Archive for September, 2001

DAMAGE CONTROL

September 28, 2001

“It’s hard to imagine someone would purposely do the kind of damage that was done to the Industry Standard’s brand…. Then again, what do I know about business? I was just an editor at a business magazine.”

Former Industry Standard editor Mark Robinson, on the company’s humiliating bankruptcy and sale of assets back to erstwhile owner International Data Group, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 September 2001

SWIFT JUSTICE

September 27, 2001

“It is not a wish list; it is modest set of essential proposals.”

Attorney General John Ashcroft, on his depressingly nonsatirical requests to abridge civil liberties, The Register, 25 September 2001

NEXT, A CAVITY SEARCH

September 26, 2001

“The toothpaste is out of the tube, and it is covering the whole planet.”

Pretty Good Privacy inventor Phil Zimmermann, on the unavoidable use of encryption software for good and evil, Wall Street Journal, 25 September 2001 (paid subscription required)

NAME YOUR OWN RISK TOLERANCE

September 25, 2001

“Businesspeople can bypass travel with videoconferencing, but videoconferencing won’t take the place of hugging Mom and Dad.”

Priceline spokesman Brian Ek, on persuading consumers that they won’t get hijacked on the way to see their folks, News.com, 25 September 2001

INTER ARMA SILENT LEGES

September 24, 2001

“We’re not asking for the laws to expand, just grow as technology has grown.”

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, on the need to lessen — not diminish — privacy in the pursuit of terrorists, CNN.com, 24 September 2001

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