The 2016 Tony Award race just got a lot nerdier. Nerds, a musical about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, is coming to Broadway - just in time to be considered for American theater's top prize.Read More
Bill Gates Says Vaccines Are the Best Thing for Developing Countries While People in This Country Turn Them Down
Another in a long list of things people take for granted.
No matter how many blue screens of death caused me to curse his name as a child, Bill Gates is a wonderful human being and philanthropist. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation works hard to improve the quality of life for people in developing nations, which includes delivering a lot of helpful vaccines whether people in other nations think they're evil corporate death potions or not.Read More
Water doesn't just grow on trees, you know.
Clean water is a big problem in underdeveloped areas of the world, and Bill Gates has a solution: poop water.Read More
He did not include the gift of "glorious purpose."
This cat logs on every day to moderate submissions in r/pics.Read More
Now, where's the button that turns Hobby Lobby off?
Not a fan of IUDs or other hormonal contraception options? Don't worry, friends, the future of our fallopian tubes is bright! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently experimenting with an incredible microchip that could be embedded into the body to provide convenient and reliable protection for far longer than any currently available hormonal birth control. Now if I can just keep track of where I put the remote...Read More
Next maybe he'll have something to say about the blue screen of death.
The "three finger salute" of Control+Alt+Delete has been a part of Microsoft lore since it was first put into the Acorn computers in 1981 by developer David Bradley. It's also used to log in to Windows 7 and below, which annoys users to this day. Gates is real sorry about that, as it turns out.Read More
Please just let this be unfortunate phrasing. Please just let this be unfortunate phrasing...
Bill Clinton has only been on Twitter a few months, and he's already taking selfies. Clinton's selfies always feature a former president, and sometimes feature Bill Gates. Unfortunately, Clinton's caption was "Two Bills, one selfie," which is potentially the grossest reference ever made by a former President.Read More
When Bill Gates issued a call for a condom that was safer, stronger, and easier to apply, he got slingshot mastermind Joerg Sprave's attention, mostly with that "easier to apply" part. The result is Sprave's latest creation -- a condom-applying slingshot. Because hey, you don't get a title like slingshot mastermind by not making things like this.Read More
Things We Saw Today
A few weeks ago Code.org launched with the goal of getting more young people excited about coding. When they launched there were rumors that they were producing a video with some of the biggest names in coding like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Today they released that video, and sure enough, Gates and Zuckerberg are in there. They're in good company too, with some big name coders from Twitter, Dropbox, and for some reason will.i.am. The takeaway message? Being a programmer now is basically like being a junk bond trader in the 1980s, except the cocaine and strippers have been replaced with free pizza and awesome rumpus rooms, and the bond trading has been replaced with doing something of some utility to society.Read More
Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields out there, but its growth is outpacing the number of young people studying it. One projection says that by the year 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students. That's a huge disparity. The new site Code.org launched today to try to change that by helping grow computer programming education in the United States. It seems like their plan is to make coding seem cool so more young people will learn how to do it. Where do we sign up?Read More
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a project by Manchester University researcher Sarah Haigh with the end goal of making toilet water safe to drink, as well as being able to have energy extracted from it. Don't tell your dog just yet, but Patches may have some high quality water to sneak from the bathroom when you aren't looking sometime in the future.Read More
so long and thanks for all the fish
“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger...But being ambitious is good. You just have to pick what you enjoy doing.” Bill Gates speaking at University of Washington, responding to a student who asked him what she can do to be rich like he is.Read More
Earlier this year, Bill Gates lost his title as the richest man in the world. Not because Microsoft wasn't doing well, or because he was emulating MC Hammer or Antoine Walker, but because he gave so much of his money to charity that he lost the coveted top spot. Mexico's Carlos Slim edged out Gates by around one billion dollars when the riches of both were ranked earlier this year. Forbes released their ranking of the richest people in America, and Bill Gates managed to snag that title, so maybe if he's feeling a little down that Carlos Slim edged him out in the world rankings earlier this year, Gates can retreat to his American title. Gates is still worth the $59 billion that he was worth back when he lost out to Carlos Slim, taking the American title by a cool $20 billion from friend Warren Buffet, who is only worth a measly $39 billion. Microsoft was also represented by CEO Steve Ballmer, worth an even more meager $13.9 billion. How does that guy even afford groceries? Head on over to Forbes to check out the list, wherein the least rich guy is still worth over one billion dollars. (Seattlepi.com via Techmeme)Read More
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has taken his lumps over Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. One widely-read recent essay, The Ballmer Days Are Over," the slant of which can be inferred from its title, takes the Skype deal as evidence that Ballmer is the un-techy, unimaginative, hidebound CEO that his detractors have accused him of being all along. In advocating for Ballmer's replacement, author Ben Brooks writes: "Any new CEO should love technology and that will begin to show at Microsoft like it did when Gates was still at the helm if the right person is hired. Ballmer seems to care more about being the biggest thing on the market instead of the products his company creates." Time will tell whether Brooks' read on Ballmer's tenure as Microsoft CEO is correct, but as applied to the Skype deal, it's confounded by one newly revealed fact: Bill Gates himself strongly pushed for Microsoft to acquire Skype, Gates revealed in a recent BBC interview.Read More