Keep the limp wristed headlines
Out is the new in
Letters Robert Munro's call on The Register to drop the limp-wristed headlines (e.g. Intel outs Prescott), elicited a bulging postbag.
Three Brits congratulated us on our restraint in refraining from mentioning John 'two Jags' Prescott, the famously pugnacious British deputy prime minister in our Prescott piece. One man from Intel, whose name I forget because I left his email on my home PC, agreed with Munro's sentiments, another, but not from Intel, also offered his support, albeit in a psychopathic Swedish guy called Carl kind of way. One gay man expressed disappointment in our treatment of Munro's sentiments, while several readers argue over the sexuality of Intel and AMD processors. Here is a selection of our favourites:
Three of a Kind
Re: Intel outs...Intel and the rather pathetic 'I'm a real man' FOTW
Methinks the lady doth protest too much....(somehow I lost this reader's email address)
This is the kind of dude that needs to be sentenced to 60 hours of community service watching drag queen show
Matt Whitnake, Ohio
It seems to me that Mr. Munro has some questions regarding his own
sexuality. Perhaps he should see a therapist about it, or maybe visit a gay bar...
Is this guy an American or something? Either way I'm guessing he's not used to something being "outed" other than in the closet sense. Maybe this tells us something about his psyche?
A friend recently drew a strange landscape and asked us what we thought. I thought it was a woman with three tits. Another friend thought it was three jam rolls on a sea of chocolate.
So we know where our psyche is. Where's Robert's?
I read with interest Robert Munro's observations on the wording of your headlines. As a poofter myself, I find that if anybody seems to have a obsession with homosexuality it is Mr. Munro himself. Maybe he is concerned that his name will feature in one of these headlines and that somebody will draw the "wrong" conclusion about him? I don't imagine that the phrase "X outs Y" means anything more than a secret has been blown by X about Y that Y didn't necessarily want disclosed; NOT that Y is "so far back in the closet that they're in Narnia" according to X.
P.S. I do not find Intel microprocessors sexually stimulating.
>Alan Jenney C.Eng., MIEE
No wit, less wisdom
I was a bit disappointed to read your FOTW today; while I don't mind being referred to as a poofter normally, I found the tone of Robert Munro's email to be undisguisedly offensive. I was hoping to see at the bottom of the letter an incisive and witty editorial response to this chump; after all, I think the majority of your readership understands that when you refer to "Intel outs Banias", etc., you do in fact mean "expose" or some such synonym. It's not brain surgery, is it? And surely the only sordidness is in RM's head, if he thinks using the word "out" to save headline space constitutes a "homosexual obsession".
I for one will appreciate it if you continue with your amusing, concise, satirical headlines, and I won't get unnecessarily excited about Intel chips (despite being a limp-wristed public-school nancy boy).
The polymorphic sexuality of x.86 processors
Ah! Nancy boys, my favourite euphemism (or is it pejorative?).
Mr. Munro is obviously unaware that we poofer geeks prefer AMD products.
Of course CPUs are queer. They're certainly not straight. When was the last time you saw a CPU dance badly, dress in Hawaiian shirts, drink beer and eat kebab till it hurled over the pavement, discuss the merits of some dull-arsed car component for five hours, recount every single fucking pass and shot in a football match, or drool over a pair of implants on a Page 3 calendar?
Being gay (ahem, sorry, I should re-assert Munro's achingly masculine heterosexuality and call myself a "sad...poofter"), I'm quite happy you continue with this "sordid" and "nancy-boy" slant. It doesn't quite get me "excited", but if it pisses off insecure, heavy-in-their-loafers wankers (with very firm wrists indeed, thankyouverymuch) like Munro I'm all for it.
Subject: FOTW not a fscking flame!
The latest FOTW doesn't look like a flame to me. You all suck.I think I'll go kill some insects now, or download some Marilyn Manson (what does its music sound like anyway?). Is that piece of dung called Napster still working, or have they shut it down? (I tried it once and it sucked goat's colon. But hey, crap music there was lots of.)
//C - in an incoherent state of being sober. ®