Interesting software quotes

Posted by Anton Hughes on Monday, September 25, 2006 with No comments
  • Software is like entropy. It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the second law of thermodynamics; i.e. it always increases.
    Norman Ralph Augustine <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/normanralp184882.html>
  • Anything on paper is obsolete!
    Craig Bruce
  • Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.
    Al Gore
  • When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.
    Al Gore
  • I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making great software.
    Bill Gates
  • Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
    Bill Gates
  • People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.
    Bill Gates
  • Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
    Bill Gates
  • The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
    Bill Gates
  • Temporary solutions often become permanent problems.
    Craig Bruce
  • Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent.
    Miguel de Icaza
  • Our strategy in dealing with patents in Mono is the same strategy that any other software developer would take. In the event of a patent claim, we will try to find prior art to the claim of the patent.
    Miguel de Icaza
  • While the creative works from the 16th century can still be accessed and used by others, the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.
    Lawrence Lessig
  • Before the monopoly should be permitted, there must be reason to believe it will do some good - for society, and not just for monopoly holders.
    Lawrence Lessig
  • In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt.
    Lawrence Lessig
  • While control is needed, and perfectly warranted, our bias should be clear up front: Monopolies are not justified by theory; they should be permitted only when justified by facts. If there is no solid basis for extending a certain monopoly protection, then we should not extend that protection.
    Lawrence Lessig
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