Re: Atheists: America's most distrusted minority
- From: Josh Hill <usereplyto@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 20:20:38 +0000 (UTC)
On Sat, 3 Jun 2006 04:21:33 +0000 (UTC), "Carl" <cengman7@xxxxxxxxxxx>
"John W. Kennedy" <jwkenne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Yeah, Gates has been too busy giving $29 Billion to charities and trying
to bring medicines to third world countries. I can see where you'd be
looking for a 666 birthmark. :)
Bill Gates has, almost single-handedly, brought the entire software
industry to a screeching halt. He has ruined the careers of thousands, and
he has done it by repeated criminal acts, and by a completely lack of
personal and business ethics.
He's made the careers of hundreds of thousands and made many people
millionares. He's also invested heavily in communications and medical
technologies (among others).
The entire software industry is not at a screeching halt;
There are other (free) platforms if you don't like Windows, and the criminal
acts you refer to (I'm assuming you mean monopolistic practices) were mostly
criminal retroactively after MS got big.... the one unforgivable sin.
I watched those things happening and they seemed plenty criminal at
the time. It was a given that Gates would do anything, no matter how
underhanded and odious and illegal, to put a competitor out of
business -- rewriting DOS to make his software incompatible, imitating
his innovative program and bundling it for free, forcing him into a
fire sale, writing licenses so that companies couldn't sell
competitors' products, what have you. And he ruined the software
industry and, by sticking us with cruddy, high TCO software, has
placed an immense tax on the businesses that are dependent on it.
And, of course, the courts have ruled again and again that Microsoft
violated the law. The man is a criminal, pure and simple.
As to those millions, they would have been employed if he'd lived --
people were writing operating systems and software long before Gates
stole their work. But they would have been part of a larger, more
diverse, competitive group -- more people producing more and better
and more innovative and more useful products. Market competition as
opposed to socialism.
Now he is trying to bribe God.
A long time ago when he was just beginning to be noticed for his wealth he
said that he planned to give most of it away.
You apparently don't know anything about his past or his family.
Giving away wealth one doesn't need is a cheap trick to increase one's
popularity while making no sacrifice whatsoever, promising to give it
away while not doing so an even cheaper one.
What does hurt people is the money one spends: a 200 car garage could
feed a lot of hungry people, and would be more than enough to damn
someone in any Hell I'd care to live in.
"I'm not going to play like I've been a person who's spent hours involved with foreign policy.
I am who I am." - George W. Bush
- Prev by Date: Re: Atheists: America's most distrusted minority
- Next by Date: Re: Atheists: America's most distrusted minority
- Previous by thread: Re: Atheists: America's most distrusted minority
- Next by thread: Re: Atheists: America's most distrusted minority