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2014: The year in quotes

Nancy Weil | Dec. 17, 2014
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.

You can't expect to wield supreme executive power

"We cannot deny that our decision today will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime. Cell phones have become important tools in facilitating coordination and communication among members of criminal enterprises, and can provide valuable incriminating information about dangerous criminals. Privacy comes at a cost."

- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority in a ruling that warrants are needed for cellphone searches.

Always look on the bright side of life

"I can see the 10k Mtgox stole from me... hooray!"

- A Reddit user after the Mt. Gox site was reactivated so that users could see their balances following the company's February bankruptcy filing.

Oh, I'm terribly sorry

"I cannot apologize enough for what happened. While I believe I did everything I could do to prevent this from happening, it still happened. Right now, I'm trying to do my best to cooperate with the bankruptcy process and the ongoing investigation."

- Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles in a November interview, apologizing for past mistakes and talking about how he was spending his time — he likes to bake apple pies.

Some things in life are bad

"The company purposefully messed with people's minds" in a "secretive and non-consensual" study.

- From a complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over a study Facebook conducted to intentionally manipulate the emotions of nearly 700,000 users.

Run away! Run away!

"We found these weapons could violate the most basic human rights — the right to life, the right to a remedy and the principle of dignity. These rights are the basis for all others."

- Human Rights Watch researcher and Harvard Law School lecturer Bonnie Docherty, in an email regarding an HRW report calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons before it's too late, even though they don't yet exist.

I'm not dead yet

"If you'd asked me about Motorola a year ago, I would have said it was on a distinct trajectory towards oblivion."

- Ben Wood, director of research at CCS Insight, regarding Motorola Mobility's unexpected comeback.

You'll be stone dead in a moment

"I think for BlackBerry this might be the last straw."

- Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Kantor Worldpanel, referring to the effect of the Apple-IBM deal on BlackBerry.

Nothing is sacred

"It isn't surprising [the intelligence organizations] were technically able to do this. ... That they attack people they have no reason to attack and then install malware on their systems to attack even more systems is really shocking and sickening to see. On that I think we can all agree."

 

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