Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Aug 2013 11:48 UTC
Oracle and SUN

Business magnate Larry Ellison thinks that without Steve Jobs -- "our Edison" and "our Picasso" -- Apple corporation is in trouble.

Larry Ellison was one of Jobs' closest friends. Then again, this is the same Ellison who presided over one of the most idiotic and - for Oracle - disastrous lawsuits in technology history.

Update: A few new tidbits from the interview: Google is "completely evil" because of Java, and the mass surveillance by the US government is "absolutely necessary". So, aside from being utterly delusional (the Google and Java thing), he also does not believe in civil rights, and would much rather everyone give up their privacy and right to free speech.

What a tool. No wonder nobody cares about Oracle.

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RE: I agree.
by kaiwai on Thu 15th Aug 2013 02:31 UTC in reply to "I agree."
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Apple won't go away tomorrow, there is too much money in the bank.

However I don't expect any kind of market breaking idea, as Apple used to present when it was under Jobs control both times, before and after Sculley.

Even when he was alive it was getting increasingly more difficult to hype up otherwise evolutionary changes as major revolutions/innovations. End of the day the IT sector is very much mature and the days of massive innovations (real innovations and not just novelty devices such as 'Google Glass') are pretty hard to come by. Most vendors I see have their focus on the cloud, services and generating re-occuring revenue through subscriptions or AppStore-like models.

Don't get me wrong, I think the new MacBook Air is gorgeous and when the new RRAM based flash comes out or in the medium term the new flash from Samsung is made available that we'll see a possibly hard disks being replaced on Mac across the board but something like that is evolutionary rather than having a 'wow' factor. With that being said I do think that us geeks over play the innovation card and ignore that end users just want things that work - allow them to do what they want to do with minimum fuss and drama.

As for Larry's point regarding 'history repeating itself' - too bad he ignores all the problems that existed and the roll Tim Cook played in actually helping Steve Jobs fix the mess; is Larry so ignorant to ignore the fact that Mac OS 9 was an out of date POS when compared to Windows 95/98? the truly over priced nature of entry level Mac's (in New Zealand the entry level model would set you back $4,500) when Jobs arrived back (before launching the iMac)? it seems that Larry is very open to mouthing off but spends little time studying the past as to find out why it all happened. It was a team effort by Steve, Johnny and Tim (not to mention all the engineers that worked at a rapid pace to get OS X ready) - to place it all on Steve's shoulders is to belittle all the work others in the organisation contributed.

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