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Comment: doesn't solve the problem (Score 1) 1089

by chentiangemalc (#49296567) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
Lack of interest in voting is primarily caused by poor choice of candidates. Trying to chose the lesser of two evils is such a hassle. Source: my opinion. In Australia we have compulsary voting, it just wastes my time ... I have to walk to the voting place, wait in lines, look at various party billboards full of empty promises, just to get my name ticked off a list to avoid a fine...all just to drop an empty ballot.... The problem is even if you are lucky enough to find a politician with wonderful sounding promises, there is the track record of election campaign promises to remember....

Comment: personal experiences (Score 1) 700

by chentiangemalc (#48976575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
As I was homeschooled, my person experience - it was excellent. As for arguments against "social experiences / mono culture" I would argue that depends on the environment, as schools do not necessarily promote great social culture /etc. In high school years I selected all my own course material,, this allowed me to do college level computer science courses during high school, I was doing C and x86 assembly, and programming EPROM chips, while my friends in local schools were lucky if they got an Apple ][ with a basic interpreter. I also used the flexible times to work on many projects outside my school - programming jobs, volunteer as stage manager for amateur theatre company / etc. For me the major question to home school is ... is the child self motivated? If you are passionate about learning & study, home schooling offers far opportunities for development than is possible in a structured school experience. It allows you to take on far more advanced levels in your areas of passion / interest and to spend more time on areas you may struggle with. It is also important to ensure you get involved in other groups outside your school - i.e. special interest groups/amateur theatre/sports teams/etc. Will I home school my own kids? I'm not against it, but don't have plans as yet. If I become unhappy with local schools, then this will probably motivate me to homeschool my kids.

Comment: first world problem (Score 0) 218

by chentiangemalc (#48682403) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos
"most-liked photos didn’t allow users to choose which photos they want to highlight" Well yes you could change the photos. And they were never shared publicly unless you wanted to share them. Finally you never had to see them at all, by not clicking the year in review link facebook had generated for you...

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