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Quotes of the Year 2010

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“I want to be famous for my limp and leaky dick”

There were so many candidates for Quote of the Year from Jeff Jarvis ("Business Thought Leader & Worldwide Media Leader") we could have given him his own category. "I think reporters should be REQUIRED to share their stories/thinking/research before publishing to get input," he Tweeted. “Danger, Tina Brown, danger," he warned on Twitter. "Avoid the siren call of the press. It will suck you in and whirl you around. That's yesterday calling”.

But his commitment to "transparency" - detailing his prostrate cancer treatment - that swings it here. Thanks for sharing, Jeff. No. Really.


“The use of 'boffin', common at the random-USE-of-CAPITALS end of tabloid journalism, is problematic to many scientists, as the word is increasingly loaded with negative connotations...”

Grauniad science blogger Martin Robbins picks a fight with Lewis. For the record, we clarified:

"On the pages of the Reg the word 'boffin' is a title of honour accorded only to researchers we respect - generally from the proper sciences and able to do hard sums, like Professor Haigh. Lesser practitioners (for instance business-studies or psychology professors purveying dubious surveys and statistical analyses) are generally known as 'eggheads' or 'trick-cyclists'."


“Magic of computer is a devil’s magic. Youth gets destruction of integrity of reality, the perceptance of the around life is being torn to pieces, like a computer game in which you can restart as many times as you like from the beginning. Young people turn into bio-robots and it’s very pity.”

A DIY public information campaign in Russia. Look out for Devil's keyboard - with very many keys. More from the same series can be found here.


“My partner had been made redundant and I know damn well that he was in bed and hadn't got up and started download pornography”

Maybe he was just cheering himself up. Claire ("a Sky Broadband customer from Shropshire") who according to the BBC received a letter from ACS:Law accusing her of sharing a porn film called Chubby Chasers via Bittorrent. ACS:Law sent out thousands of copyright infringement letters, offering settlement for £500.

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