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Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 2) 245

Poor rebuttal. Not only can teachers not choose their students, but teachers can rarely choose how they teach, as well.

The move toward standardization is not simply toward testing, but also toward scripted lessons, highly stringent time-tables, and an artificially imposed metric of "success" that leaves no room for innovating a solution. While standardized tests are performed disgustingly often in our schools, the results are so inconsistent and delivered so late that there is no opportunity for teachers to craft an effective intervention strategy.

"Most people that object to our current system of testing, have no interest in improving it, but rather prefer no accountability at all."

Unsupported, unadulterated, reactionary bullshit. Find a teacher and talk to them instead of pulling out rhetoric like this, please.

Comment Re:Not at fault, but was it avoidable? (Score 1) 408

We only know about the accident that happened to the non-Google car. It was stopped waiting in the turning lane and someone scraped up along side it.

Two of the accidents were human drivers bumping into cars in the google parking lot. I remember when those happened a couple years back.

Comment Re:People, not tools (Score 1) 167

You've got it absolutely right. It's the people that make the space, not the tech.

I currently serve on the board of directors for Quelab in Albuquerque. (We're a 501c3 org, so we have to have some formal structure.) Like you, I've been involved for about 5 years. It is ALL ABOUT the people. Get the right people in the door: they'll figure out what to do with what you've got, and they'll bring their own toys when they really get inspired.

My research for my Masters in Educational Leadership is exactly on how to create a great makerspace. I focus on community relations and social justice topics. I also blog, reflect on processes, and post occasional papers about it.

Let's get in touch.

Comment Re:There's a lot of stuff (Score 1) 87

FTA: "Their recommendations to make videos better are sound (keep them short, informal, etc.), but the overall emphasis is too much on the instruction, and too little on the student—which is where learning really happens."

It doesn't matter how good your videos look if the teacher is the one doing all the interesting work. Shift the load to the students in creative ways; they'll do the learning.

Comment national security aspects (Score 1) 377

You know how the anti-piracy kill switch on Microsoft operating systems will let America turn off a country's computers? GMO foods are the same thing except America can stop your country from eating.

Zambia tried to negotiate an arrangement with Monsanto for situations where America imposed sanctions but couldn't come to an agreement so they banned GMO foods. Banning the import of GMO foods is only fair since the country can't grow GMO foods for national security reasons.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 226

My read of the article is that the problem with Wayland is that the devs were writing specs instead of software. There was lots of planning and no doing. Remember that originally Ubuntu was supposed to be running X-Mir by default in Oct 2013.

Those days were more optimistic times for Ubuntu and they thought they could create a new display server in a year. These days Mir and Wayland seem to be at about the same stage of readiness.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1, Informative) 35

Makerspaces are places where people--either the general public or a group of paying members--can gather together and make things. Makerspaces usually have an abundance of tools, materials, and places to work on hands-on projects. They typically celebrate open source, notions of hacking technology, and playful misuse of technology to do interesting things.

Think: informal, engaging, creative spaces where you can collaborate with people to make things.

Here's a blog I wrote with good pics: Quelab - a Community of Practice. Full disclosure: I'm on the board of directors at Quelab in Albuquerque. Drop by if you're in the area code.

Comment Re:Get it FIPS certified (Score 1) 360

If you read the article then you'll see that the OpenBSD explicitly rejects FIPS certification as a goal.

FIPS certification is why OpenSSL includes the NSA backdoor DUAL EC pseudo random number generator. The code doesn't work but it's still included and can't be fixed. Anything which leads to an outcome like this... Disgust. Disgust and revulsion.

The Macintosh is Xerox technology at its best.