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Comment Re:Oh, that's ironic (Score 1) 577

This figure includes 2.1 million Syrians registered by UNHCR in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, 1.9 million Syrians registered by the Government of Turkey, as well as more than 24,000 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa.

The 21.8% figure is useless since they don't count any refugees in Europe which is what this particular article is referencing. I did some searching on the site but I don't care enough to do a lot of searching and didn't find any demographic breakdowns for European refugees beyond a figure of 428,735 total Syrian refugees in Europe.

Comment Re:Flipped Classrooms (Score 3, Interesting) 307

I empathize with your description; I recall many similar situations in school myself.

Fortunately, I was almost always in the advanced classes so group projects involved enough smart kids that it was collaborative rather than one person doing a lot of the work. Group projects were rarer in the few classes without advanced versions where I was foisted in with the general population. The one time that wasn't the case was when I was in drama during my senior year. My class had a number of the students who took part in the theater extracurricular activities as well as those that did not. For our first group project those of us in the extracurricular theater made groups largely because we were all friends with each other the teacher let us do that but warned us that we would only be allowed to do it once and that warning occurred during our extracurricular theater project not during class. Those two group projects were the best of the classes by far. After that we split up into other groups without indication that we had forewarning that we wouldn't be allowed to stay with the same group. Some of the students showed measurable improvement for the second group project and I feel that the two biggest parts of that were having first seen the experienced groups do their project then also the presence of one of the experienced students served to motivate through confidence.

I personally think that everyone has their natural aptitudes defined by their soft skill set that's difficult to judge and measure and this in turn influences how well an individual performs in hard skills. The major issue that I have with group projects in primary and secondary education is that most people haven't yet had enough time to start to understand their own aptitudes. Identifying who can and who cannot can be difficult outside of narrow categories so you can end up with those situations where people with no aptitude for the task at hand being tossed into a group with one person with the aptitude and knowledge.

Comment Re:Logic (Score 1) 250

The cost of games plays a factor but I don't think it's necessarily the largest contributor. It can also do with platform penetration and stigma. I would expect that with that age group console games are really only socially acceptable in the FPS, racing, and sports genres. These genres are all glorified in other media (war films, fast and furious style movies, the prevalence of sports media). From the penetration perspective the console is a cost that only provides benefit for gaming. The mobile device is going to be a smart phone which parents have justification to acquire for their child for non-gaming purposes.

Comment Re:Blacksmith/Welder not Engineer ... (Score 1) 143

The US rejected Hobart's funnies because most of them were based on the Churchill tank. Nothing more. Nothing less. The US had standardized around the Sherman in order to simplified the maintenance costs by making sure every chassis was using the same parts. Bringing in the funnies would have expanded the logistic requirement.

Comment Re:It's not just about going to Mars (Score 1) 684

> The moon would be an easier starting point than Mars, sure, but that's why Mars would be a more suitable target for developing the technology to go even further.

It's really not. The only reasonable reason to go further is smaller outposts for the purpose of raw materials for Earth until such time that we can master terraforming on a planetary scale or colonize planets that, without terraforming, can sustain substantial human populations. Suggesting that the atmospheric qualities of Mars are somehow beneficial is short sighted. We're not going to necessarily run into Mars-like planets which makes all the effort to build a Mars colonize pointless further out. The moon and Mars already share a common feature which is that the "atmosphere" of both bodies is deadly to humans.

Comment Re:give up because it is and (Score 1) 684

It doesn't do any good to establish a colony that is just capable of self-sustaining. It needs to be capable of self growth in order to establish a colony of its own otherwise the primary population is wiped out with the "redundant" population stuck at the bottom of a gravity well in a far more hostile environment.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau