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Ask HN: Is Oracle that rather more evil than different large corporations?

Ask HN: Is Oracle that rather more evil than different large corporations?

2023-10-30 15:20:41

If you’re an IC at an Oracle customer and you have to interact with their products, you may have a very valid reason to hate them.

The people who make purchasing decisions love them. As long as you pay the random, Oracle loves you back. The lawyers can be very friendly if you know to stay on their good side.

“Do not fall into the trap of anthropomorphizing Larry Ellison. You need to think of Larry Ellison the way you think of a lawnmower. You don’t anthropomorphize your lawnmower, the lawnmower just mows the lawn, you stick your hand in there and it’ll chop it off, the end. You don’t think ‘oh, the lawnmower hates me’ – lawnmower doesn’t give a shit about you, lawnmower can’t hate you. Don’t anthropomorphize the lawnmower. Don’t fall into that trap about Oracle”

Probably a bit worse. Most everything they make is true garbage, and no one really cares. Letting their software into your business is definitely cancer-like.

However when I worked there it was extremely comfy, so as an employer I would rate it very highly. Very remote friendly too!

probably was probably isn’t anymore

today I would say Microsoft holds the crone again

partially because they got so good at tricking people temporary into believing they are not

through that is looking at the western world, if you look beyond but using wester values like privacy then the crone probably gets passed to ByteDance

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The IT folks are kept very well-hidden from us lawyers. Took me a week to get my phone and laptop set up after I started there. I knew other lawyers who didn’t know how to get their cell phones on the wifi, despite having worked there for a decade.

I don’t think that it’s more “evil” than the other big “evil” companies (and there are a few companies that are at least an order of magnitude more evil), but that it became such well before most of the others. OG evil, so to speak.

Oracle has also spent decades picking fights with large parts of the dev community, and so has built up a lot more resentment than many other companies.

Why do you think so? I did think this too until about 6 years ago but with them basically buying all of open source and AI, I kind of can’t help but use and love the products they now own. What damage to they currently do?

as ex-Oracle, likely no more evil than the FAANG (or whatever they’re calling themselves), but those who hate it, really hate it

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