My daily readings 10/25/2012
How to get a stolen domain back? | Hacker News
Check the security of your e-mail account, immediately.
You’re supposed to receive a bunch of e-mails when your domains are transferred away. Did you receive them? Did you receive any other type of notification from NameCheap? Domain thieves often begin by breaking into the domain owner’s e-mail account, so that they can intercept these messages. So make sure that you’re in full control of your e-mail account before doing anything else. Double-check your NameCheap account and make sure that your account, as well as all your domains (including those with WhoisGuard) have the proper e-mail address attached to them. Change all the passwords. Change the passwords on your backup e-mail, too. Otherwise the thief may be able to get between you and NameCheap and confuse the hell out of both parties.
Also contact the receiving registrar (22.cn) and let them know that they just received a stolen domain. Send a stern but polite notice to their abuse department. They might or might not do anything about it, depending on how reputable they are, but it’s worth a shot.
Ask HN: Education is broken, how do you fix it? | Hacker News
speaking for myself as a learner, the only things I’ve learned to a very high level (foreign languages, computer science, maths, etc ) have all been things that I’ve had an immense amount of self interest in and have dedicated tons of time to. In the us educational system I think one of main problems is that you take a lot of subjects you don’t need and another is that most subjects are not presented in a problem solving approach manner.
It might just be my opinion, but I don’t think sociology, anthropology, or even anatomy have any reason for being on a high school curriculum. It seems much more important to me to give students in this age group a really solid understanding of core areas: math, physics, literature / writing (i.e. the analytical thought and expressive process), and foreign languages (for today’s world I’d also add computer science). If you know and comprehensively understand the above areas there’s nothing stopping a high school student from majoring in any field imaginable.
As far as the second area is concerned I think this just has to do with less busy work and more active thought and problem solving engagement. For instance, force students to come up with their own formulas for finding the area of a square BEFORE you show them the formula and steps for sovling the equations. I think this helps engrain knowledge and internalize it, also this is how everything in the real world works anyway, and prepares students for their future career choices.
Those are just some of my thoughts…
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