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One analogy that is certainly done to death in this industry is computers and cars and with the emergence of everything grid computing in recent weeks it’s not surprising to see motor vehicle stories being wheeled out to IT buyers once again. Talking about the inefficiency of IT shops, Oracle VP Chuck Phillips said they are “islands of computation” with one server running at 90 per cent capacity and another at 10 per cent and he just had to add: “If you have two cars and six people to transport, you wouldn’t put five in one car and one in another.”

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Cost-cutting is never cheap just ask Telstra which has spent $281 million to get rid of 2913 staff over the past 12 months. The Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU) claims current staff levels stand at 37,169, down more than 50 per cent since the Coalition government came to power in 1996.

‘Tis true only a bomb can stop Larry Ellison when he is on a roll. More than 18,000 attendees were evacuated from OracleWorld this month after a bomb scare. GBU cannot help but wonder what Ellison would have said had Police asked if he had any enemies that could be responsible.

On the scale of heinous crimes, record companies and software giants would like us to believe piracy is pretty much on the same scale as terrorism. The extremes some of these anti-piracy industry groups will go to never cease to amaze. Only last week a 12-year-old girl reached settlement in a lawsuit launched by the music industry because she had illegally downloaded music from the Internet. Heaven Forbid! The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said it is the first of 261 lawsuits to clamp down on “rampant” file-sharing.

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Protesters loomed large at the world launch of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) network which was designed to connect all items on the planet to computer databases via miniature RFID “spy chips”. The stated purpose of the network is to tag and track manufactured items across the globe to computer databases via miniature RFID “spy chips” by a unique EPC identification number. EPC-compliant RFID chips are being used by corporations such as Gillette and Unilever. “Corporations and governments could use it to register products to individuals and secretly track them after purchase,” says Katherine Albrecht, founder of Caspian (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) which has been fighting retail-based surveillance schemes since 1999.

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