Benjamin Szamosi

System Administrator and Networking Administrator
Haifa, Israel

About Benjamin

Languages

Dutch, English, Hebrew

Areas of Expertise

Tutoring, System Administration (Windows), motivation and leadrship, ergon, Network Administrator

Comments & conversations

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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 2 months ago
harvesting the orbital energy of planets
Living on a planet that has a single moon and lots of water, we can easily harvest gravitational energy with tidal generators. As long as we have water and the moon, it's extremely reliable, predictable and nearly independent of any external influences like the weather.
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 2 months ago
How do Open Programs benefit and not benefit the school system?
I don't know what you mean by Open Programs. If this is something like a democratic school or similar where students all have their own pace of learning etc. then you may want to have a look at Jena-plan schooling. It's been around for a while and is quite popular in Europe. Here is a case study that gives quite a good description of how the system works and why it works. http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/DEU.THU.003.%20Finalwihcover.pdf
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 2 months ago
Can a satellite have any sort of dangling earth elevator?
When you look up space elevator you will find many results. There are competitions to make both the tether and the climber, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elevator:2010 There is lots of information out there and research being done. Transferring payloads in mid air seems more complicated to me. You suddenly add (a lot of) weight to something hanging in the air, where will it get a sudden increase in lift from? Drop ballast? Then you have the problem of getting ballast up there. Tethering a satellite to earth makes sure the line is always taut and as long as the satellite is flung outwards far enough, it can have an overcapacity of "lift" which can be used to hoist things up (in most concepts the lift is self propelled and not hoisted by cable).
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?
Hi Andreea, Have you ever heard of Jenaplan? http://www.schome.ac.uk/wiki/Jenaplan? It's a different kind of school. Very different approach to students, teachers, classrooms and almost everything else. I don't know if you are a teacher or run a school/ are on the board of directors. As a teacher you may not be able to change the school's system. If you think you may be able to make major changes, consider Jenaplan. I had a great time in elementary school thanks to this system. It is very dynamic, every student studies at his own pace. It's very far from conventional school and if you're interested, let me know and I will try to explain more about the system. Ben
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?
Hi Andreea, I personally don't think I would focus on learning technology (computer/ internet) at too early and age. First learn how to add, substract, mutliply and devide, only after that introduce a calculator that is a helpful tool for doing something you know already. Same with the bridge building, first show some simple video's about basic bridge structures, then build some in real life to experience the actual building and hopefully collapse of some bridges to learn building principles, only then move on to computer games building bridges. In the same way, there are some demolition games where with some well placed explosives you bring down a structure. Again, you can first show videos of building demolition, then take some of the structures built in class and see how to break the structure with the least possible cuts (with scissors). After that, play some computer games that simulate the same. Definitely limit the computer game time, it is very addictive and when you're "too" excited about one game, you won't play others anymore. There are also lots of puzzles now that can be great educational tools I think, like Sudoku, Hashi and the card game Set. I believe that when a child understands the principle behind something, transferring it to another situation or medium is easy. Like a computer programmer that knows a certain programming language, when he needs to change to another programming language, a lot of the principles are identical, just the formating/ formulation changes. An "if-then" function is always the same principle, no matter which computer language. Don't focus too much on the specifics. Teach principles and kids will transfer them to computers themselves.
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
The Myth of the box
The box is not so much an individual box for each person as a general consensus of sets of rules and assumptions. The moment that you start asking 'how do I get out of my box" you probably never will. You have already assumed that you are limited by some box and therefore will not be able to see beyond it. For example, between sexes, it is generally "known" that women look for men with a good earning potential to supply for the family. In the same way it is "known" that men choose women more by their looks then anything else. Most people take this as facts and therefore, these rules are part of "the box". It has been scientifically proven that these "known facts" are untrue, but still most people believe it's true and so it is part of their limitations. People that are able to cast aside these assumptions or "known facts" are thinking outside the box of the people that are bound by their (false) belief in these "known facts". In a way, outside the box is a relative term. To think completely outside the box is to fantasize without any limitations of any kind. No laws of nature, no known facts, nothing given. It is (nearly) impossible to think like that after having had any kind education or upbringing, since part of the process is teaching facts and rules.
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?
Hi Andreea, There used to be some nice cartoons that explained things in a playful way. For example there is Donald Duck - Donald in Mathmagic Land. There was a great series called Once Upon a Time...Life explaining biology. In the Netherlands when I was groeing up, there was also the "youth news", a specially made news broadcast with most of the regular news, but explained in words and concepts that children can understand. I think it was a weekly program and we watched it in class every week on Friday. Besides watching to learn, it's great to do things by hand. We had small wooden cubes (1 centimeter), strips of 10 cubes, squares of 100 cubes and blocks of 1000 cubes. This was great for adding, substracting, multiplying etc. No numbers on paper, just cubes in your hands. Other challenges I remember were giving each group of 4-5 kids a bunch of sheets of paper, a stapler, one roll of tape and they had to build the highest tower that could hold a pen on top of it. Another one: give each group 100 plastic straws, 100 pins (like a needle with a small plastic ball on the end), one roll of tape and have them build a bridge as long as possible that can hang between 2 tables and hold the weight of a pen in the middle. These kinds of assignments test and teach insight, cooperation, leadership, planning, motor skills etc. Teaching kids to think is much more important then teaching them facts in my opinion, facts can always be learned or looked up. If the focus of teaching is on memorizing dry facts, students don't learn how to think, solve problems and be creative. Ben
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?
Hi Raj, I think that television, like books and computers are tools. They can be used to educate, to entertain but also to brainwash as you say. There is a place for television to assist in teaching/ learning, but the programing should be carefully selected. I agree that advertisers try to brainwash kids, but if you have recorded programs without any advertisements I think some time (maybe an hour per day, possibly 2) in front of the TV can be a healthy thing. Ben
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?
Hi, Educational and entertaining at the same time. The younger the age, the more entertaining the program has to be to draw kids' attention. This does not mean it has to be funny, just engaging. The older the kids, the more education can be entered into the programs. Think of programs like Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, Postman Pat etc. (Look them up on youtube.) They may seem old or outdated, but most of the concepts still apply and are timeless in my opinion. Along with things like counting, telling time and teaching language, they teach moral standards that many modern programs don't offer. Ben
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Benjamin Szamosi
Posted 3 months ago
The Myth of the box
Thinking outside the box is an expression. It means to think past what most people imagine. One way of thinking outside the box is to cast aside known "facts". There is a nice example in Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. The given problem is faster then light travel. In order to think outside the box on this problem, you cast away linear speed, the fact that nothing can travel faster then light and now, without any "limitations", come up with a way to move from one point to another instantly. The book describes a way in which we step out of the physical universe to "outside", something that has no space, time, form or anything like that. There are "Philotes" which have a predisposition to jump into a specific "empty vessel". Whenever the universe has an "empty vessel" like this, a Philote will jump from the "outside" into the physical universe we know. Everything is made up of Philotes and they bind everything together. All the Philotes that make up a person were "predispositioned" in the "outside" to form this specific person. At the moment of conception of that person in the physical universe, this person's Philotes jumped from the "outside" into our known physical universe to create him. Now if through sheer thought and concentration a person could control the Philotes that make up his being, he could think himself from the physical universe to the "outside". Then keeping himself in existence on the "outside" through keeping a mental image of himself, he could exist "outside". Now, on the "outside" he could think himself back into the physical universe at any location he wants and instantaneously come into existence there. This is an "out of the box" way of coming up with faster then light travel. To think of it, you put aside what is generally accepted as a given or a fact and continue from there. Most people are locked in by "facts", "laws" and other presumptions about the world that block them from imagining the unimaginable.