IT Planning & Management

Quotes of the week: Space, Anti-Malware Magic, & Trump's Apple Fantasy

“We're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

- Donald Trump


“By 2020, patients will be utilising VR as an effective distraction technique [to relieve pain]. … The user must be psychologically prepared for what is about to happen and not spend too long in the system to avoid losing the concept of reality and perception.”

- Collette Johnson of Plextek Consulting


“Space is the answer to most questions about long term sustainability, in a world where people, supported by media, politics and corporate strategy, are so focused on the very short term.

“The future cannot be predicted. Not by Star Trek, not by Interstellar and not by Star Wars. All I know is that the future depends on actions that we take today and that the people in the space industry are all working on a great future for all humankind, on and off this planet.”

- Remco Timmermans, Social Media Specialist for Space, Tourism and Events


“It is deeply unfortunate that luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have contributed to feverish hand-wringing about a looming artificial intelligence apocalypse.”

- ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson on the winners of this year’s Luddite Award


“Exorcising your PC will do it no harm, but I'd run a virus scan as well, just to be sure.”

- Sophos security adviser Paul Ducklin, reacting to the idea of a witch removing malware with magic.


“Ultimately, we want to make a fully edible computer. It sounds funny, but we want to get to the point where electronics fit very neatly into the circular economy — where maybe you mulch your computer at the end of the day, and grow materials that can be put into an HP 3-D printer.”

- HP’s Paul Mazurkiewicz


“The glamourous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage.”

- Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, accusing Apple, Samsung and Sony of failing to ensure their Colbol mines are free of child labour.


“It hasn’t covered its costs and like any business this can’t continue indefinitely. Therefore, whilst it’s sad, I believe it’s time to move on and put Friends Reunited to bed. And I feel like I am the right person to do it.”

- FriendsReunited founder Steve Pankhurst on retiring the social network we all thought long gone.


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