Posts Tagged ‘Oracle’

Still Only One

November 19, 2012 Leave a comment

In early September, I noted in a post that Oracle Inc. CEO Larry Ellison had broadcast his first and only tweet on June 6th. Out of curiosity, I moseyed on over to his twitter home page to check up on his “status“:

Bummer! Still no more tweets since then, but at least Legendary Larry picked up almost 3000 new followers in the interim.

Correlation Coefficients

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Please consider these well known, conflicting cliches:

  • “Nice guys finish last”
  • “What goes around comes around”

The first implies that in order to succeed, a ruthless, Machiavellian set of behaviors is required (Oracle? Bank Of America?). The second one-liner implies that those same behaviors will boomerang around and precipitate your downfall (Enron?, Lehmann Bros?). Do ya think there’s a strong correlation between org behaviors and financial success? Is there any correlation at all, or is it just a random crap shoot?

Please fill in the boxes below with a value ranging from -1.0 to 1.0 and place the sheet on the teacher’s desk on your way out of the classroom. The “right” answers, obtained from an impeccably executed and extensively peer-reviewed research study, will be disclosed at some random time in the future.

Constrained Evolution

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

In general, I’m not a fan of committee “output“. However, I do appreciate the work of the C++ ISO committee. In “Evolving a language in and for the real world”, Bjarne Stroustrup articulates the constraints under which the C++ committee operates:

Bjarne goes on to describe how, if the committee operated with reckless disregard for the past, C++ would fade into obscurity (some would argue that it already has):

Personally, I like the fact that the evolution of C++ (slow as it is) is guided by a group of volunteers in a non-profit organization. Unlike for-profit Oracle, which controls Java through the veil of the “Java Community Process“, and for-profit Microsoft, which controls the .Net family of languages, I can be sure that the ISO C++ committee is working in the interest of the C++ user base. Language governance for the people, by the people. What a concept.

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