It’s either sad or amusing to read how Oracle suckered the state of California into buying millions of dollars of software and licenses that the state didn’t need, covering more people than the state actually employs. The papers have caught the highlights, but The Register adds a couple of extra juicy details. (For example, the state relied on data compiled by a consulting company about the need for the licenses and the benefit to the state; the consulting company apparently has a side deal with Oracle worth $28 million that wasn’t disclosed to the state.)

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