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Comment: Kindergarten is too early (Score 1) 700

by kanoalani (#48976247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
I was home-schooled up to the age of 17 and I think it's an OK option as long as you subscribe to some kind of curriculum that includes testing by a third party. I don't think it is something that parents can do these days without assistance; at least not if the student is to have any post-homeschool academic career. In my opinion kindergarten is way to early to start homeschooling. A child that age needs the socialization more than academics, meaning socialization with people other than your immediate family. Unless you were isolated overseas like I was I can't imagine a rational reason to start homeschooling until much later when the issue becomes academics vs. institutionalization.

Comment: Total integrated light (Score 1) 179

by kanoalani (#48658687) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep
The paper suggests that light prevents us from sleeping well, but does an e-reader emit more light than a reflective paper book with an ambient light source? It's hard to believe that it does; a typical bedside lamp is a few tens of watts (incandescent equivalent) while a phone or small tablet is in the ones. Even if this was real science, people who read for four hours before going to sleep are an odd group to study. In that group a 10 minute difference in falling asleep probably depends more on how much they enjoy the book than environmental factors. We could just as easily argue that transmissive book readers engage people better than their reflective counterparts.

Comment: Only a fool would not try (Score 1) 504

by kanoalani (#40803915) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?
Why the desire to scold people for attempting to fix a broken HDD? Even the referenced article seems to want to underscore the idea that it's impossible. I personally have recovered data from failed drives (including modern ones) using the freezer, the hammer, the heat, the platter swap, the PCB swap and just removing the cover and freeing a stuck component. I've failed but more often I've succeeded. Clearly the people shouting about it being impossible are not using real-world experience to base their opinions on. For most people the $2-10K recover fee is simply out of the question and in their case at least attempting, though increasingly extreme measures, to get the drive to spin up one last time is the most rational choice since the only alternative is to toss it in the trash.

Comment: Ponies (Score 1) 497

by kanoalani (#40746389) Attached to: Who Really Invented the Internet?
The Internet wasn't invented by the "Internet Protocol" (though the name is pretty catchy) let alone a lower-level transport protocol like Ethernet. If we honor Ethernet then we might as well honor the Telegraph and Ponies and Pigeons. The reality is that at a certain time people started actually wanting to interact in a massively distributed, asynchronous and autonomous way and they used whatever was handy. Nobody "invented" it.

Comment: Re:16 Megapixles (Score 1) 66

by kanoalani (#40746221) Attached to: Discovery Channel Telescope Snaps Inaugural Pictures
Correct, 38 megapixels, still peanuts in the world of gigapixel astronomy cameras (Pan-Starrs, HyperSuprime-Cam, etc) but the deep-depletion E2V CCD is in a different class than an SLR CMOS senor and a lot of interesting things could be done with it. Sometimes an instrument is so expansive it precludes risky science but something this size could be used for a lot of interesting things. Especially interesting is that it's a single chip. Most CCDs that size are mosaics but this one is a single massive chip, apparently the size of an entire wafer. that means they don't have to dither (take several pictures offset from each other) to fill in the gaps between the chips which means it can take full-frame images faster than a mosaic camera.

Comment: when you put it that way... (Score 1) 73

by kanoalani (#39800069) Attached to: World's Largest Digital Camera Project Passes Critical Milestone
Comparing a hypothetical science instrument to an old grade of consumer device is poor hype. A better comparison is the 1.4 billion pixel camera on Pan Starrs that has been on the sky for two years now or the 340 megapixel CFHT-Megacam that has been on the sky for over nine years. If LSST is delayed much longer, a 3.4 billion pixel astronomy camera will sound like 8 megapixels in an SLR does today: obsolete.

Comment: good question (Score 1) 151

by kanoalani (#39737779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?
Essentially: how to use an open-source license for something created within a closed-source framework? Clearly it's possible and it happens often with code developed for a closed-source language (like IDL or Matlab for example) but Sharepoint is not really a programming language and I don't know if your creative work can be extracted in a way that it can be licensed separately. I think that's what other comments were getting at by suggesting that you create meta-code like a how-to. That's probably a good idea if Sharepoint does not let you extract your site as an unencumbered expression of your creative work. I think liability or potential for profitable derivative works are pretty much non-issues for something like this but a GPL is a good idea if you can get your work into a form that you have the right to license.

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