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Comment: Get rid of the crap sites (Score 1) 274

by E-Rock (#49501917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Get rid of the sites that have a single paragraph and then a registration or paywall blocking the rest of the content.

Get rid of the sites that are just copies of other pages with ads.

Or let us easily block a site from appearing in results in the future. Enough users vote a site off, have a human take a look to see if they should remove it for everyone.

Comment: Re:Persistence is not omnipotent. (Score 5, Insightful) 385

by E-Rock (#49500767) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Persistence doesn't mean trying the same thing over and over until it works. Persistence is trying to achieve your goals over and over again until you're successful. So you might bang your head on the wall a few times, realize that won't work and then try different things until you break it down.

Comment: Not an analouge to reality (Score 3, Insightful) 212

by E-Rock (#47092581) Attached to: Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

In a world without consequences, I think most people would be pretty fucking vicious.

However, I don't think these games are a mirror to your real nature because of the other differences the game world creates. Most importantly, you're immortal and can go do something else whenever you want. Death is ultimately trivial compared to real life. Sure you lose your stuff, which sucks, but you don't cease to exist. The reverse is true for those you 'kill' in game.

Comment: Re:Meatspace is losing to userspace (Score 1) 310

Like most things, it depends. It depends on the subject, the kids, the computer program, and the teacher in question. Change any of those up and you change the outcome.

Now for some anecdotal evidence. I know with my son, we got a subscription for a home schooling program for use over the summer. He's naturally good at reading, so he's flying through those parts and learning quite a bit. He also seems to be learning more in the social studies units online then he did at school. Math, not so much. He's on track and still doing good work practicing his skills, but it's not as good at teaching new ones. However, even with the math I think that if it was paired with a teacher it would be better than either alone.

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