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AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the boil-the-marketing-folks-in-goo dept.

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pickens writes "David Pogue writes in the NY Times that when you buy a new Windows PC, it comes festooned with stickers on the palm rests: one for Windows, one for Skype, one for Intel, one for the laptop company, maybe an Energy Star sticker and so on. 'It's like buying a new, luxury car — and discovering that it comes with non-removable bumper stickers that promote the motor oil, the floor mat maker, the windshield-fluid company and the pine tree air freshener you have no intention of ever using,' writes Pogue. But the worst thing is that when you peel them off, they shred, leaving adhesive crud behind. 'When you've just spent big bucks on a laptop, should you really be obligated to spend the first 20 minutes trying to dissolve away the sticker goop with WD40?' But AMD has a solution. Starting next year, AMD will switch to new stickers that peel off easily, leaving no residue; after that, it's considering eliminating the sticker program altogether."

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WD40 (5, Informative)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#33454938)

Baby oil works better.

Re:WD40 (5, Informative)

nschubach (922175) | more than 4 years ago | (#33454958)

Goo Gone... works for everything I throw it on. (sometimes even paint...)

Re:Goo Gone or limonene (5, Informative)

NReitzel (77941) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455258)

For those of you who prefer completely natural cleaners, d-limonene (orange oil) works wonders. Goo Gone is limonene diluted with a (cheaper) petroleum solvent.

The only downside for pure citrus orange oil is that your laptop may smell like oranges for days.

Re:Goo Gone or limonene (5, Funny)

ThatMegathronDude (1189203) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455344)

The only downside for pure citrus orange oil is that your laptop may smell like oranges for days.

That's a downside?

Re:Goo Gone or limonene (3, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455446)

It makes a certain black man get confused and think that there's a kid in trouble.

Re:WD40 (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455388)

You can peel it off by hand, and then rub your finger over and over the goo fast enough to heat it up and eventually, it balls up and comes off.

No chemicals needed.

Re:WD40 (5, Informative)

Ark42 (522144) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455528)

Watch out for glossy "piano finish" surfaces like found around many newer TVs, monitors, and laptops. Goo Gone will actually smear the glossy surface as well as remove any gunk, leaving you with basically melted plastic that hardens into dull rough matte plastic after a short while. My 46" LCD looks great after I removed some stupid sticker from the side of it ::rolls eyes::

Re:WD40 (1, Informative)

butterflysrage (1066514) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455034)

simple nail polish remover will do the job extremely well.

Re:WD40 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455224)

because it contains acetone, which can also do the job to the case.

Re:WD40 (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455532)

Go careful with it though. It's acetone, as you know.

When I worked with nasty plastics and other chemicals, we only kept two of them outside in metal explosion cabinets. One was paraffin, the other was acetone.

I'm forever telling the missus to open a window, else the air/acetone ratio could lead to the inevitable.

Re:WD40 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455088)

Remove the Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Phone 7 sticker? I don't fucking think so. Why do you freetards insist on removing your noses despite your faces? Do you just tire of smelling your own bullshit? Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 are superior to this freetard shit in every possible way and I proudly bear the stickers of their success on my computing devices. You people disgust me with your Lunix and Crabble puke. Stealing the fruits of the billions of dollars Microsoft Research has invested in producing the intellectual property that you dorks so cavalierly pilfer to inject into your Gnom and KED and Quark shit. You all disgust me. You people need to look into the mirror and reevaluate your lives.

Re:WD40 (2, Informative)

tangelogee (1486597) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455226)

removing your noses despite your faces?

I believe you mean "removing your nose TO SPITE your face..."

Re:WD40 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455328)

Darn right. We should all be forced to bear those stickers proudly because we all just dropped $1500 on that laptop to get Windows 7, not a computer. I didn't pay that kind of money to have a choice about anything! What you freetards fail to realize is that the sticker is an essential component that will completely ruin your experience with the computer if you remove it. I mean, how else will you know what software is pre-installed and next to impossible to remove?

Re:WD40 (2, Interesting)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455348)

Jojoba oil. Expensive, but a little dab 'l do ya. Also, natural, sustainable and sometimes "organic". Most retail jojoba is "cosmetic grade" so it shouldn't bother your skin either. In fact, it's chemicly similar to the oils that come out of your skin anyway.

I haven't actually tried it on laptop stickers; but it does an excellent job of emulsifying the fat/charcoal combination you get from your gril. It also lubed a sticky pantry door latch for at least a year now, with just one drop. It would be brilliant if the people who make electric razors would put a small tube of jojoba in the package instead of that nasty mineral stuff that has toxic warnings on it. You can *drink* jojoba and they say it'll give you the runs like Olestra chips; but it's generally non-toxic.

Re:WD40 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455580)

Lighter fluid works wonders on sticker gunk. I'm sure there's something that it will actually damage, but I've never come across it. I use the stuff to clean sticker/price tag residue off books, record sleeves, DVD cases (including the RFID tags inside), hammers, etc etc etc. Zips it off in seconds.

buy a mac (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33454960)

us mac users have never had this problem.

Re:buy a mac (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33454996)

Yes, but removing a bit of sticker residue from a palmrest is a lot easier than removing the smell of Steve Jobs' spent semen from a rectal cavity.

Not on Mac? Really? (5, Funny)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455038)

Try to remove that huge apple that says "I overpay my hardware" with WD40...

Re:Not on Mac? Really? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455086)

If you buy a Mac for the hardware alone, you're doing it wrong.

Re:Not on Mac? Really? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455218)

You're still overpaying. A 50% premium on hardware compared to a PC is definitely a drawback. Mac OS X is a decent OS, but it does NOT justify the price difference. The price difference comes from what people are willing to pay to think they're cool.

Re:Not on Mac? Really? (4, Insightful)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455444)

Apple makes money because people don't buy hardware specs, they buy function.

And aside from that, a PC running Windows plus a bunch of YourPCNameHere bloatware plus all the requisite security software might have better specs, but it may or may not run any faster.

"A GB is a GB" is a myopic way to look at things.

Re:Not on Mac? Really? (-1, Troll)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455508)

Apple makes money because people don't buy hardware specs, they buy form.

Fixed that for you. Apple products have a recurring theme of "what we think you should be able to do." It's a bit lessened now on PCs, but hardly gone, and none of them certainly offer any MORE function than their Windows or Linux counterparts.

Re:Not on Mac? Really? (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455522)

Is that why they were recently pressured into improving their Open GL driver, simply because games on the newly released Steam for Mac, were running like crap compared to their Windows counterparts?

Many companies are now porting games to Mac simply because Steam is set up and ready to go on it. People who once didn't care about hardware, are now starting to. For the money, Apple needs to be giving much better graphics capabilities than they do.

Re:buy a mac (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455202)

No problem with Lenovo either. At least not on the Thinkpad I have.
Just one "Intel Centrino 2" sticker that I don't mind leaving on. It's got that nice holographic part that changes colors as you view it from different angles, and it's small.

I often leave stickers on things as long as they look clean - it makes me feel like it's still new! I suppose leaving them on longer makes them harder to remove once I do decide to remove them though.

I thought it was going to be about how they don't like people to put their own stickers on after they buy them, a la Robin Williams with his "Pure Vibe" sticker on his laptop in the movie "RV".

Re:buy a mac (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455302)

I suppose leaving them on longer makes them harder to remove once I do decide to remove them though.

From my own experience I would say no. Eventually the adhesive will lose its grip entirely and the sticker will slide off. From what I've seen, when that happens the sticker tends to take all the adhesive with it, leaving pretty much no mess.

If the vendors were clever, they'd probably chose an adhesive that would release right around when your warranty expires...

Re:buy a mac (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455250)

The gigantic glowing logo, on the other hand...

I like stickers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33454972)

I like them

Re:I like stickers (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455484)

I peel them off and put them on other things. My Atari 2600 has Intel inside.

Two words: rubbing alcohol (5, Insightful)

uptownguy (215934) | more than 4 years ago | (#33454976)

A bottle of rubbing alcohol costs 99 cents. Lasts for years. A tiny dab on a microfiber cloth and that sticky residue is history. Takes about 30 seconds. Leaves your laptop looking nice and bare.

Re:Two words: rubbing alcohol (4, Interesting)

Chemicles (771024) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455244)

Agreed. The reason WD40, baby oil, and rubbing alcohol all work great (as opposed to water) is because they are much more non-polar than water and dissolve the adhesives and other goop from the stickers much more easily. Anyone remember "like dissolves like" from general chemistry?

Rubbing alcohol is my preferred goop cleaner because, as the parent says, it's cheap and lasts for years.

Re:Two words: rubbing alcohol (2, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455254)

Unless you have a laptop with a lacquered finish where the rubbing alcohol will affect the lacquer, which will either lose its lustre, or start peeling off three months down the road due to your alcohol abuse today.

IME, the best thing to use to remove residual glue is the sticker itself. Press it back on, lift, repeat until all the glue is gone.

Re:Two words: rubbing alcohol (4, Interesting)

IICV (652597) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455394)

And if you put it in a spray bottle (99 cents) and mix it with a lighter (another 99 cents) you've got hours and hours of entertainment! The fire is relatively low-temperature, so you can do stupid shit like put some on your hand and light it. Burns really cleanly too, so it doesn't set off most fire alarms.

And if you put some rubbing alcohol into one of those 5 gallon drums, shake it up to disperse the stuff well, then drop a match into the throat you'll get a pretty awesome gout of flame. Just, you know, make sure you're not aiming it at anything you care about.

Basically, pyromania knows no bounds with rubbing alcohol.

Re:Two words: rubbing alcohol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455500)

Sorry, but this is just not true. Perhaps you are confusing rubbing alcohol with acetone? Goo Gone is the sure fire method of removing the sticky residue without damaging the surface.

The solution. (1)

DraconPern (521756) | more than 4 years ago | (#33454990)

Laser etched logos on the laptop. That why there's no label, no glue crud, and you won't have to spend 20 mins taking it off! :D

Re:The solution. (3, Insightful)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455462)

No, I'm gonna spend 20 minutes sandblasting them.

I miss... (1)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 4 years ago | (#33454994)

...the fun of carefully placing the wrap-around stickers on floppy disks. As for removing sticker crud from a new laptop? I would use a Dremel.

I thought they always peeled off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455002)

I don't know; I haven't bought a new laptop for at least 3 years, but I happily and easily peeled off my windows xp and intel core duo stickers that came with it.

It sounds like new laptops have even more stickers though.

I tend to... (1)

Coder4Life (1396697) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455016)

...replace them with stickers of my own, so no worry about the crud.

On a related note, I affixed a bumper sticker to the back of my laptop once that read "Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver". Good "people repellant" when you're trying to enjoy yourself at the local coffee shop...

Asus G71 (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455024)

I got an Asus G71 a couple months ago and had no problem with the residue, maybe it's the coating on the laptop, but they peeled right off and left nothing.

nice.... (1)

mayberry42 (1604077) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455044)

but what about the other dozen stickers on the laptop?

Re:nice.... (2, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455158)

but what about the other dozen stickers on the laptop?

I think you may have purchased a Nascar.

AMD? (2, Interesting)

Ltap (1572175) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455046)

It makes sense, but aren't the ones who add the stickers the manufacturers? Also, I assumed the stickers were there by the request of the component manufacturers, how can they be so easily "eliminated"?

Re:AMD? (1)

Kepesk (1093871) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455450)

Laptop stickers... The new-computer crapware that you can't uninstall.

Re:AMD? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455488)

AMD can stop making them and not license other people to make them. That would stop that right there. Personally, I don't think the stickers are the problem so much as the fact that the stickers are so hard to remove cleanly. That's the main reason why mine stay on, not because I want them, but because they're a pain to get off cleanly.

lol, of course this is coming from AMD (2, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455050)

Never mind the fact that AMD will be the source of confusion for "normal" folks in the not-too-distant future [] . Yay for having Intel and AMD stickers on the same system!

Note: yes, I'm aware that most nerds won't be affected by this...but it will certainly confuse some normal folk, I guarantee it.

Re:lol, of course this is coming from AMD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455178)

no it wont, long as it says dell on the back they dont give a crap

Goo Gone (2, Informative)

rennerik (1256370) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455062)

Goo Gone works amazingly well, on even the most ridiculously adhesive residue I've encountered... and it's cheap [] .

Not just laptops.. (4, Funny)

slashkitty (21637) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455068)

They have them on desktops too, even some monitors have obtrusive logos. One of the things that Apple got right with their computer products.

Re:Not just laptops.. (1)

xenapan (1012909) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455256)

what? the part where you cant even remove their logo at all so you basically advertise for them regardless unless you get a case?

Re:Not just laptops.. (2, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455380)

Those Apple logos are no more advertising than are the "Jesus loves you" bumper stickers on the car of a born-again Christian. If you own an Apple product how could you possibly not want to tell the world about it? Think of the souls you might save!

Re:Not just laptops.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455492)

FYI, a lot of us are don't mind which OS you use as long as it's not anything from Microsoft.

Windows is a toy OS. All the damn games are on it, why would you run a business on a toy OS?
OS X is a desktop work OS for productivity, creation of content, etc.
Linux is a desktop and server OS to run websites, email, coding, etc.
BSD is the OS of choice for the living dead.

Re:Not just laptops.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455520)


As Slashdot loves car analogies - why are you advertising the car you drive? Have you not removed the badge? How about a custom body kit?

Didn't think so - you're just a stooge for THE MAN!

Re:Not just laptops.. (0)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455288)

Really? Because it took over a month of occasional rubbing alcohol wipe downs to get all the adhesive off my aluminum iMac from the clear plastic sheets that protect it from scratches in shipping.

Re:Not just laptops.. (1)

Alanbly (1433229) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455540)

Wierd. Never had any issues from that stuff. Nor from any other sticker actually

sweet! (1)

jappleng (1805148) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455076)

Sweet! But too bad I've been using Intel for the past 5 years and until AMD surpasses Intel I'll have to stick with the adhesive. If that time has already come and AMD / ATI is better than Intel / NVIDIA, please let me know, I haven't payed attention to these things this year.

Re:sweet! (1)

AnonGCB (1398517) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455238)

AMD/ATI is better, AMD always has been and ATI has been kicking ass with their 5000 series cards. Unless you're going for absolute, price is not an issue performance, then AMD has intel soundly beaten.

Re:sweet! (1)

Alanbly (1433229) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455566)

In general right now ATI beats NVIDIA but Intel Beats AMD. Go figure

Really? Stickers on your laptop? (0)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455080)

I guess when you've been beaten down by an industry that reduces cost so drastically that cases are now just thin plastic husks with advertising splattered across it you might think you're spending 'big bucks' on a laptop.

However, you can spend actual 'big bucks' and get a macbook with a metal case and no stickers (well, it does come with two nice stickers. they just aren't affixed to the laptop)

Re:Really? Stickers on your laptop? (2, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455146)

Which contains the same shitty foxconn made parts.

Re:Really? Stickers on your laptop? (1)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455448)

You know, you can also spend moderate bucks on a PC with a metal case with better performance for a lower price than a macbook (pro) and remove the two stickers yourself. There are lots of crappy PCs out there, but there are also some very nice ones that still cost much less than the Apple equivalent.

Seriously? This makes Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455104)

To me this isn't much of a problem. I just leave the stickers there until they start to come off and then I peel them off and wipe the wrist rest with a tissue. It's a one minute task I have to deal with every 3 years or whatever length of time it takes me to buy a new laptop.

If AMD thinks it's necessary to reformulate sticker glue then fine...I guess. It's not going to be part of my buying decision on my next laptop though.

Nobody likes it but... (2, Funny)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455116)

... it's probably calculated into their cost / profit-margin.

Re:Nobody likes it but... (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455534)

Intended as humor or not... The cost of the product is offset by paid advertisements (stickers) and installed bloatware.

AMD, you don't need to switch stickers! (1)

Dumnezeu (1673634) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455120)

From all of the above comments, I see that people are FINE with stickers, they just don't know how to take them off and they complain about the glue. They don't feel "forced" (as TFA suggests). I actually keep the stickers for as long as possible (until they get dirty) because it gives me the feeling of "new" :)

Re:AMD, you don't need to switch stickers! (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455410)

Why should the people who buy laptops have to take off any stickers?

It is not like they gave me the laptop or paid me for the advertising space. They didn't ask me if they could put the stickers on my laptop. Why should I have to spend my time and money removing the stickers?

What is next, stickers on the back of the screen for better advertising?

I like the stickers (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455124)

Makes me feel like a NASCAR driver. Vrooom...vroooom!

Re:I like the stickers (2, Interesting)

men0s (1413347) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455542)

After putting together my last full tower, I ended up having various stickers from all the components I bought (power supply, CPU, RAM, motherboard, and even the CPU cooler). Since I'm a bit of a pack-rat, and tend to not like throwing things out, I decided I wanted to put them somewhere on my nice and clean brushed aluminum case. Turns out the full tower had one of those front panels that swings open to reveal the air intake and drive bays, so I decided to place all the stickers on the inside of that. It'll be nice to keep adding more stickers as I keep the case and upgrade/refresh the components.

Stickers (4, Funny)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455132)

My MacBook had nothing of the like. It just didn't.

Re:Stickers (2, Informative)

Thyamine (531612) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455212)

They mention that in the article, and it makes sense given how controlling Apple/Jobs is about product look and feel. Why spend thousands of man hours researching design if you are just going to gum it up with stickers almost as an afterthought. For the most part I don't mind the Intel sticker, but the rest do bug me. I appreciate my Macbook Pro being clean from the get-go.

Re:Stickers (1)

chrisj_0 (825246) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455292)

someone use the fanboi mod for parent

Re:Stickers (2, Insightful)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455368)

That is because Apple subscribes to the Model T school of production. "You can have whatever you want, as long as it is what we give you."

Next step: (5, Insightful)

poptones (653660) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455142)

Wow great! So I can buy a shiny new laptop and not have to spend the first twenty minutes of its life removing the ugly mess of stickers that the manufacturer seems obliged to festoon upon its creation? Or no, I just have one fewer to remove because AMD is just one company (or two, I suppose, depending on the motherboard chipset and graphics subsystem). So all that would be left for many is that ugly "Windows" sticker...

Wonder if AMD will do anything about that? Sure would be nice to be able to buy a shiny new laptop and not have to spend the first hours of its new life formatting and loading an operating system that doesn't suck.

Ah, who am I kidding? It could come loaded with the latest and greatest uber-Ubuntu and I'd still reload it just because it's not partitioned the way I want it...

This is one place Apple has it right (4, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455164)

This is one place where apple really shines. You buy a new machine, it comes with no stickers on it. It looks really sleek. No stickers, nice clean lines, really helps the machine look nice. I don't know why none of the PC makers can do this. Make a machine that is esthetically pleasing, and don't mess it up with stickers. Also, does anybody find it odd how they related it to cars? When you buy a car, it has the manufacturer's logo, possibly a hood ornament, the type of car (sunbird, tempo, Ranger), the model of the car (SX,ZX,whatever). Also you get the dealership slapping their name on it too. Often the dealer will not only put their name on the body of the car, but also around the license plate. It's basically a billboard for the manufacturer and the dealership. I kind of equate it to buying a $50 t-shirt with some designer name printed across the front. Basically you're a walking billboard. I would love to be able to buy a car with no markings at all on it.

Re:This is one place Apple has it right (1)

Pysslingen (544910) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455556)

Kick-backs. The Intel-Inside program was a strategy whereby dealers got rebates for putting on the stickers. See,1518,624233,00.html [] . Apple pays more for the CPU's if it doesn't have to pu the stickers on.

This is an opportunity! (1)

Whyte Panther (868438) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455194)

Don't just remove the stickers, add another one adverstising a product designed to remove the sticker goo. AMD recommends Goo Gone for sticker residue. It's a new revenue source!

I thought... (1)

KillaGouge (973562) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455210)

I thought stickers on computers where like the stickers on cars, the more you have, the faster you go?

Re:I thought... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455554)

You're confusing stickers with speed holes.

Now that I think about it, it might explain the speed of the Mac Pro...

That's why (5, Funny)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455220)

That's why I buy Apple, I hate branding so much that I am happy to report it came out of the package without stickers marking my allegiance to one company or another. It also comes with this cool light on the back in a funny shape that's not really useful, but I'm sure I'll figure it out its purpose someday. It's really cool, you guys should try it.

Re:That's why (4, Funny)

Atriqus (826899) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455336)

I buy Apple


I hate branding

*Head Explodes*

Re:That's why (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455440)

You mean besides the big glowing apple on the back of the screen, right?

Re:That's why (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455486)

...I'll figure it out its purpose someday.

It is connected to an identical light on Steve Jobs, like the glowing android necklaces in Star Trek "I, Mudd". It allows remote fanbois to get immediate instructions for dealing with criticism of Apple: beep, beep, beeeeeeep... Steve Jobs coordinate!

Re:That's why (1)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455562)

It also comes with this cool light on the back in a funny shape that's not really useful, but I'm sure I'll figure it out its purpose someday.

You didn't even really try to hide the sarcasm, and yet you still managed to get a couple bites...

Cry me a river... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455230)

Are people really buying laptops that often that this becomes a significant time-suck? The last laptop I bought, I bought 8 or 9 years ago - and I still use it. I basically just let the stickers fall off on their own; over time they lost their hold and were lost to time.

Unfortunately the same applied to the rubber feet underneath the laptop; that was something that should have been affixed with a stronger adhesive. I'm still trying to find replacements for those little buggers...

Re:Cry me a river... (1)

pnutjam (523990) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455470)

buy some shoe goo.

On a related note ... how about video games? (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455232)

How about all those logos before a video game starts? First we have the developer logo, then the publisher logl, then the graphics engine logo followed by the physics game logo, and then some legaleese. And then maybe a cutscene kicks into gear. I timed one video game (Bad Company 2, I think) and it was just over sixty seconds before I could even interact with the menu. I gotta give props to Fallout 3. Insert game. Press start. Alas, that's an exception.

Re:On a related note ... how about video games? (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455584)

I notice this the most with games that use the Unreal engine. It's almost like a requirement of the engine license that the game must take at least a minute to load from all the logos for the tech that was used to build the game. Another one that was bad was Crysis. The first time you load it, they made you watch all the company logos, tech logos, and the intro video, with no option to skip. It literally took around 8 minutes to get to the menu the first time.

If they hated them as much as I do... (1)

topham (32406) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455240)

They wouldn't include them at all, ever. period.

Stickers (2, Funny)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455278)

Right now my bamboo plant on my file cabinet is running an Intel Core i5 and Windows 7 based on the stickers.

I don't I know anyone who has complained... (1)

flabbergast (620919) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455284)

I don't know anyone who has complained about this. My HP has two stickers, nVidia and Intel. My old E6400 had Intel and Vista Compatible. My current machine, M11x, doesn't have any.

And I've never had someone lament to me "Man, I wish my laptop didn't have stickers. They suck!" I guess it depends on the survey question.

The only thing i hate worse... (1)

theghost (156240) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455304)

The only thing i hate worse than taking off those stickers is leaving them on.

My in-laws' just leave them on and it drives me nuts. I'm also the kind of guy who pretty much refuses to wear shirts and jackets with prominent logos. I'm sure you can see how mild anti-corporate sentiments plus a tendency towards some mild OCD-esque behaviors might come to a head on that point.

Why are they there? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455318)

Has anyone asked why the stickers are there in the first place? Do they have any utilitarian or aesthetic purpose? Is it perhaps to make the hardware as loathsome and ugly as the Windows OS under the hood? It is really obnoxious and they should stop this practice immediately.

Next can we get rid of TV logos? (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455324)

I wish all of the TV networks would follow this example. I don't need the network logo in the corner of my show for the entire hour. Even if they threw it up there once or twice an episode it would be tolerable. Some of the channels aren't satisfied with just a watermark either, and go for full color and sometimes animated logos.

And news channels: I'm not reading your scroll bars and I doubt anyone else does either. Stop making your news channels look like web pages. FFS when there a major breaking story do you think people might want to see the f'ing video?

In a world filled with advertisements and spam, it's nice to see AMD get a clue.

Next step (1)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455326)

Remove the bloatware too!

New stickers then out? (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455346)

Why not just get rid of them if they are so hated? It is like ad bugs and snipes on TV. They are hated but the producers keep putting them out.

I wouldn't mind if they. . . (4, Insightful)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455398)

I wouldn't mind a single technical information summary sticker on the underside of the laptop. You know, where the manufacturer typically puts a sticker with serial number, model number, etc.? Something which is sort of the computer equivalent of the 'nutrition facts' box on food packaging, which included info about:

* CPU make/model/revision/speed/number of cores.
* Amount of RAM originally installed
* List of built-in devices (wifi chip, ethernet chip, audio chip, GPU, memory card reader chip, etc)

Only thing is, I think putting all that info on a sticker, in text large enough to read, would lead to a giant sticker, which might interfere with things like removable batteries, removable access panels (e.g. the panel you normally remove to access the memory slots, etc), cooling vents, removable drives, etc, which are all usually accessed on the bottom of the laptop.

Vodka (1)

jbridleman (9978) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455436)

Vodka works great for stickers and band-aids and...

Stickers are everywhere! Worst Experience? (4, Insightful)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455460)

Perhaps the most annoying sticker placement I have ever encountered is on the mating surface of copper plumbing fittings. Makes a 10 second cleaning job into a five minute ordeal. Any other sad or funny stories?

Wow i'm the only one using the sticker to clean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33455480)

When I remove those stickers I use the sticker itself to remove the extra adhesive. Simply reapply the sticker glue on glue over and over and it will remove it all and leave no trace.

They aren't useless though! (1)

baerd (1290146) | more than 4 years ago | (#33455582)

I have a few friends with laptops and the stickers are literally the ONLY way they can tell what kind of computer it is. Other than who makes it (because you can't remove the Dell or Acer or whatever logo) they have zero idea how much RAM, what kind of processor, how big hard drive etc. it has except for the stickers the manufacturer puts there. Its so much easier asking idiots to "Read the stickers" then it is to get them to even right-click on the Computer button in Windows and go to Properties.
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