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Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

UBfusion Re:Is are (134 comments)

Yes, and it's called Slashdot Grammar Nazis Open Courses (SGNOC).

(By the way, the correct syntax is "Are there any free ..." or "Is there any free ...").

1 year,20 days

Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

UBfusion What's most important to learn? (134 comments)

I'm all for Open Courses, especially when the Universities, Professors and Research are funded by the state (I'm not talking for US only). However, IMO the issue is, what should the priorities for self-learners be?

Math is considered as the language of science, but sometimes I wonder whether open courses on human relationships, empathy, self-help and helping each other (i.e. things that our parents taught us and are seldom, if ever touched upon by today's parents), and most importantly, detoxification from technology (I'm thinking of the billions of man-hours spent on texting, sexting and the so-called "social networking") might be more important for today's youth.

1 year,20 days

Intel Plans 'Overclocking' Capability On SSDs

UBfusion Re:Why... (106 comments)

This had totally escaped me, you are right. In the article on SSD, Wikipedia states "SandForce controllers compress the data prior to sending it to the flash memory. This process may result in less writing and higher logical throughput, depending on the compressibility of the data."

1 year,20 days

Inside OS X Mavericks

UBfusion This is not news... (362 comments) would be news if "users and developers" dared say something even slightly bad about a new Apple OS.

1 year,21 days

Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

UBfusion Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (522 comments)

You mean weather the personal distinctiveness resides in the upper or lower head?

about a year ago

Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

UBfusion Immortality, here I come! (522 comments)

Provided we find cures for Alzheimer's and other brain degenerative diseases, I wouldn't object living for another 100-200 years, preferably wearing young woman's bodies.

about a year ago

L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

UBfusion Re:sad day for education (232 comments)

It's not a shame to be greedy and to want to make money. That's our religion after all (capitalism). It's a shame, maybe even a crime, to do it by exploiting children's thirst for knowledge.

about a year ago

L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

UBfusion Re:Common Core Standards (232 comments)

If it was possible to "standardize curricula" based on "state of the art" educational principles in order to minimize "costs", it would have already have been done 50 years ago, not only across US states, but across countries and continents too.

If you come to think about it, the Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Geology, etc) are universal. The only differentiating subjects are language and to an extent, history. So the globalization, standardization and "canning" of knowledge to teach in schools, even in universities, is feasible.

The first company that will patent and produce The Bible for such a globalized curriculum will become as rich as the Church. Pearson is one such candidate.

about a year ago

L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

UBfusion This explains the Idiocracy documentary I saw... (232 comments)

Is the famous USA educational system becoming the pinnacle of consumerism? Where pupils need only to consume hi-calorie concentrate food canned in hi-tech tablets and evaluated only by pressing their fat fingers on multiple choice questions check-boxes?

"Question 1: The rectangular machine you have in your hand at this very moment and reading this question on is:
a) a tablet
b) a computer
c) a calculator
d) a PC
e) an iPad"

about a year ago

Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

UBfusion Re:Whisky Tango Foxtrot? (230 comments)

Please mod this man +1 informative. I have not posted in months but I cannot but admire the accuracy and simplicity of this post. Please note that these channels also are the ones broadcasting a lot of turkish soap operas, which seem to be the official state ideology vehicle in recent years. If the state channel was the one broadcasting the Suleiman series, I'd expect more than three million people protesting in Athens today and several more millions across the country.

PS. Please forgive all the greeks posting as ACs in this thread, due to the past week's revelations we all are in super paranoid mode.

about a year ago

Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

UBfusion This is a most provovative article (372 comments)

Some preliminary thoughts, after having read the full research article:

It is a provocative study and it's going to be either totally ignored (because the author is just a PhD student in a non-technological discipline) or really stir the waters of educational research (just take into account the hundreds of books, tens of journals and thousands of research papers arguing about the benefits of IT in the curriculum).

One weakness of the study that will definitely be used against the author is that he (and, not surprisingly, the interviewees) seem to confuse instructional technology with information technology - these two "IT" are not the same. As an educator, I firmly believe that PowerPoint presentations (except when embedding animations/video) are totally equivalent to plain old overhead transparencies or even 35mm film slides - they are static images and are definitely not Information technology, just because a computer and a data projector are needed to project them.

Another more important criticism is that the author did not seem to investigate (or mention) the professors' insights about the potential learning benefits of using IT. From what I understood by reading the paper, the teachers seem to implicitly or explicitly believe that IT has no useful aspects beyond the motivation of the students (to keep them from falling asleep during class). Apart from the fact that such responses could be argued to be a sign that the sample is biased, the major question is, are the students actually learning better/more by using IT or not? IMO teaching cannot be separated from learning. Therefore, I'd like to know explicitly what these professors think the learning outcomes of IT are, and if possible, interview some of their students too to see if they consider they are benefiting from such technologies.

Finally, I think that four disciplines and 42 teachers are a very very small sample of the USA (and global) academia. However, the data presented should be very alarming to those universities (or secondary schools) that plan providing their students with free iPads just because they are offered free or at a bargain nobody can deny.

about a year and a half ago

Raspberry Pi Gets an Open Source Educational Manual

UBfusion Makes no sense to me (56 comments)

Could you please elaborate why private universities would not use any free educational materials? Is it somehow prohibited by US laws?

Wouldn't such a "commercial entity" like to cut a significant cost by opting to teach e.g. LibreOffice instead of MSOffice?

about a year and a half ago

First Direct Image of DNA Double Helix

UBfusion Re:Is it writable (44 comments)

I think you are confusing the TEM (electron transmission) microscope that operates with the help of an electron beam, with an AFM (atomic force microscope) which does indeed use a needle and can displace atoms on the surface of a material.

about 2 years ago

How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

UBfusion Re:An explanation of the code (438 comments)

Where has this world come to? Are we so ashamed to explain BASIC code that we have to post anonymously? What comes next, Newtonian mechanics?

about 2 years ago

Hackers Discover Wii U's Processor Design and Clock Speed

UBfusion Re:Never really been about horsepower (173 comments)

Maybe OT, but please don't forget that the PS3 can also be used as an excellent BluRay, DVD, SACD and SACD-R player. Although I'm not a gamer, I would buy it if I could afford it.

about 2 years ago

The Explosive Growth of 3D Printing

UBfusion Re:Guns (213 comments)

I modded +1 Insightful and it turned out 2, Flamebait, which is totally insane with regard to this post. So I have to post to undo.

The possibility of easily making guns, even from soap (as is done in prisons), is very, very frightening. And don't tell me that it's better to have kids attempt to steal a bubble gum with a plastic gun than actually using a real one!

It won't be long until we read that a kid was suspended from school for life because a plastic printed gun was found in his locker.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

UBfusion Are you sure you won't be in danger? (455 comments)

If I were you, I'd do a LOT of research before even thinking about suing a religious organization. Especially if I had a family, wife and kids.

about 2 years ago

iPhone 4S's Siri Is a Bandwidth Guzzler

UBfusion Re:Well, duh (290 comments)

The problem is that no present company can schedule such a "scaling up of their architecture". In two years (and after at least two more reincarnations of iDevices, tablets and smartphones) the needs for bandwidth might increase 100x. In another two years (when all your home appliances, kids' and pets' collars etc. all require even more bandwidth) the demand might still increase 100x. I'm not optimistic the problem will ever be resolved.

All I see for the future is people carrying personal electromagnetic radiation meters routing their daily lives (ironically with the help of GPS-driven apps) to avoid heavily e/m polluted areas.

more than 2 years ago

New Privacy Laws Could Boost EU Cloud Industry

UBfusion Re:Our MS vs Google fight (119 comments)

If I were in your shoes, I'd recommend your uni legal department to advise explicitly all the teaching and research stuff to avoid sending mail containing sensitive materials unencrypted. Current industrial/research espionage is indistinguishable from magic.

more than 2 years ago


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