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594 comments

It's already done... (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320804)

Someone already wrote the geneator [sourceforge.net] .

Re:It's already done... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320828)

:%s/geneator/generator

Wow, mods are retarded. (3, Informative)

Ophidian P. Jones (466787) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320885)

The link is to a random character generator written in Java. Mods, do you think random characters will make an iTunes code?

Re:Wow, mods are retarded. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320905)

I suspect not, but I'm sure it could produce music of the same quality as most of the stuff produced today.

Re:Wow, mods are retarded. (4, Insightful)

FooGoo (98336) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320939)

Eventually...yes...but maybe not before the contest ends.

Re:Wow, mods are retarded. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320952)

Yes, using the Million monkeys theory of productions.

Its a joke boy, don't ya get it? Yer built too low. The fast ones go right over your head!

On Apple's behalf... (5, Funny)

NewWaveNet (584716) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320805)

Oops, there went that debt free memo [slashdot.org] ! ;)

Re:On Apple's behalf... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320934)

AFAIK Pepsi buys the tunes from Apple for the standard $0.99... so it's Pepsi's problem, not Apples.

Re:On Apple's behalf... (5, Funny)

ryanw (131814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320970)

Well, you still have to "open" the bottle to win. Pepsi/Apple is still ahead on this one.

Frost Pist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320806)

Nick White sucks butt. Frosty Piss

To crack Apple's DRM... (-1, Offtopic)

Mod Me God (686647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320807)

Think Gay.

And Apple just got back in the black (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320809)

Welcome back to the world of debt.

Re:And Apple just got back in the black (5, Insightful)

daviddennis (10926) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320938)

Most likely, no.

The majority of Pepsi drinkers probably don't care about the promotion.

Those who do will win. Those who don't care won't win and won't care that they didn't win.

The tunes go to the people who want them, and more or less everyone is happy.

I'd say this would hold true if anywhere under 10% of Pepsi drinkers wanted the iTunes songs. Once you get past that, you wind up having massive inventories of losing bottles nobody wants and things turn ugly fast.

But if that's the case, it's Pepsi that loses, not Apple. Apple has no liability for Pepsi's inventory problems or lack of same.

D

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320810)

fp you fucking nazis!

Oh, come on! (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320811)

The big secret: "tip the bottle and see if you can see 'again' under the cap." Sheer genius.

No, really--this would never have occurred to me.

I mean, really--the tipping of the bottle I could probably get to, but then to look through the clear plastic--inspired, my friend, inspired. And differentiating between 'again' and a random string of numbers? This guy has to be into hardcore pattern recognition. NSA, are you seeing this?

Yeah.

There exist elegant solutions to truly vexing problems that, once discovered, are striking in their simplicity. There also exist people who try to pass off the painfully obvious as an elegant solution to a truly vexing problem.

A free iTunes code to the person who can guess which category this falls into...

Priorities (-1)

glpierce (731733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320859)

You consider winning this contest "a truly vexing problem"?

Re:Priorities (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320921)

No, people who lack the capacity to detect sarcasm ad absurdium is a truly vexing problem. What part of that post made you think the guy was actually singing the praises of an individual he considers an intellectual giant?

Re:Priorities (1)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320957)

Some advice: Please re-tune your sarcasm detector before posting again.

Re:Oh, come on! (4, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320870)

Then there's the fact that I don't really like Pepsi to begin with. When somebody offers me a Pepsi, I tend to decline in favor of tap water. Therefore the value of 20 oz. of Pepsi to me is $0.00.

A bottle usually costs between $0.99 and $1.49, depending on where you buy it, so even if I'm a "winner" every time, I'm pretty much breaking even compared to just giving iTMS my credit card number and downloading whatever I like.

Hey, Steve... Is this what it has come to? You sell sugar water to children for a living now?

(I keed, I keed!)

Re:Oh, come on! (4, Funny)

netringer (319831) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320972)

Hey, Steve... Is this what it has come to? You sell sugar water to children for a living now?
I never thought of that.
Do ya think this Pepsi/iTunes promo could be Scully's revenge! *gasp*

Re:Oh, come on! (2, Funny)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320887)

A free iTunes code to the person who can guess which category this falls into...

[holy grail]
Category 1... no, 2! Aaarrrrrrrgghhhhhh
[/holy grail]

Re:Oh, come on! (5, Funny)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320909)

Yea, yet another reason to get a job working for the school cafetria...
so you can sit in the back tipping bottles while getting paid for it.

-grump

Re:Oh come on! The WHOLE pop machine? (5, Funny)

netringer (319831) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320932)

Oowwwww!! I have such a pain!

I tired this in our break room but I had to tip the entire Pepsi machine over to see which bottle I should buy! I hope the boss didn't see me.

Is that why they have that picture of the guy being crushed by the pop machine?
Is it to keep you from checking for iTunes winner bottles?

Re:Oh, come on! (3, Funny)

ttldkns (737309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320950)

You mod this as funny but its _actually_ the "secret"

*sigh*

Re:Oh, come on! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320959)

I can't believe so many people consider this to be a new concept.

My friends and I had been doing this since at least the late 80s when plastic bottles and contests really started. We got a lot of free doctor pepper this way:

1: walk to back of 7-11
2: tilt all bottles in fridge until "WINNER" is seen through plastic...
3: buy bottle
4: Profit!

No ??? required. This technique is not new.

For the people that still say one is spending $.99 through $1.50 for a bottle--if you are buying the bottle for the song, you are stupid.

If you are buying the bottle to get the contents and a song, then you utilizing the technique effectively.

We weren't looking for winning bottles of doctor pepper so we could look at them. We were buying them so that the next bottle was free. I am sure the people that are following the same concept are planning to download a song while drinking their pepsi.

I'm intrigued (2, Interesting)

gonzocanuck2 (470521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321025)

All the bottle cap contests I've seen (since I was a little kid) had the answer printed on the cap liner, but facing inwards, not outwards. Hmm, maybe the Canadian version knows something the parent corp doesn't!

Re:Oh, come on! (5, Funny)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320969)

Good thing they don't have Crystal Pepsi anymore or this would be even easier!

As far as the idea of a generator, I hope that Apple was smart enough to use strong crypto in their generator, such that you would have to know the key to come up with a winning entry.

I don't see how subverting this promotion is good for anyone in the long term. Do you want more promotions like this in the future? Do you want the store to last? I guess the temptation of a free 99 cent song is too much for some.

Re:Oh, come on! (5, Funny)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321049)

Wow,

I was thinking it is a good thing they don't have Crystal Pepsi because it is so awfully disgusting.

to each their own I guess.

Re:Oh, come on! (5, Funny)

t1nman33 (248342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320973)

Pepsi and Apple Computer would like to remind you that attempting to circumvent our patented "CapTron" technology is a violation of the DMCA, and will be prosecuted as such.

Re:Oh, come on! (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320998)

Oh, rather give me commentators plain,
Who with no deep researches vex the brain;
Who from the dark and doubtful love to run,
And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun.

apple irimtunes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320813)

It was 7:00 AM, and I was in the middle of eating breakfast.
Four strips of bacon, and some rather ugly looking eggs. My glance went
to my frying pan. I used it for many normal things, of course. I had
even used it to cook the breakfast I was eating. But there was also
another thing, that I wanted to use the frying pan for.

I had dreamed of that pan, for many years now. It had such rounded
curves, such a smooth handle. Every day, seeing the grease drip on it's
lubricated body. Every day, feeling it, touching it. I could almost hear
it calling for me. I was getting a chubby, just thinking about it. Then,
I knew, today was the day. I had to make my move.

I got up from my chair, and walked over to it. I could see it was
still dripping with grease, and bacon fat. It was so utterly greasy.
I hoisted it up, then started moving my tongue all about it. Moving it up
the front, up the back. Running it over the handle. The pan started
going over my body. It was rubbing it's greasy body all over, begging me
for more.

I began to unbutton my shirt, as I erotically mouth fucked
it. I removed my shirt, as it started teasing my chest. It
suddenly went lower, gliding over my pants, making the fabric between it,
and my throbbing manhood wet with white, creamy grease. I lowered my
pants, kicking them off, my stone hard cock begging to be released. But,
I wanted to pleasure the pan first.

I then began to rub my pink tongue around the pans handle, tongue
tickling it. I started moving my mouth over it, sliding the pan in and
out, Making it wet with my saliva, motioning my tongue in circles around
it. I slid it deeper in, consuming every bit I could, faster and deeper.
Sucking so hard, as my head bobbed back and forth. I could feel it rumble
with excitment. If pans have orgasms, it was having one. I mouth fucked
it 'till it finished its massive orgasm.

I knew it wanted to please me. I managed my underwear over my huge
unit. It went directly to my anus, smoothing it's saliva ridden handle
over it, lubing it up for penetration. It went in gently at first, a
little bit at a time, a little further each shove. I started lightly
moaning. It kept shoving, moving with more force, and speed. I started
groaning a bit, I wanted all of it in me. It started getting quite powerful,
and my anus finally gave way, and swallowed it whole. I rode it out,
groaning louder, with each push. It felt so good, I knew I was close to
orgasm, I could feel my balls tremble with delight. But, without notice,
it pulled out. I groaned, trying to pull it back in, still wanting to
feel the pleasure. But it insisted on going around front.

It smoothed itself around my massive manhood, bouncing it up and
down. It was rubbing the cock head now, soaking it with its' juices.
Jerking me at a wonderfully slow pace, that made me cringe with sensation.
It was now Jerking me faster, up and down, left and right, all around.
Moving me so fast, my balls ached as they bounced against the pan.
I moved with it's speedy motion, groaning loudly, and moving my head back,
in sexual glory. I was ready to blow, and then it happened. As I let out
one loud grunt, streams of cum shot out, dripping down the pan. It jerked
me until every hot, creamy shot, was out. It was over, I had lived my
fantasy.

Re:apple irimtunes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320843)

lol

a crack? hmm. (5, Insightful)

tedtimmons (97599) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320818)

This is a crack? I mean, if you count the cap'n crunch [webcrunchers.com] as a crack, sure. But I don't consider tilting a bottle of soda a crack. It seems more like social engineering.

Re:a crack? hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320851)

sure.
except there is nothing social about it.

Re:a crack? hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320981)

Draper, the fellow who wrote the webpage you linked to, is a known chickenhawk.

All those stories people crapflood this site with involving lurking 'guru' boy molesters who hang out at LUG meetings? They're inspired by this fellow.

Boredom (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320819)

yay ... now I can avoid drinking an awful beverage while listening to awful music.

Re:Boredom (4, Interesting)

Lysol (11150) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320872)

The music's only awful if you make it that way. I've downloaded/bought some decent stuff off iTunes so far. Much better deal than going into some mega-cd store...

Slashdotted Already! (4, Funny)

gambit3 (463693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320825)


Darn!

Now I'll have to play fairly and by the rules!

That just ain't fair!

Article Text (5, Funny)

OECD (639690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320980)

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Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /home/macmerc/www/www.macmerc.com/mainfile.php on line 47
Unable to select database

Great teach people that open source == cheaters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320829)

and criminals.

They are nice enough to give away songs. Unlike most things talked on slashdot, this is actually stealing.

Re:Great teach people that open source == cheaters (1, Insightful)

freeze128 (544774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320875)

It's only stealing if you steal the pepsi.

Re:Great teach people that open source == cheaters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320890)

Because most "Open Source" clowns are only concerned about free-as-in-beer. And all of their machines dual-boot a pirated copy of Windows. It's not suprising in the least.

Free Software fans are different.

I fought the law (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320834)

Taking back a piece of that Apple 4 bill would be fair justice for their trashing of that cover of a Clash cover of I fought the law.

I swear.... (-1, Insightful)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320840)

If the caps I've got sitting in my drawer here come up "used" when I go to buy stuff.....

It's pretty easy though, since you have to register through iTunes. Cheaters will be tracked down.

But whoever is doing this is a lowlife.

Re:I swear.... (2, Insightful)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320931)

RTFA. It basically tells you to look through the bottle to read the inside of the cap. Purchase is still necessary.

Re:I swear.... (0, Flamebait)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320984)

RTFA. It basically tells you to look through the bottle to read the inside of the cap. Purchase is still necessary.

The moderators need to RTFA as well. Who the hell modded this +5 insightful? Karma whore.

Re:I swear.... (1)

therevolution (525890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320944)

Yes, this is too much to ask of anyone, I know, but maybe you should try reading the article. It teaches you how to tilt the bottle to identify losing/winning game pieces. It is not a method for generating winning codes.

Re:I swear.... (1)

Squidgee (565373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320966)

Buh?

The "hack" involves tipping the Pepsi bottle in order to see if it's a winner. How would these "cheaters" be tracked down? How would it effect your codes? RTFA.

Re:I swear.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320975)

How exactly do you propose they "track down" people who generate random numbers? Bang down their door demanding to see the liners that correspond to their winning numbers?

Poetic (Geek) Justice (-1, Flamebait)

Pizzop (605441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320841)

It's not like it really matters, the guy's website is slashdotted, and so his Webserver probably smells like burnt silicon. That's a great idea, anytime we need something taken out, post a note about it on /. and just wait for the computer to fall to it's knees. This is so not fair. The one time I actually want to go to the site and read the article AS soon as i can. it's slashdotted. All you other geeks stop reading it so I can.

Secret Agent Crack (5, Funny)

qw(name) (718245) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320846)


As long as the "crack" can be placed in a secret decoder ring I'll be happy.

And the winner is... (5, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320847)

The American Dental Association, for the sudden increase in work coming their way. A Mr Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. will be presented with the award - a special enamel yellow I-Pod - at the next 'Fillings Across America' convention.

Re:And the winner is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320996)

Look at it this way, with all those cavities the battery actually might be user accessible.

Re:And the winner is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8321034)

Enamel is not yellow, it's white. Its all the crap that you eat/drink that might make it yellow.


-Anonymous Dental Student

That didn't take long (1)

strech (167037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320850)

And neither did the slashdotting.
Anyone have a mirror of the article?
And is someone going end up in the same boat as Greg Dean [reallifecomics.com] ?

Luckily, this sort of thing happens with a number of contests. Pepsi will just fix it in future bottles (if any) and go on; not going to affect mp3s-as-commerce at all, really.

Re:That didn't take long (0, Redundant)

satterth (464480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320914)

Dude, just tip the bottle a little bit and look under the cap. If you see random numbers/letters you got a winner. If you see 'again' then try again.

I can't believe Pepsi let this one through.

Re:That didn't take long (2, Informative)

cabingirl (671963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320988)

Here [billpalmer.net] is the site where I originally read of the technique. (Not a mirror of the posted site)

I tested the "crack" at work when I bought a 20 oz Diet Pepsi at the cafeteria, and accurately predicted that the bottle I had purchased was a winner. However, it has to look fishy to others when you're standing there holding the bottle at a funny angle, so I've refrained from actually trying to capitalize on it.

Awesome! (5, Funny)

furiousgeorge (30912) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320856)

Cool - a guaranteed way to pick a winner!

Now i'm off to buy many $1.20 bottles of sugar water so I get get a free $0.99 song!!!! I can't lose!

oh wait............

Never underestimate the stupidity of people in large numbers.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Squidgee (565373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320936)

Ah, but if you were going to buy the Pepsi anyways...

But yea, I can see people buying Pepsis for no reason other than the code; as in, keep the cap, toss the Pepsi.

Re:Awesome! (1)

kev0153 (578226) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321001)

If you were going to buy the Pepsi anyway, why not pick a winner.

Usually, I think crackers are scum, but... (1, Funny)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320862)

If this is about the "crack" I read yesterday (article is completely /.ed to hell) of tipping the bottle to see what's under the cap, all I can say is hoorah! for creative thinking.

When you set up something this stupid, you deserve to be caught with your pants down.

dammit pudge (-1, Offtopic)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320864)

your-really-long-dept-name-breaks-my-fucking-brows er-asshole

All I wanted was an iTune (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320865)

...Just one iTune, and Pepsi wouldn't give it to me!

Fuck Macs, Get a Real Computer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320873)

Though I do enjoy Pepsi :)

Hard to imagine... (1, Funny)

NeoTheOne (673445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320874)

Wouldnt hardcore geeks drink so much caffine (ie pepsi) that they wouldnt need the generator?

Before Long (0, Redundant)

HappyCitizen (742844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320877)

People will be selling generated pepsi codes on ebay. This will probably make iTunes need to cancel the service. If that happens, then I'm mad at the hacker. Either way I am, because it will simply help pirating IMO.

Re:Before Long (4, Funny)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321006)

But then ebay will yank the auctions, because the numbers do not belong to you, they belong to Pepsi.

hear that, all your numbers are belong to Pepsi. don't try any funny stuff, like making up your own numbers, or "adding" or "dividing". They'll get you... get you, I say!

Re:Before Long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8321035)

Obviously you didn't RTFA or RTFComments that all say the "crack" is to tilt the bottle!

Neiter did the moderators.

wtf? (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320878)

That's pretty amusing but did the editors actually read this story before posting it? "Next step: a Pepsi/iTMS winning number generator!" WTF? Stuff that matters indeed.

Of course before I criticize them too much don't think I'm not going to try this the next time I go to the store. I don't drink soda (evil substance) but I can resell it to friends that don't use iTMS for the purchase price and pocket the songs ;)

1) Buy evil sugar water that's bad for you with winning code.
2) Resell said sugar water to friends who don't use iTMS.
3) Download songs legally while simultaneously screwing Pepsi and RIAA.
4) ???
5) Profit!

(I'm not trolling for karma. Feel free to mod this funny to avoid giving me any overrated if you disagree).

Re:wtf? (1, Insightful)

Squidgee (565373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320916)

And that screws Pepsi...how? They still make the money off of your purchase, after all.

Re:wtf? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320947)

And that screws Pepsi...how? They still make the money off of your purchase, after all.

My ingenious theory was that Pepsi is paying RIAA something for these downloads so it cuts into Pepsi's bottom line. After all they are figuring that a large portion of them will get tossed into the trash and not used. The other part of my ingenious theory was that RIAA probably gave them to Pepsi at some sort of discount -- so it hurts RIAA's bottom line a little bit too.

I'll admit the impact is small. But it brings a smile to my face nonetheless.

Re:wtf? (2, Insightful)

Highlander (93036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320964)

3) Download songs legally while simultaneously screwing Pepsi and RIAA.

If by "screwing" you mean "buying their products" then yes, you are correct. You may be reselling the drinks so there is no cost to you, but there is still profit to the parties providing the goods.

H

Re:wtf? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321018)

If by "screwing" you mean "buying their products" then yes, you are correct. You may be reselling the drinks so there is no cost to you, but there is still profit to the parties providing the goods.

But their profit margin is smaller then if some hick who doesn't own a computer buys the bottle and tosses the cap away. Plus my friends are more likely to recycle the bottle after they are done with it then he is (he'd probably use it for target practice or something) anyway so everybody wins -- including Mother Earth ;)

Don't try to understand my insanity -- just agree with me and know the power!

Re:wtf? (5, Funny)

discogravy (455376) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321028)

That's pretty amusing but did the editors actually
read this story before posting it?

you're new, right?

I'm not sure I can afford to win... (3, Insightful)

erick99 (743982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320891)

The way my kids drink soda, I could go broke "saving" money with free songs this way. We'll stick to the 2 Litre bottles when they are on sale and they can listen to their favorite music on the radio. Though, it would be fun to win just once or twice....

Happy Trails!

Erick

Here are the images (4, Informative)

jonknee (522188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320895)

Hey guys, someone submitted when we were already at the top of our load. So while the host works things out, here [mobiletracker.net] are the images used in the story.

And the next step after that... (0, Redundant)

genmanath (577922) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320910)

1) Submit the results from a iTunes number generator batch 2) Pepsi cancels the contest 3) ??? 4) Profit? I for one welcome our new...aww, forget it... I don't even own an iPod...or a Mac. grumble.

Mirror (4, Funny)

Alcimedes (398213) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320912)

Since it's already slashdotted i'll paraphrase.

Tip the damn bottle.

If it constains the word "song" you won.

Buy that bottle.

The end.

Re:Mirror (4, Informative)

elflet (570757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321020)

Easier still: "try again" caps have 3 lines of printing, centered. Winning caps have 4 lines and fill pretty much the whole space. You don't even have to make out the words, just avoid the caps with a fair bit of whitespace at the edges.

KeyGen Released!! (5, Funny)

pantycrickets (694774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320923)

ORiON PROUDLY PRESENTS
iTunes Sweepstakes (c) Apple
SUPPLIER ...: Team ORiON
CRACKER ....: Team ORiON
PACKAGER ...: Team ORiON
RELEASED ...: 02.18.04
TYPE .......: Keygen
DISKS ......: XX/01
/sarcasm

Re:KeyGen Released!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320983)

the promo code is the first 5 digits of your M$ Windows key

itunes under wine? (0, Offtopic)

bear_phillips (165929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320924)

Has anyone got itunes to run under wine?

Re:itunes under wine? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8321036)

No, it's too hard to print the entire winning number on the bottom of a cork.

A bit of info (5, Informative)

read-only (35561) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320929)

The server linked to was slashdotted, so I found this via Google. Not all that impressive...

No, I don't have algorithm to generate winning numbers. (I would have to assume that they are randomly generated anyways) But, after my 5th winning pepsi top in a row, I'm pretty confident in my ability to pick a winner by examining the bottle. Assuming that the intial bottles really are only 1 in 3 winners and are evenly distributed (which isn't a given) then 5 in a row is good, but not conclusive.

Anyways, on the bottles I've seen, you can actually see under the cap you down the kneck of the bottle. If the lighting is sufficient, you'll be able to make out at least a couple of letters. If you see a number then you have a winner. You'll look like a fool staring down bottles to find a surefire winner, but being a cheapskate isn't glamorous work.

I don't know any method to win with the 7-11 Big Gulp cups where the code is on the rim of the winning cup. I've gotten 2 of 3 winners using my patented "pick the first cup" algorithm. The only strategy I've heard of to increase your odds is the "double cup". Some people claim that the stores don't mind if you do it, but to me it's crossing over from legitimate "selection optimization" to "theft".

./ed (0, Redundant)

SisyphusShrugged (728028) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320948)

The site has officially been ./'ed

Does it seriously just advise you to look under the cap? I have been doing that for years, no big suprise there.

Technique been around for years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320955)

We used to do this when Dr. Pepper was giving away free bottles when I was in high school. Because of the unique shape of the Dr. Pepper bottle you could easily tilt it and read the whole underside of the cap to see if it was a winner. We would make sure the first one was a winner and buy it, then use the winning cap to get another winner..repeat until no more winners in the display case.Pretty sweet. Nothing more difficult than trying to walk to the bus stop with 10-15 bottles of Dr. Pepper without caps though.

~dank

I've come up with the perfect iTunes DRM crack (5, Funny)

elflet (570757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320956)

...but unfortunately this bottle cap is too small to hold it. - Fermat

This is just a port... (4, Funny)

boinger (4618) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320968)

...of the same crack that me and me l337 hacker bros worked out back in the BBS days to crack a very similar Mountain Dew promotion.

Good thing we released it GPL. Now those Apache commies [slashdot.org] can't use it, either!

Free Tibet!

Check around (4, Interesting)

andyring (100627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320978)

I was working cleanup at a stadium over the weekend, as part of a church fundraiser (I'm an adult advisor for the youth group). Just by picking up empty bottles, I snagged 19 winning caps.

Quick & Dirty Mirror (5, Informative)

Str8Dog (240982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320979)

Here is a mirror of the relevant content.

http://www.str8dog.com/macmerc/

TUBGIRL -- MOD PARENT DOWN (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8321009)

Sick.

Re:TUBGIRL -- MOD PARENT DOWN (1)

Str8Dog (240982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321023)

what are you drunk?

This would never have happened... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8320987)

... if Pepsi filled their bottles all the way up.

I don't understand (2, Insightful)

Music To Eat (594768) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320993)

If all you want is free music, can't you just use Kazza? Why bother scamming iTunes?

Slower and Dirty Mirror (3, Informative)

Str8Dog (240982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8320997)

Here is a quick and dirty mirror [str8dog.com] .

Coke has better implementation? (5, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321016)

I am not sure if this only happens to Coke. Anyway, in one of a similar promotion (i.e. you win something if the cap says "Winner", otherwise "Again"), the message is in some sort of semi-transparent rubbery sheet, which is pushed into the cap, reversed.

So normally you cannot see anything thru this rubbery sheet, and the message is on the other side (i.e. facing the cap).

I wonder why Pepsi didn't use a better solution.

It's NOT a crack...you still have to buy it! (4, Insightful)

Ron Bennett (14590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321040)

It's not truly a crack in my view, since one still has to buy the bottle to obtain the complete, usable code; I bet Pepsi really doesn't care since they're still moving product.

Ron

Cheaters never prosper (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321043)

Just think, they guys have managed to get a few songs for free and told others how to do the same.

Of course when they get their bandwidth bill after this /.ing, do you think they will have come out ahead? They would have to drink a lot of Pepsi for that to happen.

The Random Odds (5, Interesting)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8321046)

Pepsi is giving away 100 million songs, so I was thinking that there was a good possibility of people trying to hack it by guessing the codes to get the free song.

I got a winning cap and did some math. Unless the codes are not random, this isn't going to happen.

There are 8 digits in the code, and they appear to use alphas and digits. Presuming they aren't using zero so it's not confused with the letter "O," this means there are 1.0E+35 possibilities. With 100 million winners, that means one in every 1.0E+27 is a winner. Spelt out, that is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

However, given that it is not random, I guess the odds are much better.

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