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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.

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Anonymous Anger Rampant On the Web 399

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the oh-now-this-too dept.
the4thdimension writes "In a story that may bring out the 'duh' in you, CNN has a story about how anonymous anger is rampant on the Internet. Citing various reasons, it attempts to explain why sites like MyBiggestComplaint and Just Rage exist and why anger via the web seems to be everywhere. Various reasons include: anonymity, lack of rules, and lack of immediate consequences. Whatever the reason, they describe that online anger has resulted in real-life violence and suggest methods for parents and teens to cope with e-aggression and to learn to be aware of it." I can't figure out what makes me angrier: my habit of anonymously trolling web forums, or my video game playing.

Comment: Re:True story (Score 1) 773

by MoToMo (#25317345) Attached to: 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.

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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