6 months ago

What was the best article you read this week? Any topic is fair game.

Originally a periodic tweet by none other than Pomp (@APompliano) on Twitter.

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Ever since i bought BTC i'm either too happy or sometimes worried about future of BTC and Cryptoworld.





Distance Education

A major disadvantage of distance schooling is the isolation experienced by students. In conventional schooling it's not difficult to seek the guidance of teachers and fellow students. Pupils frequently form informal study groups and only being present in an academic institution may boost motivation. E-learning technologies may help overcome the isolation of solitary students by enabling communicating with peers and teachers. Such technologies may be asynchronous, ie essentially bulletin boards where users post messages to other people to see and react to at their own time, or synchronous, ie communications take place at real time. Synchronous conferencing software initially consisted of text based chat systems.

As Internet bandwidths have increased considerably so these systems are now able to support visual audio conferencing. In choosing the shipping style consider: I) pupils based at developing countries may not have that the technical capacity to support visual audio, ii) those studying in another terminology may find it easier to follow a textual listing appearing on the screen. General purpose messaging software like Windows Live Messenger, Skype, and Yahoo. Messenger may all be used for educational purposes. In a lot of cases students might already be utilizing these services. Additionally a product designed especially for e learning like Elluminate might be employed.

Synchronous applications can support e learning in various ways, eg: Teachers deliver pre organized seminars on particular subjects, mirroring on campus tutorials or lectures. In such cases it's essential to avert the monologue and permit plenty of chance for involvement to make the most of real time collaboration. Instructors and support staff have working hours periods wherein students can raise any problems of concern. Specialist guest speakers can be invited to provide presentations and answer questions. The facility might be made available for student-to student cooperation, either on particular projects or for general peer support throughout the course. Where the student body is globally based the timing of sessions must be staggered to give everybody at least an opportunity to take part at a convenient local time.

Different sessions could start at different times, or the same session might be offered twice to maximize opportunities to participation. Many people choose open or distance learning to the pliability it offers. It is important not to jeopardize this flexibility by making involvement in synchronous sessions mandatory. Preferably synchronous sessions should be recorded and made available after that the event. This minimizes any drawback to people unable to attend, in addition to benefiting participants by giving an opportunity to review proceedings. To learn more on successful e learning implementation visit Educational Technology Insight for teachers and technologists.

I found this article fascinating, they are using the M13 bacteriophage, basically a programmed virus, to help achieve much faster phase-change memory by creating heat resistant tiny wires. Thus enabling the reduction of millisecond delays, when using phase-change technology it uses a material that can reversibly switch between amorphous and crystalline states with higher memory and lower power than RAM hard drives.


I came across a review of the book 'Waste of a Nation: Garbage & Growth in India' while reading EPW magazine. Following is the link - https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/1/book-reviews/indias-waste-problem.html

The article is a great read of course because it summarises the book for us, highlights the waste issues faced by our country but it also asks a question - 'What to do with the country's SHEER BACKWARDNESS in the times of modernity?'

Are we really 'backward' in our thoughts? If not, is the dream of 'Swachh Bharat' not a distant dream?


For those interested in the Ethereum network, I think that one of the biggest thing this month is the Constantinople hard fork. Here is the article with all information that you need to know: https://cryptoslate.com/ethereums-hard-fork-constantinople-what-you-need-to-know-before-january-16th/

The excellent article written about the pronunciation of the word GIF, insightful and funny. Find out what is the correct way to pronounce it: :)