Quotes of the week: Prince talks tech, FBI hacking costs, & John McAfee on the election

Some of the best quotes from the tech industry this week

“A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure. But it was, in my view, worth it.”

- Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on the cost of hacking one of the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhones


“All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

- Prince, on the internet


“You are talking about an organisation that has access to billions of dollars and they are not taking even the most basic security precautions.”

- Jeff Wichman, a consultant with cyber firm Optiv, on the Bangladesh bank hack


“That’s going to take years for everyone to have access to it.”

- Facebook's David Marcus on when the company’s own M Virtual Assistant will be rolled out


“When it comes to doing the right thing in difficult situations, BlackBerry’s guiding principle has been to do what is right for the citizenry, within legal and ethical boundaries…In the end, the case resulted in a major criminal organization being dismantled.”

- BlackBerry CEO John Chen defending his company’s handing over of decryption keys to the Canadian Police


“[Andrew] Carnegie could never have imagined the kind of power Zuckerberg has. Politics today is less relevant than it has ever been in our entire history. These CEOs are more powerful than they’ve ever been. The driving force of social change today is no longer government at all.”

- NYC University history Professor David Nasaw on the rise of Big Tech in politics


“I believe this is the year of the third party.”

- John McAfee on the Libertarian party’s chances at this year’s elections, before adding that he doesn’t think more than 1% of the population “could possibly survive a cyberwar”