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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).


Amazon's New Silk Redefines Browser Tech 249

angry tapir writes "While the Kindle Fire tablet consumed much of the focus at Amazon's launch event Wednesday in New York, the company also showed off a bit of potentially radical software technology as well, the new browser for the Fire, called Silk. Silk is different from other browsers because it can be configured to let Amazon's cloud service do much of the work assembling complex Web pages. The result is that users may experience much faster load times for Web pages, compared to other mobile devices, according to the company."

Visible Light 'X-Ray' Sees Through Solid Objects 122

disco_tracy writes "Some day we may not need X-rays to see inside people, thanks to a new way to decipher light that passes through opaque surfaces. Normally visible light becomes too scattered to detect after passing through opaque surfaces. But scientists in France have developed a way to reconstruct images from light passing through such surfaces by deciphering just how the material makes the light scatter. In the short term the research will help improve the strength of telecommunications signals and fiber optics cables, but years from now the technology could supplement or even replace traditional ultrasounds for baby imaging and X-rays for weapons detection at airports."

Microsoft To Charge Phone Makers a Licensing Fee 225

angry tapir writes "Microsoft may be one of the only remaining mobile operating-system providers that charges handset makers a licensing fee, but in exchange vendors get at least one important benefit: protection from intellectual property worries. 'Microsoft indemnifies its Windows Phone 7 licensees against patent infringement claims,' the company said. 'We stand behind our product, and step up to our responsibility to clear the necessary IP rights.'" In related news, Windows Phone 7 will be exclusive to AT&T at launch, and it seems Microsoft is counting on Xbox Live integration to be the "hook" that gets people interested in the new devices.

US ISP Adopts Three-Strikes Policy 280

Andorin writes "Suddenlink, a United States ISP that serves nineteen states, has implemented a three-strikes policy. Subscribers who receive three DMCA takedown notices are disconnected without compensation for a period of six months. According to TorrentFreak, the takedown notices do not have to be substantiated in court, which effectively means that subscribers can be disconnected based on mere accusations. In justifying the policy, Suddenlink turns to an obscure provision of their Terms of Service, but also claims that they are required by the DMCA to disconnect repeat offenders."

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!


The State of Household Robots 102

paulelaguna writes "The dream of owning a household robot is starting to become reality, particularly for people in Japan. There are robots to help you do the dishes, move furniture, and even robotic wheelchairs to help you get around. Really, the only question that remains for us is when do we move?"

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