top MOOC Mania
Definition of MANIA
1 : excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood; specifically : the manic phase of bipolar disorder 2 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.
about a year and a half ago
top VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Socket Pricing
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."
top Disney Turns Plants Into Multi-Touch Sensors
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.
top Japanese Use Wild Monkeys To Track Radiation
It's good that the Japanese have learned to always mount scratch monkeys:
top Petition Calls For Making Net Access Inalienable Right
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.
top Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?
Nuke it from Orbit.
It's the only way to be sure.
top Researchers Discover That Sand Behaves Like Water
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.
top Slashdot Launches User Achievements
...that all it takes is a lame comment here to get an achievement.
top Researcher Resurrects the First Computer
It would have been better on Valentine's day, when it could have saved me $5 at Hallmark.
top Qantas Blames Wireless For Aircraft Incidents
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.