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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Ellison has always been an arrogant and egotistical ass
8/27/2013 10:26:32 AM
The crap that spews from Ellison is usually of little value. He shares Jobs extreme arrogance but lacks Job's genius.
I do think that both men's arrogance stretched beyond their abilities, but in Jobs case there was a tremendous amount of ability and his arrogance was mainly in thinking that anything he thought up must be unique and that no one else should be able to do something similar, while of course he thought Apple should be free to benefit from the ideas of others.
Ellison just seems to feel he is entitled to squeeze every last dime out of everyone else on the planet, and not giving into him is theft of what he feels is due to him.
Job's death was a loss for society.
I don't wish Ellison dead, but I think the world would be a nicer place if he would retire and go into seclusion.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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