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Wednesday, April 4 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

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 simply amazing.


BBelievers

This week's BBeliever magnet was our RIAA Lawsuit Decision Matrix story. It was posted on Digg, Reddit, Boing-Boing and even the New York Times. Here are some choice comments from the threads on those sites (click the comment for more BBeliever goodness)...

I thought you couldn't send the suing notice shit through email? And even if they did, wouldn't the judge be smart enough to throw it out since the defendant didn't even own a computer (or is that asking too much)?

And...

Why use dumb lawyers when evidence is weak /vica versa? I don't get it.

And...

LOL that is crazy. Sue Granny Jo Jo living on social security b/c her grandkid decided to download the theme to a Disney movie. How big of a gold toilet bowl do these rich asses need?

Another popular story which got a lot of coverage was our story on Google's response to Yahoo's announcement about unlimited storage...

Like two little boys and one gets a toy truck so the other has to beat his neighbors toy truck. It's quite sad if you ask me. How about coming out with a NEW service that makes that infinite actually worth something? How about infinite storage space not on email, but on an actual FILE HOSTING site.

This has really put Google to shame because it drops them down to Yahoos level and instead of fixing something they just throw more in thinking it makes it better. This is pathetic on Googles part.

And...

If you really need all that you should really re-examine your life.

BBelieving the story, what does that say about you?


Jedi Stamps

We linked to the site where you can vote for the different Star Wars stamps the US Post Office will be releasing. Matt R writes in with his thoughts on how the voting will go...

Proportionally...

Vader: 30,001 votes
Luke: 30,000 votes
Everything Else Except Threepio: 10,000 votes
Threepio: 20 votes
Jar-Jar: Surprisingly Absent From The Ballot

I think the Millennium Falcon and Chewbacca stamps will do a bit better than that.


Flowcharts

It's good to see software developers read BBspot. Some even notice that I'm using their products.

From: xxxxxx@smartdraw.com
Date: Mar 30, 2007 2:06 PM
Subject: RE: RIAA Flowchart
To: Brian Briggs

I caught your 'RIAA Lawsuit Decision Matrix' flowchart over at Gizmodo (pretty funny, btw), and was wondering what software you used to create the flowchart?  The only reason I'm asking is that it looks suspiciously like a SmartDraw-produced graphic. (www.smartdraw.com)  Since I am one of the developers here at SmartDraw, I just found it fascinating to see a product of our software out there in 'the wild', in something that I normally read.  Anyway, if it is SmartDraw you are using, hope it is treating you well.

Yes, I use SmartDraw to make the flowcharts. It makes creating them a lot quicker and easier than trying to do them in Photoshop or something else not specifically designed for it. (You can Paypal the money for this recommendation to me.)


Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. I haven't decided where to put it yet, so this week's I'll put in the Mailbag...

From: Seth

Some groundbreaking news from EMI:
Soon on iTunes, they'll let us all buy
 Quality mp3s
 That are DRM-free
;
Who'd have thunk? Maybe next, pigs will fly.

 

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