Feeds

IBM boss parachutes into virtual Devil's Island

Careful where you land, Sam

Security for virtualized datacentres

IBM is packing chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano off to Second Life.

Yes, the CEO of the world's most venerable technology company faces the prospect of rubbing virtual shoulders with middle-aged men pretending to be teenage girls, deranged Big Brother contestants, and the ubiquitous giant furry penises.

Of course, that's not the plan as such.

According to Reuters, which of course has its own Second Life bureau, Palmisano will be blowing into the virtual world for a "town hall" meeting with some 7,000 Chinese employees and to "speak with the more than 250 IBM employees on one of the company's virtual islands".

Big Blue has the biggest Second Life presence of any real Fortune 500 company, apparently. In fact, we reported earlier this year on how IBM is using the digital world of Second Life as an "an on-screen virtual analogue of a business".

But let's face it. Palmisano is a man with a fierce and questioning intellect. He's bound to want to take a late night walk from the virtual hotel his executive team have booked him into and get a grip on just what the commercial opportunities there are in Second Life. Let's just hope they don't get a grip on Sam.

And we've got to ask the question - what sort of IBM employees are marooned on a virtual island? Is this a reward for a lifetime of hard graft? A strange virtual incentives plan? Or is it some sort of corporate penal colony. Or worse, a corporate furry penile colony? ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
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.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.