The Monkey Lab
  Larry Ellison (aka rich asshole) has a new boat He supposedly came to one of our recent CIO meetings and basically called everyone stupid for not using Oracle databases. At least he's a powerful and wellpaid asshole. -------------- 1. Rising Sun 452'8" Whether you admire the exterior styling of the late Jon Bannenberg or find his cutting-edge yacht designs too, well, edgy, you have to admit that the profile he created for Rising Sun is extraordinary. While some of the largest megayachts in the world have superstructures so towering you wouldn’t be surprised if they caused a solar eclipse, that’s not the case with this new launch, thanks to her sleek stature. The photo here was taken this summer when the yacht first emerged from Lürssen’s build shed, shortly before sea trials; while her windows were covered and there was still some exterior work to do, she’s no less an impressive and indeed imposing sight. Confidentiality agreements have kept everything from details of her design and engineering to renderings of her interior features from being released to the media. Even Lürssen would only refer to her as LE120, her project name: “LE” for Larry Ellison, “120” for her original length in meters. Those of you who are math whizzes have probably figured out that the LOA above doesn’t equate to 120 meters; rather, it’s 138 meters. Why’d the length change? No one associated with the project is permitted to speak publicly, but that hasn’t stopped yacht-spotters worldwide from conjecturing that Ellison wanted to ensure that his yacht would be larger than Paul Allen’s (see no. 2), which was also being built by Lürssen around the same time. Whether or not that’s the reason, one thing we’re pretty certain of is that she’s the first yacht to feature 20-cylinder, 12,000-hp MTU Series 8000s. If she has the four powerplants that we’ve heard she does, then she boasts an astounding 48,000 hp. She also has three tenders in the 40-foot range that were custom-built in New Zealand, two being traditional monohulls to carry guests and crew, and the third being a twin-hulled landing craft to carry a four-wheel-drive vehicle. But our favorite factoid about her comes from Melanie Craft, the novelist who’s also Ellison’s wife. She was reported by Women’s Wear Daily as saying, “I tried to get Larry to call it Princess Melanie, but that got shot down pretty fast.” Y: 2004; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 4/12,000-hp MTUs Pics:  
Oracle to Pay $8M to Settle Suit over Training Fees
By Lisa Vaas
May 16, 2005

Oracle Corp. will pay the federal government $8 million to settle a whistle-blower suit that charged the company with overbilling
for software training. According to a statement issued on Friday by the United States Attorney's office for the District of
Massachusetts, the suit was set in motion by a whistle-blower who was once vice president of North American Sales for Oracle University. The whistle-blower will receive $1.58 million of the total settlement amount. In the case against the Redwood Shores, Calif., database company, the United States alleged that Oracle submitted false claims for payment from 1997 through 2003. The charges were billed to various government agencies, according to the statement, and related to a contract between Oracle and the General Services Administration. Specifically, Oracle was charged with billing to and collecting from the government in advance of providing training; of "expiring" (i.e., forfeiting to Oracle) millions of dollars paid in advance for training services that weren't used within a one-year period; and failing to comply with Federal Travel Regulations in billing the federal government for travel and expenses. Although the government's statement did not disclose which federal agencies were overbilled, it did list those that sent agents to investigate: the GSA's Office of Inspector General; the FBI; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Department of the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations; the Department of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command; the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Oracle = One Rich Asshole Called Larry Ellison

Oracle Can Kiss My Ass
I, of course, a newcomer to this blog, but the author does not agree
In reference to the email quoted results below, it is a good thing that Larry bought an island. It will be a safer place for his grave site after he croaks, which will be sooner rather than later. After all, 'wie man in den Wald hineinruft, so schallt es heraus'

"Jobs is the least assholy in relation to his overall popularity, Eisner is about 50% more so, and Ellison pegs the meter at 25 to 35 times more assholy with respect to popularity than Jobs."
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