Reddit Recap: Bill Gates' Seven Best Responses

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Meat_Juice

Answering the tough questions.

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vrmlbasic

Bill Gates is asserting that there are problems that can't be solved by throwing money at them? The US government is going to exile Gates if he keeps spewing this radical nonsense. ;)

Though I disagree with Gates here: he could cut a check to some mercenary group and have them instate whatever type of government Gates wants in some corrupt African nation. Besides being a great way to promote a (hypothetical) 360/PC exclusive installment of the Just Cause franchise it could help Gates keep up with the other insanely rich guys' antics. These tech bazillionaires are all livin' in John MacAfee's shadow.

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theplustwo

I'm surprised he thinks Pirates of Silicon Valley is an accurate portrayal given that it basically makes Steve Jobs a saint and him a slavering, whiny villain.

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vrmlbasic

If the PoSV portrayal was accurate, as Gates says, how can he expect anyone to believe that he'd be in medicine or theoretical math had the microprocessor not come about in his heyday? I seem to recall that the movie portrayed him as having the then-stereotypical nerd appearance & manner but not having the bounty of grey matter to go along with that.

It's definitely a good thing that Gates didn't become a doctor: his claim to fame is licensing and if he'd done to medicine what he did to software with licensing we'd be living the movie Repo Men. :(

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wolfing

about the Bing question. Until very recently I would have thought the same as the asker... "Bing, seriously?". But then a few days ago I participated in a blind test where you would perform several searches and you would get Bing's and Google's results side by side (you don't know which one is which) and picked which set of results you considered most accurate to what you wanted. Results were: Bing: 2, Google:1, Tie:2 So guess Bing can provide as good results if not better than Google. My only problem with Bing is that (AFAIK) it doesn't let you filter results by age, which I use almost all the time with Google.

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AFDozerman

I almost flatlined google when I took it, albeit that was awhile back.

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DR_JDUBZ

hahahaha before he tragically passed away..........steve jobs can burn in hell

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Good on him for being a nice guy and answering people's questions. It is pretty awesome to see that he's giving back his time and money to others at this stage in his life.

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vrmlbasic

Does it matter that he's not doing it out of pure selflessness, out of pure altruism?

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Since there is no such thing as pure selflessness or pure altruism, it can't really matter. What matters is that he got rich off the backs of so many others and is giving a good chunk of that money to causes he believes in.

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vrmlbasic

Selflessness does not come in degrees. A deed is either selfless or it isn't. Same with altruism:if an action has an ulterior motive, especially when that motive is personal gain, it can't be altruistic.

Gates donates Microsoft products. There is no way that is altruistic or selfless.

Also, what are your thoughts on the Tycoons, the "robber barons", of yesteryear, like Carnegie and Rockefeller?

Also, "rich off the backs of so many others"....really? You're trolling, right?

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