Quite a spiteful & exposing comment, I think. What is evolution ? Improvement of processes. In other words it is not only possible to build & construct much faster and more efficiently today than say 10 years ago, it is mandatory if we are really trying to improve/advance/develop.
Maybe tytso is getting old ? Maybe he does not have the needed analytical skills to understand that Oracle is currently the only IT company which has resources to act pro-actively in this environment, everyone else is acting re-actively and things in the industry worsen by the day.
It is not the amount of money you throw at a project which makes it successful. Sure, you need some "minimum amount of money" but the approach & the skills you apply are much more important. The "approach" part is the critical one.
I absolutely agree that the success of btrfs depends on much more than just Oracle's muscle but this is what Leadership is all about - give the example, break the ice, change the reality. All of us can talk spiteful rubbish.