A Canadian who adorned his request for a free phone with a sketch of a dragon, and received a kangaroo in response, has now been rewarded with a custom S III as Samsung spots some good PR. The posting on Samsung Canada's Facebook Wall asked for a free handset and offered the sketch as payment. Samsung Canada wittily responded …
Ouch. Just how many security warnings can be generated from a single page?
Almost all of them, apparently. Scary page.
I tried it with a co*ck and b*lls picture but they said they couldn't customise the phone as it was too big to fit.
Should try again using your own
my security server and software just defacated clay based rectangular building blocks
Ghostery: Blocked 6 of 6
+ Noscript and Requestpolicy
And grounds for overturning the Apple patent verdict if ever I saw one.
I want one. it's the RAWR and fire breathing from the dragon which has sold it to me. Is there a gelskin with this design yet?
You can make custom Gelaskins.
Just copy the photo from the guy's Facebook stream, it's the Samsung way.
its never worked for me when asking htc for freebies.
Viral Marketing, Anyone?
I thought Apple had patented green dragons?
Re: I thought Apple had patented green dragons?
Yes they have. They saw the KDE mascot and just had to patent it for themselves.
Samsung Canada are probably wetting themselves at the thought of all the kit they'll be supplying across the border when the Apple ban hammer comes down, guess this was just to let the yanks know they exist.
Desperate for publicity.
Don't Apple own the patents on dinosaurs?
No, you're thinking of IBM.
Touche sir, touche indeed.
Where does HP fit in? Like one of those ancient but still alive fishes?
Pitching whimsy as the next big thing
Apple have just patented the following: "A system of interacting with humorous individuals requesting free products in exchange for badly drawn wildlife" USPTO No. 6876464647687687867364646464
Re: Pitching whimsy as the next big thing
Let's hope Cook is more responsive than Steve "Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade" Jobs.
Possible prior... art
November 2008: "Below is the complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill." As seen on [Have I Got News for You] (BBC).
Re: Possible prior... art
Thorne fans may be interested to know that he has a book out:
I haven't purchased it yet myself - looked like a good item for the gift list - but I imagine it's mostly stuff reprinted from his site. Still, ought to be good for a few laughs.
Tim Cook is that you?
I drew a kangaroo on a unicycle ages ago. Can Samsung please send me $1 Billion :)
My own little tale
I once managed to blag a free mousemat from http://www.raith.com/ because I claimed they had taken my name in vain, and demanded a mousemat as payment for my hurt feelings and inability to claim my domain.
I felt the response I got from a senior manager who I shall leave nameless to protect his professionalism, was excellent:
"Dear Mr Raith
Thank you for your email.
This provides the written proof that you have been using the name Raith for nearly 30 years, without permission.
Raith has taken legal advice concerning this matter and has concluded that your continued use of the name Raith is damaging to our corporate profile and has detrimental and on-going effects to both our good name, and corporate brand.
Please stop using the name Raith immediately, it is legally protected under EU copyright law, and you have not been authorised or licensed by Raith for its use.
Failure to comply with the above request will result in immediate legal action from Raith GmbH, Raith Asia and Raith USA (all protected under copyright).
Just kidding – if you want a mouse mat we will need your address."
I was mighty impressed - and I swear I didn't make it up, either. And I have a mousemat to prove it.
In retailiation I threatened to sic the frickin lawyers with lasers on their head on behalf of my dad, who's been using the raith name for over 60 years....
Customer Service is not always as it seems.
(yes, I realise I should have got some nanolithography gear off of them instead....)
It's a happy story
And the dragon and kangaroo did get national press coverage and 500,000 views.
Reddit is tearing it up right now. President Obama did an open "Ask Me Anything" interview on there today.
Samsung is growing on me. As a company, I find them less offensive than some...and increasingly I find myself buying their widgets. Then they go ahead and do something like this.
Well, I'll be.
MIght there be a consumer electronics company worth not actively despising after all?
If you do decide not to despise them, they are far easier to patronise than most of the others too. I don't have any of their phones, computers and such, but I do have a fridge and a washing machine with the Samsung badge on 'em.
Not despising corporations is hard for me. There is an innate distrust that I hold against people who are financially motivate to screw me over and take all my money.
That said, I have an SII, a Samsung Netbook and who only knows what else from them...
Strong Bad would be totally unimpressed!
For proof, see http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html
Trogdor! (The Burninator!)
(Flame icon? Obvious.)
Some large people work for organisations, too.
I thought the Samsung Ad
taking the piss out of iSheep was quite funny in a advertising and not too offensive way.
I liked this so much, I bought the t-shirt
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