* Posts by Rachel

15 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008

Vatican damns Angels and Demons as 'quite harmless'

Paris Hilton

@ AC 13:31

Well, I haven't read the Da Vinci Code, although I have had the misfortune to read Angels and Demons, and I think the adjectives 'ludicrous' and 'unwatchable' are understatements here. IMO, Dan Brown makes even that awful Twilight series look like Shakespeare in comparison...

Paris Hilton, cause I think she might even be able to write a better novel.

NASA rejects democracy, names ISS node 'Tranquility'


@ AC

I agree that NASA might be saving 'Serenity' for an actual ship-like thing, cause like you said, they did it with Enterprise! Plus, I could imagine a very marketing-savvy person at NASA seeing the potential benefit in getting a group of people that can so effectively write letters and petition and in general kick up a fuss about not getting what they want (again, like the Trekkies) interested in what they're doing...

-Mine's the brown one... =)

Why no Lego Doctor Who? fans demand

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Lego Dr Who?

Heck, I'd buy a Doctor Who Lego set, and so would many of my friends, and we're all adults living in the US!

'WALL-E' robot grunt obeys military hand signals



Actually, this doesn't seem to be such a problem - if you watched the clip, you saw the robot follow a girl, then she walked into a room, but it didn't follow the man walking out of the room later. Maybe it can be programmed to respond to 'user x' and not anyone else? Or, for a more practical application in the field, anyone wearing the proper BDU's?

'Kidnapped' child tracked by mobile phone and Street View


@ A J Stiles:

Only the custodial parents or guardians actually have a right to be with the child. I don't know what part of the world you're from, but here in the US, 'kidnappings' of children by non-custodial parents or relatives do happen, and with surprising frequency - not all families are happy and get along well. If the grandmother implied to whoever had legal guardianship to the girl that she was taking the child away and they wouldn't see her again, that's kidnapping, even if the girl doesn't object to being taken, even if she let the girl talk to her parents, and even if the kidnapper and child are related.

Beeb names new Doctor Who


@ Matthew Allen:

Yes, he is a bit creepy-looking, but as a friend of mine pointed out, it's Moffat who's in charge of the show now so creepy is to be expected...

In any case, I say give the guy a chance. The producers could have probably had their pick of any actor (or actress, but even as a girl, I don't think a female doctor would ever have been right) in all of Britain, and it's not like they had any need to expand the fan base by getting someone younger seeing how DT was 37 (to be honest, he doesn't look that much older than this new guy to me) and the show got spectacular ratings, so I don't think that they'd have picked an actor who'd be a poor fit for the part for any superficial reason like that. As far as the 'emo' goes, it's all in the hair, and that's probably the easiest thing to fix...

A smiley face, cause I'm kinda optimistic about this one.

Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit


I hope she isn't serious...

So let me get this straight - the woman is suing Nintendo for $5 MILLION because her big TV (which probably cost $4000 tops) was broken? I can understand suing for the cost of the TV, and maybe a bit more to cover lawyer fees and such, or a lawsuit of that size if her kid had suffered severe injuries as a result of a flying Wii controller, but what she's doing is an attempt to use the legal system as a high-priced lottery with good odds...

Homework late? Blame Russian hackers


My favorite

My all-time favorite was, "My sister ate my homework!" The last one actually worked, because my sister would eat paper just to goof off to begin with, and 50 cents would get you a thoroughly chewed-up, slobbered-on piece of unidentifiable paper that I could show to your teacher to get a reaction of "Oh, that's disgusting, just do it over and bring it in tomorrow and keep it away from your sister!" The thing was, I went to the high school and she went to the jr high school, so they had no idea that my 'little sister' who was eating the homwork was 13 instead of 3.

NASA probe finds opals in Martian crevices


Ooooh, shiny...

Martian opals aren't valuable for interplanetary trade until some hyper-rich guy decides that a gem from another planet is the perfect thing for his slightly geeky/nerdy girlfriend's engagement ring... personally, I think one would be pretty cool, aside from the part where it would be freaking expensive and I'd rather have a nice house instead.

University offers one-day Jedi course


@ Anonymous Coward

Of course I'd bring my own lightsaber. It would be a necessary part of the Jedi outfit I would of course show up in - I've worn a Jedi Knight costume to University classes on days that weren't Halloween or anything special (I had REALLY run out of clothes that were clean enough to be worn in public) and people's reactions were hilarious enough to repeat the stunt on a yearly basis. Therefore, I'd jump at the chance to have a legitimate excuse to wear it.

In any case, I'd totally go. I was young enough to be in the target audience for the new movies, but I still love the originals way more and think they were some of the best movies ever, I still think the new ones were mostly crap except for the lightsaber battles and the part where Ewan McGregor was Obi-Wan, and I still think George Lucas ruined my childhood when he made Greedo shoot first.

Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price


Wii and xbox

Between my friends next door, my roommates, and I, we own pretty much every game system ever made except the PS3 (and yes, this goes all the way back to SNES and Sega Dreamcast). As far as the Wii vs. 360 debate goes, it really depends on what you'll use it for. With the exception of Twilight Princess, there are NO good single-player games for the Wii, but it's loads of fun to play with other people. The 360 has some of my favorite single-player games ever, but it's got nothing good for more than two players - even for something like Halo, 1/4 of the screen is just too small to see very easily. As far as I'm concerned, the PS3 has no good games you can't get on other consoles and therefore is only good for inexpensive supercomputer parts.

Hacker unearths young Chinese gymnast scam


@ JonB

I think the issue is that the international governing body of gymnastics set the rules that one has to be 16 to compete, and in a similar way the governing body for diving set rules that competitors have to be 14 to compete - the rules aren't Olympics-wide rules, they're rules for the individual sports. In any case, the discrepancy between the minimum ages also likely has to do with the fact that gymnastics is a weight-bearing, high-impact sport with a high rate of injuries, whereas diving is not really weight-bearing at all (granted, the moves are the similar, but the divers don't have to fling their entire body weight around with just their arms, or land on a still relatively solid mat from a jump that propels them a couple meters into the air) and carries a much lower risk for injuries.

US judge says University can ignore Christian course credits


The only problem I see here...

This is honestly kind of unfair to the students. Usually, kids who are going to religious schools don't have a choice in the matter - even most religious kids I know would go to a public school, given the choice. It's usually their parent's choice to send them to a private religious school, and it's the school's choice, not the students', of what cirriculum to use, and so in the end, the people who are missing out are the ones who had the least amount of control over the whole thing. And, let's not mention how well public schools teach things like critical thinking.... perhaps the schools in question here should just have remedial courses for anyone who's school's courses failed to meet their standards, or for anyone else who can't cut it in their 'normal' college classes.

Global warming to stone US kidneys

Dead Vulture

Oh, great...

...the last thing I need is MORE kidney stones! I started when I was 17, in the middle of a New England winter, and I never touch iced tea or have any of the other risk factors (except ALL my male relatives had them, but I'm also not male) so I have no clue what's up. But what 'cost' of treating them is there? My parents would usually just drive me to the ER, the doctor would prescribe some Vicodin, and my parents would pick up the prescription and lots of soda, juice, or gatorade on the way home.

--A dead bird, because that's how they make me feel.

Oz censor, gamers fall out over Fallout 3 ban


Are they serious?

What's next? Banning medical TV shows (ie, House) because morphine given to some of the patients has the positive effect of making them feel the pain less?

@ alistair millington: I think the game you're referring to is Prey, as I have Fable, and it made plenty of sense without drugs (and it was... interesting when I was recovering from surgery and pumped up with Vicodin. But not as interesting as Guitar Hero).

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