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Comment: From Merriam-Webster (Score 1) 102

by MoToMo (#41943785) Attached to: MOOC Mania

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

Comment: Forever? (Score 1) 427

by MoToMo (#38128334) Attached to: 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.

Comment: Re:hmm... Gravity!! (Score 1) 192

by MoToMo (#28494633) Attached to: 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.

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - 10 Bizarre Scientific Papers: Penguin Poo Pressure->

Submitted by MoToMo
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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