Intel runs out of hot air

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceSome have consistently argued that Intel, known in this parish as Chipzilla, has generated so much hot air over the years that it could have powered a million hot air balloons.

But Intel is going through a period of real introspection and recently decimated about 10,000 staff, mostly because it didn’t have the nous years ago to position itself as a smartphone company. It failed to see the PC writing on the wall.

Now the Oxford Mail reports that the semiconductor giant has, quite simply, run out of hot air, and had to ditch this Centrino balloon in a housing estate in Abingdon.

The residents, apparently, were startled by the arrival of the Intel hot air device.  Heck, that sort of device has been landing in my brain for at least the last 25 years.