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Re: Bill Gates predicts the future ..

Verily I say unto thee, that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Sermo Malifer belched out this bit o'
> wisdom:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> <snip>
>>> There are many more examples, including Gates? request for
>>> anti-Linux patents and making ACPI not work with Linux. For now,
>>> the above examples ought to suffice.
>> No, they don't suffice at all.

So you don't see anything reprehensible about this?:

"If[sic] seems unfortunate if we do this work [on the ACPI *standard*]
and get our partners to do the work and the result is that Linux works
great without having to do the work. Maybe there is no way to avoid this
problem but it does bother me. Maybe we can define the APIs so that they
work well with NT and not the others even if they are open. Or maybe we
could patent something related to this."


>> None of that proves your claim Bill Gates ever said "Let's face it,
>> the average computer user has the brain of a Spider Monkey."

This quote is from a real article, published by a now defunct site
called "Pointless Waste of Time" (pwot.com), in 2000. Although the
article is (was) real, the /interview/ (and thus the quote) is not
(it was a humorous work of fiction). The site pwot.com, and all of
its articles, have now long gone, and those responsible for it are
now involved in another site called cracked.com, however I managed
to grab a copy of the article before it, and the site, was finally pulled:

Q: Well, that's fine, but don't you think people will be opposed to
basically having the computer run their lives for them?

Gates: Not really. You see, with Smartware, and of course the hardware
side will have to catch up, with the implementation of pain distribution
devices and so on, but what I was saying was that with Smartware the
intelligence of the system is actually superior to that of an average
human. Let's face it, the average computer user has the brain of a
Spider Monkey. Here's a situation where, instead of sitting down at the
machine and looking at it as a tool, with Smartware the system is your
Master. In this new paradigm, the human is no longer the user. The
computer is the user, and the human is the tool.

Q: And you don't think that idea will scare some people?

Gates: Well, you know, people always fear change. People feared
electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they
feared gas-powered engines. When television remote controls were first
introduced, people ran from the television stores screaming "witchcraft!
Witchcraft!" There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to
fear. But with time people will come to accept their silicon masters -
and even to love them.

Q: And how would you answer people who say to you "I don't like where
this is going. I just want my computer to make my life easier, not to
take over the world."

Gates: Well, how did Hitler answer Poland when they said "we don't want
you to invade us?"


The original is probably still on archive.org ... somewhere.

>> None of that proves your follow-up claim that "it's definitely real
>>  because it's quotes widely by respected journals."

It is real ... a real work of humorous fiction.

>> Asking you for a reputable source for your quote, or even for the
>> names of the "respected journalists" who are supposed to have
>> quoted Bill Gates

The credit at the end of that spoof article is:

Andrew Lephter is the Technology Correspondent for PWOT.com

> Anyway, quotes prove nothing.  However, there are quotes from quite a
> large number of sources concerning Bill Gates' affect and usage of
> vulgarity, and that ought to be enough to quell reasonable doubt.

I don't recall ever reading any actual profanity written or spoken by
Gates (that's more Ballmer's forte), but he is very often scathing,
condescending and insulting.


    No! If you really think there's a bug you should report a bug. Maybe
    you're not using it properly. Have you ever considered that?

    Yeah, I did...

    It turns out Luddites don't know how to use software properly, so
    you should look into that. -- The reason we come up with new
    versions is not to fix bugs. It's absolutely not. It's the stupidest
    reason to buy a new version I ever heard. When we do a new version
    we put in lots of new things that people are asking for. And so, in
    no sense, is stability a reason to move to a new version. It's never
    a reason.


Unlike the PWOT interview, this one is /not/ a spoof, but is quoted
verbatim from the German weekly magazine FOCUS (nr.43, October 23,1995,
pages 206-212).


Gates, Buffett a bit bearish

By Corey Grice and Sandeep Junnarkar
Staff Writers, CNET News


Gates shed some light on his own hard-nosed business philosophy.
"Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
collect sometime in the next decade."


Mostly, however, Gates just talks utter nonsense:

Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3426367.stm (in 2004)

There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like
PCs. But there's no one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.


Gates is responsible for one of the world's most corrupt companies, so
what he /says/ is far less significant than what he /does/, and what he
/did/ for three decades was run a software racketeering operation.
Compared to that, fictional quotes about "Spider Monkeys" pale into


| "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It
|  is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William
|  Pitt the Younger

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