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Oracle didn't help Cisco see the precipice
Oracle aided Marconi collapse

Roger Hislop doesn't like John Leyden's Oracle/Cisco piece one little bit. No siree:

This is the most preposterous bollocks I've seen on the Register in a long time. The Marconi/Oracle story was barely tenable, but this one is just horseshit!

You're blaming Oracle for Cisco's lower profits on the basis of absolutely no fact whatsoever. Someone at Marconi blames their crap business management on Oracle, and then prove by induction that Cisco had the same problem? Have a re-read of your story, and then contemplate on several important aspects of journalism:

1.) Giving the party you attack the benefit of reply
2.) Basing your story on more than a one-sided source that has a vested interest in promoting a particular message
3.) Syllogism is the most primitive form of deduction ... Marconi profits are down, they use Oracle, Oracle is to blame; Cisco uses Oracle, Cisco profits are down therefore Oracle is to blame as well.
4.) "Sources" is the last resort. If they won't go on the record, how valid a source are they?

Sometimes the Reg is guilty of slapdash hackery, but this is the most desperately inadequate piece of journalism I've seen in a long time.

Even if it's true.

'Preposterous bollocks'? 'Slapdash hackery'? Good lingo - fancy a job?

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