Wednesday, March 02, 2005

i've lost all respect for queen and country...

you know knighthood doesn't mean a gosh darned thing anymore when Bill Gates getting knighted...

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knights are supposed to be noble, honourable folks... we're supposed to be able to look at them and believe that we ourselves can be better people... how the heck does Bill Gates qualify?

14 comments:

stillwaters said...

Ouch.

Anonymous said...

Oh comon billy is a great guy he is a very successful enterprenour whats wrong in giving him knighthood how many people have got jobs because of him why the heck you care

Anonymous said...

Listen you losers out there...if you can't make it like Bill Gates did...then move to another planet...or admit atleast he is better then those crook politicians who rob us and never contribute a penny to the needy ones

Anonymous said...

When you manage to contribute over US$1 billion to improve global health from your personal net worth, then maybe you should throw a few stones...

MPH said...

A hero!

Sonic said...

what u write is ur individual opinion.
what we read is ours.
let us thank 'Sir' Bill so we from all over the world can share our views here without bias or hesitation ;)

Splat Guy said...

Whatever his flaws, Bill Gates took software from being the realm of the geeks and brought it to businesses and consumers. Apple might have made easier-to-use computers, but they were totally unaffordable, as well as being monopolistic in they way they were manufactured.

The reality is that without Microsoft we would probably still be at a 1990s level of computing. After all, without the massive market created by Microsoft there would never have been enough R&D money to fund all the advances in hardware etc. over the last 15 years.

Oh, and ditto for the comments about how he's given people jobs AND provided billions for the world's needy, which is way more than Linux has done.

His software isn't always a geek's dream, but I think he's a pretty admirable individual for all the things he's done. He definitely deserved the knighthood, IMHO.

Begalke said...
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jjb said...

He is being knighted not for Microsoft's endeavors, but rather for his foundation's very humanitarian and noble work. Work that is very much deserving of any award a sovereign might dream up.

Gates Foundation"I am humbled and delighted. I’m particularly pleased that this honour helps recognise the real heroes our foundation supports to improve health in poor countries. Their incredible work is helping ensure that one day all people — no matter where they are born — will have the same opportunity for a healthy life, and I’m grateful to share this honour with them." - Bill Gates, KBE

~jjb

Electric Monk said...

Wow, what a swell of pro-gatesian emotion we've got here.

Face facts, Bill is no saint. He ripped off a bunch of people and companies to get where he is now... Seattle Computer Products (developers of QDOS, rebadged and licensed to IBM as MS-DOS), Apple Computer (original implementors of most of the UI techniques subsequently stolen for Windows), Stacker Corp (whose Stacker code was virtually unchanged when presented as DoubleSpace), and on and on.

So he gave a little money to charity? That's nice. But I'm afraid that I've always expected that a Knight would have a bit more in the way of morals, ethics and... well, let's face it, charisma.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. I thought Apple stole the UI from Xerox.

Bravo for Gates getting the honour, he played a good game, and has done great things with his wealth. He has helped many people and that is what is being rewarded.

RIchard said...

Oh NO! Making money, what a crime. Following suit on someones inovation is stealing. That would be like GM refusing to use the assembly line, because they don't want to rip off Ford. The man gave way more than a million. I think that you said you're in Canada so maybe you didn't notice, but hear in the States almost every Library has computers with internet so anyone can have access to the internet. Bill Gates's foundation is largly responsible for that.

-- Richard Zeien

Anonymous said...

Windows sucks but can't argue that Bill Gates is generous..

As for the Knighthood, it has got no value whatsoever.. look at the people that are being knighted.. gays..rocker, drug addicts.. etc..

Joshmaul said...

To be honest, I am not entirely surprised. I am surprised at how long it took, though...