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Oracle Donates Software for Big Brother Database 215

Posted by michael
from the replication-is-most-popular-feature dept.
8onal writes: "C|Net is reporting that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has followed through with his threat, I mean promise, to assist with Uncle Sam's crimefighting efforts. "...Ellison said he has delivered Oracle's 9i database management software to a U.S. government agency for national security, but he declined to give further details, such as which agency or for what usage." Seeing as how he has already supplied the CIA with software, I bet it went to another 3-letter group."
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Oracle Donates Software for Big Brother Database

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  • by humps (245087) on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @10:00AM (#2659274)
    >>but switching from vendor is just not an option.
    nope, it is always an option. Its not an if the people implementing the middleware were lazy and used all the database specific functions. If the middleware is implemented in such a way that it only requires a generic API (such as JDBC, ODBC, and yes I know not every db implements all optional JDBC/ODBC features), changing the database is not a difficult task and I've seen it in big corps. Its also not an option when a contract is still effective.

    I use pure JDBC, I switch db from Oracle to SQLServer2k to DB2 or MySQL back and forth. Stupid middleware implementation is to be blamed. And Larry won't get business for life if a better cheaper db is out there.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @11:28PM (#2663398)
    Not virii. Viruses.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.