Quote of the Week: 'I shave my balls for this?'
Our weekly round-up of what the tech world says
QuoTW This was the week when Apple cofounder and technology titan Steve Jobs sadly passed away, aspiring geeks were told they shouldn't bother leaving their bedrooms to go to school, Amazon's decision to lose money on the Kindle Fire made good business sense, overzealous Microsoft anti-virus software classed Google's Chrome browser as malware and someone released some sort of new smartphone.
It was also the week when -
Bill Gates was one of the many, many people to pay tribute after the passing of Steve Jobs:
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
A BT spokesman gave his advice to customers, after a power outage which took out a major exchange in the Midlands:
Should any customers continue to experience difficulty in accessing their broadband service, they are advised to turn their hub or modem off and on again.
HP's developer newsletter, seen by The Register, enthused about webOS:
Now is the time to take advantage of the large webOS user base.
Developers were enthused too, in fact one was so excited about developing apps for webOS - according to HP - that he rushed the stage, yelling:
Long live webOS!
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, gave his keynote address at annual OpenWorld conference:
We're better than IBM in Java, and we're going to beat them in integer arithmetic and then there will be nothing left.
A Facebook spokesperson explained that the social network's newly granted patent wasn't intended to track logged-out users, as claimed by various bloggers:
That is my understanding, anyway.
One Twitter user was particularly disappointed with the launch of the iPhone 4S, not the iPhone 5:
I shave my balls for this?
Protestor Drew Hornbein described the new Twitter-style network for revolutionaries:
Let's say you're protesting and someone up ahead sees that the cops are getting ready to kettle people, they can send out this vibe that only lasts a few minutes that says, 'Cops are kettling'.
Blogger Michael DeGusta lamented the lack of Googly elite on the new social platform:
In total, of the 18 most senior people charged with overseeing Google, 11 have either not joined or have never made a single public post, and 5 have barely used it at all.
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff scheduled his keynote speech at a hotel near the OpenWorld conference after Oracle banishes it from its primetime slot in the conference:
Sorry Larry, the cloud can't be stopped.
Michael E. Glover, senior VP and deputy general counsel for Verizon worried about the implications of the US Federal Communication Commission's net-neutrality rules:
We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the internet itself.
Mike Lynch, ex-Autonomy boss and now HP software biz supremo, is excited about HP's acquisition of Autonomy:
We are at the dawn of a new era when it is the ‘I’ in IT that is changing, not just the ‘T'.
And Samsung ups the stake in its patent war with Apple, as it seeks injunctions against the iPhone 4S in France and Italy:
Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology.
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