Bill Gates Nudges Past Carlos Slim to Reclaim World’s Richest Crown

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Rift2

Meanwhile the 360 fills landfills

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kerndaddy

me and the wife, who pretty much game all the time, had to replace SIX 360's. we won't be buying the next one.

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Sirius

Yet there even more people like me who have had their XBox 360 for years and have never had them fail once.

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Rift2

Just for kicks I ebay-ed Parts x-box and 2,300 listings came up for broke X-boxes. Some people are trying to sell 6 or more Broke X-boxes in one lot.

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kerndaddy

yeah that's ridiculous. our opinion of microsoft has nose dived since the 360 came out. were pretty much only p.c. gaming now, but if we do buy a next gen console, it WILL be the ps4.

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kerndaddy

this gates clown and the rest of his billionaire ilk have broken the back of the American middle class. they greedily refuse to pay the American people decent wages and instead ship 55 thousand American factories to india and china so they can treat their people like serfs and pay them pennies a day in order to get EVEN RICHER.
Chinese are jumping off buildings and committing suicide because their entire lives have been stolen to be slave labor for the likes of, "the great philanthropist" bill gates.
yeah boy what a class act.

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Sirius

I love the sense of self entitlement here. "they greedily refuse to pay the American people decent wages" What makes you think those particular Americans were worth even the "minimum" wage mandated by law in the U.S.? If you want to make money, it's on you to get the education, the experience, the skills, and have the will to get where you want to be. Companies do not owe you anything. If you aren't satisfied with your position in life, do something about it. But don't complain about the "greedy" American companies. And by the way, serfs did not make money at all. They agreed to work their lord's property in exchange for protection, justice, and other benefits.

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DarkStarX

Actually the middle class broke their own backs, long before Gates came onto the scene. In the 60's & 70's most of what we, the American consumer purchased was made in the USA.

As time went by foreign conpetitors to US brands entered the market at lower prices, and we, the American consumer, showed that we would not pay a premium for goods made in our country so US manufacturers were faced with the choice of moving manufacturing overseas or continually loosing market share until they went bankrupt, so I can't complain that they chose to survive.

This firstly started with electronics but expanded from there and of course one an exodus like this starts it's only going to speed up over time until little if any manufacturing is left here.

You can blame the "evil" companies all you want but it's you and I that are the problem if cost is more important that buying American made, or local products.

Another example of this is all the hatred toward Walmart for "closing small mom & pop stores" in towns where they open. Walmart itself doesn't close the other stores, it's the consumers, who now have a lower cost option, no longer going to the small stores.

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kerndaddy

blaming the shipping of fifty five thousand American factories on Americas workers is literally the most ridiculous thing I've read in a long time. the middle class didn't sign nafta guy, it was republican and democrats who are all equally owned by corporate interests. the greed of the rich broke Americas back, not it's people. but whatever makes bill gates and his minions sleep better at night.

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Sirius

Jealousy and envy will never get you anywhere. Greed is often used as an excuse by the lazy and ignorant.

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Keith E. Whisman

You're right, NAFTA was started with George Bush sr. (someone I voted for twice) and then fully enacted and supported by Pres Clinton (someone I voted against twice) So both Dems and Reps sold us out and almost immediately after NAFTA was enacted what was promised would not happen happened. Companies started moving to Mexico and to a lesser extent Canada. I would know, I was a truck driver during those years and I remember it started with auto manufacturing moving to Mexico. The auto manufacturers said cars would be cheaper, well, they aren't but they haven't gone up much either over the years. What has happened is that rather than there being a Mexican Car company, the car you drive was built by foreign workers and was one of the last American made products you could buy.
It seems Guns and Ammo are going to be pretty much the only thing you will be able to buy that is truly American Made by American workers and Companies and the current administration is doing all it can to destroy that. Don't believe the bullcrap reasonable gun control, we already have that. No, they ultimately want a complete ban and then there will be fewer jobs. Bill Gates will still be worth billions though.

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Ghost XFX

Man...I bet almost anything that Windows 7 has something to do with it. How many people ran out and bought W7, once they realized Windows 8 was no better than turtle poo?

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Keith E. Whisman

Nothing wrong at all with Windows 8. There is no need to upgrade to it and if you want the interface you have no room to complain. If people upgraded to Win8 why would they need to buy Win7 if they already have a license? What would they have upgraded from?

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Ghost XFX

I didn't say those that already had W7 would run back out and buy it again, now did I? But for those of us that tried W8 and didn't like it and were looking to upgrade, they wound up buying W7 instead.

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FireGarden

+1

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PCWolf

Wish the Maximum PC Web staff would add a REPORT SPAM button. Getting tired of all these lame Spammers with there "My Yada yada made 5 million dollars part time at home" ads. Written in bad English, so you know they are scam sites.

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FireGarden

"My Yada yada made 5 million dollars part time at home"

I'm interested. Where do I sign up? ;)

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Keith E. Whisman

At least they aren't advertising penis enlargement/hand shrinkers or hair growing tech for us baldies.

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nyjets011269

@boidsonly Keep it down.

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boidsonly

@John Pombrio:

Take your left wing bovine excrement over to the NYTs trash bin. Gates earned his money and can do with it as he sees fit.

Looking forward to the new xbox's coming out next week...

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devin3627

you think that billions are all around the world already in store stocks without a single leak?

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John Pombrio

I read that it is going to be called XBox Infinity, not XBox720. We will see next week...

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PCWolf

It's going to be called Xbox 720, not Xbox Infinity. If you win, you get 20+ Internets. If I win, I get to LOL at you for believing silly web site rumors :)

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John Pombrio

Mr. Gates has my utmost respect. His philanthropy (the largest even in today's dollars in the history of the world) will be remembered long after his role in MS. He is tackling the "hard" problems too, like malaria, the scourge of the young throughout the world.

However, the rich are a valid concern for their impact on the world's economic health. The Wall Street Journal last week said that since the economic crisis, the top 7% of Americans wealthy have watched their wealth grow by 28% while the 93% of the rest of Americans had lost 4%. The rich suck up money that should be more evenly distributed. Revolutions have been caused by this high of split in wealth...

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al360ex

The big reveal for the Xbox 720 is on May 21st, not 22nd.

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AFDozerman

What the heck would I do if I suddenly got 72 billion? I think I'd definitely go get a gumball out of the gumball machine. Yup, that and an expensive pair of socks...

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captainjack

really REALLY nice socks.

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Keith E. Whisman

Socks impregnated with silver to avert bad odors.

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AETAaAS

I heard inflation was a problem, didn't think it was that bad. :p

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Biceps

And you know how Bill Gates, supposed green-tech crusader is making his fortunes? COAL.

http://www.onearth.org/article/coal-on-a-roll

This guy founded his legacy on stealing other people's stuff and selling it as his, and he is still a poseur.

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FireGarden

As someone said - the coal should be just left in the ground. There is no such thing as clean coal. I'm disappointed in Gates - I thought he was brighter and more ecologically aware than that.

We need a massive push on renewable energy research and battery technology - much like the Manhattan Project. Otherwise governments will continually leave it to their successors.

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Keith E. Whisman

Although I know that global warming was not caused by man but as a result of the last ice age. Last Ice Age ice is melting faster and faster because it's mass reached a point where it couldn't keep the surrounding air cool enough to keep it frozen and the ice is shrinking faster and faster and that raises the temps higher and higher. Newton came up with a little thing called the laws of Thermal Dynamics that evidently isn't taught in school anymore because it's logic would prove Al Gore wrong. Hot air is attracted to Cold air, hence the reason why the poles are melting.
Anyway, that said, there is nothing we as humans can do to reverse anything and perhaps global warming isn't a bad thing at all. We simply don't know. The Earth weather isn't static like Al Gore would have us believe but again that said, I believe in advancing technology.
I would love to own an electric car, I'm sick of the internal combustion engine. I'm sick of smog. Why not recycle? What is wrong with making our natural resources last. Besides with the Oil no longer being used as fuel it will become even cheaper still to produce plastics and other newer polymers that we can eventually build a star ship Enterprise out of..

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FireGarden

Oh deary me! Climate scientists have done such a crappy job of informing people of the actual problem it's depressing. Added to that, the deniers muddy the waters of truth and you have a public confused to buggery.

Yes, climate change is a natural phenomenon. The ice caps have melted several times in the past and the earth has been warmer also. BUT, the earth's warming is happening magnitudes faster than it happened in the past. Where previously the earth warmed a couple of degrees over centuries, it is now happening over just a few decades. This IS almost certainly caused by human greenhouse gas emissions and is a serious issue. The IPCC itself puts a high degree of probability on the fact that humans are accelerating global warming.

Yes, we can adapt. We're an amazingly adaptive species, and I have no doubt we'll have to because governments are way too slow in dealing with the problem.

The second part of your comment I agree with. We should all want to live in a clean and safe environment, and more importantly, preserve it for future generations.

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nlncmp

No two people can agree on everything.

Mr. Gates has done more good with his money than most ever try; he appears to make a concerted effort to do good things with it. Even the attempt is more than most of us do. So I salute Mr. Gates.

Oh and P.S. I question the validity of the premise that coal is intrinsically bad.

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Keith E. Whisman

In reality no American truly owns any money, it says right on the bill that it belongs to the Federal Reserve Bank. You can only own gold and other precious metals. Hell, I own a home but not really, I have a title from the government that grants me the privilege to pay for a house on land and do with it only what is allowed by local and federal law.

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Carlidan

What questions you need answers to? Just wondering. Coal for a long term strategy is not good for the environment nor good for us humans. You know we just hit a milestone in greenhouse gases just this week. 400 ppm which hasn't been done since 2.8 million years.

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limitbreaker

okay thanks Steve Jobs, anything else?

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Biceps

WTF does Bill Gates calling himself an environmentalist while selling American coal to China have to w Steve Jobs?

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sundropdrinker3

What the hell are we supposed to do with the coal? Our current resident is trying to shut our coal plants down, so have to sell it somewhere. Also, come up with a source of energy that can actually work without bankrupting the consumers(you know, people like you and me) before you say switch to another energy source.

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Keith E. Whisman

Nuclear Energy is far better until advent of cold fusion and antimatter reactors start producing energy.

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Biceps

The coal should stay in the ground, where it won't cause massive amounts of greenhouse gasses, or massive pollution. FYI, the coal pollution made in China rides the winds to the US, so it doesn't particularly matter that we aren't burning it here.

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Carlidan

That so doesn't make sense. So we should pollute more. As a short term of producing energy, sure. But we should stop relying it after a decade. We should weed off old ways of getting energy to alternative energy. I say as Americans we should set a goal that in the next 25 years more than half of our energy will produced thru wind, solar, hydro, etc...

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Sty

Calm down, Steve.

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Mikey109105

Is there a reason anyone should care who the richest person in the world is? So he's rich. No one cares. If on the other hand someone does care, then I apologize, some people care, but I can guarantee it's a VERY small minority.

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BadCommand

Because the rich control every aspect of your life, not only in technology, but also in politics. Especially those listed on the top 100. Money is very much what shapes every aspect of our world and to ignore its influence is very much like a person living in a cave saying who needs the sun, I never see it.

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Keith E. Whisman

The rich even capitalize on our needs for porn to jerk off to on the internet and build sex shops for when we want to actually touch our partners and wives. You weren't wrong when you said every aspect of our life.

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nlncmp

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I'm happy for Mr. Gates because it's an aspirational story for many, but whether he is #1 or #100... hey - he's doing very well.

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fourfinger

agreed , I can barely afford gas and food for the kids, i could care less who the rich are, unless they are sending me their money ofcourse

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Stop giving your kids gas and that'll save you some money right there.

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