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Comment: Re:Don't do it! (Score 1) 700

by hsa (#48977627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

My mother is a retired teacher. The mother of my child is a teacher, too.

My child is in the public school system. We do some additional teaching after school and I generally buy him more candy on saturdays, if he solves some mathematical puzzles.

The teaching quality of every school varies. Generally, by home schooling, you could get much better learning results. The group size is just too large to focus on any individual problem. I think it is fair to say, that public schools teach the theory less effictively than home schooling. Practical application of that theory is known as homework and you should make sure your children actually do them.

But not everything that the school teaches is on curriculum. You learn first and foremost social skills. Group sizes are large. There are idiots. There are true friends. There is a cute girl in the first row. You have to work with other people. Just like in real life later on.

If you home school your children. they might become anti-social and biased on your personal world views. You can tell them Jesus created the dinosaurs and in your community that might be even recommended. Or skip those parts totally, because they weren't in the bible.

Neither option is perfect. I would still choose not to home school my children. That does not mean, that you cannot actively ask your children what they are learning, look at their homework and teach them additional skills they don't learn at school.

Meh, I totally forgot slashdot doesn't do even basic autoformatting..

Comment: Don't do it! (Score 1) 700

by hsa (#48977615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
My mother is a retired teacher. The mother of my child is a teacher, too. My child is in the public school system. We do some additional teaching after school and I generally buy him more candy on saturdays, if he solves some mathematical puzzles. The teaching quality of every school varies. Generally, by home schooling, you could get much better learning results. The group size is just too large to focus on any individual problem. I think it is fair to say, that public schools teach the theory less effictively than home schooling. Practical application of that theory is known as homework and you should make sure your children actually do them. But not everything that the school teaches is on curriculum. You learn first and foremost social skills. Group sizes are large. There are idiots. There are true friends. There is a cute girl in the first row. You have to work with other people. Just like in real life later on. If you home school your children. they might become anti-social and biased on your personal world views. You can tell them Jesus created the dinosaurs and in your community that might be even recommended. Or skip those parts totally, because they weren't in the bible. Neither option is perfect. I would still choose not to home school my children. That does not mean, that you cannot actively ask your children what they are learning, look at their homework and teach them additional skills they don't learn at school.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 542

by hsa (#47799199) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

I'll have you know that TRUE nerds used to have to jerk it to 320x200x256 palletized images. Nipples would be fucking CYAN half the time, but it was that or play wing commander. SuperVGA made the situation oh so much better, we could get 640x480x16bit in 200-300kB files that would take 2 hours to download, but hey, pink nipples!

You are doing it wrong. The 256 color palette is actually 262 144 color palette, but only 256 colors can be at the screen. So actually normal VGA is deep down 18-bit, but it cannot show all those colors at once. You must have some real shitty quantization on your images, to get cyan. My nipples were pink. But then again, there is no 16-bit GIF, so all the images started being JPGs. They didn't take 200-300kB, either - what were you on? LZW-compressed TIFs? You should have used more quality sites like McHenry BBS, like .. er.. my friend told me. Just sayin'..

Comment: Update cycles (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by hsa (#47567285) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

I build my own computer rigs. I have been doing that for over 15 years.

I just rarely do it at once. You have working sticks of RAM, old hard disk, case, PSU and GPU. You just swap the CPU and motherboard for better. Or buy a new graphics card when they get cheaper as the next Battlefield approaches.

The components of my PC are constantly evolving. But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once? Upgradeability is one of the main reasons I build my custom setup(s).

Comment: Ha-ha! (Score 2) 294

by hsa (#46777539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

In the voice of Nelson from the Simpsons: Ha-ha!

They want to make your work more transparent. Apparently, they think you have too much spare time, too. Or you getting fired/outsourced, and this is a gentle reminder to document your work..

Since all the reports are similar, I would just create a script to handle the documentation needs. I would also do extra work: create report how much this affects the efficiency of patch / hotfix distribution and how time all these process changes take (and maybe inflate that number a bit, just a bit).

This would also be a great time to ask for an assistant to ease the workload.

Comment: Re:What is this? (Score 4, Informative) 383

by hsa (#45836223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

OP is just discovering the command line and finding out, that you can actually do almost anything with it.Don't bash his learning process (pun intended).

Take a webcam picture:
streamer -f jpeg -o image.jpg

Do magic with that picture:
convert image.jpg -colorspace Gray image_gray.jpg

And do check out rest of the ImageMagick:
http://www.imagemagick.org/

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