Interview With Bill Gates - What to ask?

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  1. macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Sydney Aus
    In 2 weeks time my dad is organising an interview with Bill Gates down here in australia at channel 9. He has asked me for a list of possible questions to ask.

    These he said should not be too technical in nature and suit the general TV interview. They must be questions that appeal to the general audience but are still inquisitive in nature.

    The general topic for the interview, while can cover almost anything should probably SPAM, Spam filters, Child/General Pornography, Viruses on the net etc. Basically they should probably focus around the general news stories that have been in circulation.

    A few ideas would be great - if u think your question needs a little background for us to understand its relevance, attach it to ure message.
  2. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    "will you give me money if I don't reveal the inoriginality and inefficiency of windows to the ignorant, general consumer?"

    well... that's what I'd ask. :)

  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Sydney Aus
    Lol - it would be interested to see how he would respond to that.
  4. sambo. macrumors regular


    Jun 2, 2004
    outback, far from the surf
    i rekon........

    ask him for money, lots of it and see what he says.

    otherwise ask him to admit that he really wishes he could use OS-X.

    otherwise ask him "How does it feel to be an incredibly rich and powerful ******** given your ignoramus attitude to competition"

    etc, etc

    or ask him for a comment on whatziznames sig
    something like this.....
    "windows is a 32-bit extension for a 16-bit shell for an 8-bit operating system originally designed for a 4-bit computer from a 2-bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition.
  5. Danrose1977 macrumors regular


    I'd like to know what kind of machines and OS'es he has in his household... does he actually use Windows mediacenter with his TV set up? Does he have XP Pro in his office?

    Does he use a tablet PC often or a standard laptop, what about desktop machines as well? Does he upgrade with every cool new hardware that comes out or is he a machine hoarder who sees no point in upgrading because his system is working fine.

    Post us a link to the interview when its done please!
  6. radhak macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2003
    NJ, USA
    1. What machines (Hw/Sw) do you have at home?
    2. How much time do you spend on them? What do you do?
    3. How fast/frequently do you upgrade your machine/sw?
    4. Who does this upgrade for you ? (You / your wife / daughter / office-boy)?
    5. Which platform other than wintel have you seen/worked on, and when (how long ago)?
    6. How involved are you with your charitable initiatives - or is it just funded by your bank-balance with standing instructions?

    i could add more, but i guess there will be others to ask some too ;)
  7. craigdawg macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    How successful does he think his Trustworthy Computing initiave has been?

    (Try to ask it with a straight face).

    Seriously, you should definitely ask him about security, what MS is doing to build security into Longhorn, etc.
  8. kuyu macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    How's this.

    "Mr. Gates, a hot topic in the tech world is Digital Rights Management (DRM). Where do you and Microsoft stand on DRM in software? Will the anticipated 'Longhorn OS' incorporate new DRM solutions? Steve Jobs was recently quoted as being against HD-DVD burners until a secure DRM for the media could be established. Do you agree? Will revisions of Windows XP support HD-DVD burners? Longhorn?"

    "If you could go back to the beginning and change one thing about Windows, what would it be?"

    Oh yeah, "We all know you've wiped your @$$ with $100 bills before. What's it like?" ;)
  9. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    "What's the largest single monetary unit that you've ever wiped your ass with?"

    I'd be interested to know what he thinks of current sales and the overall response to tablet pcs.. other than the mild interest in the education market no one seems to be buying them. The recent Troy concept gears it towards business but even that hasn't gained a lot of press...

    Wow, I took too long with my posting... you beat me to the ass-wiping joke!
  10. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlie Rose did an exceptional interview with Gates on PBS here in the US. The interview was about 2 years ago - right before Gates went to India to give them money from his foundation. I'll see if I can dig up that interview. probably the best part is how Rose linked the Gates Foundations "humanitarian aid" to India with Microsoft's timing of demanding that India use MS instead of Linux.

    It basically made Gates look like he was blackmailing India in effect saying "Either you use MS instead of Linux or I won't give you 10s of milliions of dollars for your poor and hungry."

    The timing of events was spooky.

    I'd do some more research on this and ask him about the tactics MS is using to combat Linux in India and China.
  11. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    I would have a powerbook or Powermac G5 and an ipod next to your father. As for questions...

    1. How are you going to kill this wonder mp3 the ipod with a $50 flash player?

    2. Why are you going to use the Powerpc 975 for the Xbox2 which is going to be in the Powermac G5?

    3. Why do you steal from apple?

    4. How does it feel not to be the worlds richest man? Are we going to see price increases to windows and pcs so you can get you title back?

    5. Why is it taking so long for longhorn while apple can do yearly updates to their OS?

    6. Who is going to take Microsoft when you die?

    7. Why are you so stupid?

    8. Why does apple seem to be profiting?

    9. Who do you support Bush or Kerry?

    10. Are you ever going to die?
  12. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    You're one of the richest people in the world. So why can't you get a decent haircut?
  13. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    "How was the consumer benefited by elimination of choice in the marketplace (e.g. DR-DOS)?"

    "Why is it so hard to move applications and data to a new PC? It's easy on a Mac."
  14. GeorgeTheMonkey macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2004
    Yup, have your dad read the questions from his PowerBook, feigning complete ignorance about doing so. :D
  15. etoiles macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    "is the mobile market (cell phones) the next big thing for M$ ?"
  16. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2003
  17. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Come on guys, lets give him some legitimate questions. The point of the interview isn't to make Bill Gates look like a fool (he can do that on his own).

    How about something like "The internet is an ever evolving system. What can be done to insure safety from such a qucikly moving target?"

  18. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    What's the next big thing in computers?
    What's your favorite XBox game?
  19. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    West Valley City, Utah
    "Have you ever had to dispose of the body of a hooker you were a little too rough on?"

    What Happens In Redmond Stays In Redmond
  20. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    Livermore, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    Some folks have posted pretty good questions so far, I guess I'd add a few more that I haven't yet seen:

    * Why such large system requirements in the initial versions of Longhorn: a terabyte for the OS, 2 Gigs of RAM, etc...

    * Bill once said that the Apple Macintosh was the only computer he'd ever give to his mother - is this still the case?

    * Would Microsoft ever consider basing a future version of Windows on open-source code, similar to OSX based on FreeBSD?

    * How much of a share does Microsoft have in Apple, and are there any restrictions on Apple regarding what types of products it can release because of this share?

    * Would M$ ever consider developing Windows to run native on the PPC platform? In effect this would also require a source of PPC machines other than Apple...

    * Boxers or briefs?
  21. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    One question...

    What is wrong with you? Seriously, what the HE**?

    (that's all)
  22. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002

    That'd be great...

    "Yeh.. MR. Gates, just one question... What the f***?"
  23. [Beta Code] macrumors newbie

    [Beta Code]

    May 24, 2004
    Adelaide [SA]
    What would I ask Bill Gates?

    1. Is greed good?

    That's all :D
  24. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Are there legitimate concerns/problems with Microsoft products that are particular to Austrailians, such as out of date dictionaries, missing cities or time zones, higher prices, distribution delays, etc.? If so, questions of the form "what can you do about this aussie problem?" are most appropriate.

    Lacking that, you can either ask him about a recent Microsoft-related news item (something that hasn't been talked to death already), or you can ask about something else (like spam or security) for which you'll know his answer in advance because it'll be the same question and same answer covered a million times before in interviews. Whether that is fine or not depends on the purpose of the interview.

    I guess you could ask how your city or food compares to that in Redmond. Maybe that's more interesting than a computer question.
  25. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    I think that one should be reserved for Donald Trump :D :D

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