back to article A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

After five years at Vulture Central, mainly covering government technology and telecoms, I'm off. I'll be starting a new role at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, looking into the use of algorithms and big data in governments' decision making. What can I say other than working here has been an absolute blast. El Reg …

  1. steviebuk Silver badge

    Good luck

    In the new job

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory
      Pint

      Re: Good luck

      Seconded!

  2. tiggity Silver badge

    What was the leaving gift?

    A bowl of petunias would have been apt given the Adams references snuck in

    1. Dazed and Confused

      Re: What was the leaving gift?

      It's a pity we can't upvote Kat for the Douglas Adams quote in sub title.

      1. Alister Silver badge
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        Re: What was the leaving gift?

        That's what this is for...

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: What was the leaving gift?

          Well all I can say is that if the good Lord had meant her to walk, he would have given her sneakers.

          And I have some advice for Kat on taking up her new job. When you land, swing your knees round. Try and roll with it!

    2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: What was the leaving gift?

      Bah, no-one ever doubles down on the reference stakes (steaks?) with 'Ghoti'...

      And now I'm hungry... Pi and pint anyone?

      1. Kane Silver badge
        Alien

        Re: What was the leaving gift?

        Actually came here just for that!

        So long, and thanks for all the Ghoti!

  3. Alister Silver badge

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    Sounds like a great job, all the very best with it.

    1. macjules Silver badge

      Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

      Prime Minister: "Do we really use algorithms and big data in our decision making?"

      Sir Humphrey: "No, Prime Minister: we just say that we do so that we do not lose the funding for GDS from the Cabinet Office"

      Good luck Kat! I for one will certainly miss your headlines.

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

      Good luck with the new job, the BIJ does some really excellent and important work that no one else does

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

        Of course the job of a journalist will be replaced by AI soon...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

          "Of course the job of a journalist will be replaced by AI soon..."

          More likely the copy will be produced from a buzzword generator mandated by HM Government - whoever gets to be PM.

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

            I quite like the idea of an AI researching other AIs... It's got a Blade Runner quality to it!

            Who watches the watchers? Who Bytes the Byters?

            1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
              Terminator

              Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

              The MCP from TRON springs to mind.

    3. big_D Silver badge

      Re: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

      Yes, and the investigation she should be doing is probably one of the most important discussions we should be having, coming out of this decade and going into the next.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good luck for the future though I'm not sure what a former vice president of America playing the drums has to do with big data.

  5. Alexander J. Martin
    Pint

    A brilliant journalist and great colleague

    I loved working with Kat (or Kitty as she prefers to be known by her friends) during my time at The Register. She is genuinely one of the best reporters I've ever worked with and I am sure she is going to continue doing great work at the Bureau. She is a fantastic hire for them.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A brilliant journalist and great colleague

      Do you think she would say that about you Alex?

  6. chivo243 Silver badge
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  7. Circadian

    Loved your reporting - hope your next gig allows the freedom of El Reg to, uh, express yourself.

  8. Mage Silver badge
    Coat

    Greener fields?

    Always greener near the septic tank.

    Good Luck & Best Wishes.

    1. Inventor of the Marmite Laser Silver badge

      Re: Greener fields?

      Upvoted just for that one-liner

  9. lafnlab
    Pint

    Au revoir

    Good luck in the new job.

  10. Captain Hogwash
    Pint

    You shall be missed

    Your articles usually struck exactly the right tone of cynicism.

  11. onemark03

    Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

    If working at El Reg. was such a blast, I'd be interested to know why she's going.

    For the record: I seriously wish her all the best.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

      If it were me, it'd first be for the money.. And secondly because I jump sinking ships... (there's only 2 companies out 5 that I've worked for still in existence and one of those is only a brand now...).

      Finally it might to escape my past.. (I mean digestive thins? Really?)

      All the best in the new spot Kat, ye shall be missed (if only because we can't aim well).

      Anon because I still work for one of them and leave to the reader to figure out which....

      1. defiler Silver badge

        Re: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time

        Atari. Is it Atari?

  12. Dabooka Silver badge
    Pint

    All the best in the new role

    And if you've learned nothing else, it's full fat biscuits all the way.

  13. genghis_uk
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    Bye Kat

    All the best for the future.

    It may be a step up but you wont get to research stories about blokes shagging bollards anywhere other than EL Reg :)

  14. colinb

    Good Luck

    Sounds like worthy work @ The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    Algos in government hands is just the newest wave of kafkaism to be unleashed on public.

    "Computer says no, and don't ask us why"

  15. Mark192

    Shitsticks

    I've only just discovered this place and now you're leaving?

    Particularly enjoyed reading your articles - your replacement has some big boots to fill.

    Good luck in the new job.

  16. C. P. Cosgrove
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    Best wishes for your future career !

    Chris Cosgrove

  17. Esme

    Good luck!

    So when's the expose coming about which villainous soul thought milk in the teapot was a good idea? Heresy! Hang 'em high! Nearly gave me a heart attack reading that!

    All the best Kate - BOIJ's gain is very much our loss!

    1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

      Heresy?

      Well, you didn't actually hear it yourself, first-hand.

      So technically it's just Heresay.

    2. William Towle
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Good luck!

      > which villainous soul thought milk in the teapot was a good idea?

      You were lucky. One of ours made tea *in the kettle*!

      1. ICPurvis47 Bronze badge
        Facepalm

        Tea Kettle, was Good luck!

        At one place I worked, the shop floor complained that the tea they made from the tea urn tasted funny, so it was replaced. A few days later, the complaint was made again, so some samples were taken and analysed in the Chemistry lab. It was found that there was a high concentration of animal fat coating the inside of the boiler, so someone from security was tasked with finding out how it got there. On the next night shift, one of our ethnic workers was observed wrapping a fresh chicken in a pair of lady's tights and suspending it in the top of the boiler to cook it. The solution was to add a metal strap and a padlock to prevent the lid from being removed.

        1. DanceMan
          WTF?

          Re: Tea Kettle

          I have an even better story. At one of our local arenas, they discovered that one of the cleaners had been cleaning the pots in the crew room coffee maker with the same brush he used to clean the toilets!

          1. Danny 2 Silver badge

            Re: Tea Kettle

            I can top that. My mum attended a self-catered civil service union meeting in London. Nobody had a big enough pot for the event meal except serial killer Dennis Nilsen. He had a huge pot.

    3. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: Good luck!

      Well its probably better than putting milk in the Kettle.

  18. Blackjack

    Goodbye Kat

    I am quite sure you must be tired of the cat puns by now. I hope you do well in your next job.

  19. Admiral Grace Hopper
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    Fare well!

    I know from personal experience that you have the knack of asking the right questions, something that serves a journalist well. You'll be missed on these pages but I am sure appreciated in your new role.

    All the best!

  20. JerseyDaveC

    Farewell, Kat. Don't be a stranger. Or any stranger.

  21. batfink Silver badge

    Thanks Kat

    Thanks for the journalism here Kat. All the best in the BIJ - fighting the fight of the just!

    Batfink.

  22. A K Stiles Silver badge

    So long Kat

    Thanks for your good work here, apologies on behalf of most of the commentarderatti for the terrible attempts at humo[u]r, and hope your new role is at least as fulfilling and rewarding as this one has been.

  23. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    I'm a bit upset about the view of Zooey Deschanels legs in the picture. I'm now struggling to get any work done.

    And yes, I do have a brain the size of a planet.

  24. imanidiot Silver badge
    Pint

    Good luck and goodbye

  25. D Moss Esq

    Keep on tapping ...

    ... those talons.

  26. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Snake oil-sodden is a pretty good phrase to go out on.

  27. I Am Spartacus
    Pint

    Congratulations

    Thank you for all the articles.

    Our loss is the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism gain.

  28. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    As much as I'll miss your reports, the BIJ sounds like a real step up. Just keep pressing the lying bastards' feet against the fire!

  29. Albie36

    Bravo - loved reading your eviscerations of serial government incompetence. All best in your new job.

  30. TwistedPsycho

    Surely....

    ..... you can retain a vaguely freelance position to add a notary column every now and then....

  31. The Mole

    You've delivered a lot more more than even a full serco contract though

    Well done and a great place you are going to.

  32. Kiwi Silver badge
    Pint

    Thanks,

    Thanks.

    Enjoy the new job, and if ya don't, well, I'm sure Simon can tell you where to find bulk quicklime, old carpet, and a few hiding places that'll help you 'dispense with some of your own workplace hostility' :)

    (Then again, any places Simon suggests may well be compromised and he's just waiting for a handy scape ghoat)

  33. earl grey Silver badge
    Pint

    "I'm off"

    Yes, you are; but we love you anyway.

    Very best to you in your new plane of existence.

    Have a few of these to carry you on your way.

  34. Danny 2 Silver badge

    Note to Self

    Bookmark the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

    1. John Gamble

      Re: Note to Self

      Likewise. Good luck with your new job!

  35. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Good luck!

    Hopefully it's not one of those government agencies where "big data" means "crashes my Excel."

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