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Bill Gates to be Knighted

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the i-thought-you-had-to-at-least-be-british dept.

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gexen writes "According to an article in the Telegraph Bill Gates is going to be knighted by the Queen of England for "services to the global enterprise." She's just handing them out like candy these days!"

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DEAR FUCKING LORD (0, Flamebait)

JessLeah (625838) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080716)

When will the Microsoft-worship end???

Re:DEAR FUCKING LORD (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080772)

Probably around the same time you kiss a girl. So, never.

Re:DEAR FUCKING LORD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080776)

Sorry we can't make the transition to Linux yet. IDC says so.

Re:DEAR FUCKING LORD (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080782)

Why don't you shut the fuck up, you stupid whore. It's not like you have anything worthwhile to say. Go ram a dildo in your ass or something and stop posting your drivel, you assclown.

Re:DEAR FUCKING LORD (5, Insightful)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080819)

Bill Gates is unquestionably a great and accomplished man. The height of Nerddom. Probably a better choice than the handfull of rock stars...

Hopefully he's not (5, Funny)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080717)

charged with keeping the Kingdom secure. ;) FP?

Re:Hopefully he's not (5, Funny)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080828)

charged with keeping the Kingdom secure. ;) FP?

The Queen is handing out Knighthoods lately like the certification mills are handing out MCSEs. I guess it's fitting and just as useless.

Arise! (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080721)

I knight thee!

Arise, Sir Plenty of Bugs, Sir Mega of Lomaniac, sir Screen of Blue, Sir Embrace of Extend, Sir 640 of K....

Re:Arise! (5, Informative)

Mod Me God Too (687245) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080840)

Because he's not a British citizen he can't officially be called 'Sir' Bill Gates, just Bill Gates KBE (no, not KDE).

Re:Arise! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080851)

He cant be just "Knigtef" (Score:5, Informative)
by MajorDick (735308) on Sunday January 25, @09:17AM (#8080729)
I forget what its called but Bill Gates cannot be "Knighted" with full title as he is not a british subject , its kinda like being knighted "lite"


Oh, you are so redundant.

And next... (1)

endersdouble (719120) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080724)

Next up, McBride will be knighted for "services to the global knighthood".... Hell, if he pulls it off, Microsoft sure will be happy!

He cant be just "Knigtef" (3, Informative)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080729)

I forget what its called but Bill Gates cannot be "Knighted" with full title as he is not a british subject , its kinda like being knighted "lite"

Re:He cant be just "Knigtef" (1)

Zeddicus_Z (214454) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080744)

It's called "honourary"

Re:He cant be just "Knigted" (4, Informative)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080792)

Thanks, I just found this doing a search "Citizens of countries which do not recognise the Queen as head of state sometimes have honours conferred upon them, in which case the awards are "honorary" - the holders are entitled to place initials behind their name but not style themselves "Sir ...". Examples of foreigners with honorary knighthoods are Bob Geldof and Rudolph Giuliani, while Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier have honorary OBE's. Recipients of honorary awards who later become subjects of Her Majesty may apply to convert their awards to substantive awards. There is no law preventing foreigners from holding a peerage, though only Commonwealth citizens can sit in the House of Lords. However, the Canadian prime minister was able to advise the Queen not to grant Conrad Black a titular honour while he remained a Canadian citizen. "

Re:He cant be just "Knigtef" (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080805)

I guessed it would be "trial" version.

Re:He cant be just "Knigtef" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080849)

As long as it expires within 90 days that's fine with me.

Re:He cant be just "Knigtef" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080781)

and just wtf is knigtef, Sir?

Re:He cant be just "Knigtef" (5, Informative)

UberDude (70424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080791)

He will be knighted, just the same as everyone else (visit to Buckingham Palace, sword on the shoulder, medal, etc), but he's not a British national so he couldn't use the full title of 'Sir...'. However, he would be able to use the initials "KBE" (Knight of the British Empire) after his name.

There's more information on the history of the award at the Royal Family website [royal.gov.uk] .

Re:He should be beheadded. (0, Troll)

pacman on prozac (448607) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080841)

Since all he has done is exploit a mixture of luck and technical ignorance by the mass population to make himself a global monopoly of questionable aims and to earn lots of cash, why exactly does he deserve a knighthood anyway? Was it the subtly forced upgrade paths? Perhaps the insecure webservers that keep getting infected. Maybe that out of billions in R&D they only manage to spend about $1million on any kind of superficial security in order to keep pushing said upgrade paths.

It seems the parent is right, they really are handing them out to anyone these days. Probably because 3/4 of them seem to be getting handed straight back at the moment unaccepted.

As a Brit all I can say is that this one should never have been handed out in the first place. Aren't knighthoods supposed to be about service to society and/or humanity? How does forcing our most advanced technologies into the dark ages so you can constantly skin us for another $200 on updates each year for the rest of eternity count as a service to humanity.

Requirements for Knighting (3, Informative)

usermilk (149572) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080730)

Don't you need to be British to become a knight?

Re:Requirements for Knighting (5, Informative)

Quboid (11402) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080741)

Don't you need to be British to become a knight?

No, but you need to be a Commonwealth "Citizen" for it to give you the right to use the title "Sir".

Re:Requirements for Knighting (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080752)

Nah. You just need to donate enough $$$ to Cambridge. What I would'nt give to see Larry Ellison's face right about now!!

Re:Requirements for Knighting (1)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080755)

commonwealth countries like australia can have knighted people.

Re:Requirements for Knighting (2, Interesting)

girl_geek_antinomy (626942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080793)

I think being a subject of the Queen is sufficient - so Canadians and Australians count, Americans don't. There's a sub-knighthood thing that non-subjects can be awarded, I suppose Bill'll be getting one of those. Doesn't entitle him to be called 'Sir Bill' for a start, though I'm sure the Americans will go right ahead and call him that anyway.

Re:Requirements for Knighting (0, Troll)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080852)

I think being a subject of the Queen is sufficient - so Canadians and Australians count, Americans don't.

How cute, they still have a monarch. How very 18th century of them. :-)

Re:Requirements for Knighting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080785)

from the i-thought-you-had-to-at-least-be-british dept.

If copying the Department title gets you an Interesting mod, then excellent karma, here I come. Dumbasses.

Just so you know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080732)

He cannot be known as Sir Bill because he was not born in the United Kingdom.

This has Tony Bliar's (intentional mispelling, btw) fingerprints all over it...

Re:Just so you know (2, Informative)

MrOrn (469069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080760)

If you'd bothered to read the article, you'd know that it's Gordon Brown's work, not Blair's. The article states that the Blair camp is pissed off about it.

He's not a British national. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080733)

How could he possibly be knighted?

The Queen's mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080734)

Sir Bill, the Black Knight!

LINUS if anyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080737)

Gates does not deserve a knighthood. Microsoft under his reign has done incredible harm all around

Re:LINUS if anyone (1)

lokedhs (672255) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080788)

Even though I utterly refuse to run Microsoft products, I don't think that GNOME would be where it is today without Microsoft.

Not that MS invented anything new, but in a way, GNOME grew out of a desire to shut the "MS weenies" up.

Interesting (2, Funny)

drizuid (444751) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080738)

Since I'm pretty sure no one could possibly appreciate the numerous bugs and issues caused by Microsoft... I've decided billy must be hittin' it in order to get knighted... will he stop at nothing!?

Hollywood Star (5, Funny)

Nadsat (652200) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080740)

Knighthood is just like awarding the Hollywood Star. They should display icons of all the knights down the Thames.

We need to create a rewards system that rewards not celebrities but progressives. The Martyr Award or the like. Give it a sexy title... and *poof* suddenly being a progressive is hip.

Re:Hollywood Star (1)

s20451 (410424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080802)

The Martyr Award or the like.

Oh, they already did that [catholic.org] . Too bad it hasn't been hip since the sixties [tvtome.com] , but hey, retro is in these days.

what a world we live in (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080746)

Don't forget that Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize.

It puts all these awards into perspective.

Important note: (2, Funny)

vchoy (134429) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080747)

As stated in this news release [abc.net.au]

The honour does not allow them to use the title sir.

No Sir for you! [Mr Gates]

oooops! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080753)

The *flat* side of the sword, not the sharp edge!

No problem, let's reboot and start over.

Darth Vader next? (0)

Thoron (19565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080754)

I guess next George Lucas will invite Bill to be Darth Vader for "services to the universe."

What about Torvalds? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080756)

They should knight him, he has at least done something useful for the general public, instead of just getting the fucking rich..

Re:What about Torvalds? (2, Flamebait)

mslinux (570958) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080814)

Let's see... Mr. Gates has donated billions to charities, AIDs research, etc. How much has Linus donated?

Re:What about Torvalds? (2, Informative)

Vega043 (729614) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080855)

At least torvalds doesn't donate money he didn't earn in a fair way

Re:What about Torvalds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080870)

I'm no Christian, but they do have a point with the parable about the widow's mite.

The british monarchy? (2, Interesting)

madsdyd (228464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080757)

I thought that they had trouble keeping the respect in the eyes of the population?

What are they thinking? Will the British population react favorably to this?

We Are The Knights Who Say 'Ni'! (4, Funny)

hillct (230132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080758)

I knight thee for thy geek prowass, in spite of thy buggy insecure software, in spite of thy pending antitrust litigation, I knight thee for thy introduction of technology which will allow geeks around the world to stream Monty Python sketches over the web and share them with their geek brethren, in spite of the fact that you stole the concepts behind it from your competitors and insisted on including crippling and inherently broken DRM.

-- The Queen Mother

We'll never live this down (2, Insightful)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080759)

Sometimes it really sucks being British - having some clueless hereditary monarch handing out gongs to media moguls, software barons and dodgy heads of state.

Re:We'll never live this down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080821)

Sometimes?

Even Better.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080764)

Even better would be to burn all the Linux users at the stake.

Knighthood for Billy? (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080767)

The recommendation that he receive the honour was made by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown. Buckingham Palace is expected to announce it tomorrow, when Mr Gates will speak at a conference on "Advancing Enterprise" organised by Mr Brown.

Clearly, Mr Brown never used a PC in his lifetime and possibly has a Mac, making this whole thing very "tongue in cheek".

UK is selling out (1)

Duck2Man (675096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080768)

I wonder how much that cost, oh I am sure there wasn't a direct payment but perhaps he bought her a nice gift like a battleship or maybe he found a nice Concord on ebay.

Another example of the UK Govt getting it wrong (4, Insightful)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080783)

After all, it's not the Queen's fault - she gets told who's to be knighted by the PM, although it seems this time the Chancellor has stuck his oar in...

I always did think Labour were too damn close to WBG the III. At least he doesn't get to call himself 'Sir', not being British...

Simon

I would be careful... (5, Funny)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080787)

If I were Bill Gates, I would not accept invitations to kneel before someone with a sword.

The End (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080789)

The world has TRULY come to an end. This is outrageous!

Now, Knighting Steve Jobs would be a good thing. Knighting Bill Gates?!?!? That is like knighting George W. Bush or William J. Clinton......

This is the way it's always been (2, Insightful)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080794)

Knighthoods and other decorations have very often been sold to the highest bidder one way or another. It's not even particularly offensive, but a good way of paying for the monarchy. I'd rather that Bill gets a knighthood by paying for it in cash than for making large contributions to the political party in charge, which is the other way it happens.

"All hail to Sir Borg^h^h^h^hBill!"

Look at history... (1)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080797)

This kind of thing happens all the time. If you look at the history of Europe and the aristocracy, you will see much inbreeding to concentrate power and wealth. Most Kings, Queens, Princes of different countries, and so on were all related by blood. Knighting Bill Gates is probably has little to do with his "innovation" and more to do with his wealth, concentrating that power into a closed circle. If you ask me, I think the Queen is stroking Gates for some unknown reason. Money is the obvious guess, but I think there might be even more to it. Who knows what kinds of deals are struck behind closed doors in smoke filled rooms. Gates becomes a knight, and the Queen lobbys her contacts in parlement to not force open source consideration in government?

Re:Look at history... (1)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080834)

Er. I really don't think the queen of England needs Billy-G's money... I really think she has enough to be going on with :-) Not to mention a *country*, the largest group of nations in the World (the Commonwealth), and a fucking army :-)))

Sorry, just had to laugh :-)))

Simon

Re:Look at history... (1)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080861)

I thought parlement decided to start taxing the Queen? If that is the case, she has to raise money to pay for her lifestyle, which I would guess is in the tens of millions of dollars a year. I bet she gets that money by selling to people a chance to join her aristocratic click- get invited to parties at buckingham, etc...

Well I suppose... (4, Funny)

James Lewis (641198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080798)

If Yasser Arafat can win the Nobel Peace Prize Bill Gates can be knighted. All signs that the apocalypse is at hand.

How can he accept this? (1)

deep square leg (703399) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080801)

There have been cases of people in my country (Australia) turning down a knighthood because they want the country to become a republic. So what does this mean for a US citizen? Didn't you cut those ties with Britain hundreds of years ago?

Re:How can he accept this? (1)

Osrin (599427) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080807)

If you rummage around a little you will find plenty of examples of brits turning down knighthoods as well.

And in other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080803)

First of april has been relocated to January 25th for reasons of convenience.

A robot running XP will do the ceremony (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080809)

According to this latest news, the ceremony will be performed by a robot likeness of the Queen. The robot will be running Windows XP and connected to the Internet, whereby a populist vote of Internet users, the sword will be either flat-side or edge.

Tomorrow's news: Script-kiddies cut head of software giant head.

April Fools!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080811)

I honestly checked my calendar...

What I picture (5, Insightful)

Now15 (9715) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080817)

When I read this article, I get a mental image of Bill Gates thinking how awesome it would be to be officially titled "Sir Bill Gates". I then picture him dialling the extension for his publicity department and asking them to "get on it right away".

There are probably hundreds of people in the IT industry more worthy of knighthood than Gates... think of people like Wozniack, Torvalds, Stallman, Page... guys who made REAL advances in computer science without greed as a primary motivator.

Bloody Hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080818)

That's it! I'm switching to Linux now!

Cheers,

Keith Richards

Wow, that's embarrassing (1, Insightful)

Ender Ryan (79406) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080822)

Wow, that's pretty embarrassing for both us Americans and you British. We produced him, and your Queen is stupid enough to "knight" him... What a fucking disgrace...

Really, seriously, this is a sad day. Gates is a goddam fanatical lunatic, bent on dominating every industry he gets into to the exclusion of all others. Other businesses fight for the largest piece they can get, Gates seems to think it's his God-given right to have it all.

Read about what goes on "behind the scenes" at MS; Gates is really weird.

A Form of payment (1)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080824)

Heck, I'd be glad to knight him if, in exchange, I were to get complimentary copies of Windows XP, Office 2003, and various server softwares in bulk for all of my royal palaces.

What's next?

Maybe some improvements in handling of Italian and Latin can get Bill beatification. :-)

I wonder... (-1, Troll)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080843)

While Bill Gates is on his knees, will he provide the Queen with oral sex? I can just imagine it. She with a sword above his head, gates down below her royal snatch.

I guess my opinion of the Brits just went down. They will do anything for a few dollars.

What happened to a title meaning something? I guess getting knighted is going to be like getting a CCNA, everyone with the $100 bucks and a review book can find a way to get it.

and congress will accept this? (4, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080845)

Know a little about the constition, it's dangerous, and a "dangerous 'know little' population" is what the government doesn't want--debate.

The constitition says in part "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. "

does this mean congress has to vote on it? or already has?
for me to succeed, it doesn't matter if MY point of view is right or wrong, there must just be reasoned replies.

Re:and congress will accept this? (1)

nberardi (199555) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080863)

Well this is pretty Null and Void because buinsessmen are always giving and acccepting presents from foreign dignitaries. So I this is a pretty null point for the argument.

How sad is it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080848)

When someone gets knighted for efforts towards global enterprise, and the overall cause is down to a company who continually gets sent to court with antitrust suits because the organisation believes its above the law. The Queens advisors REALLY need to do a little more research before giving out knighthoods like sweeties.

oh well... (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080850)

Whatever little respect I had left for the Monarchy just fell off the table. Why not Knight the local neighborhood drunk, while we're at it.

As I said before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8080854)

Knighthood is depreciated

What I would like to see... (5, Insightful)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080858)

...instead of the flaming and crude jokes that I know are going to happen anyway, is a serious discussion of exactly what Bill Gates has done to earn an honor of this magnitude.

What I mean is an examination from an alternative viewpoint, not for the sake of making a favorable impression of Microsoft -- but as an academic exercise.

I'm well aware that Microsoft, especially on this forum, is seen as one of the most evil entities to ever exist. With that in mind, I'm going to rush right into Godwin's Law and make the following comparison with Hitler's Germany: In just a few years, Hitler managed to transform Germany from an highly agricultural, economically decrepit country into a modern, industrial, profitable one. This was all before the Holocaust, and during that period, he enjoyed immense public support.

Now examine Microsoft. They are a convicted monopolist, and continue to enjoy unparalleled control over the domestic software (and to an extent, hardware) market. But what has arisen from this that would lead their chairman to be considered for an honorary knighthood? Thrust aside the seething hate for a second and just look. What accomplishments have arisen? Computers running software whose price/performance [tpc.org] is fantastic? One of the easiest-to-develop-for video game consoles ever? Highly capable web servers that run some of the busiest sites--Dell.com, Nasdaq.com, MSNBC.com? Software conformity (and all the positives and negatives that result)?

As I said, this is intended to be an exercise, not a trumpeting endorsement, in the interests of shedding new light on this piece of news.

Sour grapes! (5, Insightful)

cuteface (450372) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080860)

Ok, so the English Queen is giving an honorary title to the man most disliked by Linux fanatics and for that she is said to be giving out titles like candies. Grow up!

I may not like the way Microsoft does think (somewhat arrogant) but give credit where it's due. Mr Gates' contributions in my mind are as follows:

1) Making IT not just for the geeks and the super rich but making it affordable for hundreds of millions of IT illiterates to learn how to use a PC. (I agree Macintosh and others were better but point 2 is the reason why MS succeeded).

2) Standardizing the way GUI applications work so that ordinary folks can get productivity out of them instead of endless tweaking and fumbling. (of course, sometimes it crashes and those @#$%^*!! words start flowing)

3) Bill is a philanthropist and a marvellous example compared to many other rich folks.

Let's be rationale, we may not like some aspects of a company or a person but don't throw out the good parts. That is character murder and a sign of immaturity on our part.

Gates knighted... (1)

AceaFox (732611) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080862)

And now, the revolution begins, as the government is ousted by an army of Linux users armed with angry penguins.

I hope that (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080866)

this knighthood better come with some serious-ass EULA, because the Queen may need it when he goes ballistic over the Europe switching to Linux from MS(CO)

Next in line... (2, Funny)

Kyrt (601614) | more than 10 years ago | (#8080871)

Steve Ballmer for services to the global entertainment. Sheesh...
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