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Bill Gates leaving daily role at Microsoft
CNBC breaking news

Posted on 06/15/2006 1:33:07 PM PDT by HAL9000

CNBC announcing - After July 2008, Bill Gates shall leave his daily role at Microsoft, but will remain as company chairman.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballmer; billgates; enviousapples; gates; gatesfoundation; lowqualitycrap; msft; msn; ozzie; rayozzie; steveballmer
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To: Jake The Goose
Who cares what his politics are - this man has been a credit to the USA, free market minded people, and needy people.

God bless you Bill Gates - and good luck to you.

I agree. Gates has created more jobs and wealth than any single living human being.

51 posted on 06/15/2006 2:14:05 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Jake The Goose
How about a little respect paid to a man who literally has helped change the world.

Yep, thanks to him computer crashes barely phase us anymore. :)

52 posted on 06/15/2006 2:14:07 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

OK....but it kind of goes against bullet point 2.


53 posted on 06/15/2006 2:15:10 PM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc
OK....but it kind of goes against bullet point 2.

It was a long way of saying Gates will not want his money wasted, unlike the UN.

54 posted on 06/15/2006 2:16:44 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: vox_freedom

With absolutely all due respect, and I mean it,

> no personality for the rough and tumble political world

right, unless he could be king!

I do hope he eventually gets a conservative clue in his old age. I think he will be bitter in 20 years after pi$$ing his money away around the world ... hope I am wrong.


55 posted on 06/15/2006 2:17:03 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: edpc

It's his money, he can do what he wants with it.


56 posted on 06/15/2006 2:18:14 PM PDT by ShandaLear (Gringos Unite!!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Why do smart men marry liberal women?


57 posted on 06/15/2006 2:25:25 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: ShandaLear

Thanks for clearing it up. Whether it is his, mine, or your money....it alone has not solved anything. See the Great Society for reference.


58 posted on 06/15/2006 2:27:31 PM PDT by edpc
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To: Clock King

I dunno. My dad did. I didn't/wouldn't. : )


59 posted on 06/15/2006 2:27:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: reagan_fanatic

On a related note, his replacement will be Microsoft Chief Software Architect 2.0. How long until:

1) There's a serious exploit allowing others to take over the system?
2) A massive security hole in CSA 2.0 is revealed?
3) The first, second, and third service packs for CSA 2.0 are released?
4) They reach Hotfix 5000 for CSA 2.0?
5) Microsoft gets into trouble for demanding everyone bundle CSA 2.0 with any project?


60 posted on 06/15/2006 2:31:11 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: GI-Frog
Good if you got in early, but pity to those who got in this within the last 5 years.

I bought a few years ago. It's down slightly from my purchase price, but with the big dividend in 2004 I still have a net profit.

61 posted on 06/15/2006 2:35:52 PM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: ShandaLear

I agree with you. I just hope he (or more to the point, his wife Melinda) realizes that money alone won't solve some of the major problems of the world. Like the $24 Billion they promised for Africa. It won't do a damn thing but go down a rat hole as long as monsters like Robert Mugabe (Congo) and Somali warlords and imans are in charge.


62 posted on 06/15/2006 2:42:45 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: old-ager
I agree with your observations.
In addition to a "conservative clue" it would help if he "got Christianity." I say this innocently, and without knowing if he attends church, but hope religion guides his choices in the next phases of his life.
63 posted on 06/15/2006 2:52:30 PM PDT by vox_freedom (Fear no evils)
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To: Jake The Goose
Who cares what his politics are

Depending upon what he does with his money, it could be a lot of people. Rich people and bad politics are not good. Look at people like George Soros and Peter B. Lewis and then ask, do we need another one of them, only bigger?

Yes, Gates created a lot of wealth. But, had he been born 10 years later, I wonder what would have become of him.

Now, maybe he'll have to struggle on his own with the cruddy software his former company puts out.

Many times I have had a 'Bill Gates Moment' when I wish I had him in the room with me and could ask him, "Why did your software do that? Why, after all these years can't you make it work right? Can you fix it for me? No? Why not?"

64 posted on 06/15/2006 3:02:01 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: edpc
Computer giant...philanthropist....you're still a geek, Bill.

And an imaginative, hard working entrepreneur, and wealthy capitalist. He learned a lot after he flunked out of Harvard.

I'd say he's done okay in his "geek" career.

65 posted on 06/15/2006 3:02:43 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Jake The Goose

Agreed. Lots of Gates bashing here. Sounds like sour grapes of Gates' success. Few remember he told IBM to shove it, and he went on to build an empire.


66 posted on 06/15/2006 3:05:26 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: GI-Frog
You mean, the Dodge Income Taxes Foundation?

Yup. That's the ticket. People who are charitable only do it because they want to dodge taxes. Dick Cheney gave away $6.5m this year. I just know he did it to dodge taxes.

(rolling eyes)

67 posted on 06/15/2006 3:07:53 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: edpc

Ah. The uninformed speak up with little knowledge and zero facts to substantiate their comments.


68 posted on 06/15/2006 3:11:59 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Cementjungle
If I was worth close to $100 billion I sure as heck wouldn't be working either!

Many people, despite their wealth, continue to work because they like to. Especially those who started their own business. My brother started his own company, his net worth at $7m, doesn't need the money but he works 10-12 hours a day and he's almost 60.

69 posted on 06/15/2006 3:14:55 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: HAL9000
One of the greatest Americans of his time, Gates saw opportunity and plunged headlong into hard work. Neither Gates nor his company ever requested any assistance from the government (unlike Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle for instance) and on his own made himself the richest man in the world on nothing but purely voluntary transactions.

Plenty on Free Republic hate his company, products, and some even the man himself, but they are irrelevant. The man is a monumental hero to those who assign that title to those who truly deserve it.

If anyone alive has earned a permanent vacation, it is Bill Gates.

70 posted on 06/15/2006 3:15:30 PM PDT by Live and let live conservative (Capitalism: It works, give it a try America.)
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To: taildragger

Just Do It.

Apple has a sale on refurbs on its website. Get one of the old G4 PowerBooks. I have the 12" for travel, hook it to the monitor at home. I do lots of photos, use Bibble or snag PS7 on eBay.

Tiger is just trouble free, buy a copy of Little Snitch for your outbound firewall. Then install FireFox with Adblock+, the FilterSetG, Noscript, a real hosts file (komando.com). Then Scrapbook, FasterFox, Unplug. No more getting killed with WinXP no more hassles with Linux. Networking troubles just go away with the Mac. Everything runs as a limited user in Tiger. Heck, even QuickBooks needs admin (read suicide) privileges in WinXP.

The Mac Just Works, Just Do It. I should have done this years ago.


71 posted on 06/15/2006 3:35:51 PM PDT by spudsmaki
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To: sinkspur
Gates has created more jobs and wealth than any single living human being.

Try Isabel la Catolica de Castille or Marcus Licinus Crassus.

Adusted into today's dollars, Gates wouldn't even make the top 100. He's got quite a bit in the bank for himself, but in terms of creating wealth for others he'd be way behind John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan or Friedrich Weyerhauser.

Do try to remember that Gates only got the contract to provide the OS for the IBM PC because Gary Kildall was out flying his plane. Well, that and a bit of fraud on Gates' part.

William H. Gates III. Kicked out of Harvard for theft, he's become the most successful snake oil salesman in history. If he was as a good a programmer as he has been at his two true vocations, dirty tricks and marketing, Microsoft wouldn't cost U.S. businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost revenue due to spam, viruses and worms.

His stepping down is probably a good thing for Microsoft. Whether it's a good thing for the U.S. remains to be seen.

Considering that his politics are about the same as George Soros, I'm continually surprised at how many Freepers sing his praises.

Now that's he retiring from overseeing the building of Big Brother into the next version of Windows, he's free to help his father, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner and the other left-wing billionaire collectivist pigs make the world safe for "Transnational Progressivism," or as it's otherwise known, international socialism.

72 posted on 06/15/2006 3:49:07 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Live and let live conservative
and on his own made himself the richest man in the world on nothing but purely voluntary transactions.

Well, that and a bit of extortion.

You a big George Soros fan too?

73 posted on 06/15/2006 3:56:51 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: HAL9000

Gotta put a shameless plug in here for Steve Jobs. Far from retiring from day-to-day operations, his role at Apple is only growing. Head-to-head there's no contest between Jobs and Gates. The terms "Nerd" and "Geek" fit in here, just not sure how... ;-)


74 posted on 06/15/2006 3:58:20 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: Cobra64
ew remember he told IBM to shove it, and he went on to build an empire.

Sounds wonderful. Too bad it's more like:

remember he entered into a contract with IBM to build their next generation OS, then after IBM had sunk millions of dollars into OS/2, stole a lot of stuff and ran, eventually giving the world Windows NT.

75 posted on 06/15/2006 3:59:36 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Cobra64
ew remember he told IBM to shove it, and he went on to build an empire.

Actually, he's a socialist and the son of a socialist.

He learned a lot after he flunked out of Harvard.

You mean "Asked to leave after stealing $40,000 in computer time and if his daddy hadn't written a big check to Harvard he'd have been imprisoned."

76 posted on 06/15/2006 4:01:52 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: HAL9000

Now the Open Source Community will know how we felt when we got Saddam and Zarkowi.


77 posted on 06/15/2006 4:03:47 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: Knitebane

I remember his brief relationship with IBM in the late 1970s. That's when he told IBM to stuff it.


78 posted on 06/15/2006 4:04:20 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Cobra64
I remember his brief relationship with IBM in the late 1970s. That's when he told IBM to stuff it.

I'm not aware that William H. Gates III had any dealings with IBM before his mommy got him the MSDOS gig.

Care to enlighten us on the particulars?

He went from stealing code from the Homebrewers to use in his BASIC for the PDP-10, he tried selling Traf-o-data (a miserable failure), he worked for TRW, Honeywell and he might have worked for one of the other 7 dwarves too.

But he didn't do any work with IBM until his mother who was on the board of the United way with IBM bigshot John Akers, got him a meeting.

79 posted on 06/15/2006 4:24:37 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Spktyr
Bill just bought an iMAC at COSTCO....
80 posted on 06/15/2006 4:37:05 PM PDT by pointsal (Q)
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To: Knitebane
Do try to remember that Gates only got the contract to provide the OS for the IBM PC because Gary Kildall was out flying his plane. Well, that and a bit of fraud on Gates' part.

Well, that's baloney, but it's representative of the rest of your post.

I'm amazed at the number of FReepers who trash Gates. So what if he's a good marketeer? That's what builds business.

Nothing happens until somebody sells something.

81 posted on 06/15/2006 4:37:14 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: edpc

Worse....he thinks he can save the world by throwing his money at problems.

***Worse yet...Gates joined the One World Government ideologistic elites.

(Jay Severen calls Bill Gates a "racist" because Gate's scholarship program excludes all other races except blacks.)


82 posted on 06/15/2006 4:42:21 PM PDT by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: Cobra64
The uninformed speak up.....

That they do....and the self-important continue to impress only themselves.

83 posted on 06/15/2006 4:44:56 PM PDT by edpc
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To: sinkspur
Well, that's baloney, but it's representative of the rest of your post.

Ah yes. Attacking the messenger is a time honored tactic when the message is unassailable.

I'm amazed at the number of FReepers who trash Gates.

Why? He's a lefty that sends tons of money to the UN for, ahem , population control. He's a thief and a liar. He deserves to be trashed.

So what if he's a good marketeer? That's what builds business.

Being a good marketeer isn't the problem. The problem is that he's built an empire on stealing other people's work.

strings dblspace.bin | grep -i Stac
Copyright 1985 Stac Electronics, Inc.

Alfonse Capone built a big business too but I don't see any one around here lionizing him.

84 posted on 06/15/2006 4:54:56 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: purpleland

Which scholarship program are you talking about? His Gates Cambridge Scholarship is open to anyone.


85 posted on 06/15/2006 5:17:10 PM PDT by Young Scholar
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To: Knitebane
The problem is that he's built an empire on stealing other people's work.

LOL!! Let me guess. You're Stac.

86 posted on 06/15/2006 5:18:30 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: GI-Frog

Obviously, greed is driving his generosity. Because if he kept the stock, he would pay no income taxes and still have the billions in net worth. If he sold the stock and kept the money, he would have xx billion - 20% taxes (or maybe a higher rate because of the AMT). If he gives away the money, he had $0 of it left. Thus, he's giving it away out of greed.

/s


87 posted on 06/15/2006 5:22:43 PM PDT by Young Scholar
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To: SSR1
Much as I dislike Windows, he is doing some good work with his money.

Yeah, sorta. If you look into how the Gates foundation and the TRIPS treaty seem to mesh, it makes you wonder. Shrug. I know a couple mill at me would be "great" work ;).

88 posted on 06/15/2006 5:30:11 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: HAL9000

So Vista is going to be the disaster most suspect.


89 posted on 06/15/2006 5:35:51 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: GI-Frog

OTOH, they could have invested in the NYT.


90 posted on 06/15/2006 5:36:49 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: edpc

You're not impressed?

You're also not very well informed, or worth considering....

History requires you invest in knowledge


91 posted on 06/15/2006 5:46:18 PM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: edpc
In all fairness.....few project directors say bad things about their benefactors.

Point well taken. I also base my feeling on things I have read or heard, taken with many grains of salt of course. From my viewpoint, I see a vast differenece between Gates and other super-wealthy people, movie "stars" in particular. He just comes off as being a lot more down to earth and sincere than many super rich people.

92 posted on 06/15/2006 6:06:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Knitebane
Well, that and a bit of extortion. You a big George Soros fan too?

I don't see anything in your link about physical force or even veiled threats of violence, just tough negotiation. Anti-Capitalist rhetoric is apparently not limited to the left.

Don't bother responding, I have no interest in your type. Life's too short to refute every insecure fool one comes across.

93 posted on 06/15/2006 6:22:57 PM PDT by Live and let live conservative (Capitalism: It works, give it a try America.)
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To: Jake The Goose
You're also not very well informed, or worth considering....

....and yet, here you are. I guess you're trying to inform me.

History requires you invest in knowledge

OK, Confucius. I can't say I am overwhelmed by your 'investment' portfolio.

94 posted on 06/15/2006 6:24:48 PM PDT by edpc
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To: Jake The Goose
Politics? Stock price? - what a shallow group today. How about a little respect paid to a man who literally has helped change the world. That's right - changed the world. This man has been worth billions for years now - and yet he still works 18 hour days, 365 days a week, gives away hundreds of millions of dollars. Who cares what his politics are - this man has been a credit to the USA, free market minded people, and needy people. God bless you Bill Gates - and good luck to you.

Excellent post :~D

95 posted on 06/15/2006 6:26:51 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Tribune7
So Vista is going to be the disaster most suspect.

Gates got out just in time. The blame will fall on the new Chief Software Architect - Ray Ozzie.

96 posted on 06/15/2006 7:20:56 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Tribune7

It already is. They've been laboring 5 years to get the Vista beast out the door, while Apple is coding circles around them releasing a major OS X upgrade every year. If Steve Jobs ever comes to his senses and allows OS X to be pre-installed on major PC brands (e.g., Dell), he could give the Gates empire a run for their money.


97 posted on 06/15/2006 7:48:23 PM PDT by Fish_Keeper
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To: HAL9000

That's what I'm thinking.


98 posted on 06/15/2006 7:57:49 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: HAL9000

Gates getting out before Vista???


99 posted on 06/15/2006 11:10:12 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!")
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To: HAL9000

Bill has always been a strong businessman, but just wait until the fire-in-the-belly founders are all gone, and they are replaced by MBA option-jockeys....Reminds me of the sound of a cow patty hitting a cement floor....


100 posted on 06/16/2006 5:56:14 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bandwidth pig)
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