-- Landon Curt Noll, a founder of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest, upon the return of the competition, in an interview in which he did not define what makes for obfuscated code. "It's like porn," he said. "You know it when you see it."
'They all suck'
"What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate what technology alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome ... We've been over a hundred of these and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java."
-- Google engineer Tim Lindholm in an August 2010 email that came to play a central role in Oracle's lawsuit alleging that the Android OS violates Java patents Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems.
"That's a pretty good document for you. That ought to be big for you at trial."
-- Judge William Alsup, to Oracle's lawyers, in reference to Lindholm's email.
"I thought you were classier."
-- In an incendiary interview after Yahoo fired her, Carol Bartz told Fortune magazine that is what she said to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock when she called him six minutes later than scheduled and he launched into a prepared legal statement dismissing her (though not because she failed to call on time). "I said, 'Roy, I think that's a script ... Why don't you have the balls to tell me yourself?'" she also recalled in the Fortune interview, during which she referred to the board as "doofuses." They "f---ed me over," she said of the board.
Another Sony breach
"Well, you guys were idiots for making it happen. At the same time, I hope it never happens to me."
-- Gregory Wellman, CIO at network support company Technocosm, based in Toronto, and a victim of the hacker Idach, who broke into Sony's website and stole the information of about 2,000 customers.
Wiped from the map
"This is a completely different situation from the modest Internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the Internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make Internet connectivity painfully slow. The Egyptian government's actions tonight have essentially wiped their country from the global map."
-- Internet monitoring firm Renesys when the Egyptian government severed Internet access as protesters clashed with police.
Paranoia strikes deep
"The device many of us carry in our pockets has, simply put, been turned into a virtual spy phone."
-- John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, said in an email the day his organization called for the U.S. government to investigate Carrier IQ, maker of tracking software for mobile phones.
No uncertain terms
"The record clearly shows that -- in no uncertain terms -- this merger would result in a massive loss of U.S. jobs and investment."
-- An official with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission the day the FCC declared AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA not in the public interest.
"We've gone from very small to very small but it's been a heck of a year. You're going to see a lot of progress in that market."
-- Steve Ballmer, referring to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 during a speech at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference.
A kind, good friend
"Steve was clearly the most outstanding business thinker.... He gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash, but to me he was always just so kind and such a good friend."
-- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on the death of Steve Jobs.