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theodp (442580) writes "Over at Khan Academy, Salman Khan explains Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart. "Recently," writes Khan, "I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach." According to Dr. Carol Dweck, who Khan cites, the secret to raising smart kids is not telling kids that they are. A focus on effort — not on intelligence or ability — says Dweck, is key to success in school and in life"

Comment: Re:Dead as a profit source for Symantec, well, ... (Score 5, Insightful) 331

by fraxinus-tree (#47687917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?
p.s. it is perfectly viable for a literate individual to not use an antivirus. It is also possible to not use AV on a PC in a corporate environment, but it has its implications. Then again, on a mailserver, a non-intrusive AV scanner (i.e. not adding 7 lines of bullshit at the end of every legitimate email) has a pretty good hassle-to-benefit ratio.

Comment: Re:Tapes. Are. Useless. (Score 1) 268

by fraxinus-tree (#40995957) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Personal Tape Drive NAS?
I never, ever had this kind of management issues with HDDs, CDs, DVDs or even 5.25" FDDs, back then. ZIP & MO drives were damn unreliable, but nothing more. And, if it is a management issue, then, please, a cheaper managers for me, a six-pack. There is no better ones around anyway, even when the money are not an issue.

Comment: Tapes. Are. Useless. (Score 5, Informative) 268

by fraxinus-tree (#40971209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Personal Tape Drive NAS?
They are not only useless at home. They are completely useless as a backup solution in the first place. They refuse to read in 95% of their intended usage scenarios, including, but not limited to, incompatible/failed tape drives, missing/obsolete/buggy/outright stupid software, degraded/stretched/torn off tape, mislabeled/misordered media and so on. And then again, they cost $$$$$, because PHB's keep on buying them. And they do, because they like solid-looking stacks of backups. Even if no one prescribing them in the backup plans had ever tried to restore a single file in the last 20 years. Or ever.

Hard disks are good. They are also good for backups. They are cheap, they sell them in the shop down the street, they work 99.99% of their intended usage scenarios, do very well in every other usage scenario, and they can be easily connected to any computer, just to see what's in.

Comment: A serious explanation (Score 1) 827

by fraxinus-tree (#33311832) Attached to: Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities
Any SATA or Ethernet, for that matter, cable will do it's SATA or Ethernet digital work.When it's done, it's done - 1's and 0's are moved where they should. Then again, there is an electromagnetic noise around them. In audio world, noise could enter in many ways. Noise, million times less than the signal is still perfectly audible. Billion times - well, not perfectly, but still audible (even not by everyone).

So, a the real challenge in digital audio is not the digital part, but making the digital one to not mess the analog part instead. This is much harder and involves a lot of work on both the digital and the analog side. $500 ethernet cables - well, at least I can't hear THAT much. SATA vs SuperSATA - well, maybe...

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.