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I understand all the ranting anti MS, anti Gates threads but yeah after a while they do get old. Some of us make Bill out to be the anti-christ or devil himself yet - the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated more the 40 billion dollars to global health research.
Yes, Microsoft is a bullying monopoly. But the software king may go down in history as the single individual who did the most to help the world's neediest people.
Five years ago, in a story on Bill Gates' philanthropy, Salon asked the question, "Is Bill Gates a Closet Liberal?" At the time, Gates had not yet really opened the floodgates of his charitable giving, but a close look at the causes he had supported indicated he was interested in reproductive health and family planning issues, and fighting the spread of infectious diseases, with a focus on the Third World. Since then, Gates has publicly promised to give away 95 percent of his wealth -- $43 billion as of September 2002 -- and he appears to be living up to his words.
In "Health, Wealth, and Bill Gates," a new installment of "NOW With Bill Moyers" airing Friday night on PBS, Gates talks at length about his involvement in global health issues. The interview is a fascinating, detailed look at how and why Gates is giving away his billions. And while it doesn't definitively answer the question of whether Gates is a liberal -- saving dying children is not the province of a particular ideology -- one thing emerges: Gates may go down in history as the single individual who did more to help the world's neediest people than anyone who has ever lived. In the interview, Gates comes off as knowledgeable, sincere and determined to use his wealth to effect massive change. Whatever you think of his business practices, when it comes to global health he is one righteous dude.
I read a few lines. But I think the idea is monopoly is bad unless played as board game and a competitive market is good because it cuts the costs to consumers, and you don't have to make billionairs even richer if you do not want to.
Originally posted by anti_microsoft Well let me be the first one to say I do hate microsoft. For years I have bought software from them only for it to no longer be supported or for it to be so virus proned it is useless. I have stacks of windows programs and there is not one worth a dime. I just don't understand why people buy there stuff? Makes me sick to think good programs like Nero and Adobe and such have to write there programs to work on such a crappy platform because most of us prefer windows. People in general are so scared of new things and for that I also hate MS. Why do they even speak of security or promise the latter better when they just get worse. I feel bad that some of the people I see in these forums still have to boot windows to play a game or at work or to run a picture program and I hope linux gets in the market enough for the programs to be ported. Bill Gates is filthy rich off promising something thus far he is unable to fulfill. I guess this is why Linux Rocks!
Just my 2 cents!
i agree whole heartedly with this.. i only want linux, because for one, i'm sooo tired of having to be an illegal os user, because as a college student i cant afford $200 for a darn OS that is buggy and will get me hacked or worse ... so now all my computers are 100% legit and using linux, i'm trying to get games to run currently and i've found that some progs that come with linux distros are better than what i had before, or just take some getting used to.. but Billy boy needs to open up his eyes and see how horrible of a product he really has, because i find it funny how watching news on secruityfocus.com most fo the new virus' target only windows platforms.. you wonder why that would be? but its only because ppl are unhappy with the product..
*cursing uncontrolably* i wish that more programs could be ported to linux or more work was being done to support windows proggies i know i know open office and wine are there.. but when playing Q3A with wine, you have a serious frame rate issue.. but i'll be a linux user from here on out.. yeah.. it requires giving some things up, but it also requires us to SPEND money to support linux.. IE buy anything you know you will use, if it supports linux, and use it.. and continue to support open-source.. even a few bucks in a "donate" link can help.. i know sooo many ppl who want to switch because linux is "FREE" but its not.. it takes alot of time to write programs.. and time is money.. so support open source, and THAT is how things will move in a forward motion..
Originally posted by darklordzim but Billy boy needs to open up his eyes and see how horrible of a product he really has, because i find it funny how watching news on secruityfocus.com most fo the new virus' target only windows platforms.. you wonder why that would be? but its only because ppl are unhappy with the product..
Hardly! Most virus writers do so because they can and have nothing better to do, not because they are unhappy.
Alright, capitalism leads to terrible things like monopolies, true, but it's the best thing we got. Everybody is born capitalist, every impulse we have has human beings is self-serving. But you restrain yourself, as the DoJ does to Microsoft. And it works well enough to hold society together.
Not defending Microsoft, but I don't hate them as much as a lot of you posters seem to.
I love Linux [could go on for days about it],
I really like WindowsXP [very responsive, surprisingly stable, best platform for games],
I am indifferent to MS [meh],
I hate IE [and 70% of these "new" technologies MS "invents" and "standardizes"].
No wonder Linux users get such a bad wrap from the uninformed public. There is a lot of unchecked hatred in a lot of these forms.
Like I've seen other posters say, I hope you guys dig Linux for it's [insert 60 pages of gushing here] not because it burns Microsoft. They have some astoundingly bright programmers and some great IP that could probably fill textbook after textbook. I wish they would open up a little and let us see it.
Originally posted by jaz Hardly! Most virus writers do so because they can and have nothing better to do, not because they are unhappy.
I disagree completly with that. Companies that make anti-virus software, make viruses to sell their products. The rest I think are those that are unhappy with Windows.
I think that those that make viruses because they can, with no gain to themselves are a very small minority.
Originally posted by HadesThunder I disagree completly with that. Companies that make anti-virus software, make viruses to sell their products.
I used to think that was some kind of conspiracy theory but its sounds more logical than ever. Without virus
people wouldnt need Norton or McAfee. Hire a mad scientist to make a poison thats toxic to the air and then hire some other scientist to create an antidote to sell to the people to rid themselves of the toxins. Hell car companies and repair shops do it why not software developers.
I work for Microsoft Canada, in customer service, and after working for Yahoo!, Comcast, and a few other larger companies, Microsoft has the best customer service policies. They bend over backwards for their customers.
Our policy is this, if the customer we are dealing with (I work in XP btw), seems unsatisifed or is unsatisfied we give them a call back from our Team Manger, and I know we send out free things to customers all the time, from Office, new CDs when they lost or scratched or played frisbee with it, to other programs that Microsoft makes.
Yahoo is by far the worst company for Customer Service, day 1 of working there, we were told to treat each customer like they were either a Hacker or a theif. It was by far the most negative job I have ever been in.