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Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 87

Betteridge's law of headlines fits perfectly:

This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no". The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.

Comment: Advertising? (Score 1) 219

by psnyder (#47348931) Attached to: Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Advertising frequently uses psychological pressure (for example, appealing to feelings of inadequacy) on the intended consumer, which may be harmful.

Criticism of advertising

...was my 1st thought when reading...

"If you are exposing people to something that causes changes in psychological status, that's experimentation," says James Grimmelmann, a professor of technology and the law at the University of Maryland. "This is the kind of thing that would require informed consent."

One could argue that advertising is not always done with informed consent.

Comment: Re:Ohhh... they just invented MultiMUD (Score 1) 75

by psnyder (#46614193) Attached to: <em>Ultima Online</em> Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

you go to shard A, get weapon A1, go to shard B and get armor B1 because the monster that carries said armor is very susceptible to A1 [...] , then go to shard C where every monster [...] is really hard to kill... unless you have weapon A1 which deals a damage these mobs don't have any resistance to [...]


Comment: Financial Information (Score 4, Informative) 50

by psnyder (#45795343) Attached to: Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million
Here is financial info for Save the Children if anyone is interested. 2012 operating revenue was $597mil.

Congratulations to everyone involved. The few Athene videos I saw when he started were lowest common denominator attempts at shock value, but I'm glad something good is coming out of it.

Comment: Re:Multi-Modal Education (Score 4, Informative) 187

by psnyder (#45536451) Attached to: Art Makes Students Smart
As an early education teacher, I am convinced that the quest for knowledge is innate, and is repressed by classrooms that ask preadolescent children to barely move or speak for 4 to 6 hours every day. I believe the "trigger" you mention could be areas of a stifled, developing brain finally getting what it desires, like a cold glass of water in hell.

I work in a school where most lessons are planned with sensory motor function in mind, where art, language, math, etc are shown to be intertwined, and where students often preform higher on standardized tests, despite me never giving them a single, formally graded test the rest of the year.

For more than half of the children that transfer into my school after spending 3 or 4 years in a public school (factory structured, lecture based model), I have to spend the initial months detoxifying the child, showing them that it's okay to be creative, unsuppressed, and use their interests to learn.

The developing brains of young children are extremely sensitive to visual, tactile experiences that the various arts provide. Their psychology is very different from an adult's, yet many adults often project their own learning styles onto them. This leads to continuously keeping subjects separate (such as art & math). While key concepts should initially be presented in isolation to avoid confusion, the follow up activities should combine multiple areas. In other words, expose the children to everything possible, show them how it all interconnects, and use what the child's mind is sensitive to, practicing multiple areas in conjunction and forming deep understanding.

I find it highly likely that the statistically significant increase in critical thinking, social tolerance, and historical empathy that this study found not only comes from the initial exposure, but also from teachers integrating the experience into follow-up lessons / activities.

Comment: Re:Common Core or a crappy test? (Score 1) 663

by psnyder (#45315767) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core
The above "Insightful" comments didn't seem to RTA. It makes the case that the Core is badly designed FOR EARLY EDUCATION, and this test is merely a reflection of that.

Are the standards reasonable, appropriate and developmentally sound—especially for our youngest learners? In order to answer that question, it is important to understand how the early primary standards were determined. If you read Commissioner John King’s Powerpoint slide 18, which can be found here, you see that the Common Core standards were “backmapped” from a description of 12th grade college-ready skills. There is no evidence that early childhood experts were consulted to ensure that the standards were appropriate for young learners. Every parent knows that their kids do not develop according to a “back map”—young children develop through a complex interaction of biology and experience that is unique to the child and which cannot be rushed.

It goes on to compare the US Core with the standards from other countries such as Finland and Singapore.

It then shows the very real and large problem that it was "Pearson Education" that made this poorly written test.

This Pearson first-grade unit test is the realization of the New York Common Core math standards. Pearson knows how the questions will be asked on the New York State tests, because they, of course, create them.

Children and schools are evaluated based on State tests. Do you want your job being evaluated by something like this?

Comment: Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (Score 1) 507

Countdown timers on RED traffic lights decrease accidents, as it decreases irritability and road rage.
Countdown timers on GREEN traffic lights increase accidents, as people seem to speed up when they see the light will soon change.

Rory Sutherland talks about this (starting around 8:37) on his TED talk: "Perspective is Everything".

Comment: Re:Grammar suggestion (Score 1) 310

by psnyder (#43338285) Attached to: Valve Starts Publishing Packages For Its Own Linux Distribution
Actually the grammar in the summary is technically not correct.
An adverb should not be placed between the verb it is modifying, and the direct object.

The sentence could be corrected by moving "necessary" after the direct object:
"...a game console that will make their own Linux-based software platform necessary,"

(This assumes the term "correct grammar" is defined as a description of how most native speakers speak, rather than a prescription of rules to make oneself understood.)

Comment: Re:Not Sure I Understand the Post-PC Concept (Score 2) 387

by psnyder (#43337075) Attached to: Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision
For a long amount of time, a very large amount of people have only used PCs for the same functions that you can now find in any mobile device (emails, checking news, entertainment, etc). The rest of the "opportunities" a PC provides are unused bloat for many people.

But a "Post-PC" era isn't coming anytime soon (unless you count today as a "Post-TV" era).

"An organization dries up if you don't challenge it with growth." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments