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Bill Gates' Creative Capitalism vs. himself

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Bill Gates retired from Microsoft in January this year, and as expected, went full steam ahead with his philanthropic activities through the Gates Foundation. It is not a new notion that the doing of the Gates Foundation would gain him and subsequently Microsoft the good reputation, one that is not so well justified when considering the business practices and the ethically corrupt business model that Microsoft uses to generate their wealth.

A LinuxJournal article titled "Good Bill, Bad Bill, and The Art of Philanthropy" provides a quite clear and interesting analysis of what is happening here. It also quotes Bill talking about what he calls "Creative Capitalism".

Interestingly, I find myself in pretty much complete agreement with Bill Gates in what he describes as Creative Capitalism, although I find myself at odds with the appropriateness of that term. I'd rather call it something like "social captialism" or "socially responsible capitalism". Besides, that's closer to what capitalism was originally supposed to be anyway.

But sadly, Bill's actions contradict what he is saying here. It may either be intentional or he may simply be so spin-headed that he actually believes that what he is doing is consistent with what he is preaching under the "creative capitalism" label.

Real socially responsible capitalism is found in the business around Freedomware and in any business which gives at least equal weight to social justice and ethics as much as to profits. Empowering yourself BY empowering others is they key.

But as the article suggests, all that he is doing is sell the bad drug for free, so to speak, getting people hooked on what ends up weakening them rather than empowering them. At the same time he throws band aids in billions over some worlds problems. Ultimately it seems to me that it is just an inefficient spending of resources combined with activities which, instead of "teaching a man how to fish" makes him incapable of even going to the sea or lake to do so, to use the known analogy. And if you need a last drop, check this out.

And the worst thing of all is that people actually admire him. Despite the evidence to the contrary, conveniently usually out of view, they believe in him as the great successful capitalist that is now at the forefront of using his wealth to help those in need. And everyone who opposes him stands a chance of being lynched.

So what do we do about that?

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The Strange Case of Bill Gates

His new nickname could be Bill 'Jekyll & Hyde' Gates.
The truth is out there and I don't think the honeymoon period will be indefinite, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time, and those close to the action who see the problems caused won't be slow to make noise.

Paper never refused ink so I'm guessing mainstream journalists will eventually pick up on the contradictions, including the shenanigans at the OLPC program. They do love to pull someone down from a pedestal.

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Bill Gates wrote:We only
Bill Gates wrote:

We only get revenue when we make new breakthroughs. Anybody can keep using Windows and Office. The older versions pay us nothing - that is zero revenue. We have to have such amazing breakthroughs that it is worth licensing, worth installing, worth learning and worth using. If we don't meet that test for you, then shame on us. That's the feedback we get from the marketplace.
People should wish that other parts of commerce were as competitive and innovative as the software space. Just think what food would cost, and what advances you would have experienced. This is the fastest moving sector in the economy by far.

from here

After you stop laughing (or crying), let's have a look at that again.

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We only get revenue when we make new breakthroughs.

No, you get revenue whenever someone buys a new computer. Which quite a lot of people do every time the Windows registry rots.

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Anybody can keep using Windows and Office. The older versions pay us nothing - that is zero revenue.

Which is why you have to introduce a new file format to replace a perfectly fine previous format every once in a while, eh?

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We have to have such amazing breakthroughs...

LOL

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...that it is worth licensing, worth installing, worth learning and worth using. If we don't meet that test for you, then shame on us. That's the feedback we get from the marketplace.

Well you sure got some negative feedback from this freedomware user Smiling .

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People should wish that other parts of commerce were as competitive and innovative as the software space. Just think what food would cost, and what advances you would have experienced.

The rich would be eating tasteless burgers with way too much fat in them every day, which would cost about as much as, say, AIDS medicine costs now. The less rich would starve.

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This is the fastest moving sector in the economy by far.

And it could move a damn lot faster if it didn't contain a competition killer.

That's enough of this for me for today.

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By Christ on a stick I

By Christ on a stick I agree.

One of the greatest barriers to the pace of development of human civilisation is Microsofts unholy abomination (and I can't capitulate to the marketing scumdogs) Internet Exploder.

SVG was out years ago. And SMIL. Not standard practice why?
Shame on you Mr Gates. And watch your fragile spiny back Ballmer.

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I am not really against Bill

I am not really against Bill Gates, however Bill Gates the BUSINESSMAN is not a visionary, or a great leader

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