SciFi announced a spin-off to Battlestar Galactica?! (gateworld.net) What?! Isn’t it already a spin-off? :P Apparently they’re wanting to do a prequel… bleh. The special effects of the old one might not be so hot, but it’s still definately better overall than what SciFi’s remaking. Ugh. Now they’re going to pull an Enterprise and make a prequel and screw up the current timeline. Brilliant.
It also appears that Apple has patents that could bring about a camera monitor… (newscientist.com) How nice. I remember hearing about how this could be possible several years ago, but I rather dismissed it as too crazy. Now I’m not so sure. Lots of Slashdot comments seem to think it’s not crazy… I don’t think it’s crazy anymore. As long as you can keep the thing shut off at your command, like… really at your command. A hardwired switched to just simply cut power to it. I don’t think it’d be so bad if they did that. But, eh… I don’t think it’ll stop there, once one’s been created and sold to consumers.
…and I’m glad we have McAfee around to tell us that 97% of computer users don’t know what spyware is when they see it. What can you expect from a company that makes money clearing computers of spyware and viruses, though, eh? (Yes, Viruses. Computer Viruses. Not Virii.) Blah… do we really have so many silly people using the internet? Can they seriously not comprehend that you don’t click on things to download that you didn’t specifically ask for? I mean… these days… even with IE, you have to ALLOW most spyware to install, and the programs rely on dorky users who go ‘ooh! internet accelerator! must have!’ or ‘zomg an XXX toolbar? *droooool*’
Oh, and I saved the best for last!
So there’s this kid at school. We don’t know what he did, since the article is (not so) strangely biased toward the impressionable brat, but apparently… he was slapped. By a teacher. Oh my, the humaaaaaaanity! Kid gets mad. Kid calls dad. Dad gets mad. Dad wants teacher fired for slapping his kid. Apparently, the kid sent a text message to his parents that said “Come to the school right now my teacher just slapped me.”
Hahahaha… so crazily funny. Some spoiled teen with an equally spoiled father get so hopping mad that a teacher smacked him. “She’s promoting violence! ZOMG MAKE HER STOP! Her job is supposed to resolve problems WITHOUT VIOLENCE. She’s showing kids how to hit people!”
Wow… just wow. Whatever happened to discipline? Parents don’t do it, for fear of marring the inner-mind of their child, and teachers can’t do it anymore because… I don’t know why. But they’re not supposed to anymore.
Yeah, the article is biased. They make it sound like the teacher randomly waltzed up behind the kid at lunch and gave him such a mighty whallop that chips flew out of his mouth. Mmhm. Sure. Who reported this? Probably the kids at the table. They wouldn’t exaggerate, now, would they?
Oh, no… not attention starved teenagers at risk of being smacked for doing something wrong.