Quotes of the week: Ben Hur, Tweed, & 'Someone With Tiny Hands'

“It reminds me of Ben Hur with them standing over the rowers with a whip. I find it extraordinary that its relationships with its workforce have reached such a low point that it would do something like that.”

- Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today, on Amazon’s use of shock tactics to stop thefts



 “Users tend to be the weakest link in security.”

- Tim Williams, Director of Product Marketing at HEAT Software, on why security can only go so far


“Due to an oversight involving a haphazardly-installed Chrome extension during the editing process, the name Donald Trump was erroneously replaced with the phrase ‘Someone With Tiny Hands’ when this story originally published.”

- Wired statement explaining why a story was published that replace ‘Trump’ with ‘Someone With Tiny Hands’


“I don’t mind talking about it so long as it’s not too often.”

- Email inventor Ray Tomlinson on whether he was bombarded with requests from the media


“Everybody should beware because it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American, nothing could be further from the truth.”

- Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell following the DoJ’s latest court filing


“[They were] probably 50-year old blokes sitting round in tweed jackets smoking pipes and doing the Times crossword.”

- Dr Sue Black, who saved Bletchley Park, on her initial assumptions of who worked there


“Our task is to preserve our business model without surrendering it to an internet player. Otherwise we will end up as the Foxconn for a company like Apple, delivering only the metal bodies for them”

- BMW’s Klaus Froehlich on the new era of intelligent & on-demand cars


“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin. They’re not going to reform the system. They are the system. We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box, and the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz.”

- Former HP CEO and failed Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on why she’s now endorsing Ted Cruz’s candidacy


“Google understands how RankBrain works but not really what it is doing.”

- Paul Haahr, Google Engineer, speaking at SMX West this week


“I think it is worth discussing because I share the view of Musk and Hawking that when a few people control a platform with extreme intelligence it creates dangers in terms of power and eventually control.”

- Bill Gates on the prospect of regulating AI


“A large part of women shining at the workplace is about having the confidence to claim a seat at the table.”

- Kristina Prokop, co-founder of Eyeota comments on progress on International Women’s Day


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