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(2007-01-27 12:50:52)

Historical Quotations

历史名言

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"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

”未来计算机的重量不会超过1.5吨。“
--流行机械杂志,预言无情的科学进步,1949。

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" I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

“我认为全世界只需要购买5台计算机。”
--托马斯 沃特森,IBM董事会主席,1943。

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" I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people,
 and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

”我从南到北游历了整个美国,和最优秀的人交流过,我确信你的数据处理方式不出今年就会流行起来。“
--负责商业书籍的编辑,Prentice Hall出版社,1957。

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"But what...is it good for?"
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

“然而,这么好的东西要用于何处?”
--IBM 高级计算机系统分部的工程师,对单片CPU芯片的评论,1968。

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"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

”没有理由让每个人在家里都安装一台计算机“
--肯.沃里森 数字设备公司的创办人,总裁,董事会主席,1977。

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"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
--Bill Gates, 1981.

“640K 内存对每个人都够用了”
--比尔.盖茨,1981。

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"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.
The device is inherently of no value to us."
--Western Union internal memo, 1876.

“这样的电话严格说有太多的缺点,根本不能作为通讯的工具。对我们毫无用处可言。”
--西部联合通讯公司内部备忘录,1876。

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"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
--David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

”这种无线音乐盒没有任何想的到商业价值。谁会为不针对具体人的消息付费呢?“
--大卫.沙诺夫 对鼓动他投资于无线电广播的同事所做的答复,20世纪20年代。

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"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
--A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
(Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

这个观点是有趣的, 符合逻辑的,不过,若要给予C以上的分数,其思想必须是可行的。“
--一位耶鲁大学管理系教授对氟勒德.斯密斯提交的论文-有关提供可靠的隔夜快递服务所做的答复。
(斯密斯实践了自己的想法,成立了联邦快递公司。)

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" Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
--H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

”嘿,鬼才爱听演员说话“
--H.M.华纳, 华纳兄弟电影公司,1927。

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"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."
--Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone with the Wind."

 

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"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy
cookies like you make."
--Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' cookies.

 

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"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
--Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
--Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do
this."
--Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think
about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said,
'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal
computer.

 

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"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a
vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

 

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"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact
of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training."
--Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.

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"Drill for oil? You mean drill in the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy."
--Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

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"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
--Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

”股票市场已经达到了其可能达到的最高点“
--爱耳温.费舍尔 经济学教授,耶鲁大学,1929。

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"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
--Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

“飞机不过是有趣的玩具而已,它们不具有军事价值。”
--玛若彻尔.费鼎南德.佛席 Ecole Superieure de Guerre 大学 战略学教授。

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"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
--Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

“任何可发明的东西都已经发明了”
--查尔斯. H. 杜尔勒   美国专利局局长,1899。

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"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
--Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

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"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."
--Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873.

”病人的腹部、胸腔、头颅再也不会被这些聪明、和蔼的外科大夫们闯入了。“
--约翰.艾瑞克.艾里克森,英国外科医生 对维多利亚女皇解释非寻常的外科手术, 1873。

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