Dear Wibidata: The Elephant Noticed

Astute Apache Hadoop Public Committee Members have noticed local corporation WIBIDATA’s attempt to usurp our yellow elephant project mascot. We have mobilized our sources, and I have posted an official trademark complaint on their website:

Please note that the Apache (TM) Hadoop (R) yellow elephant logo is a worldwide trademark of THE APACHE GROUP, and more to the point, the elephant is very conscious of his appearance; thus we DEMAND that you remove his image from your WIBIDATA blog post immediately, forthwith, forsooth!

As a courtesy, I am leaving you this blog comment now to alert you that our army of lawyers on howdahs have already left, and should be arriving shortly at your corporate headquarters to insist on ceasing and desisting such indecipherable designs. They should arrive within a day or two.

You may have noticed that the proper Hadoop logo is always facing to the right; we have learned the hard way that our elephant is insistent at only being photographed from his RIGHT side. Pictures of Hadoop's LEFT side tend to enrage him, so we will also be sending you a bill for the racks of servers that our normally lovable elephant mascot knocked over when he saw your picture of him being jumped on by a tortise.

Note: THE APACHE GROUP only accepts cold hard cash, or properly licensed AND formatted patches. You might also want to send some peanuts as a peace offering.

Thanks for your swift... er, eventual attention to this matter,

- Shawn Curran

Trademark Architect


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Briefly, Shane is: a father and husband, a friend, a geek, a Member and director of the ASF, a baker, an ex-Loti, a BMW driver, a punny guy, a gamer, and lifelong resident within the 495 belt. Oh, and we have cats.

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