Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without
the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing
because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of
the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just
I never thought this story would
receive a believer e-mail...
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: Gamer Missing from Online Clan (article)
I found your article by searching on google. We are interested
in bringing more gaming clans to our gaming café in
xxxxxx, Ohio. Please let me know if you can get me in touch
with members mentioned in your article or maybe you can help
us find gaming clans and members using your resources.
I told him I'd see what I could do.
I love the quotes on this discussion board about our story on underclocking...
hehe! they call underclocking a talent. oh look at me!!!
i'm the Utimate Underclocker! i reduced my computer so slow
i can write fast then it can process! bunch of moron. that's
like buying a Viper and putting a Geo Metro 0.8 Litre engine
Yeah those underclockers sure are morons!
Next a reader from France wonders about the veracity of BBspot
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 6:02 PM
I have a question. I just want to know if in your news there
is a part of true or not (completly imagined).For spider
man 2, shakira's ass
$12 million, DVD
self destructive, and the faming bush
Universal Time Zone; I understand that is satirical but
is there a part of true ?
(i have fun to read you)
This reader is too genuine to make fun of, sorry.
How do people find BBspot? Many discover the site through various
search engines, and I'm sure a lot of them are surprised with what
they find here...
It's summertime! Time to take a vacation and
spend some of that hard-earned money.
Maybe a long weekend to Las
Vegas, or possibly Hollywood to
see some movie
stars, or maybe even New York for the Statue
It'll be hot one so be sure to pack your good T-shirts and not
ones. And, if you're driving drink some coffee so
you don't doze off at the wheel. Don't make it too
strong though. If you've sworn off caffeine like me, you
could listen to some
tunes to keep those eyelids open.
If you decide to stay at home, maybe you can do a bit
of redecorating, or just go sit in a nice cool theater
and watch a good
movie, a bad
one, or one so
bad it's good. If the heat doesn't bother you, you could
go out and play
some sports, like boxing or shoot
As for me I'm going to head out to Seattle,
but I'm a bit embarrassed to tell
you why. I'm not going out to do any protesting and
I don't need to "find
myself." I'm looking for someone,
because I have something
for him that can only be given in person. All right, that
sounds like too much work, maybe I'll just stay home and read
a book or something.
Some stories just don't fit in well in the regular rotation of
BBspot stories, but are still worth perusing...
to Sue Everyone Else
Too Just for the Heck of It
By Bill L
WASHINGTON The embattled music industry disclosed plans
Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against
Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of millions of individual
computer users who may or may not be doing something illegal.
The Recording Industry Association of America , citing significant
sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search local phone
books to identify the remaining US residents who they have not
yet sued. "We must protect our rights: the rights of rock
stars to be millionaires, the rights of lawyers to collect their
1/3 of all recovered damages, and my right to have a timeshare
in the Hamptons" pointed out Cary Sherman, the RIAAs
It expects to file at least several hundred million lawsuits
seeking financial damages within eight to 10 weeks.
The recording industry, facing mounting financial difficulties
over its decisions to release overpriced CD after overpriced
CD of indistinguishable female pop divas and interchangeable
boy bands figure these measures will be an affective way to bolster
lagging profits. "Reducing a corporation's quarterly profits
is practically equivalent is stealing, which is both wrong and
illegal," Sherman said. "We are taking these steps
to make sure our profits remain strong, even if our sales remain
in the toilet."
Sherman said hundreds of millions of users of popular file-sharing
software, Internet users in general, as well as non-Internet
users, will expose themselves to "the real risk of having
to cough up serious green one way or another; either in the record
stores or in the courtroom."
US citizens seem to be taking the announcement in stride. Walking
his dog in Davenport, Iowa, Mark Banselmi was planning cough
up all the dough the RIAA demanded because of the new lawsuit
threat. Although he doesn't even own a CD player and has never
heard of mp3s or DivX, he agreed that illegal downloads should
be curtailed, copyrights protected, and the RIAA should be able
to sue whoever it wants for however much it wants..
"Please just don't drag me into court, I could never afford
the legal fees. I have $12.65 on me, will that do?"
Country songwriter Jack Duffy, who has worked with Randy Travis,
Trisha Yearwood and Jimmy Buffett, likened the RIAA's effort
to a police barricade looking for drunk drivers on a busy highway.
"If you assume that everyone is guilty, you're sure to
catch the guilty ones. And assuming that everyone is guilty is
what this country is all about," Prestwood said.
Critics accused the RIAA of resorting to heavy-handed tactics
likely to alienate millions of American citizens. "This
latest tactic shows that contrary to what we have all believed
all these years, the recording industry isn't made up a die-hard
music fans simply trying to share with the world the latest creations
of dedicated musicians. Instead it turns out that they're just
a bunch of slimy manipulators and coke fiends who are only it
for the money,"" said Fred Lehman, a lawyer for the
Internet Frontier Foundation. "Today the recording industry
has declared war on the American consumer."
The Bush administration applauded the announcement. White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer at his daily press briefing reported
that "The country hasn't had a war in over three weeks.
We are happy to announce the opening of the War on Consumers
which we are sure to win just as easily as we won the War on
Drugs. " When it was pointed out to Fleischer that drug
use in the US remains about as high as it was at the outset of
the War on Drugs despite billions of dollars spent and thousands
of lives ruined and that a ban on file swapping will likely have
similarly catastrophic results, Fleischer remarked "no comment."
That's all for this week!
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