Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 21:42 UTC
Legal "Oracle has admitted to the court that it retains the frequently-cited Florian Mueller of the popular blog FOSS Patents as a consultant. The official disclosure comes a week after the judge in Oracle's lawsuit against Google took the extraordinary step of ordering both parties to reveal any paid journalists or bloggers on their payrolls. Both companies filed their responses today, and Mueller is the only person named in either filing." Google paid nobody. Also, if you're surprised by Mueller being paid by Oracle - I have a Paleis op de Dam to sell you.
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To be fair...
by galvanash on Fri 17th Aug 2012 23:37 UTC
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On one hand, Mueller did admit to this himself back in April - so it isn't exactly news.

I think the fact that Oracle had paid shills, while Google had none, speaks volumes in and of itself.

On the other hand, voluntarily outing yourself as a paid whore does at least demonstrate a degree of honesty... But your still a paid whore.

If the guy had an ounce of ethics, he wouldn't be doing analysis on the details of an ongoing legal disputes when he is being paid as a consultant by one of the parties. You can be a consultant and an analyst at the same time, as long as you don't ever let one influence the other.

I know that nowadays no one considers analysts to be "ethical", but all it takes to change that is for them to start acting that way...

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