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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-09-08 04:20
  Subject:   Dear ZigBee Alliance: Suck it.
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  Mood:hilarity ensues
  Music:Idle Hands - Behind My Back

Wow, so to get even a non-commercial draft of the ZigBee spec, you have to go to this web page and answer a lot of really annoying, intrusive questions that are obviously just there so they can spam you and annoy you with marketing phone calls. It says right there on the page:

This email address will be used for email list subscriptions and all other automated communications.

I dislike spam. And I dislike slimy, intrusive marketing. But I repeat myself...

So here is how I filled out their form:

First name: Heywood
Last name: Jablowme
Job title: Your Mom's Pimp
Company name: Skanky Old Ho's, unLtd
Business phone: 641-985-7888 (the Rejection Hotline)
Primary email: trashedbytomorrow@tempinbox.com (a throw-away email address at http://www.tempinbox.com)


Edit: As soon as I submitted the form, they sent an email with a (one time only) download link. Yay!
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-09-08 05:35 (UTC)
  Subject:   Gee thanks Ben
And next week, the will announce how the Zigbee spec is being used for the world's oldest peer-to-peer application.
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osmium_ocelot
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-09-09 02:17 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Gee thanks Ben
Would it be criminal to provide them with the phone number of the switchboard/reception of the White House?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-09-09 02:41 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Very much doubt it. But really, it's a lot more fun to have them hear:

"The person who gave you this number did not want you to have their real number. Maybe you suffer from bad breath, body odor or even both. Maybe you just give off that creepy, overbearing, psycho-stalker vibe. Maybe the idea of going out with you just seems as appealing as playing leapfrog with unicorns."

"Please do your best to forget about the person who gave you this number, because trust us they've already forgotten about you."


Plus, some people might actually recognize the White House's phone number.


Now, I suppose I could look up the phone number of the local sewage treatment plant...
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