terms of focusing on different things), we end up doing each job half-assed." While I agree that it is a bad thing to do too many things at once, in our environment, it's extremely hard not to do so. Especially for someone like a college student, as I am, I mean, I normally end up having to work on calculus, physics, and programming (Not to mention my other classes) all at once. Learning to multi-task is *extremely* helpful to do this. Simple things like in-game browsers that make us better at doing two things at once without getting them confused actually does help in the long run. Think about a pilot, for example. They have to learn how to read their HUD, maneuver, check all of their system status(es), as well as remember how many times to blink to change screens on their helmet, along with whatever else they have to do. Multi-Tasking isn't always a bad thing.

Comment: A Windshield is the Best Idea for this? Not really (Score 1) 193

by Droideka-TheGuy (#26925539) Attached to: In-Game Web Browser Round-Up
"So how much longer before we see a variation of this on our real-world car windshields?" While a HUD on my windshield would be awesome, the fact that someone can hardly turn a radio dial without swerving off the road kind of says that this should never be done. It takes way too much hand-eye-coordination for the average person.

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