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Comment There's no point in arguing (Score 1) 908

The problem is a misunderstanding in the objectives of education.

While people usually (and wishfully) think of "education" in the Trivium-like meaning (also sometimes called Medieval Education, if one is unabashed by the now-negative "Medieval" adjective) instead of what governments want, which is "national, compulsory general-knowledge education" (sometimes also called Prussian education system).

As is usual, both education systems have their advantages, but emphasis in the former is dwindling. Myself I believe that we should focus on the former but pass a little in the latter to let students have contact with all types of knowledge and then choose what (and how many) they like most.

As a teacher I had said once: "If a student is good at something and bad at something else, should we focus on what he's good at to reach maximum potential or should we focus on getting better where he's deficient, so he'll have a broader set of skills?"

Comment Re:Both types of learning are important (Score 1) 307

While I agree that there is a minimum workable level to learning to deal with both sides, I believe your position is a little biased by the fact you are not in the extreme.

Extreme introverts are in a big disadvantage in the days of "social everything". This is caused by a change in the values of our society which now believes that interacting with others is more useful than actually doing work. Now, as it has always been, far-spectrum introverts (nerds) are discriminated against by the extroverts. However, extroverts pretty much own the world right now because of cumulative effects due to teachers and employers liking extroverts more. This "likeness" is only natural, due to usually greater empathy and "communication skills".

One key point which is usually overlooked is the origin of the value change. As I see it, it is actually beneficial to employers to keep people with good relationships at hand. However, the extreme increase in importance seems to be the increase in the need to circunvent bureaucracies, which only a corrupt system benefits from

Comment Re:Flipped Classrooms (Score 1) 307

I once delivered the "group" report with only my name on it, since I did all the work. I actually warned the other guy in the group that I'd do this if he didn't help, and he said "go forward and do it".

In the end both me and the other guy were sent to the dean's office and we both got a sermon on how we were behaving like kids (this was in college). The grade was the same for both anyway.

Lesson learned: the world actually works like this. Only a few in a group (or a company) do the actual work and the others just share the glory (and some keep the whole glory to themselves).

Comment Re:stating the obvious... (Score 1) 440


What he's proposing is simply to ignore the rule No 1 of network security: never trust anyone, specially you users.

This reminds me of a place I worked where one of the computers kept getting infected with a virus, even when their files were on regularly scanned network storage. After some time I found out that everytime I cleared the virus (which could not be repaired by my AV, so I had to delete the file) someone that used that computer restored the infected file from a floppy disk, which they never bothered to scan!

Comment Re:All they need to do is everything (Score 5, Informative) 173

I think there's more trouble facing the early adopters. For example, even the hardware isn't all that good to start with. The "modern replacement" of SheevaPlug (mentioned in "hardware is being taken care of") isn't all that good. In fact, this new version, the GuruPlug, suffers greatly of an lack of thermal design. This causes the plug to overheat and start rebooting, until the embedded power supply fails (also because of heat dissipation problems). As a result, to use one of those, the user must also mod the hardware, which creates all sorts of trouble. The manufacturer doesn't even care about it, and keep selling it for those naive enough (like me) to think that the manufacturer should take care of those problems before even starting to sell a product.

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