15 top technology quotes of 2011

On Facebook's lack of security, false clouds, classless outbursts and Steve Jobs' life and death

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IT psychology 101

"I don't mean to be Dr. Phil here, but to get out of a contract you need to be ready to leave."

-- Constellation Research CEO Ray Wang in "10 ways to beat SAP at the bargaining table."

Tricks of the trade

"You can never say all the tricks have been done. Someone always shows you something you didn't know. Every year you think, 'Gee, I didn't think you could do that.'"

-- Landon Curt Noll, a founder of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest, upon the return of the competition, in an interview in which he did not define what makes for obfuscated code. "It's like porn," he said. "You know it when you see it."

'They all suck'

"What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate what technology alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome ... We've been over a hundred of these and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java."

-- Google engineer Tim Lindholm in an August 2010 email that came to play a central role in Oracle's lawsuit alleging that the Android OS violates Java patents Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems.

"That's a pretty good document for you. That ought to be big for you at trial."

-- Judge William Alsup, to Oracle's lawyers, in reference to Lindholm's email.

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