IT’S HIGH TIME SOMEONE GOT THOSE USERS UNDER CONTROL

“[PICS]’s intent is certainly not as a tool for government control, but as a tool for user control.”

Tim Berners-Lee, head of the World Wide Web Consortium, on the purpose of the Platform for Internet Content Selection, a Web-page blocking standard, The New York Times, 19 January 1998

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THINK OF IT AS A GREAT BUYING OPPORTUNITY

“What impresses me most about Ditherati is that it is losing less money than all the public Internet companies combined.”

Andrew Anker, CEO of the company formerly known as HotWired, commenting on Ditherati’s ability to relaunch its site only six months after its first appearance, in a statement made for a Ditherati Communications press release, 19 January 1998

FORGET STRONG CRYPTO — CONGRESS SHOULD OUTLAW WHITE BOY RAP

“I like to surf
the Internet turf.
I find so much stuff.
I can’t get enough.
I want to encrypt my Internet mail.
And I should be able to do it without going to jail.”

Jim Bidzos, chief execrable officer of RSA Data Security, getting err, um, down with the funk at his company’s annual security conference, Computer Reseller News, 14 January 1998

CODE ALL THAT YOU CAN CODE …

“We need a large technical class that is well trained to do work that is mind-numbingly boring.”

Eric Roberts, associate director of Stanford’s computer science program, The New York Times, 13 January 1998

... SPEND ALL THAT YOU CAN SPEND

“The global economy desperately needs all the yuppies it can muster.”

Edward Yardeni, chief economist for the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell investment house, The New York Times, 5 January 1998

WE HAVE LIES, DAMN LIES, AND STATISTICS — WELL, TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD

“We don’t have the benefit of that rich historical data or even accurate information about what’s happening now.”

Evan Cohen, “research” director of Silicon Alley guesswork-for-hire firm Jupiter Communications, on his company’s rigorous methodology for online audience estimates, @NY, 9 January 1998