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This letter from reader Phillip Scott up in Washington state gets a prize for being one of the funniest ever. It’s about last week’s eWeek column on Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

I read with interest your column about Larry Ellison’s settlement.
Does he get to pick the charity? A real punishment would be that the
money went to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It will instead
probably go to the Ellision Ocean Racing Foundation. (If there isn’t
one, there soon will be).

To which I have only one response: Snort!
For those of you not in the know: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s antipathy for Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is the stuff of American business legends. As for the racing foundation, see this month’s Vanity Fair where Ellison admits, with his usual bellicose charm, that yeah, having a boat bigger than an apartment building is “absolutely excessive.”
Larry Ellison: Giving Billionaires a Good Name for Almost 60 years. And doing a damn fine job of it.

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