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Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store 249

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theodp writes "Working calmly in broad daylight and filming their efforts for YouTube posterity, a fake construction crew attached a large Microsoft Windows logo to the black facade of a soon-to-open Hamburg Apple Store. Neat hack in the MIT vein, but next time the crew might want to take along a pic of the Windows logo — with the adrenaline flowing, some of the colors got rearranged and were hung upside down."
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Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store

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  • by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @08:35PM (#36346192)

    ... to see hilarity in this?

  • by UESMark (678941) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @08:49PM (#36346284)
    Isn't an inverted flag a symbol of distress?
  • by phantomfive (622387) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @09:11PM (#36346414) Journal
    No, but it would help if you enjoyed MIT style pranks. This is one of my favorites [mit.edu]. Unlike the typical MIT prank, this one caused damage, though (they used screws). The coolest part of this one, to me, was that they did it in plain daylight.
  • by nick0909 (721613) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @09:56PM (#36346608)
    A lot of great urban "redecorating" has gone on in the middle of the day. If you do something at night, people automatically assume you are up to no good. If you are dressed like construction workers doing something in the middle of the day, you are just another noisy thing in the way of them getting to their coffee and they ignore you. One of the more famous ones I can recall from my area was in Los Angeles, there is a horrible interchange that gets everyone lost, so a guy made a CalTrans spec sign and hung it himself (http://www.good.is/post/the-fake-freeway-sign-that-became-a-real-public-service/). A more recent one was a surfing Madonna mural put up in Encinitas (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/25/surfing-madonna-appears-encinitas/).
  • by MrQuacker (1938262) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @09:56PM (#36346610)

    Since they are Apple's viral marketing team they can't use the Windows logo so they use a knock off. Notice in the article they don't mention it is the Windows logo.

    This:
            * Ensure that plenty of locals visit the store when it opens. "Hey, isn't this the store that had that wacky prank happen to them a few weeks back? We should go see if there have been any other shenanigans there within the last couple of days."

            * Subliminal reminder that Apple can now run Windows if you use Boot Camp.

            * It generally makes Windows users look desperate to Apple users, "Wow, they had to deface a store to feel better about their choice in OS". At the same time, it makes Windows users look funny and creative to other Windows users, "Haha! Stupid Apple store. This'll teach 'em! They're going to be so mad when they realize what we did!".

    I'll say this, I didn't know they were opening a new store in Germany but I sure as hell know now.

  • by Kitkoan (1719118) on Monday June 06, 2011 @04:50AM (#36348062)

    Wow, you are too much fun. So... lets start.

    You mean by showing that Mac hardware prices *aren't* higher than other companies? When you compare equivalent hardware, Macs are generally cheaper than Dells, for example. Sometimes they are more. You think that if you can find *one* example to the contrary (for example, when the MacBook Pros still had Core2Duos (which was done for technical reasons because Nvidia lost the right to make chipsets for the Core iX cpus, which is what Apple was intending to use)), that this proves "Macs are more expensive". This is what I mean by "black and white". You constantly only accept facts that support your preconceptions, and dismiss those that don't.

    Ok, lets take your words here. Macs are cheaper then Dells. Lets see this with the facts and not your words (I'll be using Alienware since it is Dell and is more easy to mix and match parts to the Mac version, you can even see the link here [dell.com]): Now, here [dell.com] is the starting point of an Alienware M17x (they don't make 15 inch models, just 14 and 17 now, which would leave me comparing to either a 13 inch or 15 inch MBP which isn't fair, so both are 17 inch models). I will also not be upgrading the Mac since the last time I did this with you, you declared it wasn't fair since Apple does have high upgrade fees. These are also BOTH customization sites so to compare you will have to follow the specs I'm listing and not alter them beyond what I'm listing or the answers will be different

    Alienware

    CPU: Intel® Coreâ i7 2720QM 2.2GHz

    RAM: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (2DIMMS)

    Graphic card: 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ HD 6870M

    HD: 750GB 7,200RPM HDD

    Screen: 17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED

    Wireless card: Wireless 802.11 g/n

    Optical drive: Slot-Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW) (can't tell speed)

    Price: $1,899.00

    This [apple.com] is were I am selection the MBP 17inch model.

    CPU: 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7

    RAM: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X2GB

    Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5

    HD: 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 RPM

    Screen: MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display (1920x1200)

    Wireless card: Sorry, couldn't spot it so won't use it to compare at the end.

    Optical drive: SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    Price:$2,499.00

    Both have backlit keyboards and free engravings (I'm pretty sure the Mac does at least11)

    Now, in the end, for the most part they are about as even as I could make them (with a small amount of issues, the Dell has a better graphics card, the MBP has a higher screen pixel count). Price difference is $600. And it was you who pointed out the Dell would be more then the Apple. This was your choice. I'm just showing the fact. I could go through all the different model and will always have these kinds of differences. But if you wish, please prove me wrong while trying to keep the comparisons fair, I did by making sure to keep the MBP non-upgraded and altered the Dell configuration to the MBP's level as evenly and fairly as I could. See if you can do it, I'm not dismissing anything you'll show me if it's done in a fair manor. (unlike the last time I gave you mostly this exact comparison where you altered the Dell to have an i3 and lowered everything you possibly could and then upped the MBP settings to make it seem like price wasn't a good comparison since your new models didn't match hardware wise).

    to not long ago showing you that Mac isn't the most secure OS out there (which you demanded had to be regardless that I had your word against the word of professionals)

    Please quote where I sai

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