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Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding 130

An anonymous reader writes "Product placement to promote your brand just isn't enough any more. These days, apparently, some companies are resorting to anti-product placement in order to get competitors' products in the hands of 'anti-stars.' The key example being Snooki from Jersey Shore, who supposedly is being sent handbags by companies... but the bags being sent are of competitors' handbags as a way to avoid Snooki carrying their own handbag, and thus potentially damaging their brand."

Comment Re:Remember when.... (Score 1) 472

I was on the McAfee tech support line back then... It was SO nice when your users had half a clue...(getting a modem up an running, downloading a file, downloading PKzip, and then unzipping the app all took at least half a clue back then)

Then they started selling it in stores... I still have nightmares...

Comment Celestix/M86/Symphonix (Score 1) 1

Celestix does a Websense "appliance", and M86 has an appliance.. both are probably close to that price range...
I've seen Symphonix in a bunch of small company installations too.

I'm not overly fond of the way the M86 product's method of group based surfing permissions work.. basically a user can only be in one group at a time. ex. Group A can see ebay, Group B can see craigslist. If you need somone to see both, you have to create Group C with permissions to see both.

Submission + - Best corporate web filtering apps? ( 1

Vrtigo1 writes: "My company is getting to the point where we spend so much time removing spyware and other unwanted software from our PCs that we're looking at implementing some sort of web filtering software. We're looking for something that'll block spyware and adware, so if a user tries to download Webshots or AnthVirus 20XX the system will tell them the content is blocked. We need something that has good prebuilt categories / classifications and that is updated on a regular basis, but it would be helpful if the "this content is blocked" page has an option to send a note to IT to explain why a particular user needs to get to a blocked site. It needs to be able to integrate with active directory, and should be able to have different filtering classes for different users/groups. We have about 100 users, and are looking for something in the sub-$5,000 range. It should be able to run in a VM, or include the hardware in that sub-$5k figure. I know a lot of shops use Websense, but it looks like Barracuda and a few other vendors with good name recognition offer solutions, and I want to see what's out there that really works."

Submission + - "Slashdot effect" is part of the English language (

SEWilco writes: The phrase "Slashdot effect" is now part of the English language, according to the English TV show "Countdown". The Internet also added paywall, unfriend/defriend, tag cloud, hashtag and tweetup to the language, while that real-world thing added epigenome, ecohacking, phantonym, redact, and zombie bank.

A Real Bill Gates Rant 293

lou ibmix XI submitted an email written by Bill Gates a few years ago and turned over to the feds as part of the government's antitrust case. Great quotes like 'Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?' and 'The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind.' We like to think of him as an abstract, but I think this is interesting stuff. Also, this might seem familiar. Oops.

Comment Similar story... (Score 5, Interesting) 1002

Minnesota Public Radio's "The Story" show with Dick Gordon did a piece on Mohamed Fikry, an almost 5 million mile customer with American Airlines... and they pulled the SAME CRAP. Twice! Once because a customer heard him speaking "a foreign language on the phone" (it was Spanish) and once because a flight attendant thought she'd seen him "backstage". 5 Million Miles! with the same airline... And to top it off, they had the FBI pull him from the plane AFTER they flew to the destination! If he were such a threat, why let him fly at ALL... Gotta love airline customer service. Link to the story

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