Say What? The Week's Top Five IT Quotes
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"If Jobs had not changed the context from the iPhone 4 in particular to all smartphones in general, I could make you a hilarious comic strip about a product so poorly made that it won't work if it comes in contact with a human hand. But as soon as the context is changed to 'all smartphones have problems,' the humor opportunity is gone. Nothing kills humor like a general and boring truth."
- Dilbert creator Scott Adams on Apple CEO Steve Jobs's media event designed to address the iPhone 4's antenna issue. (The Scott Adams Blog)
"A lot of our audience logs on (to Playboy.com) after work and we saw that we were missing a golden opportunity to reach guys when they're online the most: when they're sitting at their desk, not working, sending e-mails to their friends."
- Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy's editorial director, explaining the company's new website, SmokingJacket.com, which features humorous articles and interviews rather than Playboy's trademark clothes-free images. (Associated Press)
"From NASA's perspective, having the broader community of developers and organizations using this technology means that NASA will have more choices too. We haven't had the resources to add VMware, Xen or Hyper-V support to the Nebula computing engine, but now that this is going to be worked on by a larger community of developers, we'll have those options now and taxpayers won't have to give us a penny to have that flexibility."
- Chris Kemp, NASA's CTO, explaining NASA's participation in the OpenStack project designed to facilitate the creation of large enterprise clouds. (ServerWatch)
"There are some people with lots of time and no interest in spending money and there are other people with lots of money and no interest in spending time. So we're trying to sell something to those with money and give something to those with time."
- Marten Mickos, CEO of open source cloud vendor Eucalyptus (and former CEO of MySQL), explaining how money is made in open source at the OSCON conference. (InternetNews: The Blog)
"Two-thirds of the approximately 700 software entrepreneurs who participated in the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey report that they neither have nor are seeking patents for innovations embodied in their products and services. These entrepreneurs rate patents as the least important mechanism among seven options for attaining competitive advantage in the marketplace. Even software startups that hold patents regard them as providing only a slight incentive to invest in innovation."
- Berkeley law professor Pamela Samuelson commenting on the results of a survey that found cost was the biggest reason software startups aren't patenting their innovations. (ReadWriteStart)