has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 12, 2013 -
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
posted by gilrain
on Jan 22, 2013 -
Microsoft’s low-octane swan song was nothing if not symbolic of more than a decade littered with errors, missed opportunities, and the devolution of one of the industry’s innovators into a “me too” purveyor of other companies’ consumer products. ... How did this jaw-dropping role reversal happen? How could a company that stands among the most cash-rich in the world, the onetime icon of cool that broke IBM’s iron grip on the computer industry, have stumbled so badly in a race it was winning? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Jul 26, 2012 -
Jamie Johnson, a heir to the Johnson & Johnson
fortune, uses his family connections to gain a critical insider’s perspective and remarkable unguarded interviews of those who hold 50% of America’s wealth in two self-made documentaries: The One Percent (parts 1
) and Born Rich
, along with a Vanity Fair blog
. From the other side: Elizabeth Warren, The Woman Who Knew Too Much
. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Oct 16, 2011 -
"Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CNET he was saddened to learn of Roberts' death. 'He took a critically important step that led to everything we have today,' Wozniak said."
Ed Roberts, creator of the Altair 8800
, the first personal computer, died Thursday. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves
on Apr 2, 2010 -
Newsfilter: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates
and Paul Hewson
named by Time Magazine as their persons of the year in recognition of their efforts against HIV-1, malaria and debt in Africa. "For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are Time's Persons of the Year." said
the mag's editor-in-chief.
posted by docgonzo
on Dec 18, 2005 -
Bill Gates May Blog.
Always ahead of the curve
, the astute visionary's groundbreaking foray into the virginal internet territory, known by computer hackers as "web logging," won't be all business, either. He's expected to share personal details such as tidbits from recent vacations.
I for one am trembling on the edge of my seat. 1.0
lacks that special something.
posted by scarabic
on Jun 26, 2004 -
Bill Gates proposes an end to free email
If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit-card offers, sweepstakes entries, and supermarket fliers. That's why we get so much junk e-mail: It's essentially free to send. So Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, among others, is now suggesting that we start buying "stamps" for e-mail.
posted by wsg
on Mar 5, 2004 -
Earth to Bill Gates: Thank you
This little editorial that appeared recently is (obviously) dancing on the fringe of cheesiness, but it begs an interesting question about philanthropy and the world's richest man. Gates appeared
on Bill Moyers' NOW
last night, and was reasonably candid (he used the phrase "failure of capitalism"), mentioning more than once that he intended to give away ~95%
of his wealth, mostly to aid public health. Our perceptions
of his politics aside, it would seem as if Gates intends to go out with a humanist bang.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
on May 10, 2003 -
Is Bill Gates behind the times?
(NYT link - reg req'd) Microsoft today introduced designs for "a new class of watch" which can "provide weather information, text messages and other data." The simplest versions "will cost less than $150," the story says.
But Timex currently offers its own, cheaper version: the Internet Messenger Watch
for only US$50, and a year's free service, for almost the same features.
Is Microsoft actually behind
the times with their 'innovation'? Is this embarrassing for the software giant?
posted by busbyism
on Jan 9, 2003 -
Guttenberg, Babbage...Gates? [via Techdirt]
Reading this caused me to question what caused Salon.com to publish this glowing valentine/commercial endorsement for Microsoft's .NET (a general catch-all marketing phrase covering MSFT's implementation of a number of standards supporting web services). Ignores most of the security shortfalls of .NET and compares Gates to Guttenberg. Should this bear the title "Paid Advertising"?
posted by O Boingo
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Microsoft announced a month long moratorium on new coding in order to fix bugs.
Purcell,their privacy chief is quoted
as saying Gates "is really annoyed by the incredible pain we put everyone through in computing" . Microsoft's bug problems and security vulnerabilities have lately been getting out of hand. There has also been rumours last month that Gates wants the entire company reoriented towards ..well providing bug free products. Do you think that serious changes are underway in Microsoft? What does it really take for an sofware development enterprise the size of Microsoft to have to provide secure, reasonably bug free products? (via GMSV
posted by justlooking
on Feb 6, 2002 -
Gates, Bono, unveil 'DATA Agenda' for Africa
"We have an agenda," said Bono at a news conference, "which we're calling the 'DATA Agenda': 'Debt, AIDS and trade for Africa, in return for democracy, accountability and transparency in Africa.'
As bracing as it is to see a picture of Bono with Bill Gates, there is an interesting message here. Bono compares Africa today with post-WWII Europe, describing it as vulnerable to extremism. Bill Gates is fronting the cash to improve health care and raise living standards in third-world countries.
posted by planetkyoto
on Feb 2, 2002 -
Bill & Melinda Gates' $24 Billion Charity
"The Gates Foundation often makes grants only on condition that governments or other nonprofits match them, and requires that recipients meet regular goals for performance—or risk losing their funding. (That hardball approach has met with criticism from some members of the philanthropic community, who argue that holding people to ambitious standards may make sense in Redmond but not in places where millions can’t read.) And experts have calculated that improvements in health care themselves have a huge ripple effect in the poorest countries: if parents believe their children will live longer, they save more and reproduce less. That will help create capital for investment, which will spur more development and so on, in a "positive feedback loop," as the techies like to say in Redmond."
posted by owillis
on Jan 31, 2002 -
Microsoft to make products more "trustworthy."
A lot of buzz words floating around here, like "trustworthy" and "security." Does this mark a true sea change in Microsoft strategy, or is it just a PR stunt, too little, too late? One thing I'll say, though - I never thought I'd hear this coming from Bill: "Users should be in control of how their data is used... It should be easy for users to specify appropriate use of their information, including controlling the use of e-mail they send." (from the AP report
posted by topolino
on Jan 17, 2002 -
Nader to Gates:
"It is significant that a small number of persons who run the company hold a substantial share of the stock in the company, a fact that is very unusual for such a large publicly traded corporation."
"This also raises questions about whether or not these persons, including yourself, are accumulating these staggering sums of cash to advance other agendas, rather than to advance the interest of shareholders."
Nader Nader Nader
posted by crasspastor
on Jan 8, 2002 -
Microsoft, DOJ settlement close...
but the deal apparently would not place significant limitations on functions that Microsoft could "bundle" into its Windows operating program. The judge is said to be concerned about the "national psyche," but will slapping Bill on the wrists really help things?
posted by tranquileye
on Nov 1, 2001 -
speaking about socio-economic investments
(whether the $200 billion the government is investing into producing the joint service fighter will benefit
our society more if invested elswhere)... the seattle times carried an interesting article
about the bill & melinda gates foundation on sunday. with an endowment of $24.2 billion, it must find ways to give away the equivalent of $3.3 million each day, in order to meet federal tax rules to remain a non-profit/tax-free organization.
with so much fund at his disposal, it seems bill gates is attacking neglected social and health problems around the world with more resources than the u.s. government has been doing in some areas. with a small (and less bureaucratic?) staff, the foundation appears to be efficient and focused (reflecting the drive, passion, and result-orientation of bill gates). it will be interesting to watch the progress (and impact) bill has on the world besides what he does at microsoft. i wish him success.
posted by kliuless
on Oct 29, 2001 -