2/16/2007

Bill Gates - Bald Faced Liar or Moron (You decide)

Filed under: — menk @ 9:02 am

I sweat when I lie!

Bill Gates in a recent Newsweek interview attacked Apple and the Mac with what only can be described as a full on lie fest. These patent untruths did not go unnoticed as virtually every news outlet in the world covered the story that Bill was angry about Apple’s success recently. In no small part this success is based on the fact that Macs are undeniably more secure and safe a platform than Windows. When it was pointed out to ‘Monopoly Bill’ in the interview that there were ads from Apple poking fun at PCs and Vista his head practically exploded. When he was asked: “Are you bugged by the Apple commercial where John Hodgman is the PC, and he has to undergo surgery to get Vista?”

Gates red faced and sweating launched into a tirade: “I’ve never seen it. I don’t think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are.”

“If you just want to say, “Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,” that’s fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief who indicated in an internal Microsoft e-mail to Gates he would like to buy a Mac] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is.”

“Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.”

(Maybe Bill just doesn’t get all the spam that the reset of us receive from the thousands of Zombie Windows Machines but this alone demonstrates how inane his claim that Windows can’t be hacked while the Mac is a sieve.)

In response to Bill’s lying rants many experts on security speculated on why he would flat out lie about such things.

Scott Granneman of Security Focus noted the following: “My reaction, like most knowledgeable people who read this, was open-mouthed astonishment. Now, either Bill is heavily drugged and delusional, which I don’t believe, or he’s just completely ignorant, which I also discount, or he knows exactly what he’s saying and has an ulterior motive. That’s my best guess.”

“ Bill Gates knows that he’s at best exaggerating and at worst completely lying through his teeth. So why’s he doing it? Because he also knows that Apple’s new ads are helping Macs to sell like hot cakes, and that security is a big reason why a lot of people are throwing up their hands in disgust at Windows and switching to Apple’s computers. Who reads Newsweek? Not computer pros, but Joe and Jane Computeruser, and Joe and Jane tend to believe what they read in the mainstream media… ”

When you are Bill Gates and when your fortune is threatened by a company with a better product and 6% of the market; I guess you can justify totally lying to consumers essentially deceiving them into continuing to piss away their hard earned money on yet another poor Microsoft product.

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