"I believe HP was founded in 1939."
-- An unidentified shareholder, correcting Whitman's math, to note that HP passed its 70th birthday already and would be 75 in 2014.
"For three or four months, I've been telling people we're going to set HP up for the next 70 years because we're 70 years old, and you're the first person to correct me on that, so thanks very much."
-- Whitman's response.
"Is there a catch I need to be aware of?"
-- U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup to attorneys in the Oracle-Google lawsuit after Oracle agreed to "zero" damages.
"This is by far the most careful and well-written opinion on software copyright I've ever read. I will be astonished if it is not upheld on appeal."
-- Santa Clara University School of Law professor Tyler Ochoa, giving his opinion of Judge Alsup's ruling in the Oracle-Google lawsuit.
"If it hadn't been for the Tokyo earthquake, Sharp might still be making mechanical pencils."
-- Atsushi Okitsu, who helped organize an exhibit about Sharp at the Osaka Entrepreneurial Museum, speaking about how Sharp founder Tokuji Hayawaka refocused the company after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in 1923 in which his wife and two children died and his mechanical pencil factory was destroyed. Sharp celebrated its 100th birthday this year, but found itself deep in debt.
Of paper clips and bureaucracy
"The problem with the ITU is that it is a large bureaucracy that doesn't have enough to do, and rather than sitting quietly in their office counting paper clips, they are trying to find things to do that generally aren't helpful."
-- Joe McNamee, executive director at EDRi, regarding privacy concerns over a packet inspection standard from the International Telecommunication Union.
"They were mainly after the security guards, but when they couldn't find them, the workers went off and smashed other things."
-- A Foxconn worker identified only by his surname Zhou, talking about a riot by workers in September at the factory where Apple's iPhone 5 is produced. Workers blamed the riot on harsh treatment by the guards.
More unhappy workers
"The working conditions here are trash, there's no need to bring it up."
-- Wu, a worker at a factory operated by RiTeng Computer Accessory Co. in Shanghai, where Apple's new iPad mini is built. Workers complained of chemical odors and mismanagement.
Tears of relief
"It is still incredibly emotional. He couldn't speak; he actually literally couldn't speak; and then he cried and then we hugged."
-- Janis Sharp, mother of U.K. hacker Gary McKinnon, after it was announced that he would not be extradited to the U.S.
Larry gets the last word
"Oracle's got 100+ enterprise applications live in the #cloud today, SAP's got nothin' but SuccessFactors until 2020."
-- Ellison's lone tweet of the year.