On Like Donkey Kong: Google's Schmidt Calls Larry Ellison a Sore Loser
August 26, 2013 11:20 AM
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Mr. Schmidt points out that the U.S. federal courts have not supported Oracle's Android infringement claims
a federal court jury ruled
that Google Inc.'s (
) Android operating system had not infringed in any major way on Java, a furious Oracle Corp. (
) quickly declined its right to pursue lesser damages on its handful of successful claims, instead
pushing for an expedited appeal
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
. Even as that appeal approaches, Oracle has been taking the opportunity to snipe at its legal rival. CEO and cofounder Larry Ellison in
a provocative and wide-ranging interview
with CBS Corp. (
) television host Charlie Rose
blasted Google as "absolutely evil."
I. Eric Schmidt Fires Back
Mr. Ellison's harshly worded accusations of intellectual property theft against Google evoked those of late Apple, Inc. (
) CEO and cofounder
Steven P. Jobs, who in his final days remarked
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this. I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.
Google is usually silent on such attacks, but on Sunday afternoon
former Google CEO and cofounder Eric Schmidt
his company's Google+ social network
to counter Mr.
Ellison's rant. He
II. Ellison Has a History of Rants in Losing Legal Battles
Mr. Schmidt shouldn't take Mr. Ellison's attacks too personally, though. Mr. Ellison -- like Mr. Jobs -- has long looked to use verbal attacks for a variety of purposes from
devaluing potential acquisitions
to trying to sway public opinion in federal court cases.
Intel Corp. (
) and Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) have also born the wrath of Mr. Ellison in recent years. After
dropping support for an HP server line equipped with Intel's Itanium enterprise processors
in apparent violation of a contract the companies had, Mr. Ellison frequent voiced vehemence against HP. At one point he commented, "[HP's servers are] slow, expensive and [with] little or no software."
He called HP's "Superdome" server clusters "turtledome".
Oracle has lost cases to both Google and HP related to its 2010 acquisition, Sun Microsystems. These legal battles have provoked emotion rants from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
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But as with Google, his words may just have been sour grapes. In the end HP
triumphed over Oracle
, proving in federal court that Oracle had breached its contract. In the aftermath Oracle eventually gave up, agreeing in September 2012 to continue support for Itanium -- slow servers and all.
A final thing worth noting -- the HP and Google cases are somewhat tied to each other, as both involve Oracle's
2010 acquisition Sun Microsystems
, who makes both a rival to Itanium servers (Solaris) and who makes a quasi-open platform (Java) which Google's Android is in part built upon. In the wake of these losses Mr. Ellison may be more than a little bit frustrated that his $7.4B USD acquisition has failed to pay off amidst these high profile court losses.
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RE: Ellison is Wrong.
8/26/2013 11:53:40 AM
I try to understand Ellison's perspective, but I can't help but see him as a white (and richer) Kanye West with serious ego problems.
RE: Ellison is Wrong.
8/26/2013 12:16:30 PM
I think that's a disservice to Mr West. Larry Ellison is clearly a bigger egotist. He may have charged on stage to steal the spotlight but he never engaged in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a company about technology that had already been fairly licensed.
It would be like Kanye suing everyone who legally purchased a CD from him for copyright infringement. Even he knows he can't get away with that.
RE: Ellison is Wrong.
8/26/2013 2:38:46 PM
Your talking. I believe "Yeezy" told everyone to stop talking.
"Don't talk to me, I don't want to hear paparazzi talk to me or anybody I know ... tell everybody never talk to anyone that anyone knows... don't talk to themselves..."
"DON'T TALK EVER AGAIN."
RE: Ellison is Wrong.
8/27/2013 4:08:07 AM
I remember reading somewhere awhile back that court documents revealed among hundreds of thousands of line of code that only a dozen or so lines were similar to Oracles, as most of the similarities fell under the GNU or were just "how certain instructions are coded"
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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