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Comment: Re:Common Core (Score 1) 553

by mrmagos (#48223999) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
It sounds like a poor implementation of the standards. It's not supposed to be about rote memorization, nor does it define curriculum. It's about the student explaining their thought process. However, this is difficult to score on a test, and can lead to corners being cut to fit outdated standardized test scoring.

Comment: Common Core (Score 1) 553

by mrmagos (#48223513) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is central to the Common Core standards. If businesses are really concerned with lack of those skills, they should be promoting Common Core.

The standards really need help from a marketing standpoint. A lot of what is circling social media are complaints about weird and confusing (to parents) math instruction, and on how the standards are a big government takeover designed to indoctrinate our children (standard FUD). There are valid concerns and complaints with them to be sure, but these are not the points that should be debated.

Comment: Re:I live in Worcester and would welcome competiti (Score 1) 232

by mrmagos (#48156247) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Many carriers have such exclusivity deals with municipalities, Comcast included. This is why there's little to no competition in many areas.

Also, I wouldn't get your hopes up with any improved service, though I share your sentiment in simply wanting a choice.

Comment: CudaTel (Score 1) 224

by mrmagos (#41551963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Communications Set-Up For Small Office?
CudaTel (of Barracuda spam firewall fame) appliances are built on top of Freeswitch, an open-source PBX that I've found scales much better than Asterisk. The hardware is sized by number of concurrent calls. If you don't know how many concurrent calls you handle, the accepted convention is to take the number of phones you have and divide by 6 (or 4 if you want to be very conservative).

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