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MOOC Mania

MoToMo From Merriam-Webster (102 comments)

from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mania

Definition of MANIA
: excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood; specifically : the manic phase of bipolar disorder
a : excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm —often used in combination
b : the object of such enthusiasm

So, in conclusion: it's the object of excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm, not the best thing since sliced bread.

more than 2 years ago

VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Socket Pricing

MoToMo Amazing what competition does (70 comments)

To rephrase the headline:

"VMWare realizes that Hyper-V in Server 2012 is now competitive with vSphere in features; lowers prices in an attempt to lose fewer customers."

more than 2 years ago

Disney Turns Plants Into Multi-Touch Sensors

MoToMo Curiously enough... (97 comments)

The plant was asked to comment on this technology, and all it said was: "Oh no, not again."

I speculate that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that, we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.

more than 2 years ago

Petition Calls For Making Net Access Inalienable Right

MoToMo Forever? (427 comments)

15 years ago it probably crossed the mind of phone users that a telephone land line should be an inalienable right. Right now, that would seem kind of silly, and another 15 years from now people would be scratching their heads wondering why anyone would have ever made that a law in the first place. So consider how young the Internet is as a specific technology that enables communication, and ask yourself if this proposal really makes any sense or not.

more than 3 years ago

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

MoToMo Nuke it from Orbit... (459 comments)

Nuke it from Orbit.
It's the only way to be sure.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Discover That Sand Behaves Like Water

MoToMo Re:hmm... Gravity!! (192 comments)

Gravity! It's working on a small scale, but that's why it would do that. As a casual observer, i'm pretty sure i've noticed this type of behavior in sand before, it's surprising to me that others haven't. I'm pretty sure that's the same reason why the last few cheerios stick together in the bowl of milk.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

MoToMo Someone told me... (1582 comments)

...that all it takes is a lame comment here to get an achievement.

I'm lame...

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Resurrects the First Computer

MoToMo Re:Haha, perfect timing (149 comments)

It would have been better on Valentine's day, when it could have saved me $5 at Hallmark.

more than 5 years ago

Qantas Blames Wireless For Aircraft Incidents

MoToMo Re:True story (773 comments)

There is a big difference between a phone that in the cockpit causing a display to flicker and one that is in the passenger portion of the airplane causing problems with the controls or communications. If i kept my old nextel phone close to a radio, it would cause interference, but if the phone was at least a few feet away, it was fine, and none of that interference caused the radio to malfunction, it just caused some clicking noises to be heard.

more than 6 years ago



10 Bizarre Scientific Papers: Penguin Poo Pressure

MoToMo MoToMo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MoToMo (17253) writes "A friend sent me a link to the 10 Most Bizarre Scientific Papers. The sixth item on the list is: "Pressures Produced When Penguins Poo — Calculations on Avian Defecation". So if you've ever wondered about what happens to herring when our favorite mascot is done with it, you can go check it out. To quote the article: "Ever wondered how far a penguin can fire waste from its anus? Wonder no more. Victor Breno Meyer-Rochow of International University, Bremen, and Jozsef Gal of Lorand Eotvos University, Hungary, used the basic principles of physics to calculate the pressure that builds up inside a penguin.""
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