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Re: Brave New World
Tod Landis wrote:
> Big difference. Before the acquisition the "Gates"
> entry emphasized his competitiveness; after the
> acquisition: his "philanthropy"! What philanthropy?
> (Many of us wonder if he will EVER develop
> a social conscience and make donation for the public
Unfortunately, the intention behind these kinds of things can't really
Another interesting example, I believe, of this same thing is the BG bio
on microsoft.com, wherein the unknowing reader can come away with the
impression that Bill Gates invented BASIC:
"While at Harvard, Gates developed the programming language BASIC for
the first microcomputer -- the MITS Altair."
Anyone who doesn't know better, say, perhaps the typical home user,
might read this and think that Gates invented BASIC. After all, when I
write a program from scratch, I do say that I "developed" it. It would
be more correct to say that he "implemented" the already-developed
Anyway, this has little direct bearing on "Appraising Microsoft" today,
but I dislike the slant introduced by the wording of this statement.