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Comment Re:I have never really understood Oracle (Score 3, Insightful) 136

So how on earth is Oracle still in business? How is it that every time that Oracle is brought up in a technical discussion that the experts don't say. "Why don't we just hire people to punch us in the face while we develop the system? For using Oracle is about an equal act of self loathing."

My impression is that one of the reasons is that Oracle has a full stack of applications, and once you have locked yourself in by using two or more applications from the stack, you can only see an "unnecessary" cost for moving to some other product, without gaining any functional benefits. And even if you manage to change one of the products, you will probably see little to no reducation in maintenance costs, because that's the way Oracle's SULS price model is constructed (for example the "SULS on all or nothing" clause).

The decision to move to another vendor is not done by technical experts alone. It is done by the company - which consists of the technical experts AND procurement AND legal AND business controllers. Each of these parties has to have a business case to move to another vendor - otherwise nothing will happen, unless something very disruptive happens.

Comment Re:Hello? It's payware... (Score 1) 136

We can only speculate what the triggers are for a software audit.

Some common causes are: when the customer stops paying maintenance, when there has been disagreements between the customer and the sales person about interpretation of license agreements, when the customer performs a larger hardware consolidation, or when the customer performs a larger migration. Oracle, as other software vendors, of course do not tell you the triggers, because the customers would try to avoid those.

It boils down to whether or not the software vendor believes they can get out more money out of it.

I worked at the IRS back in time, and one of the triggers was whether you had stains from a coffee cup on your papers, because that indicated that you had worked a long time on submitting the figures, and that indicated a high risk of errors/mistakes.


Submission + - 1.6 million TPB accounts on the loose

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Swedish branch of IDG, The Pirate Bay has been hacked. The previously known group Arga Unga Hackare, AUH (roughly Angry Young Hackers) discovered a bug in TPB's blog leading to the leak of all user accounts on the site. This has just recently been confirmed by the team behind TPB on their now repaired blog.

Submission + - The Pirate Bay hacked

Mxyzptlk writes: From an article in Computer Sweden: A list of user names and encrypted passwords for all 1.6 million registered users on the site The Pirate Bay has been stolen by a group of swedish hackers.

Submission + - Resonance Effect in Google Video

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