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(BBC-US)   Oracle forced to admit paying bloggers to influence media coverage. They really should have seen this coming   (bbc.com) divider line 43
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2012-08-19 04:36:47 AM  
Yeah but they were paid in Java updates. Stupid bloggers.
 
2012-08-19 07:51:39 AM  
If Oracle hires bloggers, a great company will get publicity.
 
2012-08-19 07:51:46 AM  
And somehow, they still get awful press coverage.
 
2012-08-19 07:55:10 AM  
How'd that work out for you?
 
2012-08-19 08:01:00 AM  
"finciancial ties"
 
2012-08-19 08:02:33 AM  
Loves him some Type A Larry, but without a prenup.

news.bbcimg.co.uk
 
2012-08-19 08:04:24 AM  
Well obviously. No one would write nice things about Oracle if they weren't being paid to.
 
2012-08-19 08:10:49 AM  
Man, the company I work for is currently switching over to an Oracle-based platform. Is this a Bad Thing? Should I be worried?
 
2012-08-19 08:12:03 AM  

Makh: If Oracle hires bloggers, a great company will get publicity.


Very nice.
 
2012-08-19 08:13:18 AM  

Makh: If Oracle hires bloggers, a great company will get publicity.


I Pythia those who don't get the reference
 
2012-08-19 08:13:28 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: How'd that work out for you?


upload.wikimedia.org

Probably not too bad. 90ft Trimarans aren't cheap.
 
2012-08-19 08:17:33 AM  
Should I be worried?

Nah.. Oracle's pretty solid, unfortunately. Kinda like Chik-fil-a.. boycott them if you can, but if you get stuck eating it, it ain't bad. It's just a backend though. Your front end can still suck.
 
2012-08-19 08:23:07 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Should I be worried?


sorry, it's early
 
2012-08-19 08:29:00 AM  
Those bastards! I feel a little older this morning, a little wiser. Never again will I have faith in the journalistic integrity of bloggers.
 
2012-08-19 08:30:33 AM  
All sites that accept comments should require paid bloggers to identify themselves as such. The political tab would be so much more interesting that way.
 
2012-08-19 08:32:14 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Should I be worried?


Only if the company doesn't have money to burn. 

And if you learn to convert to Oracle, you can use almost the same skills to convert from Oracle.
 
2012-08-19 08:35:11 AM  

naptapper: All sites that accept comments should require paid bloggers to identify themselves as such. The political tab would be so much more interesting that way.


precisely
 
2012-08-19 08:35:37 AM  

BitwiseShift: Pants full of macaroni!!: Should I be worried?

Only if the company doesn't have money to burn. 

And if you learn to convert to Oracle, you can use almost the same skills to convert from Oracle.


What I would be worried about is, if they think converting to Oracle will solve their database problems, it's probably because they never learned how to use the database they have now. And that means they're not going to learn how to use Oracle.
 
2012-08-19 08:57:17 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Man, the company I work for is currently switching over to an Oracle-based platform. Is this a Bad Thing? Should I be worried?


Watch out for licencing. A lot of the diagnostics stuff which is installed and running by default actually needs to be paid for under a separate licence. It's easy to start using it by accident, but when the oracle auditors come round you'll be fined for using it. There are even views you're not allowed to look at. Annoyingly, it's all vital stuff for performance tuning but we're public sector and can't afford it.

It's like buying a car with a gleaming sat nav that you're never allowed to use. But there's a battered old road atlas in the glove box that you're welcome to.
 
2012-08-19 09:21:27 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Man, the company I work for is currently switching over to an Oracle-based platform. Is this a Bad Thing? Should I be worried?


Only if your compensation is affected by corporate IT expenditures, or you have to program the thing.
 
2012-08-19 09:31:43 AM  
Worse company ever... I've had the displeasure of dealing with them twice during my career.
 
2012-08-19 09:51:03 AM  
Oracle is a wonderful company that blesses civilization with its advocacy of personal empowerment and quality products and they love puppies and kittens. Thanks for the check!
 
2012-08-19 09:54:59 AM  
"In April, I proactively announced a broadly-focused consulting relationship with Oracle...I can also certify that I wrote all of my blog posts on the trial independently, without being directed or influenced by anyone. "

The fact that you're on Oracle's dole casts some degree of doubt on that last part, buddy.
 
2012-08-19 10:39:58 AM  
Support for Solaris and Sun products suck now. Thanks Larry. Now I have to do AIX all day.
 
2012-08-19 10:55:17 AM  
I use to get their magazine back when there was still a healthy IT industry in America.

It showed how creepy the cult of Larry was. Almost as bad as the cult of scumbag Steve or scumbag Bill.

What is it with all the god complex these assholes suffer from. They still prove Dunning Kruger to be correct.
 
2012-08-19 11:10:44 AM  
this is a common practice everywhere now. Advertising firms or marketing departments higher people to insinuate themselves into communities to do their will. I have several friends that work in this field, yes they are as bloated as you imagine a proffessional blogger to be. It's essentially psyops, they are everwhere and you can't trust the opinion of the people on the net now.
 
2012-08-19 11:25:08 AM  
Funnily enough I had the pleasure of ejecting one of those paid bloggers from an organization I was running, once. He liked to take several thousand euro of clients' money per day to take other peoples' work and present it as his own.
 
2012-08-19 11:36:09 AM  
I still can't believe that Oracle owns both Java and MySQL now. This can only end badly.
 
2012-08-19 12:41:25 PM  

ZombiesYall: "finciancial ties"


They're the worst kind of ties. Even worse than Father's Day ties.
 
2012-08-19 12:50:20 PM  

naptapper: All sites that accept comments should require paid bloggers to identify themselves as such. The political tab would be so much more interesting that way.


I prefer not to disclose who I'm shilling for.

 This posting sponsored by Grant's Winsome Kittens. Our boxes now come with airholes!
 
2012-08-19 01:33:33 PM  

XMark: I still can't believe that Oracle owns both Java and MySQL now. This can only end badly.


Don't forget Berkeley DB.
 
2012-08-19 01:40:40 PM  
Conspiracy theory! People do not pay others for blogging their agenda! Tin foil hatters!
 
2012-08-19 01:45:49 PM  
Oh, Barbara...Bruce and Dick are going to be mad when they hear what you were up to!
 
2012-08-19 03:59:31 PM  

jjorsett: naptapper: All sites that accept comments should require paid bloggers to identify themselves as such. The political tab would be so much more interesting that way.

I prefer not to disclose who I'm shilling for†.

† This posting sponsored by Grant's Winsome Kittens. Our boxes now come with airholes!


Captain_Ballbeard: How'd that work out for you?



Some known trolls are just mad they weren't picked
 
2012-08-19 04:09:38 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Probably not too bad. 90ft Trimarans aren't cheap.


If buying an overpriced boat isn't symptomatic of Small Penis Syndrome, then paying other teams to race your boat has got to be.
 
2012-08-19 05:09:05 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Captain_Ballbeard: How'd that work out for you?

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Probably not too bad. 90ft Trimarans aren't cheap.


The sail was probably paid for by my company's enterprise license agreement.

/PL/SQL FTL
 
2012-08-19 05:21:28 PM  
so let me get this straight... google and oracle arent allowed to astroturf, but the supreme court went out of their way to protect organizations that do it for political candidates.


wtf
 
2012-08-19 06:05:16 PM  

naptapper: All sites that accept comments should require paid bloggers to identify themselves as such. The political tab would be so much more interesting that way.


Nah, the supreme court would just rule that forcing disclosure of contributors is unconstitutional...
 
2012-08-19 06:36:49 PM  

XMark: I still can't believe that Oracle owns both Java and MySQL now. This can only end badly.


Well there are two silver linings. Java will fade away, and PHP brogrammers will start using something other than MySQL.
 
2012-08-19 08:17:45 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Man, the company I work for is currently switching over to an Oracle-based platform. Is this a Bad Thing? Should I be worried?


Not necessarily bad, but very expensive. It may not look like it at first, but it will be very expensive.
 
2012-08-19 09:41:57 PM  
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Oh, no, she's been busted.
 
2012-08-19 09:56:24 PM  

gibbon1: XMark: I still can't believe that Oracle owns both Java and MySQL now. This can only end badly.

Well there are two silver linings. Java will fade away, and PHP brogrammers will start using something other than MySQL.


Brogrammers?
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-20 06:27:10 PM  
Oracle hasn't been the same since they moved out of Delphi.
 
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