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Comment: Missing option: all of above (Score 1) 249

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49025633) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

My audio system in the living room is not top notch but definetily better than average.
In my car it's the basic version for this car (the lease budget didn't allow for more) but it's still ok.
Sound on my TV is good but I don't have any surround sound so I would say mid range.
Sound in the 'media room' (which is where the kids play their games) is pretty basic (self preservation!)

Comment: Observation 1: you have the time for homeschooling (Score 1) 700

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#48977833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Looking through this thread I'm amazed that no one comments (or not prominently) about the time and effort needed for homeschooling.

For us homeschooling is not an option. We both work full-time and I just could not ask my wife to stop working nor can we afford it financially if I were to.

That being said, our youngest son has Autism and would certainly benefit from homeschooling. He already goes to a special school with smaller classes and extra care, but still we feel that he could progress more academically if we were to school him ourselves.

For us this is a new experience since we have exactly the opposite experience with our eldest son. He is in a normal school (I'm from Belgium, so all schools are state funded but most are privately owned). And he has struggeled enormously academically. We have invested enourmous amounts of time in helping him, only to find out that the only way we could help him was NOT to interfere. Let him go to school and do his own thing.

Conclusion (personal): If homeschooling is an option (doesn't require big sacrifices financially and emotionally) and it works really well (both academically and emotionally) for your kids, then why not? But take into account that while one of your kids may benefit hugely from homeschooling, another may actually suffer.

Comment: Hard line? (Score 1) 591

It may seem easy to make fun of Principal Greer in this case, but it does make one wonder how many elves could have been saved if someone took a hard line with a young Sauron

Well, I don't know. Maybe that would have fed his hatred towards elves ('allway getting away with everything'). Maybe that's just what happened.
On the other hand: it's Texas. Is their any alternative to taking the hard line?

Comment: Re:9926 is so awesome (Score 1) 214

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#48922537) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

I could'nt understand why they didn't say which 'enhancements' were in this new superduper build.
After I read the 'review' I knew: it's just a bit of eye candy.
And no, we're still not getting our start menu back (despite 2 headlines on /. suggesting otherwise).
Maybe the site should be rename C>
(Sorry for that last sucker punch but I'm a bit disgusted with all the noise about a Windows version that's still more than 6 months off).

Comment: Re:Translation: new technology costs jobs (Score 1) 688

Mind you: I didn't mean to imply that new technology doesn't kill certain types of jobs.
It just creates other types of job in their place. So it's not sufficient to sit back en do nothing. Most of the time the replacement jobs require higher skilled people. So you need to get your education system in order. You need training programs to reorient people towards those new jobs.

Comment: Re:Dont worry, they will just take it from somewhe (Score 1) 330

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#48615265) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

4) Climate change. The theory is nearly 200 years old; the lab-scale proof is over 150 years old; definitive proof it's happening out in the environment is over 50 years old. It's happening, right now, and given politics and the endless prattle of ignorant jackasses it doesn't look like it's going to be slowing down any time soon.

Did you use the double C? Wow extra points for courage!

All the climate deniers will come and say: "Hey look buddy. There is not Climate Change." And if you wimper "but what about the drought". They will say loud and simple: "There is no drought. There is no Climate change and there is no drought. Everything is fine. It's FINE!".

The Tao is like a glob pattern: used but never used up. It is like the extern void: filled with infinite possibilities.