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There is a reminder to check your outputs in today's edition of signage sileage as the actor Megan Fox finds herself upstaged by Microsoft Windows. Snapped by Register reader Michael Wainwright, the huge example of a Windows dialog showing up where it isn't wanted can be found in Manchester. It was, according to Wainwright, " …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    It really is surprising

    In an era where alerts abound and computers have never been under so much scrutiny, it is really surprising to see that public ad panels basically have no controlling software that decides whether or not everything is working fine before throwing an image on screen.

    You'd think that ad agencies would prefer to ensure that their Windows box was able to function before activating the public panel.

    Well, apparently they don't give two hoots about that.

    1. Natalie Gritpants Jr

      Re: It really is surprising

      You would hope that the big display is configured as the second windows display and the primary desktop is in a little waterproof box somewhere nearby (or at least a VGA cable).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Happy a little waterproof box...

        That made me smile (in a tangential kind of way).

        I just bought an indoor security camera (TP-Link), and I noticed in the Q&A on Amazon someone boasting that they used it outdoors with no problem because 'it is under cover where the rain can't get at it'.

        Some people haven't heard of 'moisture'.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: a little waterproof box...

          One of the big displays just off Piccadilly Circus was run from an actual garden shed plonked on the roof just behind the display... waterproof(?) but not quite pigeon-proof

    2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: It really is surprising

      Well, apparently they don't give two hoots about that.

      Well, as they say: "There's no such thing as bad publicity". Even bork gets people talking about you.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It really is surprising

      Tech is the last thing on their minds, even though their product is almost entirely tech based.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I never will understand why a full version of windows is required for displaying a static image, surely there's a better way. Oh! there is don't have these wastes of electricity running in the first place.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @AC - It's easy to answer your question.

      Because Windows techies are a cheap, abundant and renewable resource. In these conditions, companies are going head-on for the cheapest. Nobody is looking to hire a skilled Windows specialist when you can get entry-level ones a dozen for a penny. To make things worse, MS platforms are becoming more and more intelligent and automated that you no longer need skilled people to operate them. Worst, MS is trying to do the same with Linux too.

  3. Evil Auditor Silver badge

    We've all idly forgotten what screen it is we're controllingsharing on video conference.

    Indeed, while happily browsing some pron* on one screen and quickly reacting to a request to please share that other screen. And in the heat of the moment sharing the wrong screen...

    *No, it wasn't. It was just some online tabloid, might have been El Reg itself.

  4. Lazlo Woodbine

    A decade ago I was working at a security industry exhibition at the NEC.

    Samsung had a huge hi-def screen that took up most of the rear wall of the hall. The engineer had just finished configuring it and decided he'd definitely earned a little R&R, so he settled down to watch some adult entertainment on his laptop, forgetting he was still hooked up to the huge video wall...

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Apropos of nothing and a bit off the thread topic, I recently learned the old Commodore 128 could do dual screen out of the box, no hardware mods. Apparently the 40 and 80 column modes used two independent video sub-systems with separate outputs and it was possible to run both at the same time just from clever software.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In 2016, a video billboard in Jakarta showed a Chrome window playing Japanese adult video. The video played for about 20 minutes.

  6. sebacoustic

    look at the size of that thing...

    yes it's supposed to be the biggest LED screen in the UK. There was a mural on the building before, which they now show as an occasional slide but with garishly "enhanced" colours.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I bet it was the ghost of Hitler that did it. Still haunting her career...

    1. Daedalus

      No, it's ex-hubby Brian Austin Green who's sick of seeing the mother of his children parading the goods everywhere.

  8. druck Silver badge

    I thought it might be...

    ...a modesty dialog, in case she'd had a wardrobe malfunction, but then thinking about it, Windows has no modesty.

  9. MrMerrymaker

    Why tech for a billboard anyway?

    Hopefully some enterprising soul invents something like - oh I'm reaching here...

    ... Like some giant, paper poster you can stick to the board instead.

    You could even pay a fellow to remove / put up a new one as and when a new client pays

    Nah, will never happen. B0rk is here to stay.

    Anyway, going back to reading my Kindle. Be pretty cool to have a hardware version of my fav reads though...

    1. The Axe

      Re: Why tech for a billboard anyway?

      Paper billboards bork too. Have you never seen a billboard with the poster peeling off?

  10. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Failed to initialize hardware

    Sorry, Megan. As we get older, it happens to the best of us occasionally.

  11. HAL-9000

    Oh my

    "The Register's bork series will be coming to an end later this year with a final festive Twelve Borks of Christmas"

    -- Truly sad news to hear, let alone read. Bork! will be much missed when it's gone.

  12. Luiz Abdala

    A projector, a balcony, and Super Nintendo emulator.

    The best use of a giant screen was a guy that setup a projector at night for his kids on the opposite building, and a showdown of Street Fighter 2.

    Chun Li and E. Honda ducking it out in a 200 ft. screen looked epic.

    The audio, fortunately, didn´t match the size and distance of the "screen" and could not be heard on the footage.

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