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Japan: can't live with it[s phone companies], can't live without it[s food].
     -- Stephen J. Turnbull, 2013 on tlug@tlug.jp mailinglist

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
     -- Confucius

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
     -- Albert Einstein

It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly
and try another. But above all, try something.
     -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting 
different results.
     -- Albert Einstein

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them. 
    -- Galileo Galilei

If you want the holes in your knowledge showing up try teaching someone.  
    -- Alan Cox

[...on customers just getting /128 in Japan, on @tlug.jp in 2009-11...]
"And this is the country that basically invented IPv6.  Oh, the pain!"
    -- Stephen J. Turnbull
"Well, when it comes to how fast it's being deployed, at least the Kame
project got the name right."
    -- Curt Sampson

"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever" - Derek Smalls

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism
by those who have not got it."
    -- George Bernard Shaw

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."                                                   
       Arthur C. Clarke

"The result of having multiple bosses is ... cover your ears children, I'm going to
say something that young-uns shouldn't hear ... "Emacs."  Like the human genome, as 
a product of natural selection it's amazingly functional, but analysis of the 
content reveals nothing less than sheer confusion."
       Stephen J. Turnbull on the tlug.jp mailinglist

"I dont have enough money to buy cheap stuff."
       old japanese saying

"There's a new tool that MS has recently retroactively invented: Kerberos. It came 
out last year, and I've used it since 1993 or so."
       Chuck Yerkes on sage-member list

"Linux is not a desktop OS for people whose VCRs are still flashing '12:00' "
       Paul Tomblin

"Men who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it."
       Chinese proverb

"I'd like to become an optimist, but i doubt if it will work out."
       Source unknown

"All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to stand idle and do nothing."
       Source unknown

"If you think technology can solve your problems you don't understand technology and you don't understand your problems."
       Bruce Schneier

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
       Walt Disney

"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."
       E. Hubbard

"I'm returning this note to you, instead of your paper, because it (your paper) presently occupies the bottom of my bird cage."
       English Professor, Providence College

"There's no such thing as an obscure reference when geeks are involved."
       Source unknown

"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"
       Ursula K. LeGuin

"Only wimps use tape backup real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it."
       Linus Torvalds

"We trained hard......but every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I 
was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situations by reorganising.......  and a wonderful 
process it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing inefficiency and demoralisation."
       Petronius (6 AD)

"Technology…is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other."
       C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works."
       Douglas Adams

"Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God — but to create Him."
       Arthur C. Clarke, Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations (1972) "The Mind of the Machine"

"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
       Arthur C. Clarke

"The intelligence of the planet is constant, and the population is growing."
       attributed to Arthur C. Clarke

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."
       attributed to Arthur C. Clarke

"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."
       attributed to Arthur C. Clarke

"Mr.Gandhi, what do you think about Western civilization?" - "I think it would be a very good idea."

"If there's nothing wrong with me, then there must be something wrong with the universe!"
       Dr. Beverly Crusher, ST:TNG

"What happens when you read some doc and either it doesn't answer your question or is 
demonstrably wrong? In Linux, you say 'Linux sucks' and go read the code. In Windows/Oracle/etc 
you say 'Windows sucks' and start banging your head against the wall."
       Denis Vlasenko on lkml

"UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things."
       Doug Gwyn

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do."
       Ted Nelson

"Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months."
       Clifford Stoll

"This manual says what our product actually does, no matter what the salesman may have told you it does."
       In a californian graphic board manual, 1985.

"In the future, airplanes will be flown by a dog and a pilot. And the dog's job will be 
to make sure that if the pilot tries to touch any of the buttons, the dog bites him."
       Scott Adams, author of Dilbert

"Security, like correctness, is not an add-on feature."
       A.S. Tanenbaum

"Systems should be described as simply as possible, but no simpler."
       Albert Einstein

"Unfortunately, the current generation of mail programs do not have checkers to see if 
the sender knows what he is talking about"
       A.S. Tanenbaum

"Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing."
       G. Steinem

"This posting uses sarcasm. Do not try this at home. I am a professional."
       Jef Poskanzer

"UNIX is very simple, but it takes a genius to understand the simplicity"
       Dennis Ritchie

"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."
       Isaac Asimov

"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant 
pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is 
to ratify decisions and to consume."
       Noam Chomsky

"Take your Towel and Start the NetWork Tour"

"I haven't lost my mind -- it's backed up on tape somewhere."

"If in danger, fear or doubt....run in circles, scream and shout...."

"People on the net are always telling other people to 'get a life.' It would be so much 
simpler if there were one available under the GPL. 'If you use this life, you must tell 
other people where to get a life of their own.' "
       Christopher Davis

Most people say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
For an engineer, if it ain't broke it doesn't have enough features."
       Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

"... and remember, kids: reboots are for hardware changes"
       Robin S. Socha

"Do we really need 128-bit time? You must be planning to live forever."
       Avi Kivity in a November 7'th, 2007 message to the Linux Kernel mailing list

"Yeah, if you develop at the glacial pace Solaris does, don't add any features to cyclics 
or work on scalability improvements, sure it can be bug free and untouched for 6 years."
       David Miller, in a November 14th, 2007 message on the Linux Kernel mailing list.

"Reinventing the wheel certainly is annoying, but as long as all other wheels are square..."
       Reimar Döffinger on @mplayer-dev

"        In the east there is a shark which is larger than all other fish.  It
changes into a bird whose winds are like clouds filling the sky.  When this
bird moves across the land, it brings a message from Corporate Headquarters.
This message it drops into the midst of the programmers, like a seagull
making its mark upon the beach.  Then the bird mounts on the wind and, with
the blue sky at its back, returns home.
        The novice programmer stares in wonder at the bird, for he understands
it not.  The average programmer dreads the coming of the bird, for he fears
its message.  The master programmer continues to work at his terminal, for he
does not know that the bird has come and gone."
        Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"
        
"We do have a dress code at Google:  you must wear something!"
        Eric

"I hope to die before I *have* to use Microsoft Word."
        Donald E. Knuth, 02-Oct-2001 in Tuebingen
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