2012: The year in quotes

Some of the most interesting, and amusing, tech-related quotes this year were uttered in courtrooms

By , IDG News Service |  Software

"I need to go talk to Larry about this."

-- Catz's response that she needed to ask Ellison what was going on, according to Livermore.

Livermore was testifying during the trial of a lawsuit HP filed against Oracle, contending that Oracle's Itanium decision violated an agreement the companies reached in the wake of Oracle hiring former HP CEO Mark Hurd in September 2010.

Baaaalllllooooows

"We bought a dog. Nobody wants to sell Sun. It baaaalllllooooows."

-- Keith Block, executive vice president of Oracle's North American sales and consulting organizations, in a July 28, 2011, instant-message exchange that became public this year during the discovery process for the Oracle-Sun lawsuit, regarding difficulties Oracle was having selling Sun servers.

"Pig with lipstick."

-- The response to Block from Oracle human resources executive Anje Dodson.

What makes Meg happy

"Everything is fair in this business. It's a cutthroat, very competitive business. That's what I love about this business."

-- HP CEO Meg Whitman speaking at Gartner's Symposium/ITexpo.

Run! Run for your lives!

"A cyberattack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11. Such a destructive cyberterrorist attack could virtually paralyze the nation."

-- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a speech to business executives.

Heavy lifting

"You should not underestimate the bandwidth of a FedEx box."

-- Amazon CTO Werner Vogels in a keynote speech at Cebit in which he said that big data isn't just about analytics, but about how data is collected, stored, organized and shared.

Magic redefined

"This is how most people will get education; it's how most people will get entertained. These are magic, by anyone's definition."

-- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as he held up his smartphone during a panel discussion hosted by the National Military Family Association.

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