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Comment: Re:We homeschool (Score 1) 700

by Space (#48978759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

The most extreme example I have seen is mathematics. There are several ways to learn to multiply two two-digit numbers together. Each student has to master and be tested on each way instead of just the one way that works best for them.
Look at Multiplication algorithm
Students would be required to learn and would be tested on several of these methods.

Comment: We homeschool (Score 2, Interesting) 700

by Space (#48976315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

My wife has worked as a teacher and has a related degree. Out oldest daughter went to a private preschool when she was three and quickly became bored with what they were teaching. We learned that the same curriculum would be covered in their four year old class so we decided to start homeschooling at that point. She is currently seven years old and is working on curriculum that is beyond what her nine year old friends are working on in public school. She has more friends than I did when I was her age and they are of a wider age range. She has played soccer, takes dance classes, attends church, and and we meet monthly with a homeschool meetup group.

We also have a four year old daughter who is working on similar curriculum to six year olds in public school.

We homeschool primarily for academc reasons as we have seen the horror that is "common core" and the waste of time that is "no child left behind". We have taught Astronomy, Robotics, Weather, and Bird Studies so far so we aren't just teaching the basics.

We live in Texas which has some of the most homeschool friendly laws on the books. Homeschooling falls under the same statutes as Private Schools. There is no attendance reporting, no mandatory testing, no approved curriculums.
The requirements for homeschooling in Texas are as follows:
        The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
        The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
        The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

The State of Texas assumes that if you care enough about your kids to want to teach them yourself that the state will just get out of the way. The Texas Homeschool Coalition holds conventions every year were we take seminars and shop for curriculum.

Comment: Re: Insteon (Score 2) 189

by Space (#48777467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

I have a veralite. the community at forum.micasaverdce.com is why I chose the veralite. The manufacturer doesn't communicate very well but the community more than makes up for it. the device native talks z-wave but with plugins can talk to many wifi and ethernet devices including most ip cameras and with hardware addons can talk insteon, x10, infrared, and some other rf protocols.

Comment: Santiago (Score 3, Informative) 135

I am currently working in Santiago and did feel last nights shaking. It is not the first I have felt in the last year but it is definately the strongest. I haven't heard of any problems in Santiago but Valpariso is much closer and a portion of the city was recently damaged in a large fire so this might complicate the recovery efforts there.

Comment: Anti-Vax home schoolers (Score 3, Informative) 747

by Space (#46484653) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

My wife and I home school our two daughters. There is a home school support group in our area that is frequented by several anti-vaccine families. My daughters are up to date on their vaccines and we don't associate with the anti-vax nut jobs. Please don't assume that all home schoolers are anti-vax.

+ - MySQL analysis with AnalyzeMySQL->

Submitted by Mario Mueller
Mario Mueller writes: I recently joined the scalability team at trivago and my first job was to get into the actual MySQL schema to discover which parts can be improved regarding performance and space consumption.

trivago's database consists of about 230 tables, many of them having a history of more than four years, some of them up to 7 years. A few of them do have some historic flaws, like having a signed bigint as primary key (because nobody could imagine what space will be needed in a few years), others do have indexes that are not longer used, etc. There are many tasks to do until you get to know the database scheme very well.

I wrote a tool to support me on my tasks. Read on, if you are interested in getting more information about it.

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+ - The mechanical joke maker->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: "There is a more artful side to this form of vintage hacking, however, as can be seen by the extraordinary and strange work of Falmouth based automata maker, Paul Spooner. Over the years, Spooner has made some true oddities, including the cat who drinks poisoned milk, dies, comes back alive and does it all over again; the women who swallows the day and leaves the night behind; and the man who produces a pipe from his head."
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+ - Discovering and Using Helium->

Submitted by qutubjeer
qutubjeer writes: Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, just after hydrogen. While we know its use in balloons, certain inflatable ads, blimps, and scuba gear, helium has several natural properties—inertness, the lowest boiling point of any known substance—that make it an important element used outside the realm of inflatable product replicas. However, despite its abundance throughout the universe, there is a finite amount of it on our planet, and researchers predict a public shortage of helium within the next few years.
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+ - Google Uses Reputation to Detect Malicious Downloads->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes: Using data about Web sites, IP addresses and domains, researchers find that they can detect 99 percent of malicious executables downloaded by users, outperforming antivirus and URL-reputation services. The system, known as Content-Agnostic Malware Protection or CAMP, triages up to 70 percent of executable files on a user's system, sending attributes of the remaining files that are not known to be benign or malicious to an online service for analysis, according to a paper (pdf) presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) in February. While the system uses a blacklist and whitelist on the user's computer to initially detect known good or bad files, the CAMP service utilizes a number of other characteristics, including the download URL, the Internet address of the server providing the download, the referrer URL, and any certificates attached to the download.
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+ - Romanian software and hardware developers, challenged at Raspberry Hack->

Submitted by Oana _C
Oana _C writes: Hackathon.ro, a community which gathers the Romanian programmers through regular hackathons held in Bucharest, announces a new event dedicated to technology enthusiasts. They are invited to compete at Raspberry Hack, a 24-hour marathon of hardware and software development on the smallest computer in the world, Raspberry Pi. The competition will take place on April 20-21 in Bucharest and will include prizes totalising 3,500 Euros.
Participants will develop hardware and software projects, within whatever theme they choose. The only condition is to use a Raspberry Pi for developing their project.
Raspberry Hack is the third competition in a series of events organised by Hackathon.ro to stimulate and support the activity of the main communities of programmers and hardware developers in Romania. The first hackathon took place in June 2012 and was dedicated to all open source fans. In October 2012, a new event took place. Over 200 programmers competed at Hackover, the second edition, in order to develop Mobile, Cloud Computing, Web Dev aplications. The value of the prizes awarded within these competitions has amounted to over 5,500 Euro until now.
The Hackathon.ro community was set up aiming to bring together the programmer communities in Romania, to stimulate the communication and cooperation between them and to encourage programmers to make the most of their creativity and skills. Software competition will be organised by Hackathon.ro at least two times a year.
Besides hackathons, the community intends to run other activities dedicated to programming and technology enthusiasts, such as workshops and trainings or start ups for great ideas.
You can find more details on http://www.hackathon.ro/en and on facebook.com/hackathon.ro

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