I agree. Many people have an irrational hatred of Gates as person and will call him a "greedy b#stard" no matter what he does.Thanatoast said:Just because Bill is the leader of the evil empire, it doesn't invalidate his giving. Dude just sank $600 million into eradicating TB from the face of the earth. Do I respect that decision? Absolutely. Am I going to buy windows. Absolutely not.
Exactly. Good Point.dejo said:You're damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Donate to charity "nonymously" (people know it's you) and you're accused to doing it to bolster your own image. Donate to charity anonymously and you're accused of not donating to charity at all.
That's an excellent point. Most of Jobs' wealth is in Apple stock and Pixar stock; if he hasn't sold much of it, then it's not really available to give away. Remember, the value of your investment can go down as well as up.ejb190 said:3) (Okay, this one is a bonus.) Most of these guys "wealth" is on paper in stocks and such. These are not things that can be cashed in easily. I would argue that, while they still have considerable wealth, they are not as rich as one might think.
I wouldn't say that. Read about his history, he's not exactly a saint. Most of the horrible things Microsoft has done was because of him. Not to mention he doesn't tip. His wife is the one who's giving away the money. Melinda and her parents run the charity. Gates has been filthy rich for years, and used to be chided for not giving away a red cent. Not saying he's the devil, but he's not a nice guy either.Abstract said:Gates is a good human being.
That's what I've said - philanthropy is great, but it shouldn't be done to please journalists or make you appear warm and fuzzy in the media.iGary said:Who. Gives. A. ****?
If I'm a bazillionaire and I keep all my money - so what?
I hate it when people say rich folks are obligated to give their money away.
Ummm... they were already working on a GUI and licensed tech from Xerox. Legally. Bill stole it and got away with it because of a loophole and because Apple trusted him. Do a search, this has been discussed ad naseum.Timepass said:umm yeah.... and apple came up with the GUI system... Umm no..... they took it from some else. Xrox or something like that (dont know how to spell it and dont give hoot about it)
Oh not going to argue on those points. It just bothers me that everyone seems to believe that apple came up with the GUI. The fact stands niether Jobs nor Apple came up with the GUI system (or mouse keyboard in puts) Just to many people act like they did and no one really give Xerox crieted for coming up with the idea and laying the foundation for it.solvs said:Ummm... they were already working on a GUI and licensed tech from Xerox. Legally. Bill stole it and got away with it because of a loophole and because Apple trusted him. Do a search, this has been discussed ad naseum.
Neither did Xerox. http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/gui.ars But I don't think Apple ever said they did. Gates definitely ripped off the Apple GUI though. The PARC wasn't the same, and like I said, Apple payed for it and hired a lot of the people working on it because Xerox didn't know what to do with it anyway.Timepass said:The fact stands niether Jobs nor Apple came up with the GUI system (or mouse keyboard in puts)