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    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    Bill Gates is a Moron

    Ok, so I'm not a Microsoft fan.  It's done some good things, but it's done a lot of bad too.  Bill Gates, well, I think he stole everything for windows from Steve Jobs, but he deserves some kudos for at least marketing it correctly.  Other than that, he's a moron.  Here's why:

    Recently, Gates mocked MIT's $100 computer project.  Gates' has his own philanthropic endeavors, which account for 99% of any credit I give him, but this comment nearly wipes his slate clean.  He said,

    "If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type."

    Helloooo, earth to Bill.  You don't just get a broadband connection and IT support.  I especially love the "geez" thrown in as if he was saying "geez, take off that yellow sweater, it's ugly."  Most people in this world, Bill, live in abject poverty.  They care about computers and Microsoft as much as going to the moon.  They would spit in your face immediately if it meant getting food, or a decent living.  They don't care about you and your computers.

    The other part of the world not industrialized or in abject poverty, is wretchedly close.  Even in Vietnam, ADSL lines are not cheap.  Families cannot afford to have a computer or a broadband line.  The thought of a laptop is out of the question.  And I'm in Saigon, the most western of cities in Vietnam.  Look out in the countryside, and there might be one internet cafe in the town. 

    So shut your cake-hole you stupid prick.  Go back to your mansion with heated tile floors or your hide-a-way in Washington State where you "dream up" all of Microsoft's new adventures.  Unless you're willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars, maybe trillions, installing effective and reliable broadband lines, electricity, building and staffing IT colleges, building all the primary and secondary schools (and staffing them) to get people to a level to learn IT, and replacing all the governments that might send their countries into civil war so that politics can be peaceful enough to get it all done--unless you can do that on five continents--the shut your pie-hole and support the MIT people. 

    $100 is almost two months salary for a middle class worker in Vietnam, but at least it's doable.  And with a handcrank, a student won't have to worry about all the rolling blackouts the government issues every WEEK because it doesn't have enough power for the country.  I am proud of the people at MIT and those who work with them because this might actually help somebody move out of poverty.  Or maybe, if you'd rather do this, we could just take all your money, Mr. Gates, and divy it up between everyone and put you on the street with a $100 computer.  Would that work better??

    1 comment:

    Unknown said...

    Stole windows from Steve Jobs? maybe, but they both stole their GUI operating system ideas from Xerox PARC Lab! They stole the mouse idea from there also among other things! Before that, Bill gates' DOS (which he bought from a small company) was a copy of Gary Kildall's CP/M.