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Comment A hidden benefit (transparent assignments) (Score 1) 143

I think that one benefit to personalized learning that is often overlooked is the transparent and clear assignments.

My high schooler was lost in his math and English classes and it was impossible for us as parents to help him at home. The teachers did not use the on-line system at their disposal to share upcoming assignments and due dates. Assignments were only posted on line after the due date and with no information as to what the assignment was.

Upon moving him into on-line classes for English and Math, he is now learning the material, able to know exactly what is expected, and is getting much better grades. It is unfortunate that in our case the solution was to remove him from the classroom and all the benefits having a teacher brings. I continually try to get my student's teachers to make assignments available on-line but with amazingly limited success.

Comment Re:windturbines are not the solution (Score 1) 190

You are correct that individual wind/solar farms are stochastic. However, connect enough of those stochastic systems together, diversify their sources, spread them over a wide enough area and throw in some energy storage and your individually stochastic generators become pretty deterministic.

Comment Re:I'm ashamed that I never get sick of these stor (Score 1) 104

All currencies and even gold/silver/platinum only have value because people BELIEVE they have value.

No. Gold, platinum and sliver have actual uses that contribute to their value. While much of the value may be speculative, they do have intrinsic value which is specific to each of them individually.

Bitcoin has no similar intrinsic value that isn't easily copied (and possibly improved upon) by any number of altcoins.

Comment Re:Get over it (Score 1) 190

Not quite accurate. The merchants where the fake/stolen card was used loses. They receive a chargeback notice and are debited the amount of the charge and are also out the merchandise that was purchased with the stolen card. This has happened to both my businesses (fortunately not often).

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