Feeds

Careless talk costs lives

Chipzilla staff lose control of mouths in pub shocker

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Intel is terribly, terribly keen on training its insiders in the pros and cons of dealing with the media. But it would appear that one area is sadly missing from Chipzilla's grand plan – how to spot a journalist in the wild. Seated in the comfort (?) of some dodgy London boarding house’s conference facilities at some interminable briefing on Constant Computing or some such waffle, it's easy to spot the hacks – they're the ones without ties. But in the more anonymous surroundings of a pub (not much chance of meeting a Register staffer there, methinks) spotting the journo who could spill the beans on the cancellation of Merced, the impending takeover of AMD or the latest price increases at Craig Barrett's dude ranch is not such an easy task. Now, all UK Intellers are forced to live in Swindon and must therefore travel from Paddington to get there from London. The Sherriff, living in the wilds of Wales, must also catch his train here. The British public transport system being what it is, travellers frequently have to while away an idle hour or three in the bar whilst awaiting the latest inexplicable excuse for delays. Imagine then the scene: at Paddington station's ritzy Reef watering hole, this reporter found himself standing next to two besuited dudes with ties and tongues casually loosened after a hard day's graft. Normally, British good taste would preclude listening in on fellow drinker's ramblings, but our well-trained ears could not fail but to hear a generous sprinkling of Intel's fabled TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms). When we hear of FAEs, SSTMs or FSAEs (yes, I know the last two are FLAs, just put it down to overclocking) our little ears prick up, big time. What shocking revelations would these two imbibers imbue? Well, dear reader, unfortunately little of import. Other than to regale the assembled company with their latest paintballing exploits, nothing of any interest was revealed other than precisely what employee X did to employee Y and with what and from where the JPEGs could be downloaded. But the message is clear: if you are a disaffected Intel employee with an axe to grind, what better place to grind it than Paddington station at around 18:15? We'll be there, rely on it. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.