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The shady side of Bill Gates

I wonder of being on the spectrum prevented Gates from having any empathy for Gary Kildall. He also "borrowed" the mouse technology fron Xerox, and the spreadsheet concept that would eventually become MS Excel from 2 college professors.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Monday at 7:07 PM

Wait, Bill Gates invented the mouse and spreadsheets?

by Anonymousreply 1Last Sunday at 10:32 PM

No ultra wealthy person gets their fortune by playing nice. Even if they mellow out and become altruistic later on, you can bet that they got where they are by stepping on the necks of others. That usually means some level of sociopathy. Gates is probably the most altruistic of the worlds’ 1% today, as he’s not only determined to give most of his fortune to charities but he’s also trying to convince other billionaires to sign pledges saying they’ll donate at least 50% of their fortunes.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Sunday at 11:04 PM

He is pure evil and wants to inflict GMO on the world.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Monday at 12:19 AM

OP, not all apples are rotten like Jobs.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Monday at 1:07 AM

i know someone that was at harvard at the same time as him. He did not drop out. He was asked to leave. Probably why never hear about him donating to harvard. IIRC he stayed in his room a lot and was not social, likely on the spectrum but I m not a doctor.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Monday at 1:19 AM

The movie PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY (1999) shows a dark shadowy side to BG.

Anthony-Michael Hall gives a brilliant (and sadly underrated) turn as Gates in the film, and his take on the man is both eerie and adorable. This Bill is presented clearly as an earnest ambitious young mind frustrated by lesser intellects more socially-skilled than he is, and also as a predatory manipulative scammer who all but seduces Noah Wylie's pretty hot-blooded Jobs into trusting him with his priceless software. There is a sympathetic foray into Gates' behaviour in certain scenes, but for the most part he takes the villainous 'Iago' role to Jobs 'Othello' in this version of their story.

Hard to say if it's accurate, but it was writ and released thus in the 90s with the express permission of Microsoft, so take that for what it is.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Monday at 2:41 AM

R2 absolutely right

by Anonymousreply 7Last Monday at 2:46 AM

R6 So Jobs was the softy in that? That man had a heart of stone, ask his first born.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Monday at 2:51 AM

Not exactly, R8. Wylie is easy on the eyes and his acting in POSV was soft-edged compared to other representations, but still plays Jobs as Jobs.

Wylie's Steve is presented as an egomaniacal cult leader who gets off on exploiting employees, but the plot point driving the film - what proves to be his undoing - is his inexplicable blind spot when it comes to Gates. Discounting their mutualism in the new Millennium, Steve's personal fondness for Bill is almost a killing blow for Apple and it is left ambiguous why the oft-detached Jobs falls for this so easily. It's an excellent character study.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Monday at 3:19 AM

What's the story on Gary Kildall? Never heard of him.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Monday at 3:38 AM

Watch the video, numb-nutts

by Anonymousreply 11Last Monday at 3:56 AM

[quote]but I m not a doctor.

Yeah, we can tell.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Monday at 4:40 AM

This spells it all out.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Monday at 5:34 AM

Paul Allen said things turned out the way they did also because he was the son of a librarian and Bill Gates was the son of a lawyer. Skeptical that Steve Jobs' contributions to the computer world were all that big, I guess Apple is also more about style and arts and elegance, I guess he had a good bit of help with software and all kinds of things. I read that Bill Gates' grandfather was an important eugenetist. Lost tells the story of Silicon Valley, New Technology, and their connections to New Age, and Scientology a good bit.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Monday at 6:47 AM

So we stan Jobs/Gates on this board?

by Anonymousreply 15Last Monday at 8:07 AM

Bill & Steve are not the legends they were made out to be.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Monday at 6:22 PM

Most cutthroat corporate types aren’t autistic, and it might take some interpersonal sophistication to do what he did in swiping that stuff. As a side note, I don’t know whether this is current thinking, but I’ve read more than once that people with autism are both less likely to lie (typically, not always) and less able to understand that they’re being lied to.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Monday at 7:07 PM
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