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Sun Microsystems

What If Oracle Bought Sun Microsystems? 237

Posted by timothy
from the ask-the-oracle dept.
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister believes Oracle is next in line to make a play for Sun now that IBM has withdrawn its offer. Dismissing server market arguments in favor of Cisco or Dell as suitors, McAllister suggests that MySQL, ZFS, DTrace, and Java make Sun an even better asset to Oracle than to IBM. MySQL as a complement to Oracle's existing database business would make sense, given Oracle's 2005 purchase of Innobase, and with 'the long history of Oracle databases on Solaris servers, it might actually see owning Solaris as an asset,' McAllister writes. But the 'crown jewel' of the deal would be Java. 'It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of Java to Oracle. Java has become the backbone of Oracle's middleware strategy,' McAllister contends."

Comment: Re:Pretty much (Score 2, Insightful) 397

by The Notorious ASP (#26904027) Attached to: Accused Rogue Admin Terry Childs Makes His Case
Except in a public company, the final word isn't work the IT supervisor (or even CEO) - it's with the shareholders.

The correct answer (and what I have done in the past) is to call internal audit and run it past them. When it bubbles up that not having controls around powerful accounts is going to show up as an exception on your SEC filing the tune will change.

It is everyone's responsibility, network admin up to CEO, to protect the stakeholders.
Patents

FOSS Community Can Combat Bad Patents 58

Posted by kdawson
from the layers-of-barbed-wire dept.
An anonymous reader lets us know about a new initiative designed to help shield the open source software community from threats posed by patent trolls. The initiative, called Linux Defenders (the website is slated to go live tomorrow, Dec. 9), is sponsored by a consortium of technology companies including IBM. "The most novel feature of the new program... will be its call to independent open source software developers all over the world to start submitting their new software inventions to Linux Defenders... so that the group's attorneys and engineers can, for no charge, help shape, structure, and document the invention in the form of a 'defensive publication.' Linux Defenders will then also see to it that the publication, duly attributing authorship of the invention to the developer who submitted it, is filed on the IP.com Web site, a database used by the US Patent and Trademark Office and other patent examiners throughout the world when they are trying to determine whether a proposed patent is truly novel..."
User Journal

Journal: Page 23

Journal by The Notorious ASP
Just saw this in SharpFang's journal.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

You've been Berkeley'ed!

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