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Wednesday, July 16 12:01 AM EST

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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.


This week we'll start a new game called Spot the Fake Believer E-mail one of the following e-mails was written by me and not a gullible reader. The answer will appear Friday in the BBspot Update.

Please don't let me be misunderstood...

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 8:20 PM
Subject: In Respnse to your article.

I recently was reading around and your Wednesday, February 12 12:01 AM EST article came into view. as i read it you complain about how "the matrix reloaded" is a total rip off of "the matrix". some of the people you interviewed must be complete dead beats. the people you have that are such amazing fans of the movie, do not know crap. The Wachowski brothers wrote 3 stroies: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Maxtrix Revolutions. The reason that "the matrix reloaded" is so similar is because IT IS A CONTINUING STORY!! I'd advise you when the third one comes out this november, that you dont write another column like this one. and if you ever se somone pickiting a movie outside the studio again, punch them for me. they have no right to do so, and the studios, should have them shot. please go to that tabitha person and knock her upside the head. she is a stupid ignorant loser. and please for the love of God do NOT interview such deadbeats again if you ever want to be a successful writer.
I will agree with you that the 360 degree rotation has been ripped off, as well as the bullet time with neo dodging the bullets. but again, since reloaded (and soon to be revolutions) have used them, its okay because its by the same people and thy are allowed to.

p.s. My apologies if this is an old article and you have changed your ways.

Oh yes, I have changed my ways. BUWAHAHAHA!!!!1111

One McDonald's customer is waiting for more fries...

Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 4:18 PM
Subject: Where

Are the Xbox sized freis going to be at every McDonalds or only select locations, cause I haven't seen any at my local Mickey D's yet

Keep waiting.

I knew the recent article on cyber-waste would get a few believers...

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 9:33 PM
Subject: Cyber Waste?

I'm really confused by what you mean about digital waste.
But it makes sense I guess, no matter what humans do, they make waste.
Can you visit these cyberheaps? Where would you go to find out about this
Some of the suggestions in your story were really confusing, where did
you guys learn about this stuff?
Are they going to do a story about it on tv?
Thanks for you time.

Yeah, I think 60 Minutes is doing a piece on it this week. Geesh.

This is a more general purpose believer...

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 10:10 PM

is any of this crap real or do u have to much time on ur hands

What do you mean any of it? It's ALL real.

Not Babylon 5

A reader postulates that it shouldn't be Babylon 5 fans upset with Peter Jackson, but...

From: Ruth
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 12:38 AM
Subject: Who did Peter Jackson rip off?

Ah, those poor, poor Babylon 5 fans. They're so misguided. You see, the people who really ought to be angry with Peter Jackson are the Battlefield Earth fans (I swear they exist). Aragorn and Legolas are, of course, only prettier versions of Carlo and Jonnie played by better actors than Kim Coates and Barry Pepper. Peter Jackson even places a couple of his shots of Aragorn and Legolas in exactly the same frame Roger Christian uses around Battlefield Earth's Carlo and Jonnie.

Enterprise Vs. Death Star

I know this'll cause quite a bit of debate, but...

From: Randall
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 1:42 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Regarding your story "Star Trek Pundit Blasted at Convention
for Controversial Theory

I'm probably going to sound like an idiotic fanboy for sending you this email, but anyway...

When my brother and I were watching the Star Trek: Nemesis movie, he pointed something out to me which, in retrospect, should have been obvious: The Enterprise is the lamest star ship in the history of science fiction. Look at the other ships in the Star Trek universe: they all have cloaking devices, super-weapons, and cool-looking shapes. What does the Enterprise have? Photon torpedoes and some laser things (I've forgotten their name offhand). Even in their own universe, the Enterprise is wimpy. And in the Star Wars universe? They have laser cannons, turbolasers, proton torpedoes (and we all know that protons have more mass than photons, so they must make better weapons), concussion missiles, ion cannons, etc. Also, Star Wars ships do in fact have shields, and since you can't transport through shields, the Enterprise's only advantage is nullified. My brother and I debated, trying to figure out what ship in any fantasy universe is so weak that it would be a fair match for the Enterprise. We settled on four TIE fighters. Now there's a fair fight.

Oh, and there's another site which has discussed how the Enterprise would fair against Star Wars ships: Grudge Match - Enterprise vs. Death Star

Anyway, that's all I have to say on this matter.



Also be sure to check out the spirited discussion at Fark about this issue.

Future BBspot Writer

Some stories just don't fit in well in the regular rotation of BBspot stories, but are still worth perusing...

ATI Announces New Card Numbering Scheme
By Damien Sorresso

Graphics card maker ATi, whose flagship product, the Radeon, is approaching the milestone model number 10,000, has announced a new and innovative way to display their products' model numbers to consumers.

"We're really excited about it. As our cards' model numbers keep getting larger and larger, it starts getting difficult to actually fit the whole name and number of the card on the box. That's why we've come up with this new method of numbering," says Chris Hook, public relations manager at ATi.

The new numbering scheme uses scientific notation. Upon release, the Radeon 10,000 will be marketed as the "Radeon 1 x 10^4." ATi reckon that this will catapult them ahead of nVidia in terms of marketing presence.

"I mean, come on, nVidia is still at what, 5900? With the Radeon 1 x 10^4, we'll not only be like 4000 ahead of them, we'll be an _order of magnitude_ ahead! The choice is plainly obvious," according to Hook.

Hook says that there were other candidates for a new numbering scheme, but scientific notation won out due to the fact that it's taught in high school.

"Our engineering guys really wanted this thing called 'engineering notation,' where the card would be the 'Radeon 10 x 10^3,' but we didn't really like that. We wanted as big an exponential as possible. The astronomy buffs wanted 'Radeon 1E4,' but that was confusing a lot of people. So, in the end, we went with standard, scientific notation. Just say it to yourself. 'Hey man! Check out my new Radeon 1 times ten to the fourth!' Doesn't that sound better than 'Radeon ten times ten to the third' or 'Radeon one ee four'?"

Hook claims that ATi is unperturbed by the rumors of nVidia's counterattack, which is rumored to use alphanumerics and Greek letters to denote the card's model. Rumored names like "GeForce Epsilon 6000" and even "GeForce Theta 2-Pi" have been brought forth by sources. Hook mentioned one of the rumored names specifically.

"GeForce Epsilon? Come on, Epsilon is traditionally used in mathematics to represent small quantities, and I think we all know how has the bigger quantity in the graphics card business."

nVidia had no comment at the writing of this story.

That's all for this week!

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