Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More quotes I enjoy

Managers are essentially secretaries who can fire you.
--Theophile Escargot

If it smells like a CR, sounds like a CR and causes a change to the code that is "done", isn't it a Change Request and not a "design clarification?"
-- That's My Stapler at his day job (two weeks to go before Integrated Testing, we hope)

RUDY ? (Are You Done Yet?)
-- That's My Stapler co-worker (A greeting between developers in response to the constant questioning from our phbs)

If our system did such a poor job when there was no enemy, how would the federal, state and local governments have coped with a terrorist attack that provided no advance warning and that was intent on causing as much death and destruction as possible?
--Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine

The fact that in the .Net market there is no competition because there is only one supplier means that it is an inherently unhealthy market. If you are a purchasing agent, the thing that you hate the most is to go into a single supplier situation. And the Java world doesn't have that problem. There is competition because there are multiple suppliers.
--James Gosling

Why in the world would you think your phone would work in your house?
-- Ivan Seidenberg, CEO, Verizon

The crux of (at least) my belief in open source licensing is that one should be ready to make money on services, not on license sales. Services reserve the right for customers to give you money when they want you, not when they have to. I find it infinitely easier to deal with things people actually want.
--Steven Noels

From the opinion of someone coming from the PC world, having a Windows box is like owning a pet. If you want to feed it, walk it, give it baths, and take it to the vet regularly, then Windows is for you.
--Brad O'Hearne

I can't tell you to how many reporters I've said, "Where do you get this stuff?" And they say, "Well, it was in a State Department press release," as if that's an acceptable source.
--Greg Palast : Anybody Using This First Amendment?

Some people criticize the relative transparency of experiments in open source--it's like watching a goose land on a frozen lake, but I like that about Sun--the organic way they try earnestly to get it right, the balance between making a profit and being an open-source company
--Danese Cooper

A working product, with fewer features, is definitely better than one that promises the moon in two centuries.
--Joseph Ottinger

I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It's the right way to do things. I compare it to science vs. witchcraft. In science, the whole system builds on people looking at other people's results and building on top of them. In witchcraft, somebody had a small secret and guarded it -- but never allowed others to really understand it and build on it.

Traditional software is like witchcraft. In history, witchcraft just died out. The same will happen in software. When problems get serious enough, you can't have one person or one company guarding their secrets. You have to have everybody share in knowledge.
--Linus Torvalds

Sun is as obsessed with IBM now as they were with Microsoft over the last decade. I suspect that said obsession will be every bit as useful for them.
--James Robertson

Here's a wrenching fact: If the U.S. had an infant mortality rate as good as Cuba's, we would save an additional 2,212 American babies a year.

Yes, Cuba's. Babies are less likely to survive in America, with a health care system that we think is the best in the world, than in impoverished and autocratic Cuba. According to the latest C.I.A. World Factbook, Cuba is one of 41 countries that have better infant mortality rates than the U.S.
--Nicholas D. Kristof

Contrary to what many Europeans believe, you can fool some of the Americans all of the time, and all of the Americans some of the time, but you can't fool most Americans most of the time - even with the help of Fox News.
--Timothy Garton Ash

So that would be the philosophical difference between Microsoft and what Google is up to at this point?
Gates: Well, we don't know everything they are up to, but we do know their slogan and we disagree with that.

In the past, the way you had to do it was by reverse engineering, and we got into kind of a pickle, because for open source projects, like Samba and OpenOffice, the only way to get the information is by reverse engineering. And for pretty much all the countries in the world, reverse engineering has been a perfectly fine thing to do. In the United States, this really vile law got passed some years ago called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. One of the little nasties in the DMCA is that reverse engineering of some Digital Rights Management software is illegal.
--James Gosling




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