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Don't make the mistake of anthropomorphizing Larry Ellison

This candid 2011 talk about the history of OpenSolaris fork Illumos doubles as a history of the late Silicon Valley giant Sun, its engineering and corporate culture, its disastrous acquisition by Oracle, and the rise of open source in the 2000's. [more inside]
posted by whir on Jul 1, 2016 - 21 comments

An API is like a menu

Google prevails over Oracle: APIs are copyrightable but Android is fair use, jury says
posted by Monochrome on May 26, 2016 - 74 comments

Antitrust Antitrust Antitrust Bring Back Antitrust

After 18 years in operation, after a federal law mandating that hospitals work to prevent needle-stick, and after two successful lawsuits resulting in BD paying more than $400 million for violating anti-monopoly statutes, Retractable Technologies made only $34 million in global sales last year. BD, with an inferior, more expensive product, sold $8.4 billion, the payouts to its competitor serving only as the cost of doing business. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control estimated 380,000 needle-sticks at hospitals every year. Today, they estimate 385,000. “You turn on the TV and watch politicians talk about unleashing the power of the free market, that’s absurd,” Shaw says. “The American public is being denied a free market, being denied competition.”
We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era.
posted by ennui.bz on Nov 29, 2015 - 28 comments

Oracle's CSO praises Free Software

Oracle's CSO wrote a (now deleted) blog post arguing against reverse engineering in which she mocked security researchers, compared them to cheating spouses, accused them of wasting her time, discounted bug-bounty programs, refused to credit vulnerability reporters, and promoted her sister's murder-mystery books. The reaction from the security community was unanimously opposed (1, 2, 3, ...) and some are looking on the lighter side by writing Oracle Fan Fiction.
posted by autopilot on Aug 11, 2015 - 50 comments

Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

All of Lanai's owners have sought, in one way or another, to refashion the island into a paradise on earth. Former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison hopes to transform it into the "first economically viable, 100% green community."
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 25, 2014 - 17 comments

These APIs© Oracle Corporation

The Oracle vs. Google decision has been reversed. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake on May 12, 2014 - 151 comments

Fine art Deer Butt alien heads

"The trick is to find a craft that's both fun and educational, and something that the whole family can enjoy together."
posted by rollick on Jul 12, 2013 - 9 comments

The day the irony detectors died...

Fairsearch (a group led by Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia) has filed a complaint [PDF] with the EU claiming that Google has a monopoly in the mobile market and is using its mobile position to force its other products on users.
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Apr 9, 2013 - 53 comments

Bad day for Oracle

Following a jury finding that Google had not infiringed upon Oracles patents, a development described as a near disaster for the database company, Judge William Aslup has ruled that the Java APIs cannot be copyrighted. That leaves Oracle with only the 9 lines of rangeCheck code and a handfull of decompiled test files to show for the massivecourt case. CEO Larry Ellison remains confident, claiming that the aquisition of Java creator Sun has still paid for itself.
posted by Artw on Jun 1, 2012 - 45 comments

Fork it Over!

Oracle didn't see this coming. There were some significant concerns when Oracle took stewardship of Sun's open source projects like MySQL and OpenOffice, and these concerns led to contributors to OpenOffice asking Oracle to fork over control of the project. Oracle refused. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake on Apr 18, 2011 - 108 comments

Epic PR Fail

New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera's column last weekend excoriated HP and SAP, and presented Oracle in a positive light. One problem: Nocera's fiancee is the PR person for Oracle's lead attorney in its lawsuit against SAP. Woops. (via gawker)
posted by VicNebulous on Oct 14, 2010 - 25 comments

OpenOffice ousts Oracle

The OpenOffice.org Project has unveiled a major restructuring that separates itself from Oracle and that takes responsibility for OpenOffice away from a single company. ... Driving home the changes, OpenOffice.org project is now The Document Foundation while the OpenOffice.org suite has been given the temporary name of LibreOffice.
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 28, 2010 - 45 comments

At least it wasn't ritual disemvoweling

"Financial crisis
Stalled too many customers
CEO no more."

Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz resigns via twitter haiku.
posted by Artw on Feb 4, 2010 - 62 comments

You owe the Oracle 20 years of Internet nostalgia

O great and wise Oracle, whose wisdom is as vast as the sea, just who the heck are ya and what do you do? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Nov 2, 2009 - 19 comments

[something Delphic here]

Oracle to acquire Sun for $7.4 billion. This gives Oracle, among other things, Solaris, MySQL, Java and OpenOffice, and means that Oracle is now a hardware manufacturer rather than a reseller. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Apr 20, 2009 - 60 comments

Amaze your (dumber) friends.

Peter answers.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jun 2, 2007 - 54 comments

Web programming references

Web programmers take note, gotAPI is an excellent collection of searchable programming references wrapped up into a customizable interface.
posted by Roger Dodger on Sep 21, 2006 - 17 comments

Larry needs to make a budget

"I'm worried, Larry. A financial planner counsels his client: "...I think it's imperative that we start to budget and plan. New purchases should be kept to a minimum. We need to establish and execute on a diversification game plan, to eliminate (yes, eliminate) all debt and build up a significant, conservatively structured, liquid investment portfolio...." Sound advice, but you wouldn't have thought this dickhead gentleman would need it.
posted by mojohand on Feb 12, 2006 - 18 comments

Giant leap for developers

Developer in space? Oracle has announced sweepstakes to send a developer into orbit. Answer a quiz and win a sub-orbital space flight. Contest is open to software developers who work with Oracle software in connection with their employment. Start cramming. Good luck! (And for the rest, with a $10,000 deposit for the $98,000 ticket, nothing stops us from booking our own space flight with Space Adventures.)
posted by jellybuzz on Dec 8, 2004 - 6 comments

Export Restrictions on a website?

Export Restrictions on a website? I had to agree to this before downloading stuff from Oracle:
I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.
posted by arnab on Sep 10, 2002 - 10 comments

This nuclear detente, as sponsored by Oracle

This nuclear detente, as sponsored by Oracle The growth of the IT industry in India, which has many connections to the US and the West, might be a stabilizing factor in the country's relationship to Pakistan. Hopefully, the presence of western companies and economic growth will also be a check on the growth of hindutva, or Hindu nationalism. (NYT registration required)
posted by rks404 on Aug 11, 2002 - 3 comments

What did Gray know and when did he know it?

What did Gray know and when did he know it?
"Just after the deal was signed, an Oracle lobbyist handed a $25,000 campaign donation to an aide to Davis who was involved in negotiating the pact."
posted by nobody_knose on Jun 12, 2002 - 11 comments

The Sybil on Solvents--An Archeological Update on the Oracle of Delphi

The Sybli's raving mouth, according to Heraclitus, speaks without mirth or adornment or perfume: with the help of the god her voice continues for a thousand years: Plutarch - Why The Pythia No Longer Prophesies In Verse... So, what kinda gas was she huffin'? The Sybil on solvents--an archeological update on the Oracle of Delphi (NYT: you know the drill...)
posted by y2karl on Mar 19, 2002 - 7 comments

Microsoft tells you why Oracle system wont work.

Microsoft tells you why Oracle system wont work. Kind of like Burger King telling Colonel Sanders why the whopper works, but honey barbeque wings don't.
posted by Grok09 on Nov 12, 2001 - 11 comments

Shareholders are shocked

Shareholders are shocked - shocked, I tell you! - to discover that Larry Ellison has been overstating Oracle's capabilities and earning potentials in public... and personally profiting from the deceit to the tune of $895 million! What will the little Gates-hating, sex-harassing genius think of next?!
posted by m.polo on Mar 11, 2001 - 8 comments

MacOS X built for Oracle?!

MacOS X built for Oracle?! David Coursey's "top ten" reasons why MacOS X was built so that Larry Ellison could become more competitive with Bill Gates. Sounds good to me.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Nov 16, 2000 - 1 comment

The Register has an article

The Register has an article describing how Oracle hired thugs to prove that Micro$oft did indeed back/finance users groups, watchdog groups, and other entities. (found on the Hacker News Network)
posted by Dean_Paxton on Jun 28, 2000 - 4 comments

Does MySQL suck?

Does MySQL suck? That isn't actually the topic of a thread at the OpenACS project site... but everyone sure *thinks* it is. :-) OpenACS is a project to port the ArsDigita Community System off of Oracle onto PostgreSQL (of which, BTW, v7.0 ships this week). If this is your cuppa, check it out. [via /.]
posted by baylink on May 8, 2000 - 8 comments

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