back to article The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

Here is the short video that IBM didn’t want the world see - it shows CEO, president and chairman Ginni Rometty mounting a Big Blue chopper following a trip to the Hursley R&D labs in the UK. Youtube Video El Reg first reported last month the company overlord had boldly ignored the £75 travel restriction earlier imposed on …

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Trollface

Stop stirring El Reg.

You know as well as I do that's the bog standard helicopter he was using, not the leathery luxury one he's accustomed too.

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Ginni's female

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he was using

Thank you for posting the news that SHE has undergone a sex change. However "Citation Needed".

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"... the company overlord ..."

Overlady, surely.

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""... the company overlord ..."

Overlady, surely."

DON'T CALL HER SHIRLEY, or she'll be surly.

Ok, I'm going. Thanks - tt's the damp blue one at the end of the rack.

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Re: re: Overlady, surely

Well I do apologise for calling the fat cat a he when she's a she.

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Re: re: Overlady, surely

CEO's are not like ordinary people. Outmoded concepts such as "gender" may no longer apply to them. Certainly concepts such as "travel budget" don't.

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"Outmoded concepts such as "gender" may no longer apply to them."

Oh my various Gods. I think you may be on to spmething here. What if they are pod people, sent here to take over the planet? We need a tinfoil icon.

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Limo

It seems to have slipped everyone that a Limo was used to travel 1/4 mile. Surely an umbrella would have been enough for such a short journey? With the IBM logo of course.

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I was thinking the same. The gardener is going to go ballistic (unless he has been laid off to save money).

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they employ the copter pilot nowadays to be the daisy cutter !!!

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> they employ the copter pilot nowadays to be the daisy cutter !!!

How do you transform a copter pilot into Fuel-Air Explosive?

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She was lucky. That ground looks rather soft and muddy.

Ok, it was much earlier in the year, but when I was courting and we visited the Marquis of Tavistock's humble estate I took a wrong turn, found myself on the IN roadlet instead of the OUT and tried to do a wide U turn on the grass. I got to less than 10 feet from the road and stuck fast up to the wheel rims in clay. Only then did I notice that I had been one of many ...

They had to get an ancient retainer and an even more ancient tractor to pull me out.

Happy days.

Would have been funny to watch the fun if they had had to search for an ancient retainer in shiny blue armour to carry her to the chopper, only to find that he'd been cost cropped the week before.

That guy in the high viz jacket was brave. (Why wasn't it a high viz dayglo BLUE jacket??)

He looked awfully near those blades. That egg wish only needed to move a little way forward and tip slightly and it could have been messy.

"That'll teach him to be improperly dressed. And it'll save the cost of another redundancy."

"Hey - we could dispose of him and the roll of carpet at the same time to save more dosh. It'll be a bit damp - couldn't possibly use it again after all."

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Re: Limo

"How do you transform a copter pilot into Fuel-Air Explosive?"

SAM?

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Re: Limo

Either on, or close to, the ground an RPG would do equally well and save some cash for other worthy targets in the future. Cost cutting don'tcha know.

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It's not a 1/4 mile if you know your way around - but then you might miss out on the New Carpet and the Working Toilets.

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@joseph haig

That's how Ginni cost-justified the helicopter. If they use the lawn as a landing pad enough times, the grass will get killed and you can lay off that expensive gardener! KA-CHING!!

(I hear the distant sound of my personal helicopter with its luxurious leather appointments and am off to my Crans-Montana mountain chalet with its private ski lift.)

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But you can get neither an RPG nor a SAM for under $75.00, so you'd never be able to expense it at IBM.

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Terrible choice of vehicle, the S class is a notoriously poor off roader, should've used a G Wagen.

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I assume that you are referring to RPG as available on the IBM i? I would assume that this being IBM's own technology, they could get themselves a license for under $75,-.

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Re: Limo

More concerned about the twat who thought it a good idea to situate a cricket pitch on the side of a hill.

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> the S class is a notoriously poor off roader

Don't be so sure.

Still, the whole scene is rather pathetic: S-class, carpet, chopper, and bloke with umbrella for the five metres from the car to the bird. This is not America in the 50s. We now have a word for it: douchebaggery.

Besides, it would have been excusable for the company owner to do that, not for the CEO who at the end of the day is just another employee.

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It's not a 1/4 mile if you know your way around - but then you might miss out on the New Carpet and the Working Toilets.

Whaaaaat??? Working toilets??? Obviously the company keeps wasting the shareholders' money in unneeded (and probably undeserved) luxuries for the employees.

Look at those beautiful bushes all around the field... they look like they could do with some natural nitrogen and urea rich nutrients.

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We saw the decorators in beforehand too... touching only the carpets/walls that were to be graced by Ginni's presence.

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Off topic

I love the way the rotors appear to be barely going round!

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blue carpet too

to ensure the hallowed shoes were not besmirched by the dirty ground

had there been no carpet, i have no doubt employees would've been called upon to lay down their garb, or indeed themselves, in this cause

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I am disappointed, the limo is a wimpy Mercedes and not a Rolls-Royce?!

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Royalty

Surely it is only royalty that get their own helicopters and Mercs.

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Well, given that these days a Rolls-Royce Motorcar* is technically a BMW...

* Yes, it's "Rolls-Royce Motorcar". And they have Owners, not owners. Tradition.

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errr

If IBM already owns the asset, then using it would be cheapest option.

Also suggesting that a CEO should limit his/her schedule by the same measures simply because it might make other employees feel better, is lefty nonsense.

Just sayin.

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'If IBM already owns the asset, then using it would be cheapest option.'

They do not, if you Google the registration it's being chartered from Starspeed aviation. Plus that may not be true even if they owned the helicopter, a train ticket from London would still be cheaper and she could have worked on the way to and from the visit.

'Also suggesting that a CEO should limit his/her schedule by the same measures simply because it might make other employees feel better, is lefty nonsense.'

Possibly lefty nonsense, but it depends if you're trying to engender a sense of loyalty in your employees or just see them as easily replaceable serfs.

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But it's ok that the CEO misses her revenue target for 20 quarters and gets huge bonuses while firing workers on a whim? (Of course remembering that she trashed the bonuses for employees as well).

Or imposes severe travel restrictions on the workers who are serving the customers (who already paid for the service) while travelling in the lap of luxury?

Or telling people to uproot their families and move across countries to relocate while she stays where she is?

Yeah, just lefty nonsense.

The best managers I have seen actually make meaningful sacrifices themselves. Funny how Ginny doesn't make my list of "best managers".

Care to point at *any* meaningful sacrifice made by her?

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"Care to point at *any* meaningful sacrifice made by her?"

She appears to have sacrificed her reputation in pursuit of a payday.

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Her bonus ?

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Perhaps Starspeed have signed a contract for support by IBM?

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Re: errr

@nuked have you even the slightest idea what it costs per hour to fly a helicopter, on top of the cost of buying it that is. You'd be able to afford the return train ticket out of just the cost of the jet fuel, and have change left over.

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> She appears to have sacrificed her reputation in pursuit of a payday.

Not really. Something that doesn't exist can't be sacrificed.

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simply because it might make other employees feel better

Ever heard about morale and what is the effect on it when the army commander is eating with the troops from the same field kitchen? Versus army commander having a lobster and foie grass in a private tent?

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No, it may not be efficient; it is called leading from the front.

As my experience of IBM was management by beancounting I am not surpriced.

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"Versus army commander having a lobster and foie grass in a private tent?"

for some reason, what popped into my head on reading that was "A tiger? in Africa?"

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> the slightest idea what it costs per hour to fly a helicopter,

That one, £600 - £1200, depending on various factors. That is just the operating cost, not counting amortisation and so.

I don't know how much is the train to London, but you can ride the Transiberian for less than that.

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When you get to be CEO it's "Do as I say, not what I do", innit...

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Dilussions of grandure....

All that I can see from this video, is that IBM were making a concerted effort to be more friendly to the environment. By allowing this old bird to keep her road miles low, before reaching (super)market.

Don't forget Hursley is part of the USA arm of IBM. So in IBM's eyes, she was still on American soil.

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

Don't forget Hursley is part of the USA arm of IBM. So in IBM's eyes, she was still on American soil.

Hence the cricket pitch?

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

So in IBM's eyes, she was still on American soil.

I remember, while working at a UK company that IBM had just captured acquired, an IBM-droid talking without any apparent sense of irony about "UK dollars".

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

You forgot Blue Dollars.

Actually quite a useful terminology as it helped me understand when we were keeping things in-house.

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

I remember Blue Dollars. We thought it was a joke at first. You could say that for a number of things we heard about. (Is that great social network "IBM Connections" still going?)

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

We have cricket pitches on American soil for the benefit of our H1b visa employees...

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Re: Dilussions of grandure....

"So in IBM's eyes, she was still on American soil."

Well, you know. "Special relationship" and all that ...

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