Arik Hesseldahl

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Yup, He’s Gone — Oracle Confirms Departure of Longtime Sales Exec

Oracle today confirmed the departure of Executive Vice President Keith Block in a regulatory filing today. Block was the author of a series of embarrassing instant messages disparaging Oracle’s own Sun Microsystems line of products. They emerged in documents filed by Hewlett-Packard in the ongoing lawsuit over Intel’s Intanium chip. Block had been with Oracle since 1986.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work