• A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

    Cute story I guess… I really feel for the poor guy that works for Google getting $150,000+ a year with probably excellent benefits and, no-doubt, PLENTY of payed time off to utilize.

    Want to know what I think? Daddy never comes home because he is cheating on Mommy because he certainly isn’t working too hard to see his son.

    Also notice how pristine the letter is. Looks like the child took very good care of this piece of paper while scribbling a note with a crayon. How did she get it to the guy’s boss? Mail it? Not without any folds. Smells like a hoax.

  • Little Girl Getting Kicked Out of KFC Was Reportedly a Huge Hoax

    I want to be really mad, but it almost seems like a victimless crime. Yes KFC has been victimized but who cares? What is $30,000 out of their lawsuit war chest? Probably a nice juicy tax write-off is what it is.

    Because of this fabricated exposure they raised another $150,000 from donations. The poor girl with the ruined face now gets to live a normal life.

    But still, this is shady as hell. I would say KFC is well in their right to sue the family, but how could they! These people are brilliant.

  • Coke to drop flame retardant from drinks

    Reading crap like this really grinds my gears. People are so fucking stupid… You know what is worse for your body that this alleged “BVO?” EVERYTHING ELSE IN COCA COLA you fucking dolt. You know what else can kill you in “large doses?” Salt, butter, oil, shampoo, toothpaste and even water. If I read one more petition about making X stop putting Y in their Z I am going to blow.

  • Amazon refuses to settle with FTC over in-app purchases

    Amazon is Sparta. They never surrender, and they never retreat. It almost seems like they are advising the FTC not to continue stepping:

    “But Amazon is hoping the commission will reconsider; it claims going the litigation route “makes no sense” and would be an “unfortunate misallocation” of FTC resources.”

    Remember that time Minnesota decided to get clever and make Amazon pay sales tax and Amazon just gave the state the finger and left people like me holding the bag? I do.

  • Potato Salad Kickstarter at $50,000

    I can’t explain it to you, but I really, really hate this. Am I jealous? OBVIOUSLY I AM. Who isn’t? All this guy did is get stoned out of his mind and decide he is going to make a kickstarted for potato salad. He isn’t the first person to start a totally stupid and pointless kickstarter. He is just the first person to win the Reddit lottery and “go viral.” Now he has $50,000 and rising.

    Meanwhile, there are projects with actual good ideas getting no exposure or donations. It isn’t even like 50,000 people are donating $1 for a laugh. It only has 6,000 backers. That means the average donation is almost $10! That is a lot for a stupid joke! Come on people.

    I guess it’s better than spending $10 on a ticket to go see Transformers 4…

If you haven’t seen it, Bing has launched a new advertising campaign called “Bing it On.” The TV spots show a street kiosk with people comparing the search results from Bing and Google side by side (not knowing which is which) and choosing the better results page. Of course on the TV spot they are all so surprised that they considered Bing to be better. It is easy to scoff and not take this seriously, obviously they would show that … I bet I would always choose Google! Google is better!

This is similar to the Pepsi challenge from my childhood. Pepsi ran an identical campaign. Pepsi challenged people to choose the better-tasting cola in a blind taste test against Coca Cola. I thought the same exact thing when I was a little kid: “That’s stupid, they only show the people who choose Pepsi, I bet I would choose coke!” Why would I say such a thing? Because I was a coke drinker that’s why. My dad always purchased Coke and he knew everything at the time and Coke was the best right?

One time while shopping in the Mall of America I saw the Pepsi Challenge. It was right there in front of me, I was walking right at it. There was no crowd like in the commercials, just a little stand with a guy there and he offered the challenge to me. I tried both, easily identified Coke with a smirk on my face. “I guess Coke really is your favorite.” The guy said to me in a strangely peppy tone. I felt like a winner. I felt like I stuck it to the man. Like I proved something. You want to know what though? Pepsi tasted better.

The thing with the cola wars is people pick a side without evaluating both. A “Coke Person” will always pick Coke, and since Coke is always around he may go ten or more years without ever even tasting a Pepsi. This challenge puts Pepsi in his mouth. It challenges him to try it. The test isn’t “Find the Coke!” the test is “Which is better?” even if you are a Coke person, even if you pick Coke, you have NO CHOICE but to see that at the very least Pepsi is pretty decent.

It is a very brave advertising campaign. People are compelled to “beat it” instead of actually objectively choosing the best result. They want to embarrass the company that is claiming to be better than their favorite product. However they do get you to try it.

I am a Google person. I have used Google for as long as I can remember. Before I took the Bing it On challenge I had never used Bing. I saw the commercials on TV and I never used it. Why should I, It’s not like it can be better than Google. Right? I would have lived my entire life saying Bing is a waste of time, probably even making fun of people that used it.

The results? You can read a detailed analysis of my results at the MentorMate blog. Rest assured, Google is the better search engine. Your blind devotion to Google is justified! But if I had to use Bing for a week, I would probably get by just fine. Before this I probably would have lived my entire life never having used Bing. I used to scoff at Bing. Now I will admit Bing is a fair search engine. I would consider this campaign a success.