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Comment Re:Some truth... (Score 1) 268

True, but if you set aside Tesla for a moment, as we've debated here before, the negative press is probably going to be a big problem in the future, to the point that even a ten times safer driver assist/autonomous vehicle may be fighting against a generally negative perception.

Everyone knows the mass media is just waiting for an accident to happen so they can write their zOMG! IT'S A DEATHTRAP! story.

With great power comes great responsibility. My old grand mother was afraid to go out in the evenings because the local news paper was always full of stories of people being robbed, despite her neighborhood being safer than it ever had been. Easy stories to write. Depressing.

Comment Re:Society Advances? (Score 1) 228

Children have more history to learn, more science, more technoloy, and they have to be better thinker/problem solvers/etc.

I don't think you're right. The answer to vastly increased human total knowledge isn't to spend more time studying. That would be like trying to empty the ocean with a single glass. It is simply not possible. Progress would halt immediately if people tried doing that.

I recall I think it was Donald Knuth recollecting that when he started it was possible for him to follow all computer science publications available to him. Well, that era ended some decades ago.

Instead we spend more time specializing. Self-determination, learning how to navigate through the ocean of information yourself and being inventive are what's important. That's not the kind of things you can learn by sitting on your bottom listening to a teacher. It requires playing with things yourself.

Comment Re:Already Implemented in Ontario, Canada (Score 3, Interesting) 228

I have two happy kids in a Waldorf kindergarten here in Denmark, and here's a biased opinion: basically you leave the kids alone and let them play with whatever they want to play with for most of the day, preferably outdoors in a calm setting.

Kindergarten is not really for intellectual stuff. Your wife should forget the curriculum and let the school handle it - the fact she's called a teacher is part of the problem. She should see herself as someone providing inspiration and someone whose behavior is worthy of replicating, not as someone who instructs.

In my kids' kindergarten, the adults study fairy tales so they can retell them to the children (recounting them orally, never reading directly from a book) to provide fodder for their imagination. They also cook and do other household chores each day, again setting examples for the children to participate in and replicate in their play.

For a small child, there's a lot to be learned about self-motivation, inventing things, experimenting, self-confidence and important topics such as friendships and life. Counting and reading is easy, in comparison, for a determined, self-confident child. So better wait with that.

In a nutshell, as far as I'm aware, you don't end up being a better reader by learning to read one year earlier. But you might end up being more self-confident and self-motivated by having entertained yourself through play for that year.

Comment Re:not gonna happen (Score 1) 630

Could you please back this up with some citations?

For instance, I find it odd that you claim that "the US is already spending considerably more per capita than any other country on social welfare (as well as education and healthcare)" given that most of the stuff that you get for free in my country is something you have to pay for in your country. I could perhaps accept that the US would be near the top - but considerably more than any other country... That can't be right unless you cherry pick the right misleading numbers.

(I get it you're a happy American. Good for you. Happy European here.)

Comment Better examples (Score 2) 211

A better example is the electric grid. Or the highway network.

Yes, it's true that for many years, there has been an common explanation for why "the Internet" should be capitalized, but I think what people here need to realize that one logical deduction does not make language. These things are much weirder.

I can see why you're annoyed. In Danish, the same decision was made years ago. I think for people don't give a damn about networks the capital "I" just looks plain weird.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 565

I think the correct solution to this specific problem probably is to report your monitor details somewhere (the kernel?) and get it fixed there once and for all, so the layers higher up in the stack have good data to work with.

Then other people can also steer clear of hardware vendors who release buggy crap.

Comment Re:Works great (Score 1) 565

Also, as for moving to Linux, the next question becomes... why? This is the single biggest problem Linux fans have in trying to get people to move, there really is no compelling reason to go.

Exactly. It has to be pre-installed. Despite the fan club for Mac OS X, how many run it on non-Apple hardware? Not many. Same thing.

Now, if Linux was pre-installed, there would in theory be a compelling reason: the price of the license.

But Windows computers are apparently generally so full of paid-for pre-installed crapware that the price difference doesn't come into place either.

I do think there's another compelling reason, the whole virus boondoogle. But it probably doesn't occur to your wife that the solution to that is another OS.

Comment Re:Quality was never the problem (Score 1) 565

I have a relatively recent Intel motherboard with IGP (built into the CPU). This has worked flawlessly for at least a year of more than 12 hours usage per day. Of course it's not powerful enough to play the latest games.

Same CPU on a slightly older ASUS motherboard freezes from time to time. That's not a Linux-specific problem though. I specifically bought and paid a premium for the Intel motherboard to avoid this problem.

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