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Sony CEO Lets Slip That iPhone 5 Will Have 8MP Camera

CoreWalker Re:BFD (176 comments)

On the contrary, if the comparison was referencing differences between the iPhone4 and the iPhone5, then we are indeed comparing Apples to Apples.


ps. Sadly, I have been waiting about 25 years to use that joke.

more than 3 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

CoreWalker Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (1345 comments)

Even if the current system works well doesn't mean it can't be made to work better.
The only reason the system is better than it used to be is because some people strive for something more than being content with "good enough". I see no reason for this trend not to continue.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

CoreWalker Re:So it's a fancy name (1345 comments)

Child B. Child B without a shadow of a doubt.

  You do not know this, and you have absolutely no data to back this up. It is not possible for that blanket statement to be true.
There is no one solution that works for everyone. Many kids excel in public school, and many kids struggle with it. Many kids are much better off avoiding the public school system. I know I struggled with it quite a bit and spent more time avoiding people who were trying to beat me up because I was different (didn't listen to Poison and Ratt and didn't spell psyche "S-I-K-E") than I did learning anything. However, I know many intelligent people in my class who did well in public school. Although I feel I would have been better off without it, there is no way for me to know for sure.

My wife and I choose to home school my son because we found that by the time he was going to be attending first grade, he was already way ahead of where most of the other children were going to be in his class. He is currently 9 years old, and we get evaluated every year by a qualified, certified teacher. If we get to the point where he is falling behind other kids his age, we will reevaluate our plan. In the mean time, we have joined a local homeschooling group, and unlike in a public school, he gets to hang out with some kids his age, some kids older, and some kids younger (more like real life in the adult world), and learn to get along with people without the pressure of having to be ashamed if his own tastes may be different from the tastes of others. He gets plenty of socialization, and gets to hang around older kids who are great role models of how to be in charge of your own learning. I know 2 kids, one 15 years old and one 16 years old, who are homeschooled but are taking college classes to supplement where they have exceeded their parents' ability to teach more complex subjects. Neither is having culture shock due to lack of social skills. Neither is floundering because they can't acclimate to a classroom environment. They excel, and I believe that it is because they are bright kids and they feel that they are in charge of their own destiny. They do not sit around waiting for someone to teach them.

Just because you can imagine how something could fail doesn't mean it always or even often will. Just because you had a particular experience and turned out okay doesn't mean that everyone else should have that experience, too. There are plenty of parents who use the guise of unschooling as an excuse to not discipline their children. There are also just as many parents who use the public school system as a free baby-sitter so they can disengage from being active in their child's life. To dismiss a form of education because it can be abused is short-sighted at best.

... I could not know all that I do today without those mind-numbingly painful drills and lessons and test and reviews.

You don't know this, either. It may make you feel better to believe it, and that's fine for you, but all you've convinced me of is that you don't like to distinguish between fact and opinion.

about 5 years ago
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On the Advent of Controversial Video Games

CoreWalker Re:Adult Gaming? Hah! (343 comments)

I'm a little confused.
Why is it that "entertainment" and "exploring the human condition" are considered mutually exclusive? There seems to be a tendency to put more cerebral entertainment in a class that is somehow elevated and not "common" entertainment. I believe I read books (fiction and non-fiction), listen to music, watch movies, play video games, and play musical instruments for entertainment value. Those activities also contain differing levels of learning and exploration of the human condition. The idea that entertainment cannot also teach or that intellectual exploration cannot also be entertaining seems a bit short-sighted.

more than 5 years ago
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What one thing would you take, if you had to leave the house for 24 hours and could only take one?

CoreWalker Re:Unless you live in the city, it's KEYS (639 comments)

Seriously, it's like no one here has a friend within walking/driving distance where they can hang out and drink beer, eat, play video games, or "borrow" their wife to get through the next 24 hours. I am lucky enough to have 2 good friends (really good friends, like "I need help moving this body" kind of friends) within walking distance. Both are great cooks, have great spouses, console games systems, and plenty good to drink. 24 hours? Hell, I'd be set for a week. I'm taking my keys to lock up my house (and thus get back in) and hoofing it to a 24 hour vacation.
And whoever even considers the work badge needs to have their head examined.

P.S. No, I don't think that I would actually be able to have sex with the wives, but the wives are good looking and fun to be around. That's good enough for 24 hours.

more than 6 years ago

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