Ouch! That will leave a mark
"When you have an object that extends from the surface of Earth to geosynchronous altitude, every satellite currently in orbit, every piece of debris, and every satellite in the future will crash into the elevator. Every one, with no exception." -- Ivan Bekey, a former NASA scientist currently with Bekey Designs, speaking at a "space elevator" conference.
"It's not good to have lots of undigested products in your range. Symantec and McAfee both have indigestion." -- Websense CEO Gene Hodges on his company's plans to eschew the acquisition fervor that hit the enterprise security software market. As for whether Websense would be acquired, Hodges said that's "in the hands of the gods."
"All you do is squirt applications to the cloud." -- Richard Payling, Capgemini vice president of global outsourcing regarding a partnership under which is company and Amazon.com will offer application development and hosting services using Amazon's infrastructure.
Woe unto the engineers
"Engineers will no longer have any influence or say whatsoever in the way that their product appears to the outside world," either to end-users or IT administrators. -- Avaya president and CEO Charles Giancarlo at VoiceCon regarding the effect of a product development reorganization at his company.
From the Yahoo-Microsoft saga
"Until now I naively believed that self-destructive doomsday machines were fictional devices found only in James Bond movies. I never believed that anyone would actually create and activate one in real life. I guess I never knew about [Jerry] Yang and the Yahoo Board," billionaire investor Carl Icahn, in a June 4 letter to Yahoo Board Chairman Roy Bostock, referring to a severance plan Yahoo adopted shortly after Microsoft made its acquisition bid, and which Icahn termed a poison pill measure to scare Microsoft away.
"To this day I would say that the best thing for Microsoft to do is to buy Yahoo." -- Jerry Yang on Nov. 5, during a keynote appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, shortly after the Google search ad deal collapsed and days before announcing he would step down as CEO as soon as a replacement is found.
[ For the complete saga of Microsoft's attempted takeover of Yahoo, check out InfoWorld's special report ]