Ballmer’s Worth Billions, and he’s Cashing in his Stock

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stradric

Look at how ridiculous 1.3 billion dollars is for one person.  You could spend $1 million / day for over 3 years and still have a few hundred million dollars left over.  Or, you could live on $1 million / year for 1300 years.  That means you and more than 13 generations of your family could all live like kings.  Multiply that by 40 and you have Bill Gates.

To me, that's pretty disgusting.  And the fact that Ballmer is trying to avoid a tax cut on capital gains shows his greedy character.  But greed has become a societal norm and some even praise the practice (as seen in the comments here).  I think Ballmer is a douche and this pretty much confirms it in my eyes.

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TechLarry

He can bank billions, and still have billions in stock.  Why the hell not?  To do otherwise would be foolhearty.

I can't stand the guy (any more than I can Jobs), but damn.  The dude's got some scratch.

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stradric

So you're saying that it's cool for a guy to cash in stock and pay 15% tax for doing absolutely nothing? Meanwhile working people pay 30+% tax on their meager income.  You think it's "foolhearty" to pay one's fair share?  Ballmer and everyone should be paying 70-90% on capital gains as to encourage business owners to keep wealth in the business rather than create obscene personal wealth.  Of course that would make all the hedge fund managers that own our politicians quite angry.

Sure, it's foolhearty if you're a greedy douchebag.  But if you actually want to show that you're a contributing member to a free society, you should pay your share.

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johnnyathm1

Your spam filter sucks! All the admins should just comit ritual suicide in regards to the shame that they hold. I cant believe that this magazine is hosted on a web sight that just doesnt care about these things...very disappointing indeed. MPC...its time to change house.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

If money was all these guys were after....they would open up XP and Windows 7 as open source platforms.

Their copyrights would still be valid and they could still drag everyone into court as they do now, but their customers would be able to fix what Microsoft never does and see that there is no Gov't spyware inside...

Oh wait, thats the problem isn't it?

Open it up boys

Prove to us that it's not a spyware platform and that it's not completely based on other peoples code that was stolen by Microsoft and I will honor your licensing agreement

Untill then, your licence is null and void!

Period

The end

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Keith E. Whisman

Although that would be awesome, if enough people installed open source Windows, the virus writers would target it and do it well because they would have the source code to find a locate vulnerabilities. So popularity is an OS worse enemy. 

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lunchbox73

Uh......huh?

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aaronj2906

"might be motivated by the end of Bush-era tax cuts"

This is just a front and center visible instance of what the fat cats will do.

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Jeffredo

Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein makeup.

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Mighty BOB!

Those are actually some pretty nice ASCII houses in that spam post.  A little messed up by the spacing though.

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baker269

Sounds like he has a tough life, only making $670,000 for his bonus. Maybe after cashing in that 1.3 billion in stock he can move out of that cardboard box i'm sure he's living in. I think i'll send him a few billion for christmas.

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Metalmorphasis

Your in the news,what can I say?

At least there not talking about S. Jobs for once!

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I Jedi

Honestly, why the fuck come on here and spam? Do you really believe anyone here is going to give two shits to copy and paste that shitty ass domain name into their URL? Gtfo, and quit spamming on a good website, you pos. So fucking sick of free loaders trying to get free advertisement on here.

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harbingercmt

...with Jedi on these spam ass-holes.  I hope someone, with way more computer knowledge than I, tracks these fuck-tards down and sodomizes them with a faulty laptop power brick, while simultaneously shoving dog shit down there throats.  GD spamers!

Max PC, I don't know if you guys can do anything about the spam on your end?  I don't want to see it go back to where you couldn't even leave a comment, but there has to be something that can be done.  You guys rock otherwise.  I've been a loyal subscriber since '96...OMG, am I that old?  Excuse me, I need to go take my fiber :-)

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gothliciouz

i don't know but this guy scares me!

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harbingercmt

All the smart money is getting out.  He will probably sell the rest of his shares in similar amounts before the year is out.  - This is not a reflection on Microsoft's future prospects.

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Keith E. Whisman

With 1.3 Really large, Steve ought to be able to purchase himself a nice little chain of Best Buy franchise stores if you can do that kind of thing.

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B.A.Frayd

The market is overvalued and he is cashing in before it collapses. Smart move.

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