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speaking about socio-economic investments

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 - 12 comments

 

Bill Gates to appear on Frasier

Bill Gates to appear on Frasier Maybe he could take some tech support calls for Windows. Or explain "Bob". What next, Larry Ellison on "A Very Special Smackdown"?
posted by owillis on Oct 23, 2001 - 17 comments

The operation is quite simple: we should all donate a buck to Bill Gates.
"Why is that?", you ask. Because small charities are robbing the poor guy, you silly!
posted by kchristidis on Sep 8, 2001 - 19 comments

Microsoft is hoarding child prodigies in order to breed the next Bill.

Microsoft is hoarding child prodigies in order to breed the next Bill. You heard me.
posted by tweebiscuit on Aug 2, 2001 - 20 comments

Microsoft vs. AOL

Microsoft vs. AOL Gee, who do you root for in this one? Personally, I'd love to see a Pay-Per-View kickboxing match between Steve Case and Bill Gates.
posted by Rastafari on Jul 30, 2001 - 3 comments

Gates interview with ZDNet.

Gates interview with ZDNet. Open source advocates and *nix users will enjoy his comments on publishing source code and the GPL. Anyone care to do a line-by-line accuracy check?
posted by goto11 on Jun 25, 2001 - 19 comments

News Flash! Gates loses billions!

News Flash! Gates loses billions! Yet, he still sits comfortably atop the list of the wealthiest people in the world. Larry Ellison, meanwhile, lost $21 billion, but fell to only #4.

The Billionaire Club now includes 538 members in 46 countries, with an average net worth of $3.2 billion. Is it more disturbing that, for a comparison, the GDP of Afghanistan is a paltry $21 billion (bested by the list's top 5)? Or that the GDP per capita of the U.S. is a relatively microscopic $36,144?
posted by padjet1 on Jun 22, 2001 - 11 comments

BillG still rules.

BillG still rules. Forbes says Sunday Times erred, Gates is worth $59 billion, Walton - a paltry $17 billion
posted by owillis on Apr 28, 2001 - 17 comments

Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest person.

Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest person. According to the Sunday Times, Gates has been superceded by an equally evil supermarket tycoon.
posted by andrewraff on Apr 23, 2001 - 36 comments

Gates for president

Gates for president But can he afford to campaign?
posted by Postroad on Apr 18, 2001 - 12 comments

Bettmann archive (aka Bill's Corbis images) moves to safer storage.

Bettmann archive (aka Bill's Corbis images) moves to safer storage. Corbis is renting a mine to house the photo archive and slow deterioration. The point in this article that bothered me was the news that Corbis stopped digitizing this archive in January after a round of layoffs. Fewer than 2 percent of the collection is digitized and the new location makes it even less accessible. Will they just deteriorate slowly away and never be preserved in bits? The Corbis press release sounds more hopeful.
posted by girlhacker on Apr 16, 2001 - 8 comments

Bill Gates created MacOS X?

Bill Gates created MacOS X? I came across this memo written by Bill Gates on July 29, 1985 to John Sculley, then president of Apple Computer. In the memo, Gates writes about the possibility of licensing the Macintosh operating system to third party companies. Here's where it get wierd, Bill suggests that Apple talk to AT&T about migrating the MacOS as a GUI layer on top of their UNIX. Makes me wonder who had the idea first, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Apr 10, 2001 - 7 comments

Microsoft Patents Everything!

Microsoft Patents Everything! Oh dear lord, what will we do now? Has Mr. Gates finally found a way to take over the world?
posted by stew560 on Mar 26, 2001 - 14 comments

Bill Gates' dad in NY Times Mag Q&A

Bill Gates' dad in NY Times Mag Q&A on bequests, estates, philanthropy and work ethic. (He's involved in administering his son's charity activities.) NY Times link, so free registration or your own personal backdoor required.
posted by jhiggy on Mar 21, 2001 - 1 comment

Gates, Buffett & Soros unite to fight . . . the estate tax?

Gates, Buffett & Soros unite to fight . . . the estate tax? I think this is a good thing. It's definitely odd.
posted by aflakete on Feb 14, 2001 - 81 comments

A garbage can full of lightbulbs?

A garbage can full of lightbulbs? Does anyone else think that the newish picture of Bill Gates on his Web site is a bit...odd? At least Mr. Monopoly has moved away from the standard corporate publicity picture that's on his biography page, but still...
posted by tregoweth on Feb 7, 2001 - 25 comments

Bill Gates and 17 paupers appointed

Bill Gates and 17 paupers appointed to National Infrastructure Assurance Council. [ couldn't beat their lead. Also from Cryptome. I'm done now. :-) ]
posted by baylink on Jan 22, 2001 - 2 comments

Pixelflo launches Web Trumps

Pixelflo launches Web Trumps - a new Top Trumps style game where you can play with your favourite web celebs, down-at-heel webloggers, and gods like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Based upon Dan Hon's Blogtrumps. Several questions leap to mind, including the obvious one: it's fun, but why?
posted by barbelith on Jan 6, 2001 - 9 comments

So we've got opinions about Bill Gates. But what about billionaire George Soros? He funds, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year, various causes in the US, in Europe, and elsewhere. He's a critic of what he sees as the excesses of late capitalism. But does Soros represent a good thing? (More inside...)
posted by snarkout on Dec 27, 2000 - 9 comments

Is Bill Really that bad?

Is Bill Really that bad? Giving away money steadily, tens of millions of dollars at a time, Mr Bill Gates has become the single most influential force trying to reverse the growing health crisis afflicting the world's poor. With his wife, Melinda, he outspent the United States Government last year by nearly $US300 million ($538 million), to fight global health threats such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
posted by murray_kester on Dec 25, 2000 - 52 comments

Gates worried about AOL's dominance of IM market.

Gates worried about AOL's dominance of IM market. So what does he do, he gets on the phone to the FCC. That's right, Bill wants the governement to intervene to prevent a company from dominating a market. Umm... Bill what the Freedom to innovate which you are so worried about.
posted by jay on Dec 20, 2000 - 4 comments

Read the truth

Read the truth behind what actually happened the day the Bill Gates was assasinated. (via memepool)
posted by o2b on Dec 12, 2000 - 11 comments

Gates and Allen setting up thier own (safety) .Net

Gates and Allen setting up thier own (safety) .Net In the past three months, Gates has sold 4.15 million shares valued at about $291.2 million, while Allen has sold 16.26 million shares valued at about $1.2 billion.
posted by quonsar on Sep 14, 2000 - 3 comments

Bill Gates is posing nude

Bill Gates is posing nude for Fortune Magazine. Aparently he's finally letting his financial woes get the best of him. He's doing the spread for the money.
posted by jaxomlotus on Aug 17, 2000 - 2 comments

Bill Gates and Standards.

Bill Gates and Standards. Pour yourself a fresh coffee before starting this one: 14 pages between Gates and one gutsy reporter. Discuss.
posted by Zeldman on Aug 4, 2000 - 11 comments

An ends-justify-the-means pro MS argument

An ends-justify-the-means pro MS argument that completely ignores the merits of fair business and what the industry could have been without a juggernaut like MS.
posted by skallas on Jul 31, 2000 - 5 comments

Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your listing pop up on a particular MSN search? According to Micros~1's keywords.com (as of a few minutes ago), you can get sex for $795.20/month, mp3 for $175.66, and Bill Gates for a mere $8.96 a month!
posted by tregoweth on May 23, 2000 - 3 comments

Whats This? Bill Gates isn't the richest man in the world anymore.

Whats This? Bill Gates isn't the richest man in the world anymore. Poor Bill. First his company might be split, now he's only worth $50.75 billion.
posted by Mark on Apr 29, 2000 - 5 comments

Bill Gates no Longer World's Richest Man.

Bill Gates no Longer World's Richest Man. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Larry Ellison is an idiot.
posted by Succa on Apr 25, 2000 - 12 comments

Microsoft - The best is yet to come...

Microsoft - The best is yet to come...
Has anyone seen the new Microsoft commercial? I'm not saying that Bill Gates is pandering, but when it was over my fly was down and my TV smelled like White Diamonds...
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Apr 6, 2000 - 9 comments

the bill gates makeover

the bill gates makeover "He is the father of the future, the symbol of a new generation, and he really needs a makeover. Bill Gates as you've never seen him before; it's almost as if he were an entirely different person."
posted by palegirl on Feb 23, 2000 - 5 comments

Here's the homepage

Here's the homepage of the guy that wrote the song "Bill Gates Must Die" which prompted Microsoft's legal team to send him a cease-and-desist letter
posted by mathowie on Dec 22, 1999 - 0 comments

MacOS Rumors is running an internal Microsoft memo apparently written by Bill Gates himself. In it, he urges employees to give to the Microsoft Corp. Political Action Committee (MCPAC).
posted by mathowie on Nov 21, 1999 - 0 comments

Uncle Bill's other hobby

Uncle Bill's other hobby is collecting the digital rights to millions of images that basically make up a large chunk of the visual history of humanity. Gates, via Corbis, Adobe and others are charging themselves with bringing digital imaging to the people. The best snippet: 'In addition to the delectable link sausages served at breakfast, Mr. Gate's keynote speech spiced up an otherwise bland show.'
posted by grant on Nov 18, 1999 - 2 comments

You've probably all seen this in email form.

You've probably all seen this in email form. Now someone has charted the amount of money Bill Gates can drop on the ground and not pick up.
posted by mathowie on Jul 29, 1999 - 0 comments

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