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(Redmond Pie)   Dear Athletes: Please cover up those pesky Apple logos on your iDevices while at the Olympics. Sincerely, Samsung   (redmondpie.com) divider line 64
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2014-02-05 09:56:45 PM  
It's kind of dumb, but that's not quite what's happening. It's more like
Dear Athletes: We would like to advertise our brand by making it the most visible at the opening ceremonies. We'll give you one of our products if you assist us in this endeavor by obscuring the brand names and logos of our competitors' devices that you may happen to own.
 
2014-02-05 10:19:15 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-05 10:44:09 PM  
Will there ever become a time when APPLE or various i-products will stop being considered some sort of status symbol? No one is impressed anymore.

I have to use Apple products for what I do but I don't use it as a farking conversation starter. And if you have an Apple logo decal on your car, you're a douchebag. That's not even debatable. Your douchebaggitude is not in question.
 
2014-02-05 10:48:00 PM  

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 800x600]


LOLWUTphone
 
2014-02-05 11:04:08 PM  
"This is communism!  I demand to speak to the President of this country at once!"
 
2014-02-05 11:09:30 PM  

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 800x600]


I suppose you'd be required to own two.

/pair
 
2014-02-05 11:32:44 PM  
Yeah, that's pretty common during the Olympics. They put tape on all the Sony logos on all the TV's in the hockey arena.
 
2014-02-06 12:37:18 AM  
Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

I mean I know it would be a very stupid and trivial thing to do, but what would the response be?
 
2014-02-06 01:06:20 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

I mean I know it would be a very stupid and trivial thing to do, but what would the response be?


They're not mandating athletes cover up logos, they're giving them free tablet computers if they do so.
 
2014-02-06 01:33:04 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

I mean I know it would be a very stupid and trivial thing to do, but what would the response be?


Then no free Samsung stuff for you
 
2014-02-06 01:45:43 AM  
Supposing you were an athlete competing in Moscow, would you hide your iPhone / Lumia / Xperia in order to play along with Samsung's rampant ad campaign?

Sure, because I don't have to have my phone out 24/7.  In fact, I have gone whole days without touching my phone.  If I were in the Olympics, I'd probably be more focused on whatever events I was competing in.  There will be plenty of other folks with better cameras filming and taking pictures.
 
2014-02-06 01:59:00 AM  
I would think some ad person cleverer than I am would be able to craft a compelling Apple ad that has something to do with Samsung bribing athletes to keep their Apple use closeted at the Olympics...
 
2014-02-06 02:03:08 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?


Jeff Goldblum sits on the other toilet and watches them poop.
 
2014-02-06 02:58:06 AM  
Moscow 2014 Olympics??
 
2014-02-06 03:20:53 AM  

Mugato: Will there ever become a time when APPLE or various i-products will stop being considered some sort of status symbol? No one is impressed anymore.


And yet here is Samsung, trying to buy that same cachet for themselves.
 
2014-02-06 04:16:39 AM  
I wish this sort of thing could be stamped out. It's like at the world cup where some people had to take off their t-shirts to be allowed into the stadium because it had a logo on it that wasn't an official sponsor. It's just mad.

However this is clearly an incentive rather than that sort of display of corporate muscle, but it's only a couple of rungs below it on the ladder.
 
2014-02-06 04:29:28 AM  

usernameguy: scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

Jeff Goldblum sits on the other toilet and watches them poop.


29.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-06 04:42:38 AM  
cdn6.officetally.com
 
2014-02-06 05:07:53 AM  
I'm going to be murmuring things like "corporations are a virus" when I'm in my fifties.
 
2014-02-06 05:21:21 AM  
So the process goes as follows

Samsung : We will give you a galaxy note phablet if you cover up your iPhone logo.

Olympian : Why would i want that?

Samsung : Well it's like your iPhone, only it's 3 times the size, and comes with a stylus.

Olympian : A bit like my iPad then?

Samsung : Well yeah....but you can fit it in your pocket, if you happen to wear the same clothes as Michael Clarke Duncan.

Olympian : Will it run all my iPhone apps?

Samsung : No...

Olympian : So your offer is - stick some sticky tape on the back of my phone...which is THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE HANDSET DESIGN IN THE WORLD....for a free phablet, that i'm not going to use...and will cost me a new mobile phone contract, plus repurchasing all of my apps...plus having youtube videos pause every time i blink...I think i'll pass.

I guarantee that you will see a shiat load of iPhone on Friday.
 
2014-02-06 05:48:11 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: I'm going to be murmuring things like "corporations are a virus" when I'm in my fifties.


A hobby makes old age more tolerable, in my experience.
 
2014-02-06 06:01:45 AM  
ain't...you mean the Olympics are not about sports but a pay to play corporate whore-a-thon?

Nobody told me.
 
2014-02-06 06:10:59 AM  

the_sidewinder: scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

I mean I know it would be a very stupid and trivial thing to do, but what would the response be?

Then no free Samsung stuff for you


So nothing lost, then.
 
2014-02-06 06:11:49 AM  

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 800x600]


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2014-02-06 06:12:21 AM  
Here is the problem and I can see Samsung getting there way and it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Prior to the 1984 Olympics, countries were becoming more hesitant in hosting the Olympics as it usually ended up bankrupting the city (see Montreal). Reason was that there were no corporate ties to it so the city had to foot the bill. Sure maybe they would be able to reuse the facilities but let's be honest you ain't making the money back.

With 84 the Olympics became more lenient on allowing corporate sponsership, which also not coincidentally they became more ruthless at protecting their rings from being copied. That makes sense when the only way you are going to get the Olympics to occur is by allowing a corporation to shell out some money so they can throw the rings on a special edition product or use in advertising.

Unfortunately the corporate whoring is a must so that the athletes may play.
 
2014-02-06 06:17:09 AM  

rikkards: Here is the problem and I can see Samsung getting there way and it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Prior to the 1984 Olympics, countries were becoming more hesitant in hosting the Olympics as it usually ended up bankrupting the city (see Montreal). Reason was that there were no corporate ties to it so the city had to foot the bill. Sure maybe they would be able to reuse the facilities but let's be honest you ain't making the money back.

With 84 the Olympics became more lenient on allowing corporate sponsership, which also not coincidentally they became more ruthless at protecting their rings from being copied. That makes sense when the only way you are going to get the Olympics to occur is by allowing a corporation to shell out some money so they can throw the rings on a special edition product or use in advertising.

Unfortunately the corporate whoring is a must so that the athletes may play.


And LA84 was the first and last Olympics that turned a profit for the city.

It's a corp+IOC circle jerk. It's no longer an event about sports.
 
2014-02-06 06:20:32 AM  

usernameguy: scottydoesntknow: Sooo what happens if an athlete says "no"?

Jeff Goldblum sits on the other toilet and watches them poop.


2.bp.blogspot.com

/old school, yo
 
2014-02-06 06:42:05 AM  

dahmers love zombie:


So are you also a brony?
 
2014-02-06 06:43:53 AM  
If I was going to Sochi I would probably get a burner phone since anything electric you have would be hacked the second you stepped off the plane.
 
2014-02-06 07:50:38 AM  
fark, not even Apple makes a good collar clip MP3 player these days, let alone Samsung. I'm cruising pawn shops for a stockpile of the 16 gig models.
 
2014-02-06 07:53:44 AM  
I would do it mostly because I wouldn't carry anything with that much personal data in it across the border in to Russia. Clean phone waiting for me when I land.
 
2014-02-06 09:27:56 AM  
someone photoshop a medal ceremony with the winner taking a selfie
 
2014-02-06 09:38:06 AM  

lohphat: rikkards: Here is the problem and I can see Samsung getting there way and it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Prior to the 1984 Olympics, countries were becoming more hesitant in hosting the Olympics as it usually ended up bankrupting the city (see Montreal). Reason was that there were no corporate ties to it so the city had to foot the bill. Sure maybe they would be able to reuse the facilities but let's be honest you ain't making the money back.

With 84 the Olympics became more lenient on allowing corporate sponsership, which also not coincidentally they became more ruthless at protecting their rings from being copied. That makes sense when the only way you are going to get the Olympics to occur is by allowing a corporation to shell out some money so they can throw the rings on a special edition product or use in advertising.

Unfortunately the corporate whoring is a must so that the athletes may play.

And LA84 was the first and last Olympics that turned a profit for the city.

It's a corp+IOC circle jerk. It's no longer an event about sports.


Bzzzzt. Incorrect. Calgary 88 turned a profit.
 
2014-02-06 09:45:37 AM  

dangelder: And yet here is Samsung, trying to buy that same cachet for themselves.


How many Samsung products are labeled with a huge log so as to draw attention to the fact that it is a Samsung product?  They're not trying to emulate that, they're trying not to advertise a competitor in a venue that they paid to sponsor.
 
2014-02-06 09:46:38 AM  

Mugato: And if you have an Apple logo decal on your car, you're a douchebag. That's not even debatable. Your douchebaggitude is not in question.


moaablogs.org

This is the worst thing ever. Some twat has an Acura TSX with these on the back of her car around here. Of course the car is white too.
 
2014-02-06 09:58:43 AM  
Samsung is more petty than Apple.
 
2014-02-06 10:05:27 AM  

Nemo's Brother: Samsung is more petty than Apple.


Apple is a company that suggested the following to Samsung regarding tablet design:

Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
Front surface that isn't entirely flat.
Profiles that aren't thin.
Cluttered appearance.
 
2014-02-06 10:22:14 AM  

rzrwiresunrise: Moscow 2014 Olympics??


Yeah. Didn't you hear they moved it because Sochi's such a shiathole?
 
2014-02-06 10:44:10 AM  

TheOmni: It's kind of dumb, but that's not quite what's happening. It's more like
Dear Athletes: We would like to advertise our brand by making it the most visible at the opening ceremonies. We'll give you one of our products if you assist us in this endeavor by obscuring the brand names and logos of our competitors' devices that you may happen to own.


Yeah, it isn't really deserving of the "Stupid" tag...
 
2014-02-06 11:47:19 AM  

Hebalo: lohphat: rikkards: Here is the problem and I can see Samsung getting there way and it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Prior to the 1984 Olympics, countries were becoming more hesitant in hosting the Olympics as it usually ended up bankrupting the city (see Montreal). Reason was that there were no corporate ties to it so the city had to foot the bill. Sure maybe they would be able to reuse the facilities but let's be honest you ain't making the money back.

With 84 the Olympics became more lenient on allowing corporate sponsership, which also not coincidentally they became more ruthless at protecting their rings from being copied. That makes sense when the only way you are going to get the Olympics to occur is by allowing a corporation to shell out some money so they can throw the rings on a special edition product or use in advertising.

Unfortunately the corporate whoring is a must so that the athletes may play.

And LA84 was the first and last Olympics that turned a profit for the city.

It's a corp+IOC circle jerk. It's no longer an event about sports.

Bzzzzt. Incorrect. Calgary 88 turned a profit.


Plus aside from the 90m ski jump, which has too small a runout for today's jumpers, we still use pretty much ALL of our infrastructure from the games.  (technically we use the 90m jump too, but only as a zipline tower).
 
2014-02-06 11:52:40 AM  

Hebalo: lohphat: rikkards: Here is the problem and I can see Samsung getting there way and it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Prior to the 1984 Olympics, countries were becoming more hesitant in hosting the Olympics as it usually ended up bankrupting the city (see Montreal). Reason was that there were no corporate ties to it so the city had to foot the bill. Sure maybe they would be able to reuse the facilities but let's be honest you ain't making the money back.

With 84 the Olympics became more lenient on allowing corporate sponsership, which also not coincidentally they became more ruthless at protecting their rings from being copied. That makes sense when the only way you are going to get the Olympics to occur is by allowing a corporation to shell out some money so they can throw the rings on a special edition product or use in advertising.

Unfortunately the corporate whoring is a must so that the athletes may play.

And LA84 was the first and last Olympics that turned a profit for the city.

It's a corp+IOC circle jerk. It's no longer an event about sports.

Bzzzzt. Incorrect. Calgary 88 turned a profit.


As did Sarajevo '84, Seoul '88, Barcelona '92, Atlanta '94, Salt Lake '02 and Beijing '08
 
2014-02-06 11:59:03 AM  

Mugato: Will there ever become a time when APPLE or various i-products will stop being considered some sort of status symbol? No one is impressed anymore.

I have to use Apple products for what I do but I don't use it as a farking conversation starter. And if you have an Apple logo decal on your car, you're a douchebag. That's not even debatable. Your douchebaggitude is not in question.


I'm pretty sure they aren't status symbols anymore. They've been free on contract for years.
 
2014-02-06 12:01:05 PM  

fatalvenom: Mugato: And if you have an Apple logo decal on your car, you're a douchebag. That's not even debatable. Your douchebaggitude is not in question.

[moaablogs.org image 500x301]

This is the worst thing ever. Some twat has an Acura TSX with these on the back of her car around here. Of course the car is white too.


Dear God....

At least athletes or whomever get money for the blatant advertising they do, but this? Jesus. You are paying Apple to tell the world you like Apple.
 
2014-02-06 12:04:53 PM  

moel: I guarantee that you will see a shiat load of iPhone on Friday.


I don't know. I use Apple products, but I could find someone to give a free phone to. I don't care about covering up the Apple logo. I like the products, but it's not like I work for them. I am a loyal customer right up to the point where someone makes a more compelling product. I already gave Apple everything I owe them.
 
2014-02-06 12:05:43 PM  

fatalvenom: Mugato: And if you have an Apple logo decal on your car, you're a douchebag. That's not even debatable. Your douchebaggitude is not in question.

[moaablogs.org image 500x301]

This is the worst thing ever. Some twat has an Acura TSX with these on the back of her car around here. Of course the car is white too.


heh, crotch fruit
 
2014-02-06 12:28:28 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Samsung is more petty than Apple.


Both companies are pretty bad, but they don't compare to the idiocy of the 'fans or detractors'.

I don't get why people can't just use what they want without someone thinking it's a statement or some kind of test of intelligence.  I like my i-pad because Garageband is a heck of a lot of fun and I like my Nexus 5 because I like all the widgets and crap you can do on it, but I don't feel the need to tell anyone else which one they should use or that they are idiots for using 'x' model.  So childish.
 
2014-02-06 12:37:06 PM  

Tobin_Lam: I'm pretty sure they aren't status symbols anymore. They've been free on contract for years.


Please tell me where I can get a current model ipad or an iphone 5s for free on contract.
 
2014-02-06 01:12:26 PM  

mjbok: Tobin_Lam: I'm pretty sure they aren't status symbols anymore. They've been free on contract for years.

Please tell me where I can get a current model ipad or an iphone 5s for free on contract.


The current model has never been free. The previous model iphone starts at $100 and the one before that starts at $0. It has been that way since the 4S came out, 2 years ago. I'm not sure if iPads follow that structure but I really doubt it. I still see 4s and 4Ss all over.
 
2014-02-06 01:13:14 PM  

mjbok: Tobin_Lam: I'm pretty sure they aren't status symbols anymore. They've been free on contract for years.

Please tell me where I can get a current model ipad or an iphone 5s for free on contract.


Please tell me when "current model" was part of the conversation. It could be a first-generation iPhone or iPod and Samsung would still want it covered up.
 
2014-02-06 01:43:28 PM  

skrame: Please tell me when "current model" was part of the conversation. It could be a first-generation iPhone or iPod and Samsung would still want it covered up.


True, but the statement was that it was "free on contract".  Where can I get a first gen iphone on contract.  For that matter have you ever been able to get an ipod on contract?  No.
 
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