Re: Porn Fest
117 posts • joined 5 Mar 2012
Well FWIW traffic and comment counts have been pretty good for the first two columns. I reckon it will take a while for the column to find a groove. And obviously there's only so many "i forgot to backup" stories worthy of being told. But I'm optimistic we'll get something rolling here.
Feel like I gotta add the Australian perspective.
To quote Tim Minchin, Christmas is all about white wine in the sun. My family usually nips down to the beach for an early swim at about 0700. The roads are empty and there's nearly always a beach-related gift under the tree.
Lotsa seafood. Prawns are a must. I usually queue at a local wholesale fishmonger at about 5AM on Christmas Eve to buy a coupla kilos of prawns. There's then a nice moment when the best prawn-peelers in the family don aprons and get 'em ready to cook.
The prawns kick things off and there's usually a big roast something too. If possible we get it done on the BBQ with the lid down, to keep the heat outside rather than cooking the kitchen.
By mid afternoon it's best to keep drinking - stop and the heat means you get a 4PM hangover
Tell you what - explain to us how this bot helps you as a manager, helps IBM staff and helps IBM.
Give us an example of better outcomes it delivers.
Asking cos the IBM staff who pointed it out to us feel it's just more impersonal but insincere "we care about you" stuff in the wake of relocations, resource actions that strip the company of skills needed on live projects and drop remaining colleagues in it, attempts to reduce benefits and a bifurcation of the company in which those who work on the strategic initiatives are valued and the rest just aren't.
I recently opened a bank account and was told - by a teller who could see my password in plaintext - that my password was too long and complex. She suggested I pick a simpler password intsead to avoid forgetting my properly complex password. This is why we can't have nice things.
Speaking as the author, a gentle ribbing is fine. Sometimes readers sent rather mean and rude notes as if to say we simply should not ever err.
FWIW the SFO and LON offices have a production desk to check for mistakes. Here in Oz we just try our very hardest.
It's a followup story. One I felt was worth doing for the sake of completeness. It offered a chance for some fun. Seriously - what is Samsung doing having anything that alludes to its problems in this new name.
Anyway if you didn't like it I'll try for better puns next time. Or I could point you in the direction of our many recent scoops.
Can we please put this 'The Reg slips in paid puff pieces' thing to bed? Because we don't. Ever.
I'll be outta here and driving an Uber if we do under my byline or any other.
You also seem to have missed the bits where I say VMware has weak and confusing products. Who would pay for that?
To your point of closing services being shameful, vendors are businesses. Of course they start with ShinyHappy. And of course they run like hell if the money doesn't flow. Would you rather they persist with duds forever? Would your pension fund?
The emails were entirely civil, from both parties. Mine >>always<< are. FWIW I grew up writing formal letters and maintain that etiquette in email to this day.
The offer of an interview was made when the outage was fresh news. I twice chased up the offer, but the email trail went cold.
After more than a week, the offer of an interview was revived. I explained the line of questioning I intended to pursue before the interview and, as the story explains, said I wanted to talk to someone with operation responsibilities rather than marketing.
Anything else you'd like to know?
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