From rattled airline passengers who fear the coming of smartphones to jurors who don't know a smartphone from a tablet, here are some of the colorful quotes from IT news in 2014.
Give the audience a grin
"The founders of Snapchat last year turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook and a $4 billion offer from Google. It was a surprising show of integrity from the guys who invented the app that lets you look at pictures of boobs for five seconds."
- Comedian Cecily Strong giving a rundown of "top tech stories" as she helped Marissa Mayer launch Yahoo News Digest at CES in January.
Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
"What's going to happen when mobile communications above ten thousand feet is allowed, and John Smith receives a phone call mid-flight from his wife of 23 years, Jane Smith, announcing that she wants a divorce? What's going to occur when busy advertising executive Ellen Jones receives a phone call mid-flight from her incompetent assistant, who has managed to screw up the big account she should have landed for her agency? ... It may be rage, it may be hysteria, it might be a panic attack, or the other passengers could hit the trifecta from hell and have all three occur simultaneously."
- Stephanie D. Zonis of Branchburg, N.J., expressed her views to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about a proposal to allow cellular service on airplanes.
"Short of having flight attendants who are already busy and overworked, how would one deal with folks — like myself — who have voices which are loud and project? I wouldn't want to come to me and ask me to lower my voice."
- Peter J. McKimmin, of San Diego, offers self-reflection in his comments to the FCC.
What is your quest?
"I knew I had found the keys to the kingdom."
- Computer engineer Reginaldo Silva, after finding a vulnerability in Facebook's software that brought him the largest bug bounty yet paid by the company. But it fell well short of the million-dollar payout he'd hoped for.
This new learning amazes me
"I'm kind of a dinosaur. I don't even know what an iPad is."
- A prospective juror in an Apple-Samsung patent infringement case confesses to his lack of gadget knowledge.
This terrible feeling of déjà vu
"I don't know if there's enough vision. Industry wide, the apathy regarding this recent problem is already setting in — shiny things are happening elsewhere, people are forgetting."
- Theo de Raadt, founder of the OpenBSD project, on the waning enthusiasm for critical open-source projects in the aftermath of the Heartbleed flaw.
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