Feeds

When the hell is ‘press time’

Reg hack ticked off over clocking off

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

We are obliged to Cody J. Reeder for pointing out a sloppy bit of journalism by Tim Richardson in his recent piece Cube8 fledgling dies:

Look, I tend to be pretty laid back, and I realize that you all are under a lot of pressure to produce, and I can forgive the occasional typo, and so on.

However, I just cannot take it anymore. I am referring to statements like one in the above mentioned article which says,

"No one from Cube8 was available by press time."

I am constantly seeing that "no one" from this or that company was available by "press time."

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A "PRESS TIME"!!!!!!!!

You publish on the WEB, for god's sakes! YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A "PRESS" MUCH LESS A "PRESS TIME." You can publish whenever you like!! If you want to wait for a comment, THEN WAIT FOR IT!!!! WHEN THE HELL IS "PRESS TIME" ON THE WEB???

It's as bad as here in America (that's U.S. to your Canadian readers), and the bimbette news reader breathlessly announces that they have a "live" update from "the news room." The goddam "news room" is another desk on the other side of the same freaking studio in which Blondie has parked her own bum. And who the hell cares if the "update" is "live." What's the alternative? Dead? Ananova?

I know that fun is fun, and that old habits are hard to break, especially in a trade such as journalism, but please try! After all, you don't end your articles with "###" or "-30-" or some archaism like that. So let's please forget the flipping "press time." OK? Just say, "The arrogant bastards can't be bothered to call us back." It's so much more straightforward.

Sorry about the confusion. What "press time" actually means is "pub time", as in "the arrogant bastards couldn't be bothered to call us back by pub time".

When the clock strikes six at Vulture Central, all activity is immediately terminated, however important. There then follows an ugly stampede to the nearest hostelry where hacks indulge in the holy beer-taking ceremony.

The only 'press' involved is in wave upon wave of gasping journos fighting to get to the bar. Hope that clarifies things.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.