B. Gates to be "Knighted" by Queen

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  1. Daveway macrumors 68040

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Whatever you think about the honours system -- the prospect of a Sir Bill Gates is not something which I relish.

    Fortunately, as an American, he will have to just make do with his 'honorary' title.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    He should be run through with the sword instead, it's probably been too long since that blade has been properly quenched with blood.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The acid would probably mar the blade....
     
  5. Daveway thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Why is the Queen knighting someone who has been accused of having a monopoly!
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Monarchy, monopoly... perhaps she got confused.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    haha, maybe, plus they are pretty similar, she might admire billy for his monoploy, at least its just an honorary title
     
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    Wow, some of you are really bitter about this. :rolleyes:
     
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    Considering that the British Monarchy is, I believe, a major shareholder in DeBeers diamonds, they know all about monopoly.
     
  11. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Knighted?

    ..... personally I'd have had him 'Doctored'........... :p ;) :D
     
  12. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Well, there goes the dignity with being knighted. :rolleyes:
     
  13. kettle macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, this is really bad.

    Has anyone added up how many man hours are lost each year due to his wanky windows and it's peculiar "features".

    Add to that the huge amount of taxpayers money goes in paying licence fees for it and the huge number of avoidable "support" jobs needed to keep it working so poorly.

    Makes me sick. what an embarrassment.

    he owes us money.
     
  14. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    CanadaRam (Trevor) had a good go at it... :)
     
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    i dont think she is knighting him because of his monopoly but maybe rather all the philanthropy that he does
     
  17. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Make a lot of money, get Knighted.

    There are so many people who have done so much more, but most of the time it seems to come down to who has made the most.

    What's the point of a Knighthood anyway?
     
  18. Metatron macrumors 6502

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    This is Fu*king rediculous. He is the last person that should be knighted on this Earth. He has done nothing to help the economies of any nation except help to create more jobs in the anitvirus industry. Personally, I think Woz should be knighted. He basically was the mind behind the personal computer.

    Gates has just taken the honor out of being knighted. Who would want to be knighted now?

    Thanks oh great queen. Next time, pick someone with courage, honor, and dignity...not a damn thief and liar.

    I swear to God, Gates is the antichrist.
     
  19. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure people of any nationality can be knighted, but only Brits can pass on the title (and even then only in certain circumstances) - EDesign, do you know (as a token resident of the UK)?

    Reagan was knighted, and there have been a few other Americans knighted as well. Being British adds an extra dimension to knighthood that foreign citizens don't get, but I can't recall what.

    All that being said, I know a great place where we can shove Bill's sword :p
     
  20. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    That could apply to quite a lot of those that have been knighted :eek: There are a lot of business men that have received the title, and we know any top business man has screwed over a lot of people to get where they are :rolleyes:
     
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    WTH?? :eek:

    isn't that a kind of strategy where the queen says "Ohh, sorry, it was too fast, I hope it didn't hurt, but you're blooding" ;)

    J/K
     
  22. filmcutter macrumors member

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    honourary knighthood value

    aren't these knighthoods really becoming the equivalent of getting a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame?

    It's publicity plain and simple.
     
  23. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    "I Knight you, Sir Crash Alot"
    "I Knight you, Sir Win Blows"
    "I Knight you, Sir Security Leak"

    maybe she just needs her windows machine fixed - and this is the only way she could get support;)
     
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    If I remember rightly, the rule is that anyone can be knighted and have the letters KBE (Knight Commander of the British Empire) after their name, but you can only use the prefix 'Sir' or 'Dame' if you are a British subject. Foreigners have to make do with an honorary knighthood – however, if they subsequently become British citizens they can apply to convert their title to a 'proper' Knighthood and thus be called 'Sir'. The violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin is one such individual who did this.

    A few people have mentioned the possibility of Liz using the opportunity to do us all a favour and turn the sword on Bill – but as foreign citizens aren't actually dubbed with the sword, there's not much chance of that happening I'm afraid.

    Mind you, Billy Boy is joining a select group of non-Brits to receive this honour. He'll be up there with other well-loved and well-respected figures, such as Robert Mugabe.
     
  25. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    What dignity? Have you looked at the list of people who have been knighted over the last decade? Thank god Billy boy technically can’t use the term Sir or he would require everyone to use it around him. Gah!
    I expect the actor who played Papa Smurf to be knighted next.
     

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