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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the should-have-asked-for-more-stuff dept.

Christmas Cheer 118

An anonymous reader writes "Gates fulfilled a Reddit users wish-list by buying several items and donating to a listed charity organization, although he did pass on getting the iPad on the list. From the article: 'The true identity of Rachel's Secret Santa was finally revealed when she found a photo of Gates holding the stuffed animal and the signed donation sent to Heifer International. An inscription in the book with a "really nice message" and note from Gates wishing Rachel a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday was the topper.'"

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not the first time (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 10 months ago | (#45742137)

he's done Duke things before.

Anybody else seriously disturbed by this? (5, Funny)

sideslash (1865434) | about 10 months ago | (#45742173)

She opened the gift before Christmas. What's up with that?

Re:Anybody else seriously disturbed by this? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742207)

It's that War on Christmas the Right's been warning us about, Gretchen Carlson was right all along!

This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciprocate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742189)

and link to something.. ANYTHING slashdot has done in the last few years.

Re:This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciproca (4, Insightful)

FunkDup (995643) | about 10 months ago | (#45742307)

and link to something.. ANYTHING slashdot has done in the last few years.

what does slashdot do?

Scratch that. We pontificate. We're very good at that.

Re:This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciproca (4, Funny)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about 10 months ago | (#45744669)

Scratch that. We pontificate. We're very good at that.

Nah, we just hurl profanities and insults at each other in a misguided attempt to feel important. You numpty :P

Re:This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciproca (1)

Wootery (1087023) | about 10 months ago | (#45745241)

Numpty? You insensitive clod!

Re:This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciproca (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742975)

Doubtful. Even if that is the case, Slashdot is little more than a news aggregator with (usually) terrible article summaries and a comments section. Why would anything want to link to it? That would be even worse than citing a Wikipedia article as a credible source.

Capture Every Tear Drop and Drink Them Mixed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742199)

IMO, someone wants power, badly.

Matthew 6:3
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Matthew 6:4
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Re:Capture Every Tear Drop and Drink Them Mixed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742455)

LOL fucking fairy tales crack me up, erm I shouldn't be ripping on your religion just because I'm an atheist. I just can't believe the fire and brimstone preachers that turned me off when I was 10.

Re:Capture Every Tear Drop and Drink Them Mixed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742553)

I just can't believe the fire and brimstone preachers that turned me off when I was 10.

That's weird, normally they're trying to turn 10 year olds on.

Re:Capture Every Tear Drop and Drink Them Mixed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742545)

You forgot the bold font in the last line. Jesus Christ! Get it right!!

Re:Capture Every Tear Drop and Drink Them Mixed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743399)

Try reading some Hans Christian Andersen next. He wrote much better fairy tales.

If he wasn't giving her an iPad (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742205)

could he not have tossed in a surface instead (I guess then they could count it as a sell, lord knows he probably has a pile of them in some closet)

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (4, Funny)

mosb1000 (710161) | about 10 months ago | (#45742213)

Why not just slap her in the face? She'd probably like that better. . .

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742233)

Kind of like how you like being slapped in the face by big cocks during a faggot orgy?

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742319)

Do you like sucking shit out of faggot assholes? I bet you do.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742609)

Rape culture gets a 5 Funny rating on Slashdot?

It's not just the people who modded this up who are guilty but the majority who didn't mod it down. You should be ashamed over yourselves.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742841)

I think it's you who should be ashamed if a slap to the face equals rape to you. Go back to tumblr, social justice warriors don't really work here.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 months ago | (#45742891)

although buying someone a surface is pretty near to rape, I don't think slap on the face quite counts. so you're now making everyone into a rapist because they didn't use their mod points on it! what the fuck? do you have any fucking idea how real rape victims would feel about that?? are all the women in the world who have slapped someone in the face RAPIST SLUTS????

so please go fuck yourself. sincerely, the spirit of christmas.

ps. and a happy goatse to all from the golden girls reunion at the gnaa!

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744129)

Owning a surface is pretty horrific but you shouldn't equate it with rape like that, it belittles both experiences.

Re: If he wasn't giving her an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743185)

totally agree, sueface is junk, microsoft know that!

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742221)

Because it's the season to bring joy to one another, get with the spirit of the season man.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742295)

Would have doubled their sales figure for the Xmas season, too!

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (1)

countach (534280) | about 10 months ago | (#45742877)

Why check his business bigotry at the door, and get her the iPad she wanted?

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (3)

tchdab1 (164848) | about 10 months ago | (#45743183)

I'm inclined to interpret this as a nod from Bill that every action still counts as a move in his game. Can't ever turn it off.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (2)

InsightfulPlusTwo (3416699) | about 10 months ago | (#45744953)

Yeah, he's secretly consulting a medium so he can go on competing with dead Steve Jobs.

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743817)

Would having a Rolls-Royce on the wishlist instead of an Ipad change anything? A wishlist is a guide, not a rule. The woman seems thrilled to have gotten something from someone famous. Can it not be left at that?

Re:If he wasn't giving her an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45745273)

I want to know what type of moron expects a $500 ipad in an anonymous gift exchange.

Petty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742217)

I'd have gotten the iPad as well.

Re:Petty (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742271)

The classy thing would have been to give her both the iPad and a Surface and say "let us know which you like better".

But I guess it's a rule that when your company puts out an inferior product you just have to be a dick instead.

Turd Polishing (0)

hoboroadie (1726896) | about 10 months ago | (#45742355)

More of a PR ploy than a "secret" if he's going to put a picture in there. Reminds me of all those awesome Microsoft commercials through the years.
Takes a big roll of paper towels to get that blood off your hands. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Turd Polishing (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742431)

Come on! It was a nice gesture. The man didn't _have_ to do this, but did anyway. This brought some joy to the world that wouldn't have been there otherwise and in my book that qualifies as a good thing.

(So M$ and BG has done some (very) objectionable things. I agree, but this wasn't one of them.)

Re:Turd Polishing (2)

Stuarticus (1205322) | about 10 months ago | (#45744131)

Look how much free publicity it scored him, if it was truly altruistic why did he pop his picture in there?

Re:Turd Polishing (2)

msobkow (48369) | about 10 months ago | (#45744231)

Maybe because he wanted to give her something memorable instead of just donating to charity in her name?

Personally I'd think that note and photo were the far more valuable portion of the gift. For anyone who collects things like signatures, it'd be a family treasure. I know I'd be framing it and putting it on the wall, as proof that I once was contacted by the elusive Bill Gates.

Re:Turd Polishing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744207)

he's in a position to give a thousand, a million, a billion people a better christmas.
he did one.
AND turned it into a public pr stunt.

If the average person had done this. Fucking awesome. But on the scale that billyg is rich... What he did is like giving a waitress a 2 cent tip on a 100,000 check.

At this point there's still a nice space in hell for him right next to steve jobs. In the section for people who could have changed the world. Who could have EASILY made a huge diffrence in improving humanity. And instead went for pr and profit.

Re:Turd Polishing (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 10 months ago | (#45745419)

He started a charitable foundation with a donation of about 40 billion dollars [wikipedia.org] , and while it isn't perfect (what $40 billion venture is?) it has made great strides in alleviating poverty and eradicating disease around the world. And he did this well after gathering more money than any one man could have any hope of using in his or his grand children's lifetimes; what exactly does he need PR for again?

Re:Turd Polishing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744989)

A lot of people do nice things, that are as mundane to them, as this is to Bill Gates. We don't make a big deal of any of those. What's worse, a lot of people do nice things that cost a lot to them (and not just in the monetary sense) and achieve much more, and yet we turn a blind eye to them.

I'm sorry, but this is just not news at all. It's just a media stunt.

If Bill drops a $100 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45745029)

If Bill drops a $100, it isn't worth it for him to bend down to pick it up. We have lost our perspective indeed. Bill paused to scratch his crotch, nothing more.

Re:Turd Polishing (5, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | about 10 months ago | (#45742617)

Yes, indeed there is blood on that man's hands. I too remember the Great Internet Explorer Wars. Saw many good people lose their lives in that dark chapter of human history. What brutal, senseless suffering, and all because machines came pre-packaged with this one certain browser. Damn it Bill, why did you have to go and include a browser with every operating system, you heartless, greedy bastard! Were those ill gotten gains worth it?! And now you think you can just undo the sins of your past by eradicating malaria, hunger, and illiteracy? Well, it won't work! None of that can compare to the horrors of browser/operating system bundling. Truly, Micro$oft money is blood money.

Re:Turd Polishing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743231)

Ahh...someone who still thinks that the browser wars were the worst thing that Microsoft did...how cute.

If you're looking for blood, you'll find that Microsoft's illegal tactics killed BeOS and OS/2 through their OEM exclusive licensing deals. Or how about the swath of dead word processors left in the wake of Microsoft's proprietary office formats and unwillingness to export to any common format.

Really, the embedding of IE was probably 3rd or 4th on their list of illegal and unethical practices.

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

MildlyTangy (3408549) | about 10 months ago | (#45743289)

oh dude get over it, business is business. Of course its cut throat, theres billions of dollars to be had.

This is not tiddlywinks, son.

Re:Turd Polishing (2)

ruir (2709173) | about 10 months ago | (#45743331)

You are being too kind. How they cheated out Tim Patterson and resold "DOS" with a huge profit. How Stacker killed the hard-drive competition. How about Windows 3 hard coded error messages that killed DR-DOS, besides strong arming major suppliers into installing only DOS and then Windows in exchange for major "discounts"...how about hidden APIs and bug fixes to Windows 95 that only were applied when you installed Office. OS/2 was also clearly sabotaged from the inside, they were only there to steal the ideas. Or their sabotage of the Java APIs to prevent it to become a stable ubiquitous platform of development. How they swindled netscape and the HTLM standard. How Exchange had code to make IMAP protcolols slow to further the agenda of Windows/Outlook workstations. The creation of ASP to disrupt PHP. The inclusion of anti-virus in Windows. How they obfuscated so much protocols like SMB and the Office documents to delay their reverse engineering. How their business model is to continually disrupt their own products to create a need to buy the latest, and the latest training.

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

LocalH (28506) | about 10 months ago | (#45743619)

TIL you can buy something outright and resell it, and you're "cheating out" the previous owner.

MS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743865)

When I was in high school in 2000 I thought Microsoft was evil. IT was the "cool" thing to do among geeks.

As time went on I came to realize just how petty and small the criticisms against Microsoft are. Bundling a browser so your OS can display HTML and reach the internet out of the box? Refusing to adopt some open source format for your office suite? Paying a guy for his OS without telling him why they're doing it?

Nothing wrong with any of these.

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

ruir (2709173) | about 10 months ago | (#45744091)

When you dont have any product to offer, you know you are about to do the business of the century, are dealing with the giant of the industry, and do everything you can to hide it from the seller just to pay a paltry sum, yep, you are being a scoundrel. Need I point the obvious?

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

Jack Griffin (3459907) | about 10 months ago | (#45743913)

As mentioned Business ain't tiddlywinks. And he's now saving lives, what are you doing?

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

Carewolf (581105) | about 10 months ago | (#45744793)

Nice list, you got a little carried away though. The Office documents are not obfuscated as much as designed for another time and lazily modernized (they are dumps of the in original in-memory representation of the documents in C++ saved to disk). And I don't think they "swindled" the HTML standard. IE4 was the first browser to implement CSS1 and HTML4, Netscape were the ones trying to abuse their dominance by making their own extensions. Of course after MS won, the situation changed and MS slowed down and made their own shit for IE6.

Other than that, yet pretty spot on. There were also updates in Windows 3.11 to break it in new ways when running inside OS/2. OS/2 ended up having to apply patches to unbreak the stuff MS put in to break OS/2, a slow arms race with patches distributed by floppies for a while. Sure that was a few more companies they screwed as well, it was hard to keep track of in the 90s.

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | about 10 months ago | (#45745637)

The creation of ASP to disrupt PHP.

You do know ASP was introduced in 1996, before PHP became popular? That was during the PHP/FI 1.0 days, which were followed by PHP/FI 2.0 before it became PHP 3 and started resembling the PHP we know today.

No, ASP was introduced to unseat Perl, which was the defacto language for CGI scripts at the time.

Re:Turd Polishing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743419)

Actually Be killed BeOS with stupid business decisions. I used to be a BeOS user and advocate, but even I could see how Jean-Louis Gasbag mismanaged the company into oblivion.

OS/2 disappeared as a desktop OS because it was more expensive than Windows and had much steeper system requirements.

30 years of substandard software (1, Troll)

rsilvergun (571051) | about 10 months ago | (#45743475)

Microsoft set the bar, and set it low. When there were several very usable desktop environments that ran on the 386 (which was a ridiculously powerful computer) theirs (Windows 2.0) was junk. It was also cheap, and OEMs packaged it up so they could say they had a desktop environment w/o paying for one...

Don't get me started on Beos. I don't care so much that they killed the OS, but they buried the technology too. Beos had a multimedia filesystem with working meta data that was fully searchable in near real time in 1999 for God's sake, and it did that on a 400 Mhz AMD. Microsoft STILL can't get that working.

Microsoft has set back software development and usability at least 20 years. I keep hearing how amazing their engineers are, but I don't see much evidence of that. What I see a series of Alphas (Vista), turned into Betas (Win7) and then back again (Win8). Forget my flying car, why the hell can't I move a window on a screen without ghosting in 2013? I have 2 gig of ram on my VIDEO CARD... :(

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

Jack Griffin (3459907) | about 10 months ago | (#45743911)

Well played.

Re:Turd Polishing (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#45743951)

Yes, indeed there is blood on that man's hands.

Remember this blood [latimes.com] ? It continues to pour [grist.org] .

And now you think you can just undo the sins of your past by eradicating malaria, hunger, and illiteracy? Well, it won't work!

In fact, the Gates foundation will cure none of these things.

Re:Petty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743485)

Think about what you just said: someone is a dick because they didn't buy an overpriced tech toy for some stranger on the internet.

POWER: Oh, how the dragons lust for it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742229)

IMO, someone wants power, badly.

Matthew 6:3
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Matthew 6:4
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

The cow was needed for the ritual sacrifice (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742237)

666 more days till Windows 8 EOL

remember the spam? (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about 10 months ago | (#45742321)

What about the million dollars Gates offered to give away in all the spam emails I've got over the years?

Bill Gates = Common Core, inBloom, NSA Kinect 2 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742359)

Ah, a puff piece for Gates from the owners of Slashdot- how unexpected- NOT!

Meanwhile Gates partnered with Rupert Murdoch- you know, the war mongering propagandist that owns Fox news- in order to create the full surveillance database system designed to record EVERY aspect of every American child's life, including sexual development, under the inBloom corporation.

Meanwhile, Gates placed his full resources behind the 'Common Core' initiative in the schools where kids like those of Gates never have to set foot.

Meanwhile, Gates oversaw billions of Microsoft money used to buy every available depth-sensing motion sensor company, so Gates could partner with the NSA to place a military grade, time-of-flight depth sensor in the new Kinect 2 sensor block provided with every Xbox One console. Kinect 2, with its ordinary light camera, infra-red camera (that sees in the 'dark), depth sensor and microphone array gives the NSA unthinkable access to the homes of millions of Americans.

Gates dedicated so much of the Xbox One's hardware to NSA spying functions, that the console is far less powerful for games than Sony's PS4, yet costs more, and uses far more power in standby (because the NSA spy sensors are ALWAYS active on the Xbox One). The Xbox One is always recording high resolution face shots of every one who enters the room, and uploads these images to NSA servers in the so-called MS cloud multiple times a day, so that NSA systems can attempt to run face recognition algorithms, and build up comprehensive databases of the timed presence of individuals at the consoles known location.

Gates intends that his Xbox One is a fore-runner for the next generation of NSA full surveillance programs, and grooms the US public to expect direct spying on their lives in their own homes. Every Xbox One has a unique cryptology key, and a full list of all these keys is held by the NSA. Every online Xbox One reports this fact to an NSA master server, and ANY online Xbox One can be ordered to immediately begin capturing, compressing, encrypting and uploading high quality sound and audio stream. Gates ordered the Xbox One to be able to do this with ZERO impact on user functions, so even AAA gaming will be unaffected when the console is capturing and transmitting video.

However, Gates went much further than this. The NSA can down load trigger conditions to any online console, forcing the console to be CONSTANTLY (even in stand-by) processing input from all the sensors, looking for a 'match'. The triggers can include the presence of a given individual, general sound patterns, noises or words, or even sexual activity in the 'dark'. If the console is 'offline' when the trigger occurs, the video stream is simply held on a dedicated area set aside on the internal hard-drive for later uploading.

The Xbox One runs THREE simultaneous OSes, one dedicated to the NSA spy platform (at the cost of gaming performance). The Xbox One dedicates a significant chunk of the hardware, including dedicated CPUs from the eight available, and a large chunk of the RAM, to Kinect functionality, even when the user is using ZERO kinect functions.

Gates gave the Xbox One a microphone array that he boasts can, much of the time, hear conversations in adjoining rooms.

With Common Core, inBloom and the Kinect 2 spy platform, Gates is attempting to convince his colleagues in what Gates himself calls 'the elite' that the American public can be pushed far, far further than previously thought, without risk of backlash. Gates' argument is that when the people of America won't even stand up to protect their children against the abuses targeted at them by initiatives like inBloom, it proves they are now so subservient, it is time to take things to the next step. The owners of Slashdot would certainly agree with this analysis.

So when are the Google guys going to play Santa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742367)

Oh...right...

Re:So when are the Google guys going to play Santa (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 10 months ago | (#45742915)

You mean, keeping track of who is being naughty or nice and reporting it to the NSA, CIA, FBI, local law enforcement, and other commercial entities?

Re:So when are the Google guys going to play Santa (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743249)

Typically happens during Google I/O where they give away toys costing about twice what the conference costs to attend.

From the two years that I attended, I got 3 Android phones, a Google TV and preview access to Google Wave (which, in hindsight, was more like the proverbial lump of coal, but it's the thought that counts, right?)

Attendees in the years since have gotten Google Glass, MiFis with free service and I'm guessing quite a bit more.

hey slashdot how about running this story... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742395)

Worker crushed to death at Amazon identified as grandfather from Irvington:

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/12/worker_crushed_to_death_at_amazon_identified_as_grandfather_from_irvington.html#incart_river_default

Slaughtered by Jeff Bezo's greed right before Christmas!

Hahaha (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742507)

I'm sure I'll get modded down for this, but I can't resist:

iPad: So expensive, even Bill Gates takes a pass!

Of course, his saving grace is he didn't see fit to punish her with a Surface, at least.

Re:Hahaha (-1, Troll)

ruir (2709173) | about 10 months ago | (#45743351)

I am quite sure he has an iPad in every corner of his mansion, and even one in the bathroom for tubgirl.

Re:Hahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743739)

Have you tried the better surface? Beats iPad hands down. Unfortunately also costs a lot.

One Microsoft Way: The Desolation of Gates (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742587)

nothing but piss for you, chump, IN 3-D!!!!!

Bill Gates reads Reddit? (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about 10 months ago | (#45742631)

Do you think he reads Slashdot, too?

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742667)

does he sit on a diamond toilet? who cares!

off to groklaw with you!

at this rate, he could spill coffee on his hand and it would make the front page of /.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about 10 months ago | (#45742803)

No, you don't understand.

The possibility that I might have flamed and insulted Bill Gates without knowing it really brightens my day. It makes my diminutive heart grow 3 sizes larger all at once. It's like Christmas for me.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45742945)

What a piece of shit you are.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (1)

Jerslan (1088525) | about 10 months ago | (#45743637)

[sarcasm]Yes, because history shows that people who call people "pieces of shit" are SOOOOO much better... especially when they do so anonymously...[/sarcasm]

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743783)

The AC was not calling phantomfive anything. The AC was simply stating a fact.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (-1, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 months ago | (#45743947)

The AC was not calling phantomfive anything. The AC was simply stating a fact.

Not unless they had "the circle of poo" in mind when they wrote it. Bill Gates is a career criminal who has hidden his wealth in a charitable foundation which invests the bulk of its money in evil corporations which kill people. You idiots who think he's a good guy now are just that, idiots.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744087)

Bill Gates is a career criminal who has hidden his wealth in a charitable foundation which invests the bulk of its money in evil corporations which kill people.[Citation needed]

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45745023)

Are you the "before Scrooge" or the "after Scrooge"? I honestly can't tell from you remarks...

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (2)

fropenn (1116699) | about 10 months ago | (#45742993)

If he does, I have two Christmas wishes of my own:
the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace...
...and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free, in a Swiss bank account.

(Thanks, Steve Martin!)

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (1)

ruir (2709173) | about 10 months ago | (#45743357)

Actually 30 million in a swiss bank account, one time payment is enough, thank you.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744147)

I'll take that 30 million to my regular bank account. If I have to pay some sort of gift tax, then so be it. I would not spend 30 million minus gift tax in my lifetime anyway.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744405)

That's not even enough for one capable fighter jet. You'll never be able to acheive air supperiority, and you'll just be living under the thumb the government for the rest of your life. At least you can still have this [youtube.com]

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743629)

Do you think he reads Slashdot, too?

Yes, but his posts are automatically modded down to -5 due to a signed int bug so you never see them. They are logged via a printer in the Slashdot lavatory that uses special 2-ply paper.

Re:Bill Gates reads Reddit? (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 10 months ago | (#45744235)

If his Geek Card is still valid, then yes, I'm sure he does.

He probably gets a hell of a giggle out of the ranting fanbois on all sides of the arguments now that he's retired from the industry...

bill gates now a secret santa meme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743149)

This is now a meme:
http://imgur.com/g/memes/K8hipiw

Being born into money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743259)

Has its advantages, one of which is better taste in certain circumstances. (Yes, Gates made his fortune through Microsoft, but he also had a privileged childhood including enrollment at exclusive private schools).

Contrast what Gates did with Richard Stallman's holiday gift advice [slashdot.org] .

Micorosft may be evil, but Gates seems nice. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743325)

Saying this is probably some form of sacrilege, considering my tendency to avoid MS products when possible -- my everyday desktop is Debian, for example -- but I have no problem separating the company from the man.

I don't like Microsoft's business practices, and generally don't care for their software, but Gates himself always seemed like an overall decent* guy with a passion for software and technology, unlike Jobs, who always sounded like a jackass to me. There's an irony in that, given the fanatical following of Jobs and general distaste people display toward BillG, presumably due to the business practices of Microsoft and ubiquity of its products.

Even if it's a PR stunt, it was a nice one, and handled in a classy way. He could have given away a bunch of XB1s and other branded products, for example, but didn't. What he did was thoughtful and nicely done, and he didn't even do it in a way that bragged about how many zeroes were on the donation made.

* Which doesn't mean he's a flawless person or always a nice guy. I'm sure he has plenty of flaws; if nothing else, he condoned or ignored Microsoft's various shady tactics over the years

And Obama? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743327)

Commutes 8 crack cocaine dealers and a shit load of low lifers.

His kinda a people.

Yea right.

Fuck-n ass hole deserves a M16 up his ass.

Re:And Obama? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743575)

Ah the American racist, compensating for his microscopic dick.

Microsoft may be evil, but Gates seems nice. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743329)

Saying this is probably some form of sacrilege, considering my tendency to avoid MS products when possible -- my everyday desktop is Debian, for example -- but I have no problem separating the company from the man.

I don't like Microsoft's business practices, and generally don't care for their software, but Gates himself always seemed like an overall decent* guy with a passion for software and technology, unlike Jobs, who always sounded like a jackass to me. There's an irony in that, given the fanatical following of Jobs and general distaste people display toward BillG, presumably due to the business practices of Microsoft and ubiquity of its products.

Even if it's a PR stunt, it was a nice one, and handled in a classy way. He could have given away a bunch of XB1s and other branded products, for example, but didn't. What he did was thoughtful and nicely done, and he didn't even do it in a way that bragged about how many zeroes were on the donation made.

* Which doesn't mean he's a flawless person or always a nice guy. I'm sure he has plenty of flaws; if nothing else, he condoned or ignored Microsoft's various shady tactics over the years.

PSYOP. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45743491)

So I guess we'll forget Microsoft built in a NSA back door into Windows for targeting killings via the secret FISA case management systems ??? XKEYSCORE says they are tracking metadata from XML built into Windows software product.

Nothing new... (1, Funny)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about 10 months ago | (#45743653)

Just Bill Gates again trying to get young kids to like him, and therefore Microsoft, so that they grow up only using Microsoft products. This is like a drug dealer buying a kid tons of toys, and then saying, "Hey, I bought you those gifts. *wink* *wink* I work on 6th Ave., and I'm a drug dealer." Boom!

I would have preferred the cow delivered... (1)

Rande (255599) | about 10 months ago | (#45744037)

...to my house.
I'd have to buy a chest freezer to fit all the meat, but a whole cow would last me 6 months.

The 'WHOOOSH' did not pass..... (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 10 months ago | (#45745733)

On a practical and related note, several years running their was a guy I worked with that would buy several young steers and pigs to raise to butchering size. He had the perfect setup at his home to do this.

We would all chip in a modest fee to support the feeding and raising, he would take them to be 'processed and give us a call to come pick up our meat.

He got his 'free' for the work, and we all got range free, and range fed pork and beef at about 40% of current 'but it in the supermarket prices', and it was some AWESOME eating...everyone made out like a bandit.

You might inquire around your area for a similar arrangement.Call it a kickstarter campaign to be 'trendy'. ;-)

*BTW, the 'WHOOOSH' did not escape me...LOL.*

When it comes to quality food, I really miss my youth, growing up on farms and ranches. The food was superb, and FRESH! Well worth the little extra effort, and much cheaper by cutting a slew of middlemen and feedlots out of the loop. ;-)

Well He did not buy an Ipad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744387)

Guess he understands why I dont buy Windows.

How did slashdot come to this .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45744513)

How did slashdot come to this, giving free publicity to the worlds chief software thief ..

Quit being douches! (2)

MistabewM (17044) | about 10 months ago | (#45744995)

Bill Gates has done more good for this world since he stepped down as the business leader of Microsoft then any of us will ever manage to do. As a business man he was decisive, aggressive and focused. He was arguably the best at what he did. As a philanthropist he appears to be doing the same thing.

It would have been easy for him to sit back with his riches and let them pile up and do nothing. But no, he does the hard thing. He tries to help the world be a better place, he tries to help the human race as a whole and you guys just continue shitting all over him for it.

Fuck Slashdot. I cannot even count how many years I have been here and you fucks have ruined it. Back in the day there would have been some conversation of this but it would not have turned into the circle jerk of wannabes waving their nerd peens.

Comparison (3, Funny)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 10 months ago | (#45745073)

Reddit: "Cool! Well-done Bill. Sounds like a good charity that helps people.. Cute cow. Funny you didn't send her a Surface, ha ha ha. Merry Christmas, everybody!"

Slashdot: "FUCKING RAPIST! Yeah, RAPIST."

Jesus Christ.

The real question here. (1)

Nam-Ereh-Won (2927897) | about 10 months ago | (#45745175)

Who got Gates and what did he get?

Re:The real question here. (1)

GoCrazy (1608235) | about 10 months ago | (#45745387)

Himself. And the iPad.

what? (1)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 10 months ago | (#45745467)

Ok, so I didn't know wtf Reddit was, so I read the article. It appears that this is something where you get assigned a person, and get them some or all of their gifts that they request. In this case, the girl wanted:
teddy bear
magazine
iPad
donation to her favorite charity

So Bill Gates, one of the richest guys on the planet got her, and didn't even get her all of what she wanted, because of his business plan. What a dick! It doesn't mention how much the donation was.

I didn't think that actually worked! (1)

Java Pimp (98454) | about 10 months ago | (#45745679)

So I should have been reposting those "Bill Gates will give you $10,000" messages on Facebook!?! Damn!

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