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Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
And I agree with him about the steep learning curve for Blender. We used it in my Production Graphics class to put 3D modeled objects into a video. The simple version we did first wasn't too hard as long as you followed the instructions from the tutorial, but my group did a more involved version for our final project using realistic models/textures. The lighting is the hardest part.
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I don't belong to the texting community, so please forgive my temporary ignorance...
When you hear "Text YOUWIN to 95120", where exactly does that text go? I see it a lot on news shows and hear it on the radio. I can't tell if they are receiving the texts on a computer or mobile phone. Somehow they are tallying the results.
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The text (i.e. SMS) goes to a virtual cellphone (i.e. a computer configured to receive an SMS sent to a specific number). The SMS contains the sender's number (unless it's blocked), so the station can determine via reverse lookup who the caller is and perform whatever tallying it needs to do.
As a follow up, gavindon's post is also valid - the FCC (now) requires any charges associated with a survey number to be explicitly specified in ads.
Normally, sending an SMS should only cost you a minimal amount like 5c - or even zero if the number of SMSs sent are within your quota. However, survey/raffle/contest numbers often cause an extra charge to be tacked on to your phone bill. The phone company collects this from you and passes it on to the party owning the SMS number.
(I realize this wasn't the crux of your original question, but it's worth knowing.)