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Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

timothy posted about a year ago | from the boring-like-good-birth-control dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 42

An anonymous reader writes "The Boring 2012 Conference, the celebration of unexciting things served with dry British humor, now belongs to the wastepaper basket of history. Correspondents at the third annual London conference report that speakers covered a range of such dull topics as supermarket self-service checkouts; a photographic survey of results produced by breakfast toasters; a web site tracking the physical heights of celebrities; and the use of Google Maps to the chart the location of IBM cash registers around London." Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating.

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Big fan of irony here (1)

gagol (583737) | about a year ago | (#42160405)

Would have loved to attend before it shut down. Anyone did? If so, how was it?

Re:Big fan of irony here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160459)

Boring?

Re:Big fan of irony here (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42161755)

Boring?

Was there a presentation on tungsten-carbide drills? I love tungsten-carbide drills.

Re:Big fan of irony here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42169453)

Vernon Dursley would LOVE to hear from YOU. (book 1, chap 1, para 1)

" the talks described actually sound fascinating" (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year ago | (#42160427)

"Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating".

How would you know that?

Re:" the talks described actually sound fascinatin (4, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | about a year ago | (#42160473)

"Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating".

How would you know that?

They sound like extremely stereotypical technology demonstrators. So I wanna show off my new statistical analysis / HBASE backend /AJAX presentation / wiimote controlled scala classes, but I've got no data at work that's non-proprietary to share with the world, so you get ... um ... a database of movie star height, yeah thats it.. True, they could be "ancient" technology that's not really new anymore, or they could be poorly done demonstrations, but optimistically they could be pretty interesting. Or at least good for a laugh (ha ha ha I was doing that back in 2008, etc)

Re:" the talks described actually sound fascinatin (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42161127)

I think you're missing the point (disclaimer: I did not attend). The talks were on subjects that were absurdly mundane, and yet the speakers managed to become engrossed in the details and (in the successful talks) were able to convey that interest to the audience, which was willing to suspend judgement. And everyone enjoying a good laugh on themselves for sitting patiently through such "boring" presentations. It's like being roped into a board game at a party which sounds really lame, and ending up getting taken in by the strategy and turns of fate.

Re:" the talks described actually sound fascinatin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160485)

"Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating".

How would you know that?

It's a statement of prsonal opinion based on the descriptions provided. How could he not know his own reaction?

Re:" the talks described actually sound fascinatin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160517)

"How could he not know his own reaction?"

We don't know that. How would you?

misread (4, Funny)

ipquickly (1562169) | about a year ago | (#42160441)

I accidentally misread "a photographic survey" as "pornographic survey" and for a fraction of a second this article became more interesting.
Then I re-read it and the feeling subsided.

Wait until you read (3, Funny)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | about a year ago | (#42160453)

my 677 page summary of proceedings — it's in point 8 Times New Roman, three columns to the A5 page.

Slate.com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160469)

Another one from slate.com?

The other news were about the maze..

If news was plural it would have an apo'strophe (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year ago | (#42162139)

The other news were

News are singular. Or possibly uncountable, which is close enough for the likes of you.

Wikipedia. (1)

Seumas (6865) | about a year ago | (#42160487)

Why the fuck doesn't Wikipedia include the heights of celebrities? Afraid of the backlash when the world realizes how short all the men are?

Re:Wikipedia. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160829)

Does it include the weight of female celebrities?

I want my money back! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160533)

It was interesting.

Wait, it wasn't an ichnology conference? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160535)

These guys [wiley.com] should have presented their paper at it.

Slashdot - news for imbecilles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160613)

idle is killing /. next probably come fart jokes, facebook accounts and show wrestling...

for fucks sake, stop

Re:Slashdot - news for imbecilles (1)

aix tom (902140) | about a year ago | (#42160641)

Now show farting and wrestling jokes on the other hand .......

Re:Slashdot - news for imbecilles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42170005)

.... hilarity ensues. But somehow, I can't find OW MY BALLS! on TV... maybe we just need to wait a few more years... once the House of Representin' comes into place, you will know Idiocracy has become fully true.

(it's far too accurate already for my comfort zone)

How can you have a boring conference in London? (2)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#42160631)

They need to be more authentic, and go to Boring, Oregon: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Boring,+oregon&hl=en&ll=45.431226,-122.353363&spn=0.580164,1.231842&sll=39.531771,-76.822755&sspn=0.019926,0.038495&hnear=Boring,+Damascus,+Clackamas,+Oregon&t=m&z=10 [google.com]
I'll note that there is also a Boring, Maryland northwest of Baltimore (The City That Breeds [citythatbreeds.com]). However, the proximity of DC means that something interesting could happen. For example, a hardcopy of ObamaCare could fall on you, causing injury.

Re:How can you have a boring conference in London? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160677)

For you pussies assed fuckin non belivers, may you have your heart reaped from your chest and your body tossed off the side
http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=39.05619&lon=-120.38563&datum=nad83&zoom=2&map=24k&coord=d&mode=zoomin&size=l
You don't believe in jack shit, then neither does BIGFOOT EXIST, cause once you go here, you won't ever be seen again!
GPS UP, and ya prolly can't go there now duh... BETTER DO ME INSTEAD YA FUC http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3288123&cid=42160477

Re:How can you have a boring conference in London? (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | about a year ago | (#42160689)

Oregon is probably a bit far for people in the UK though. They could have held in in Boring's twin city^w town^w village of Dull [wikipedia.org] in Scotland, however.

I work in the POS industy (1)

Lozrus (1609329) | about a year ago | (#42160685)

Supermarket checkout and cash registers are the subject of every bloody conference I visit!

Re:I work in the POS industy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42161287)

Supermarket checkout and cash registers are the subject of every bloody conference I visit!

Next one you're at, please suggest they make them not suck so much. Ta.

Re:I work in the POS industy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42162287)

Next time the decision arises, think about getting some qualifications and/or skills so you don't have to work as a checkout monkey.

Ok, nigger?

Fascinating? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160803)

Does it mean attenders can rightfully demand their money back?

Boring conference (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42160821)

Like that conference its really bored and spending time. People have to think about that.

http://sultanaseo.blogspot.com/

Made me laugh (1)

foniksonik (573572) | about a year ago | (#42161539)

"Waiting for more than half an hour in the November cold to get in, one conferencegoer wondered aloud whether the surprise queue was what it seemed. "Maybe it just goes on and on and at 5pm they'll let us out the other side?" he mused. "That would be really boring." "

Lol

You Want Boring? (1)

Ganty (1223066) | about a year ago | (#42162707)

Fifteen years ago I worked in I.T. Support at a company making paper products. One of the salesmen was quite proud of his 120 slide Powerpoint presentation on toilet paper.

Ganty

Re:You Want Boring? (1)

pjt33 (739471) | about a year ago | (#42164019)

That sounds quite interesting - more interesting than showing it on a normal screen, at least...

Re:You Want Boring? (1)

Amouth (879122) | about a year ago | (#42193157)

you laugh, but there is a lot of science in making toilet paper, i can easily see 120 slides in a presentation on the topic.

Misunderstanding (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42163855)

But it hasn't been shut down. It's just been renamed TechEd.

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