John Paczkowski

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You're a Warrior, All Right–A Golden State Warrior, During the Team's 12-Season Playoff Drought

sony_final.jpgIn June 2005, Sony chairman Howard Stringer told the company’s annual meeting that he was a “Sony warrior,” vowing to fix the faltering Japanese electronics-and-entertain- ment giant. “I am a foreigner,” he said. “I was born in Wales and I live in the U.S., though these days I live on a plane. But first and foremost I am a Sony warrior.”

Apparently, Stringer (who was interviewed at the fourth edition of D: All Things Digital conference on May 31, 2006) seems to have forgotten that the price of failure in the samurai warrior code is seppuku–ritual suicide by disembowelment. Because here we are two years after his vow and Stringer, onstage at the company’s annual meeting this year, again proclaimed himself a warrior–despite the conga line of blunders and financial misses that have plagued Sony for the past few years. “In the digital age, we have new competitors–not just consumer-electronics companies, but IT companies like Apple and Microsoft and Intel and Chinese companies,” he said. “The integrated approach to this competition using electronics, games and entertainment, seamlessly integrated with software, will be the best way to be the dominant company. We will shift Sony from recovery to profitable growth.”

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik