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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.)
It means that one of your friends filled out one of those "Win A Free Vacation" post cards in the mall and used your name and address and phone number. That text message is bait to set you up for the scam that is Time Share. You see, you share time. Rather than purchasing a 450k beach home which you will only use 1 week a year you can "share your time" with other like minded individuals. For only $50k you can own a 1/50th share of this marvelous home. What, the TV is CRT? Well the resort is so lovely most guests choose not to stay in their rooms all day. But back to it, all you have to do is pay a reasonably maintenance fee when you visit for the week of $1500 to cover the costs of cleaning, etc. You can even make a profit by renting out your timeshare. See we take the unused timeshares and rent them to tourist for $1600. We then take the extra money and divide it among the owners. This is an exciting opportunity. What? 1/50th of a share at $50k= 2,500k, don't get too hung up on the numbers; see time share is about relaxing and not worrying.