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 -
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 -
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 -
News Flash! Gates loses billions!
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Read the truth
behind what actually happened the day the Bill Gates was assasinated.
posted by o2b
on Dec 12, 2000 -
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 -
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 -
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
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 -