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Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the city-named-after-a-delicious-sandwich dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 249

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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lol (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346170)

reminds me of the time Michael Sims pranked Rob Malda by cutting off his balls! That was fucking hilarious!

MIT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346174)

WTF is with the MIT link?

Re:MIT? (4, Informative)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346214)

This [mit.edu] . MIT students have a long and storied history of similar pranks.

Re:MIT? (0, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346634)

A. This is not MIT students.
B. It's *Mildly* amusing, but only if you are juvinial and have lots of time on your hands.

News For Nerds? Only if you're a nerd still in high school.

Re:MIT? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346788)

It is also mildly amusing for those people who can spell juvenile.

Re:MIT? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346254)

WTF is with the MIT link?

Its Hopeless To Find Purpose.

Re:MIT? (0)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346298)

Its Hopeless To Find Purpose.

It's Hard Teaching F**kin Punctuation...

Re:MIT? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346356)

It's Hard Teaching F**kin Punctuation...

I think you mean F**kin'.

Re:MIT? (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346418)

See? It really is hard teaching f**kin' punctuation...

Re:MIT? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346616)

âoeNever imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.â â" Lewis Carroll

Re:MIT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346338)

This is OP. Should I just post a link to Jerky Boys? A prank is a prank. I don't care about MIT, add's nothing to the story except a blatant shout out for a tech school.

Would I have to be a fanboy... (3, Interesting)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346192)

... to see hilarity in this?

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346210)

No you just don't have to be a faggot fuck, I guess you don't think it's funny do ya faggot fuck?

Folks from the UK .... cigarette shag? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346246)

No you just don't have to be a faggot fuck, I guess you don't think it's funny do ya faggot fuck?

So, you UK folks just curious...

Faggots are slang for cigarettes in your neck of the woods, yes? So, do you read the above post as:

"No you just don't have to be a cigarette shag, I guess you don't think it's funny do ya cigarette shag?"

Re:Folks from the UK .... cigarette shag? (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346274)

The slang is fags, not faggots. Faggots is slang for gays in the UK.

Re:Folks from the UK .... cigarette shag? (2)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346354)

Shut your cigarette gob, you shagging cigarette.

Re:Folks from the UK .... cigarette shag? (0)

tragedy (27079) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346656)

Fag is just an abbreviation for faggot or fagot, which is a bundle of materials, generally sticks, bound together for the purposes of burning or firing in some manner. The definition could certainly stretch to include bundles of leaves, by which token a cigarette is literally a fagot. In any case, using fag for a cigarette is much more common than using faggot, but I've certainly heard both terms used in England for both cigarettes and homosexuals. As it happens, they are almost certainly literally the same word with the same origin. The likely derivation for homosexuals is apparently from a slang derogatory term for a woman, referring to her as a "faggot" in the same way some might refer to her as "old baggage". So, the usage for a cigarette is saying that something is literally a bundle of stuff to be burned, and the one for a homosexual is metaphorically saying that he is a woman by way of a second metaphor saying that a woman is a bundle of sticks to be carried around.

Re:Folks from the UK .... cigarette shag? (1)

BizzyM (996195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346848)

That's quite queer. Thanks for etymology.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346226)

I don't know, but not having your head so deep up your ass would certainly help.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (-1, Flamebait)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346266)

So if I didn't have my head up my ass, I'd be hoo-hawing to the point of passing out and slapping my knee because they dressed up in a costume and put a Windows logo on an Apple building that isn't even open? Are you absolutely certain that a prerequisite of that humor isn't hatred of Apple or love of Microsoft?

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (2)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346430)

Are you absolutely certain that a prerequisite of that humor isn't hatred of Apple or love of Microsoft?

It's more likely to be commercially motivated.

Though hanging the MS flag upside down was probably a Freudian slip...

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (3, Insightful)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346466)

You might not even find it funny but right now you're playing the role of giant stick in the mud. There's two pieces of that: not allowing any position between utterly unfunny and "hoo-hawing to the point of passing out", and insisting that anybody who doesn't think it utterly unfunny (and who is therefore "hoo-hawing" and "slapping [their] knees") must have a profound irrational emotional position to one or both of these companies.

It's a damn prank, not an attempt at the a transcendent humour experience. It's petty vandalism, and as such the vandals should pay back Apple any cost to undo the vandalism and accept the legally required slap on the wrist. But there's not much call to read any deeper into it. People do this all the time for sports rivalries that they don't even care about, they slap stickers for company A on their competitors' products, etc..

It's kind of like this picture that made many slashdotters smile: http://www.linux-magazine.com/var/linux_magazin/storage/images/media/linux-magazine-eng-us/images/news-images/linus-windows-7-rocks/380058-1-eng-US/Linus-Windows-7-rocks.jpg [linux-magazine.com] . The difference is just that a little more went into this prank, but it's the same kind of prank.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346480)

...and insisting that anybody who doesn't think it utterly unfunny (and who is therefore "hoo-hawing" and "slapping [their] knees") must have a profound irrational emotional position to one or both of these companies.

Or it was an implication that the video was just boring.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346606)

Just accept the fact that you are a douchebag.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346304)

No. Its just some basic humor/friendly-ish jabbing. Its like when people put those Apple stickers on Microsoft stuff, its not see as vandalism, more as a joke or just done to be done. Nothing was broken or damaged so it really isn't vandalism (to me at least). And from the looks of the video, it wasn't easy to see it would be an Apple store.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346376)

It would cost money (in time) to remove, so although I enjoyed this, it would have increased the costs to both Apple and the builder.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346342)

And when it happened to a windows store you were rolling on the floor?

I chuckled and move on. Then hopes someone gets a bit of jail time... Still vandalism still funny...

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346386)

When did that happen? Was it hard to pull off? Was it hard to remove? Were customers in the store? Overall, was it a much less wimpy prank?

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (5, Insightful)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346674)

Vandalism? Really? They attached some signboard to a TEMPORARY FACADE, of which the only purchase is to cover the building while under construction. Had they done this to the building itself, you MIGHT have a point, given that the signboard were attached in a way that A) was reasonably difficult to remove or B) actually damages the building (nails, etc).

It's over-reacting like yours that has made the world see the US as a place where you can get sued for looking at someone funny. Thankfully I like in Canada where we have Justice's of the Peace that screen cases for stupid crap and tell the plaintive to screw off. Saves a TON of time/money the courts can use elsewhere.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346762)

/like/live/

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (-1, Troll)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346858)

Was it their TEMPORARY FACADE or did they obtain permission to use the TEMPORARY FACADE, and did they pay for the removal and disposal costs?

No? Vandalism.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (5, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346414)

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.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346500)

... to see hilarity in this?

The fact that people who simply looked like they were supposed to be doing were able to put the logo of the company's rival on the Apple store does have comedic value, but since you are so emotionally invested in Apple you can't possibly see that. I'm sure you - like the rest of us - saw the humor in the 'I'm a Mac' ads for Apple, but of course when someone makes fun of Apple your fanboism prevents you from seeing humor in that.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346546)

The fact that people who simply looked like they were supposed to be doing were able to put the logo of the company's rival on the Apple store does have comedic value,

It would if the building looked like an Apple store. It didn't so there was no reason for anybody to think twice about it. if they had pulled that off at the big Apple store in NYC, then they might have earned the title 'classic'.

I'm sure you - like the rest of us - saw the humor in the 'I'm a Mac' ads for Apple

Not really, they were pretentious.

...but since you are so emotionally invested in Apple you can't possibly see that.

The problem is that I am not emotionally invested enough.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346614)

It would if the building looked like an Apple store. It didn't so there was no reason for anybody to think twice about it.

It's the well-known site of a new apple store.

Not really, they were pretentious.

I didn't ask if you found them funny, I asked if you saw the humor in them...clearly they were meant to have a comedic aspect yet you are unable to see that, or are denying it for some reason.

The problem is that I am not emotionally invested enough.

No you're clearly well over-invested, the fact that you even felt the need to post that you were incapable of seeing humor in it in an attempt to reduce it to a humorless attack on apple is evidence enough of that.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346742)

It's the well-known site of a new apple store.

It was a building covered in black, clearly under construction. There is not even a clear sign there saying 'Apple Store Coming Soon!" Nobody walking by even bats an eye, except for one person who stops to take a photo. The odds are good she was one of the pranksters. Ho Hum.

...clearly they were meant to have a comedic aspect yet you are unable to see that, or are denying it for some reason.

Sorry, I don't see a lot of comedic value in them. The parodies of those videos were much funnier. It's probably because I know too much about what using a Windows system is really like and those ads were mostly bullshit. You can ding me for this if you like but the actual humor in this is that it means I should have found this particular prank funny.

...the fact that you even felt the need to post that you were incapable of seeing humor in it in an attempt to reduce it to a humorless attack on apple is evidence enough of that.

It's not a fact, it's a desire of yours that you hope is true. What happened was I spent a minute and a half watching a video described as 'destined to become a classic' and it was just.... dull. I'm missing something that would make me find that funny and it's either love of MS or hatred of Apple. It's obvious now that the problem wasn't that I missed a detail in the video.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346794)

It's the well-known site of a new apple store.

It was a building covered in black, clearly under construction.

you seem to be under the perception that that changes the fact that it's the well-known site of a new apple store, of course it has no impact on it whatsoever.

Sorry, I don't see a lot of comedic value in them. The parodies of those videos were much funnier.

again, it's not about whether you find it funny, but whether you can see the humor in it. the humor in them is pretty damn obvious satire...how are you incapable of seeing that?

It's probably because I know too much about what using a Windows system is really like and those ads were mostly bullshit.

of course they were, that doesn't mean you can't see the obvious humor in them even if you don't find them funny.

It's not a fact, it's a desire of yours that you hope is true.

so you didn't post about how you were incapable of seeing the humor? actually you did [slashdot.org] .

I'm missing something

you sure are if you're incapable of seeing comedic value in things where it is so obvious, even if you don't find it funny.

Re:Would I have to be a fanboy... (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346590)

I don't see what's funny about this either. Then again whenever I see the Windows logo I usually feel pity, not hilarity.

Funny stuff (0)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346200)

That is pretty funny, although they did use a screwdriver to put up the pieces.
Vandals or not, Apple just got served

Re:Funny stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346300)

Served what?

Re:Funny stuff (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346334)

Yeah, and thats the really odd thing. The colors are mixed up, the green and blue being flipped... but they have different shapes, and the "flare" in the middle means they didn't just install it upside down, it was designed that way. So either this is a double-joke (its the Windows logo... but not), or the pranksters are idiots. Any bets?

Re:Funny stuff (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346390)

The pranksters are idiots. There are 4 separate pieces; the green and blue are rotated 180 degrees from their proper position. If only they'd had a windows 7 task bar to refer to...

They got the colours wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346204)

Should have at least done it properly.

A giant Tux would have been better.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (2, Insightful)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346230)

I don't know, a picture of Stallman might have been a better shot. One of the biggest names in OSS over the sign for a company well noted for being the most closed in technology.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346528)

This was an Apple store, not a Google store. Burn!

Re:They got the colours wrong. (1, Informative)

MalleusEBHC (597600) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346538)

Yes, the same Apple that is behind Darwin, WebKit, Bonjour, and countless other open source projects. Don't get me wrong, their iOS devices are a nightmare in this aspect, but OS X is a very open platform.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346562)

OSX is open you say? Tell me when I can install it on any hardware of my choice without needing a lot of cracks/"patches", until then its not open but very, very closed and locked. As for Darwin and Webkit, those were made by other people, Apple just bought them out. Not quite the same as making it yourself.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (0)

mad flyer (589291) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346664)

I think you are confused and don't understand really well the difference between freedom and anarchy...

Re:They got the colours wrong. (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346684)

I do, I also know that slavery isn't freedom regardless of what Steve Jobs says about the locked down walled garden.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346838)

And you think it's slavery when people choose to use a consumer product and/or service? This doesn't just apply to Apple - it applies to any consumer or user choice. I'm not sure you fully understand much beyond some distorted ideology where you're seeing tyrants and evil everywhere.

Run along now, the adults are talking.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (2)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346822)

Sure, take the OS X install DVD, which has no serial numbers, no online activation, no DRM, and no other protection, and make a disk image from it. Remove a text file with the name "please don't copy OS X.txt" (or something like that), and then burn the image to a disk.

Boot your Hackintosh and install.

Yes, so many "cracks and patches".

Re:They got the colours wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346662)

If you have to defend something as being open, then it's not open.

Re:They got the colours wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346734)

Just out of interest...do you really believe this?

Re:They got the colours wrong. (3, Interesting)

UESMark (678941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346284)

Isn't an inverted flag a symbol of distress?

Re:They got the colours wrong. (2)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346358)

Hm. Maybe this is secretly a marketing scheme by Apple. Wouldn't be the first time some crappy "viral" marketing video has tricked itself into a /. story.

As pranks go, it's more of a wasted opportunity-- marking one commercial product's territory with another commercial product is not particularly radical.

Figures (4, Funny)

topham (32406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346220)

What? They didn't include the video when, 20 minutes later the whole black facade turned blue with cryptic text all over it?

Re:Figures (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346332)

What? They didn't include the video when, 20 minutes later the whole black facade turned blue with cryptic text all over it?

Worse than that after the first two minutes the entire store was infected with viruses and malware.

Re:Figures (1)

Dr Black Adder (1764714) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346720)

Becasue they were trying to record it on a Windows Phone 7, they were looking at that magical blue screen!

That's great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346234)

Let's see Banksy top this one!

Colors? (-1, Troll)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346238)

Who cares if they got the colors wrong? This is hilarious. I'd be curious to know, however, how much Microsoft paid this "WAV Collective"... random group springs into existence just to deface an Apple store with the Windows logo... Yep, that doesn't seem like a shill front, no siree! At least it's pissing off fanboys.

Re:Colors? (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346326)

I doubt MS paid a cent for this. Its like when people put those Apple stickers they get in an iPod/Phone on things. Its not done because Apple paid them to do it. In fact, these people may very well have done this in a counter-culture-ish move of those Apple stickers. Or it could have been some people doing something randomish like a flash mob, or even Apple-haters.

Re:Colors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346424)

It's not funny enough to piss off the fan boys.

Re:Colors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346498)

Are you mad?

Now had it been a penguin... (4, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346242)

Had it been a penguin, then it would have been funny...

Re:Now had it been a penguin... (4, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346496)

And nobody would have understood it.

It's inverted and sideways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346328)

Screw upside-down. The whole logo is in reflection horizontally, then rotated pi/2.

Side note: why does /. not support Greek symbols?

Pi (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346416)

Side note: why does /. not support Greek symbols?

Slashdot uses a character whitelist because of past abuses of Unicode bidirectionality control characters. (Google site:slashdot.org erocs for details.) Greek isn't in the whitelist because Slashdot is in English, which is written in Latin, not Greek.

Or maybe you could just say "transposed" or "reflected across the main diagonal".

Re:Pi (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346786)

So, again:
Why does /. not support Greek symbols, which are widely used by English-speaking nerds discussing any number of STEM fields?

Or, long form, "why does /. not support Greek symbols, curved quotes, and hundreds of other non-exploitable characters by adding them to their whitelist?"

Alternatively, blacklisting only exploitable characters, or even better, implementing a parser that understands them and lets them be used, but forcibly restores proper directionality?

Answer in all cases is "/. crew is lazy", not "Slashdot is in English".

Re:It's inverted and sideways (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346744)

pi/2 ... Side note: why does /. not support Greek symbols?

Why not just say 90 deg?

That seems like ... (-1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346336)

... a downgrade, to me.

"Some of the colors got rearranged" (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346362)

That's a feature.

Re:"Some of the colors got rearranged" (1)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346524)

That's a feature.

No, they were taking a page from the book of Jobs...'you're looking at it wrong'.

silver and apple (2)

Sase (311326) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346364)

If only they did it multi layerd..
as each layer was peeled off on the fascade..multiple prompts to surface...
Are you sure you want take this logo down?
This type of application can harm your computer...

Of Course Windows Needs Guerrilla Marketing (0)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346366)

How else is the plucky underdog Microsoft going to compete with the Juggernaut that is Apple, Inc.?

Re:Of Course Windows Needs Guerrilla Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346462)

How else is the Juggernaut Microsoft going to compete with the Juggernaut that is Apple, Inc.?

The other way sounds snarky and seems to imply Apple isn't a juggernaut in the business world and is the "plucky underdog".

Once Every Few Years (3, Informative)

The O Rly Factor (1977536) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346370)

Microsoft pays someone to go do a PR prank like this. Remember when they paid a crew to drop a giant Internet Explorer logo on the front lawn of Mozilla's campus [snafu.de] ?

Frankly, a company with the corporate culture like Microsoft's pulling stunts like this puts an image in my head of creepy late 30's to early 40's guys pretending like they're in a college frat again.

Re:Once Every Few Years (4, Insightful)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346502)

Haha, yeah, remember that one time fifteen years ago!?

Of course, there's no reason to believe these guys were paid, and even if they were it's just a bit of fun that I'm sure Apple employees got a chuckle out of. But not the fanbois! No sirree, everything is a war, and if MS does something like this, it's "creepy".

Re:Once Every Few Years (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346672)

Creepy? Yeah, it kind of is, actually. I mean, it's cute, but... are they trying to make a point, aside from looking somewhat incompetent? Even worse if they're doing this on their own time for free, you think they'd do a better job in that case.

Re:Once Every Few Years (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346856)

As an identified "fanboi" (I have occasionally passed a pro-Apple, or Apple-neutral comment, so that seems to qualify), I don't see this as "creepy" or "war" at all. It certainly has an air of 'aha, I see what you did there! It's funny because that's the Windows logo on an Apple store, and they're like, totally rivals!' way, but I thin I (and about a million other people) beat them to it - my Dell printer has an Apple sticker on it, as does my Sony MiniDisc deck.

Fun that they did it in public, but getting the logo wrong was a bit of a gaffe, surely!

Re:Once Every Few Years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346564)

"when we do it, it's grass roots; when they do it, it's astroturfing bawwww!"

Re:Once Every Few Years (1)

Cold-NiTe (968026) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346588)

Yeah they made a movie about creepy guys like that, it's called Old School, and it was hilarious. This may not be Hollywood, but people over the age of 30 are allowed to have a sense of humor I hope. Especially if they work in the Tech industry, then it almost seems like it comes with the territory.

(In case anyone thinks that statement is personal, I'm 24.)

Re:Once Every Few Years (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346624)

(In case anyone thinks that statement is personal, I'm 24.)

Bless you, child.

If it were another country (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346372)

I bet that if it were in the USA (or UK...) the pranksters would be sent to jail for a few days, perhaps even on the pretext of a possible terrorist threat.

Meh (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346380)

It's just a prank in my book, didn't damage anything, doesn't change the fact that Apple is building a store there, not Microsoft.

Funny (0)

danbuter (2019760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346422)

I think it's funny. I bet Woz does too.

Not a Penguin (1)

Ingenu (2127512) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346518)

This is a slight to Apple. Apple has no problem with traditional linux, they have a problem with Microsoft. Therefore, linux geek or not, Microsoft would be the appropriate symbol to paste on an Apple store to get a reaction from their fanbase (Google would probably work also, but not Tux).

The question is worth asking (2)

cshark (673578) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346526)

Who in their right mind would even try that in broad daylight, if it wasn't legitimate?
Beautiful piece of mischief.

Re:The question is worth asking (4, Interesting)

nick0909 (721613) | more than 3 years ago | (#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/).

Re:The question is worth asking (2)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346658)

I was going to bring up the Downtown LA freeway "vandal" as well, here is the original LA Times story [latimes.com] . What's funny is Caltrans recently redid all of the signage on the 110 though downtown, and though they replaced his particular sign, they completely adopted his informational scheme for the 110-four level interchange, to the point that the signs downtown are almost strange in their helpfulness compared to the signs on the 405 on the Westside or around the 101 in the Cahuenga pass.

It's the sort of defacement of public property I can get behind. But it looks like they've also doubled the barbed wire on all of the signs :P

Re:The question is worth asking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346846)

totally apple store = a leper stop

Dead Silence around here (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346572)

Ooh someone dared to defile the hallowed Altar of Apple. And there is a deafening silence from the Slashdot Apple cultists. If the shoe were on the other foot this whole article would be full of cheering and accolades! But someone dared to throw a pie at St. Jobs...off with his head!

(Hey, didn't this site used to be all about Linux at one point?)

Its just viral marketting by Apple. (4, Interesting)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:Its just viral marketting by Apple. (1)

scrib (1277042) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346712)

Bingo. I was about to post a comment like "Apple: Yes, We Do Windows, Too." You nailed it, except I don't think Windows users will much care.

It COULD simply be pranksters, it may be an Apple stunt, but either way Apple really should run with it.

people do realize that (1)

ILongForDarkness (1134931) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346632)

Mac's can run Windows right? The opposite would more insulting I think in that OS X doesn't (at least not legally) run on non-Mac hardware. Perhaps find a vendor that has abandoned linux as a factory install option and rub it in that there is yet another OS that they are denying you :-)

Deliberately Wrong? (1)

OKK77 (683209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346790)

I wondered: did they put the colours wrongly for plausible deniability? "Hey, this isn't the Windoze logo. It is a panel of basic colours!"

Windows? Really? (0)

L1B3R4710N (2081304) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346800)

Pfft. Do it with a giant picture of Tux and THEN you can be cool!

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346810)

Why would anyone do thIs? I guess just don't understand why windows fanboys exist. Why be a fan of some company's product?

I can see some people being fanboys of apple because of what they represented in the past, or being a fan of their quirkiness, or finding S. Jobs charismatic. I can see being an OSS fanboy because of personal involvement or maybe you see it as rebellious. With Windows, where is the lustful attraction it takes to be a fanboy?

I was a big fan of win2k on the desktop. Really happy with MS. This was the first time I felt I had a stable system, DOS was gone, I could change network settings without rebooting, everything got a billion times better compared to Win9x. I had a great opinion of it all at the time. I didn't feel such an attachment that I wanted to defend or advocate on behalf of MS, though.

Windows stickers. (1, Funny)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346830)

I just place all "Designed for Windows" stickers that I find onto dumpsters and trash bins of various capacity. Does it mean that my sense of humor is far superior to those pranksters (not to mention that I make a valid statement)?

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