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At last, I have something in common with Bill... (5, Funny)

Osrin (599427) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615604)

Except the special computer that the IRS use for my taxes is an Altair.

Re:At last, I have something in common with Bill.. (5, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615635)

They do mine on a napkin with a red pen.

Re:At last, I have something in common with Bill.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615724)

heh, filthy rich toff.
They send mine to a parrot to add up using mental arithmetic. For those with a subscription [newscientist.com]

Re:At last, I have something in common with Bill.. (5, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615858)

You must be raking in the dough.
They send mine to this fellow [wikipedia.org] .

Re:At last, I have something in common with Bill.. (3, Funny)

pb9494 (550141) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615792)

I need Microsoft Money 64-bit edition to handle my personal finance...

Funny (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615798)

I bet this is a lot like those people with the expensive gaming rigs and the high end video cards boasting about the few extra point they got in 3D Mark by overclocking their hardware past any reasonable point. Probably just a lot of bragging to make their ePenis bigger.

"Yeah? Well.... I'm SO rich that the IRS needs special computers to calculate my taxes! .. And they take up two warehouses near the docks!!"

Re:Funny (2, Funny)

0siris (123757) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615892)

Or iPenis if they did switch to Macs.

Hmmm, can Apple sue over a translucent dildo?

Re:At last, I have something in common with Bill.. (5, Funny)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615856)

Mr. Simpson, this computer can process NINE tax returns per DAY. Did you really think you could fool it?

Nooooooo (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615606)

Not you too taco!
enough of the mac is better pc sux . . . or vice versa wars!

Re:Nooooooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615748)

Another Steve Jobs cult member. When will they realize the Mac just isn't that great? There's some things better with PC/Windows and some things (usually visual) better with Macs. Apple just does a better job conning people that there's a reason for the higher prices.

Re:Nooooooo (1)

hatrisc (555862) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615838)

Actually having a Unix compatible environment plus a real Desktop environment with support from major vendors is reason enough to switch if a) you need _some_ commercial software for jobs etc... b) can't get away from unix c) hate windows

Re:Nooooooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615770)

Yes, I really don't get how you can use one piece of proprietary software to say how another's bad because it's expensive and proprietary, especially when Macs use largely proprietary hardware TOO...

Microchannels bit it a long time ago and for good reason, along with a number of other similar profit grabbing attempts. Mac didn't, because it's ...PRETTY? And as an excuse people say it's "better" than PC (with ANY operating system?) even though pretty much everything they say it's better at (most often graphics) it really isn't, and it's just used because people can't be bothered to get their head out of the last decade and in reality just can't be bothered with retraining.

Macs have their good points, but if they're so great then Apple should compete on an open footing instead of relying on proprietary solutions to inflate the price of their systems.

I tell you what would be news (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615608)

If the press could discern an attempt at a joke. Now THAT would be news.

Money Fight! (2, Funny)

ma11achy (150206) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615611)

If I was Bill Gates, I'd go home and have a money fight with wads of thousand dollar bills.

I'm sure he means ... (1, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615612)

... they need to use special software, but Gates realizes his audience is a bunch a morons and he's dumbing it down a little.

Re:I'm sure he means ... (-1, Flamebait)

TheNetAvenger (624455) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615675)

they need to use special software, but Gates realizes his audience is a bunch a morons and he's dumbing it down a little.

Ya, like grayscale displays and one-button mice... Oh wait, that is Apple, sorry...

Re:I'm sure he means ... (1)

massivefoot (922746) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615745)

Damn right they were:

"their normal computers can't deal with the numbers," he said at a Microsoft conference

No, I'm not making that up, it's straight from the article.

Re:I'm sure he means ... (0)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615857)

Indeed, if there was annual award for most stupid story accepted on /., this one would certainly be in the top ten.

Re:I'm sure he means ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615884)

Yeah, and the software (supplied by MS of course) has the tiny little modification:
if (!strcmp(tax_payer, "Bill Gates"))
  tax_owed = 0;

That computer.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615613)

..runs FreeBSD.

Its not the numbers (5, Funny)

NiteShaed (315799) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615614)

Its not that the numbers are too big, its that the EULA he staples to his tax forms require it be processed by 100% MS software.

I think... (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615827)

... Bill need more than a staple for that partickular EULA. A 10mm steel bolt perhaps?

I don't buy it (5, Insightful)

Alex P Keaton in da (882660) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615618)

This has to be BS. There are very lareg corporations with financials much more complex than Gates' taxes.
This sounds ridiculous. Do Warren Buffet's taxes need the special computer also?

Re:I don't buy it (1)

bobmtb (828500) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615636)

I vote for BS... or more Micro$oft propaganda.

Re:I don't buy it (2)

Roj Blake (931541) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615654)

Without seeing the interview I don't know the context of the remark. But I have to assume it was just a lame joke.

Re:I don't buy it (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615672)

Its POSSIBLE that their normal software is programmed to to not accept numbers bigger than X so they need different software for gates. Obviously goverment efficiency mandates this must be on its own computer.

Re:I don't buy it (4, Informative)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615800)

I highly doubt it. Billy may be the richest man in the world, but the IRS - frequently - deals with large numbers ranging in the billions and trillions. Considering the IRS does consolidation reports to report to their bosses - so their bosses can say "This year, Americans earned XYZ dollars". Billy G is a drop in the hat...yea larger then what we put in the hat...by an insane amount....but still a drop in the bucket.

I don't buy it either. (4, Interesting)

crovira (10242) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615802)

This article is pure BS because I seem to remember something like 15 digits of precition on either side of the decimal point (999999999999999.999999999999999). These machine and their algorithms are PRECISE. There isn't any rounding float error because they don't really round. So its not the software or the hardware.

They do segregate some accounts because of the sheer volume of transactions but the database systems and transaction handling systems are on separate 'farms'
  of machines so this article seems to be utter fabrication.

Re:I don't buy it (5, Interesting)

briancarnell (94247) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615695)

Yes but large corporations don't have the sort of long-running mismanagement of IT that the IRS has. The story here isn't that Gates' fortune is so large but rather -- assuming the story isn't a hoax -- that the IRS is so mismanaged that it cannot deal with exceptional cases like Gates.

The IRS is apparently still using a computer system that became operational in 1967 (see this announcement [house.gov] for example).

Re:I don't buy it (1)

JTD121 (950855) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615864)

They are not using a computer that was operational since '67, but rather the archtecture of how things work there.... And $2 trillion in taxes each year!? WTF?! How does the IRS process that and then 'can't' do Gates' taxes?

Re:I don't buy it (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615757)

But Bill saves ALLLLLL his receipts.

Re:I don't buy it (1)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615812)

s/buy/get/

Re:I don't buy it (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615836)

"There are very lareg corporations with financials much more complex than Gates' taxes."

Yes, but corporate taxes are probably held by a different division than personal taxes.

I worked for a year at the IRS in the early 90s and things are BAD. I wouldn't be surprised if he had to have his personal stuff moved over to the corporate computers.

Think about it this way, if you are running on older databases on older computers -- you have specific field sizes. Its hard to retroactively recode these without possible killing a large number of other items (I worked on modernizing some code at my department -- it was a pain in the ass). And beyond that, just because 0.00001% of the population needs a field size of a few hundred digits to calculate a value -- this will mean EVERYONE gets the same value size and require the same sorts of calculations slowing down the whole process and requiring a lot more memory (on computers that are no longer manufactured or were custom pieces -- because when I worked there, it was the battle of the lowest bidder and they ALWAYS made sure that just because they were lowest, it didn't mean they didn't make up for this fact a few years down the road with purposely propriatary parts they never told anyone about even though it was against the original spec sheet).

So I wouldn't be surprised to know a few dozen billionaires had their own computer system and were managed by a single individual (where as a single individual might manage a few million from a data perspective otherwise). And when you think about it, as much taxable income that man is bringing into the gov't -- it makes PERFECT sense that they'd put a $30k employee on to manage one guy that is chipping in a hundred million a year in taxes...

I could say more, but I won't because I still have security clearance with the IRS...at the same time, I'm going to post this anonymously even though I didn't give out any information that was secret (or even all that interesting).

W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (4, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615619)

There is only ONE computer [sun.com] that could possibly handle these calculations.

I have an idea, if your fortune gets to be so large that even the IRS can't figure it all out, you should be required to give some of it away to the poor until they can do the necessary calculations.
That being said, I will accept cash and postal money orders only please.

You can't be serious. (4, Informative)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615694)

I have an idea, if your fortune gets to be so large that even the IRS can't figure it all out, you should be required to give some of it away to the poor until they can do the necessary calculations.

Part of the problem is likely that Gates gives so much to the poor already. [gatesfoundation.org] He's the richest man in the world, but name someone that gives more money to the poor than he.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615714)

Well, it would seem that he's trying, but with $60 billion, it takes a LOT:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/truegrowth/gates1.html [sympatico.ca]
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ [gatesfoundation.org] ...Enough so to be named Time People of the Year.
Setting aside the business ethics used to make the money, I'd say he's found at least one good way to use it.
Now about that Olympic swimming pool of puddding...

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

Stone316 (629009) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615722)

Yeah, becasue he never gives any money to charity! Trying googling for Bill Gates Charity... Moron

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (2, Informative)

cryfreedomlove (929828) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615727)

You can sneer at his wealth all you want but he has already founded the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation [wikipedia.org] , the world's largest charitable foundation. That's a good thing.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

twiddlingbits (707452) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615767)

He does, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gets a lot of his $$$. They have no kids to spend on. I don't think the BMGF spends it's money in the best of ways but that's another discussion.

I'm sure BG's taxes are complex and he probably has a staff of CPA's and likely get audited every year as well. But a special computer is BS. And ppl say my boss (McNealy) is full of it, he's an amateur compared to Gates (and Ellison).

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615813)

http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/bio.asp [microsoft.com]

He and Melinda have 3 children. I read somewhere that they have a max inheritance of less than 1%, and the rest is set for charaties (though it will probably be given away as stock with strings, as the mass sale of gates stock would destroy microsoft.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

Zarquil (187770) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615821)

Actually.... They have three children.

http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/bio.asp [microsoft.com]

I don't think the BMGF is meant to put them in the poorhouse, though. The kids will have plenty when it's over.

    - Zarq
          Trolling in obsolescence for +1 Informative.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

compwizrd (166184) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615825)

Actually, they have three kids so far.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615815)

Not sure that would help the situation. Giving money away generates tax write-offs, which is even more work for the IRS.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615835)

Yeah, but if you forget to carry the one, it vaporizes Russia.

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615848)

Two Words:

Fair Tax

http://www.fairtax.org/ [fairtax.org]

Re:W.ealth O.verload P.lanned R.esponse (3, Funny)

falzer (224563) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615854)

> There is only ONE computer [sun.com] that could possibly handle these calculations.

WOPR? A mere abacus. Mention it not.

What a liar... (1)

majjj (644070) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615620)

$62.88 billion can be easily worked with any desktop pc... Why is it that its always Bill ?

Re:What a liar... (1)

l33t.g33k (903780) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615738)

Because Bill's generally really arrogant. He likes to bloat about how important he is.
On the other hand, he's taking himself down a notch by admitting that Windows isn't all that great! (by the fact that the IRS needs a Mac to process his tax return...)

Re:What a liar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615787)

Or actually, if not a Mac, then something other than Windows...

Re:What a liar... (1)

aug24 (38229) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615818)

I just checked... even Excel can handle 47 bill, Bill. Wanker.

Justin.

Requires a special display and keyboard (1, Funny)

glomph (2644) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615623)

Which only displays the numeral "6" in large repetitive multiples, usually in triplets.

Pure fluff (4, Insightful)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615624)

I'd love to see some more detail on exactly WHY they would need a different computer. It's not exactly like 47 billion is a hard number to handle. If it's even true (questionable) I'd say it's probably because their SOFTWARE has some sort of limitation, using low precision numbers or the like, so they had to set up one machine where the software was modified to have higher precision

that make no sense (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615631)

why the hell would they switch to Macs from PC? Mac trolling at it's best

Is this the Intel Math bug??? (2, Insightful)

affinity (118397) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615632)

Well bad part about it is that the rest of us tax payers pay for it...ha ha ha

Re:Is this the Intel Math bug??? (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615833)

Yea, and Bill gates pays more taxes in one year then you and me earn in ten years. Talk about putting things into perspective.... Oh and my numbers are probably very very conservative.

Oblig. Simpsons Reference (5, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615650)

Moe: "Say, Barn. Uh, remember when I said I'd have to send away to NASA to calculate your bar tab?"

Barney: "Oh ho, oh yeah. We all had a good laugh, Moe."

Moe: "The results came back today."

Re:Oblig. Simpsons Reference (1)

christopher240240 (633932) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615711)

Lenny: "You sent your little girl downtown on a bus?" Carl: "Alone?" Homer: "Maybe... but you don't know Lisa, I mean, she's so smart, they hooked her up to a big computer to try to teach her some things, but she had so much knowledge it overloaded and then it got really hot and caught on fire!" Carl: "That never, uh, happened, did it Homer?"

I've got negative money! (2, Funny)

SillySnake (727102) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615651)

I haven't RTFA, but when I read the blurb, it made me think of all the old games and software that would let your money/score/whatever roll over to zero if it got too high. Nothing like having one billion, wait, negative 500 million doll.. Ah CRAP!

And now that I've RTFA while I waited for ./ to log me in.. I wonder why they needed a special computer.. if it really was because thier system can't handle numbers that large, of if there's some sort of other reason.. I wonder if Warren Buffet has the same problem/bragging rights as well..

Funny story, but... (4, Insightful)

Manuscript Replica (307437) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615657)

Perhaps this is more of a statement about our tax code than about Gates's fortune.

IRS Computers. (4, Funny)

Jaywalk (94910) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615663)

The IRS must have had to switch from PC's to Macs just for Gates."
The IRS's computers have been in the dark ages from time immemorial. It's more likely that they had to switch from an ENIAC [wikipedia.org] to a UNIVAC [wikipedia.org] .

Re:IRS Computers. (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615863)

Do you REALLY want the IRS to use the latest and greatest technology with all of it's bugs? it is the same thing with NASA. They don't use the latest processors (I believe I read a long time ago on /. they use PIIs) because they want proven technology. This is one case where I am happy with our gov't using old technology...hell the gov't can't seem to get voting ballot machines to work correctly, it's amazing they got services like the IRS to work.

Re:IRS Computers. (3, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615887)

Actually, I run a toy company and we just got an extremely large government order for Etch-a-Sketches.

Can Bill get more braggily weird? (1)

nekoniku (183821) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615671)

Watch and find out!

"My taxes can beat up your taxes!"

Right (2, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615677)

They need a Linux computer

BS (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615681)

Bill Gates + BS = Slashdot headline.

How about some stuff that matters?

Begging (3, Funny)

dupup (784652) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615688)

his fortune is so big, that the IRS needs a special computer, because a normal one can't handle the numbers

"Oh, please, please, Mr. IRS Man, please give me the latex glove audit."

Re:Begging (1)

aug24 (38229) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615849)

That's not funny.

I've got the VAT people visiting me next Valentine's day. Do I want to be the recipient of a large dose of VAT-love? Nu-uh!

Justin.

I want my money back (1, Insightful)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615690)

If they're spending tax dollars on a computer to do one guy's taxes, I want some of the $30+K I sent to the government last year back. Seriously.

If their automated system can't handle one return, then why the hell don't they just do that one by hand? Lazy bastards.

As an aside, if this story were about Steve Jobs, all the replies would be bitching about how much press he gets.

Re:I want my money back (2, Funny)

NtroP (649992) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615867)

...if this story were about Steve Jobs, all the replies would be bitching about how much press he gets.
I thought he only got a $1 salary? Can't be that hard to do the taxes on that. I'd say roughly half as hard as mine...

One of the MS Money Editions might suffice (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615691)

MS Money.
MS Money Small Business Edition.
MS Money Enterprise.
MS Money Multi-national Edition.
MS Money Dr. Evil Edition.
MS Money Dr. Evil Edition with Laser Beams.

A joke? (5, Insightful)

goodben (822118) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615700)

Anyone else consider that Bill was attempting a joke, but the interviewer couldn't tell? I mean only nerds get nerd humor, right?

Re:A joke? (1)

Burb (620144) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615847)

Well, me for one. But it was quite funny.

WindowsTE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615703)

Does it run Windows Tax Edition? I've heard it has all sorts of great features, like numerous rounding issues and the inability to keep track of more than $65,536 worth of assets.

Re:WindowsTE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615741)

Well $65,536 should be enough for anybody.

(yes, I stretched it for the joke...sue me.)

Special Computer... Special Software? (1)

bobmtb (828500) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615709)

Question is... Does this "special" computer need special software to crunch the numbers? Does this special software come from Microsoft?

Yeah right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615712)

From TFA: "So I am constantly getting these notices telling me I haven't paid something when really it is just on the wrong computer," he added in comments broadcast on television.

And what really happend:

IRS person: Hello Mr Gates. My computer here is showing me that you haven't paid your 3.5 cajillion dollar taxes the last 4 years.
Bill: Really? Nice computer you have, it wouldn't be broken now, would it?
IRS person: -Gulp!-
IRS person: *Hangs up in fear*

Bill Gates and apology letters (1)

harvey_peterson (658039) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615717)

I'm suspect that Gates even sees anything IRS related (aside from signing documents). I would assume that all of that info would go directly to his business manager.

They still can't calculate my taxes. (5, Funny)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615733)

and never will, unless they can effectively divide by 0.

In other news, Steve Balmer threw a chair at the IRS computer so he could also claim they needed a new "special" one for him too.

Special computers for taxes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615736)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these!

"special" computers (1)

glasseyetiger (927602) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615746)

The IRS must have needed "special" Y2K-compliant computers.

Reminds me of.. (5, Interesting)

MaGogue (859961) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615753)

Ah well this reminds me of the story that claimed that a Cray computer has been used to design the new Apple Mac (I don't remember which one).

When Seymour Cray was told this he supposedly replied with "That's funny, because I'm using an Apple computer to design(the Cray supercomputers)".

Special Computer (1)

harvey_peterson (658039) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615758)

This sounds like Tech Support mumbo-jumbo.

"Oh no, sir, it's not your fault. You're such a great customer that we use a *Special Computer* for your account."

In fact, I think I might use that line today...

But I thought... (4, Funny)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615759)

...640K was enough for anybody?

Re:But I thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615778)

Dammit, beat me to it!

A computer running Ninnle Linux, of course! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615762)

Even Linus himself endorses the kernal.

I wonder (3, Funny)

guspasho (941623) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615763)

Does this special computer run on Windows?

But... (1)

Jacquouille (929716) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615774)

...does it run linux ?

Separate System (2, Insightful)

ltbarcly (398259) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615811)

My guess is that the IRS segregates the really big fish into a separate system for closer scrutiny. If they are off a tiny bit on a "regular" tax return they might end up plus or minus $50. If they make a tiny mistake on Billy-o's taxes it could be millions of dollars. Plus they probably have an actual team of people going over it, so they may need to let more than one person access a record at a given time, which is likely not the case with their standard system.

Bill Gates' TAX computer.... (1)

Cyberhypi (951209) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615814)

Must have had to switch from PC's to Macs just for this. Ahhhhhhhh Microsoft and the wonders of flawed software!

Re:Bill Gates' TAX computer.... (1)

KarmaMB84 (743001) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615850)

I somehow doubt that the IRS systems from the 60s are running Windows.

Conflict of interest? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615817)

So, correct me if I'm wrong here...but if Billy's financial information ever wound up on an IRS PC running any MS software...wouldn't that be a conflict of interest?

if ($host=="BILLSPECIAL") { fake($taxes); }

?

Very likely special software (3, Insightful)

un.sined (946837) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615823)

I was working on a project at one point to help "High net-worth individuals" keep in touch with their financial advisors, and to aggregate all of their portfolios into one view.

We encountered a bug where the amount of money that Bill Gates had wasn't supported by the software. It's entirely possible that for most taxpayers, they're just using a data type that doesn't count high enough to manage the wealth that Bill has acquired.

He's not Chuck Norris, because... (5, Funny)

mcho (878145) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615834)

...when Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes, ever.

And 'Trojan' has to make a special... (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615878)

Excuse me if I don't believe this.

Anybody think he was just joking? (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615880)

I mean, IRS processes taxes for other billion dollar corporations, so I doubt Bill Gates is any different. This just sounds like a Geek trying to make a joke, except all the other geeks out there take him seriously.

15 decimal places for Treasury Dept (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615881)

The Treasury Department computes its finances to 15 decimal places. [treas.gov]

P.S. Incidentally they've just reached the current legal debt ceiling of $8.184 trillion and wont be able to issue new bonds until Congress raises it.

PC vs mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#14615891)

Since when is a Mac not a personal computer?

I call BS. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615895)

1. Ints roll over at 2 billion but I doubt that they use ints for taxes.
2. Even if it is a VERY old system most likely it uses BCD. No floating point rounding errors and used to be the standard for accounting system. Might still be for the high end ones.
3. Lots of entities have been that rich in the past. I can imagine that the IRS needed special software for GM, Ford, and IBM long before Mr. Gates was more than a Yuppie.

Say what you will (2, Insightful)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#14615901)

Gates's fortune is put at $US47 billion ($62.88 billion), according to the latest list of the world's rich published by Forbes magazine.

The couple's Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a $US29 billion ($38.8 billion) endowment making it the world's biggest charity.

So BG is putting more than half of his money into the Foundation (assuming he's the sole contributor). We may all not like him, but at least he's trying to do some good with the money he's fleeced from us. I just wish I still had the money so I could donate it and get the tax writeoff!

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