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Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the ok-that's-awesome dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria. 'Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,' Gates said while opening a jar on stage at a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars. 'I brought some. Here I'll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.'" Say what you will about the guy, that is showmanship. Well done.

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Just Like When He Led Microsoft (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736081)

Releasing bugs into the wild while complaining about viruses.

Although this time around, I'm on his side.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (5, Funny)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736137)

Agreed. I only wish his words were "Say hello to my little friends." instead. Anywho, cudos there Billy.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736155)

Best frist post evar!

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (5, Informative)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736185)

That's funny... however he was not complaining about viruses. Malaria is cause by small protozoa [wikimedia.org] (single-celled organisms). Viruses don't have cells.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736265)

Good call.

Viruses also don't fulfill many of the classifications of life. Protozoa do.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736249)

LOL; Best line that I have seen in ages to describe this. However, while it is easy to hit the man on his tech, have to admire his marketing.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (2)

GarethSwan (708984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736367)

Yup. I've always said that MicroStuffed never started as a software company, just a marketing company. Anyway, kudos to Gil Bates on that show. He He.

Re:Just Like When He Led Microsoft (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736393)

More like "brilliant idea, poor implementation".

He forgot to poke air-holes in the jar.

Been done (5, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736103)

Bill does this all the time at the office for target practice for Ballmer.

Re:Been done (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736551)

Target practice? More like to show him the competition. "Any one of these guys could have you job in a week"

Re:Been done (5, Funny)

Crazyswedishguy (1020008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736627)

It's a lot harder than you think to hit a mosquito with a chair.

Consistent (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736121)

Jeez, even his philanthropy has bugs!

And next up... (5, Funny)

yorgo (595005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736125)

If he ever gives a speech about rabies, I'm not going...

Re:And next up... (5, Funny)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736237)

But how awesome would it be if he gave a speech about unicorns? That would be sweet! And you know he has a few tucked away some where.

Re:And next up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736333)

How about some rabid unicorns? That can also fly?

Re:And next up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736571)

Same goes for AIDS and other STDs.

Re:And next up... (1, Funny)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736615)

I'm not worried. I have all that Left 4 Dead training to put to good use.

Mosquitoes are ok (-1, Offtopic)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736129)

I can deal with mosquitoes. It's those rare flying chairs in the heart of Washington state that I'm afraid of.

Unfortunately there have been more of them spotted in recent years. So this is the real epidemic to watch out for.

Re:Mosquitoes are ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736255)

Flying chairs! ROFL! Still fscking hilarious every single time someone says Microsoft! HAHAHA!

idiot.

Not a good Crown for Mosquitos (5, Funny)

stokessd (89903) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736133)

"...politicians, and Hollywood stars" Those types will suck the juices out of those poor helpless mosquitoes.

Dear god, won't somebody think of the mosquitoes?!

Sheldon

Nice change (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736135)

Old Billy boy might just make me a fan with stunts like this.

Assault ! (3, Insightful)

redelm (54142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736145)

This willful act could be considered assault by one of the attendees and BillG arrested. Even if not stung. Worse for him, this conceivably could come under US federal terrorism laws.

Some people are allergic to mosquito bites even if the mosquitoes are disease-free. Harm is not necessary in most states to convice for assault (that's battery). Just the threat of harm.

Re:Assault ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736203)

Only in the US of A.

Re:Assault ! (3, Insightful)

dow (7718) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736305)

No, in the UK he would have been arrested and held under anti-terrorism laws too.

Re:Assault ! (0, Flamebait)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736619)

That's because the UK are now just another state of the US... D'uh, don't you know anything?

Re:Assault ! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736315)

Some people are allergic to mosquito bites...

Most people are allergic. Why do you think they itch when you get bit?

Re:Assault ! (3, Informative)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736383)

Most people are allergic. Why do you think they itch when you get bit?

Because that's a normal immune reaction to an antigen entering the body? Now, if you start itching all over your body from a single mosquito bite and/or have trouble breathing because your airways are swelling shut ... then you have an actual allergic reaction.

Re:Assault ! (5, Insightful)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736343)

This willful act could be considered assault by one of the attendees and BillG arrested. ... Some people are allergic to mosquito bites even if the mosquitoes are disease-free.

I bet they were mosquitoes that don't bite at all, eg ones that just eat nectar. In any case only the females suck blood. (Pause for jokes...) If anyone had been bitten I'm sure we would have heard of it pretty quickly -- who wouldn't like to sue Bill Gates?

Re:Assault ! (4, Informative)

redelm (54142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736443)

Even if they don't bite, he threatened and deliberately generated fear. That is the essence of assault. People get convicted using toy guns.

Re:Assault ! (2, Funny)

fubar1971 (641721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736505)

Kind of like taking a chainsaw to a horror/slasher flick, even though you removed the chain.

Re:Assault ! (1)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736521)

Even if they don't bite, he threatened and deliberately generated fear. That is the essence of assault. People get convicted using toy guns.

He did it to Linux all the time too. That crazy bastard, lock him the hell up!

Re:Assault ! (5, Insightful)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736547)

Drug dealers and minorities do, WASP billionaires don't.

Re:Assault ! (1)

jalet (36114) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736595)

Oh my god ! Time to sue Colin Powell...

Re:Assault ! (1)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736631)

Those people aren't billionaires, though. They don't get the same considerations (as in judgement through common sense).

I think he's safe (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736349)

If you're a tech king or politician, would you want to be known as "the guy that sued the richest-man-turned-philantropist over a bug sting"?

Nobody in that could would ever talk to you again. Let alone invite you to dinner, because they could just happen to offer you something you might be allergic to and sue again.

Re:I think he's safe (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736473)

Nobody in that could would ever talk to you again. Let alone invite you to dinner, because they could just happen to offer you something you might be allergic to and sue again.

But - you could buy friends with that much money!

Re:I think he's safe (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736579)

Not the kind that you'd like to have in such a position. You'd want to have friends that have brains, power and/or money. None of them would want to be your friend just for money. The former get bored, the second fear that you might be bad for their power position and the latter already have enough.

You might get some bimbos with big boobs with the dough, but I'm fairly sure whoever is in that cloud already has more than enough dough to buy as many blonde airheads as he likes.

Re:I think he's safe (1)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736561)

If you're a tech king or politician, would you want to be known as "the guy that sued the richest-man-turned-philantropist over a bug sting"?

Nobody in that could would ever talk to you again. Let alone invite you to dinner, because they could just happen to offer you something you might be allergic to and sue again.

It's not that big of a deal, you just have to find someone that's dispensable.... /raises finger to nose and looks around

Good grief. (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736475)

Everybody is slightly allergic to the bite. Just let the mosquito finish and it will pull back the anti-coagulant. As to this being assult, more likely than not, the man has a EULA at the front door that says that by entering these doors, you agree not to sue. It would be that smudge that everybody saw on the bottom of the board going in.

Re:Assault ! (1)

coldsalmon (946941) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736481)

At least I know I'm not the only person who's reading Slashdot while he should be studying for the February bar exam.

Re:Assault ! (-1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736565)

If I were there, I would have sued. There's no way to be sure that they were clean or would not bite. Especially with his words "There is no reason only poor people should be infected." it's a deliberate terrorist act, even if he did everything he could to make it safe.

I'm not a Gates hater. I use Windows regularly and don't have any hangups about it.

This is just not acceptable.

Next week's trick (5, Funny)

eagl (86459) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736149)

For his next trick, to highlight the need for stricter gun control laws, Bill Gates will fire a gun into a crowd while shouting "there is no reason why only poor people should suffer from gun crimes!"

I think Al Gore plans on having a volcano erupt in downtown Manhattan to emphasize that ecological disasters are not just some fringe pacific "ring of fire" problem, but I hear he's having trouble getting a permit from the city.

Re:Next week's trick (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736447)

Bill Gates will fire a gun into a crowd while shouting "there is no reason why only poor people should suffer from gun crimes!"

Cheney has him covered [wikipedia.org] on that. Beat him to it, actually.

Re:Next week's trick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736469)

There's no need for stricter gun control laws. If someone is going to use a gun for illegal purposes, gun control laws don't apply to him.

Re:Next week's trick (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736577)

Give me a break. There are billions of mosquitoes flying around, with or without the help of people. The same cannot be said for bullets.

Sounds like, smells like... (-1, Offtopic)

gchesney0001 (667278) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736161)

a new release of Windows Sucking cash out of people with so many versions of anyone would be confused.

That's nothing (5, Funny)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736209)

You should have been at the function where he released 100 screaming Rhesus monkeys into the audience to highlight the problems of Ebola virus. It was great fun watching the attendees trying to avoid being bitten.

Re:That's nothing (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736411)

So the one that came out on top is now leading Microsoft?

Re:That's nothing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736601)

There's more than one way to eat a rhesus

Re:That's nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736641)

Or a 100 prostitutes that are HIV positive.

Why do we have a problem with Gates? (5, Insightful)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736215)

What has Gates done PERSONALLY to make slashdotters so hateful of him? Honestly, the real reason Microsoft is able to get away with what it does is that monopolies are an inherent flaw in our current economic system. Microsoft is no different, or annoying and heartless, than the cell phone companies or how AT&T was.

Bill Gates smoothly made sure his company won the monopoly, but even without the man, a different software company would have won it.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736287)

What has Gates done PERSONALLY to make slashdotters so hateful of him?

Repeated bald-faced lies. Of course, he's not unique in that.

What have we done PERSONALLY to Bill? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736355)

Heck, Saddam Hussein never PERSONALLY did anything bad to an American, yet he's still hated.

Read up on his crybaby routine for Altair Basic. Some of which was "stolen" by dumpster diving. See the Halloween documents. The illegal works he's done, approved or helped commit.

Just because he didn't to it *personally* to *me* doesn't mean that his actions haven't affected me.

And that is where the hate comes from.

Mind you, since when has Linus Torvalds done anything to Bill? Yet Bill HATES linux and accused Linus of IP theft deliberate, of being unamerican, killing the livlihoods etc.

Re:What have we done PERSONALLY to Bill? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736479)

since when is dumpster diving illegal? All hatred is basically jealousy except for those who essentially just hate the modern American society. And to those of us who fall in the latter category, I would hope we still recognize how efficiently people like bill gates have destroyed such a corrupt system.In conclusion, continue ringing my groceries you entitled little shit.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736359)

I'm on your side.

Gates played by America's rules. Oh, not the "legal" rules, but other corporations rarely do either. They skirt the law as close as possible, and if they go over then they defend themselves with the best attorneys they can afford. Maximizing profit is their obligation to shareholders.

Sure, that doesn't make it "right", but capitalism is about greed producing efficiency. If you think this is compatible with giving the little guy an even chance, you don't understand power very well.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736377)

His intentions may be good. I think I remember his vision was to create the computer that everyone can use and everyone can understand, and make it the only OS you'll ever have, so nobody would have to worry about not knowing the UI should he ever face a different computer because every computer would use the same (i.e. his) OS.

Unfortunately, the whole thing has become the poster child for the old saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

raynet (51803) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736387)

He released the source code for DONKEY.BAS and it corrupted my then still so young and naive mind. Now I am incapable of learning any OOP-princibles, instead I love gotos and three letter variable names.

See the DONKEY.BAS source code here if you dare http://drivey.com/DONKEYQB.BAS.html [drivey.com]

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (3, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736509)

What part of

REM The IBM Personal Computer Donkey
REM Version 1.10 (C)Copyright IBM Corp 1981, 1982
REM Licensed Material - Program Property of IBM

don't you understand?

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736553)

Maybe you don't understand how Bill Gates "releases" source code.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736421)

I don't think people's problem with Gates is with him in particular. It is how the M$ marketing machine has consistently portrayed Gates as some kind of 'Geek' or 'Nerd' which he plainly is not. The reason for this is that it gives M$ some kind of credibility with it's easily brainwashed army of fanboys. Gates, of course, is ultimately the one who is responsible for this rather pathetic PR.
Also I don';t think that people in general have a problem with Microsoft. It is again the pretence that they (MS) are some sort of computer or technology company. Again the 'tard boys lap this up, blissfully unaware that selling 3rd rate software to people like them is in fact MS's sole business model.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

Hardhead_7 (987030) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736433)

Because he tried to kill Jean-Luc Picard.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736435)

He....doesn't.....have.....a.....monopoly.....

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736501)

It is not personal, it's just that Gates (symbolically) represents MS.

The fact that if it weren't for MS, another corp would be monopolist, is no reason to be upset about MS now that it is the monopolist.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736541)

I would contend that most Slashdotters don't personally hate Bill Gates.
Microsoft? Yes.
Ballmer? Probably.
Gates? ehh...

He's too much of an early geek icon to be hated like that. Ballmer, on the other hand, is more like the PHB everyone loves to hate.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

theaceoffire (1053556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736557)

"Bill Gates smoothly made sure his company won the monopoly, but even without the man, a different software company would have won it."

Even if the results would have been the same, that does not mean we have to like the person responsible.

This is the man who made computers widespread (Thanks!) and made using dirty tricks to keep competition down a company standard (Bastard!).

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736585)

Despite the neocons successfully organizing a war on an emotion, I think people still need something they can identify with to focus their anger on. Gates himself is easier to than the Microsoft Corporation overall, just like Bush was easier than the more nebulous neocon movement, so the anger is focused on them individually despite the fact they are little more than figureheads.

But it is fun. Even though I recognize the above, when I ran the Windows 7 beta and its taskbar blitted balloon after balloon at me in celebration of installing a USB drive I cursed Bill Gates and his family as individuals rather than Microsoft in general.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736593)

In general Slashdotters hate Microsoft and Bill Gates has been the face of Microsoft. The root of the geekyness for most slashdotters is base on Personal Computers. Yea there are other companies just as bad if not worse. However they are not in sectors that we necessary care about. We tend to concern ourselves with 80s- 90s tech. Cell phones are tech for the next generation and because many of us are getting older then 30 this stuff is now Weird and against the rules of nature, but in general not our main concern.

Most of us started our professional lives learning about alternates to Microsoft and seeing that they often have real benefits over Microsoft offerings however it was near impossible to convince management or anyone else that going a different route to actually use the right tool for the right job. Thus having to fix problem and getting blamed and treated poorly for problems that you could fix if only they would let you use the right tool for the job.

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736621)

He founded Microsoft, he gave it its impulse and its direction. He introduced chaos in the IT world, I think that he cost us about 20 years of progress. People here like IT. They despise this man.

On the other hand, I would have a hard time figuring a better way to spend his money than what he currently does.
I also completely agree that he used flaws in the system that should not have existed at first. But tell me, when a hacker uses a flaw in your windows XP system, do you sue Microsoft or the hacker ?

Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736623)

What has Gates done PERSONALLY to make slashdotters so hateful of him?

OK, True story: Back in the early 1980s I was working for a small startup company in eastern Idaho... we did lots of vertical market stuff for home construction companies and lumber mills. All written in C, with Assembly language libraries and a smattering (*gasp*) of BASIC. So one day, I was working on debugging our B-Tree retrieval libraries using the new state-of-the art 80386 machine (all the other machines in our shop were '286) when suddenly Bill Gates bursts into the office. He does a couple of flips over the office partition walls and killed two of my co-workers with a karate chop to the neck....one was the HR person who, of course, has all our home addresses, so Bill grabs the sheet of paper with all of them and yells "I'll be back". Well, after the police interviews and crisis counselling and cleanup... I go home only to find my wife and four triplets all stabbed to death and my dog pregnant. On the kitchen table was a note from Bill Gates saying "I did this"

You all laugh now (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736231)

Sure, it might be showmanship... But who's going to get the last laugh when the various "technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars" are infected by mosquito-transmitting borg nanites installed by Bill Gates himself?!

Say what you will about the guy? (0, Offtopic)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736239)

We have neither time nor space, here.

They could be males, at which point they're no threat to anyone, anyway.

Alternately, cue nanotech-related conspiracy theories in 3...2...1...

If anyone gets the chance to go to see Gates (2, Funny)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736269)

wear one of those head covering mosquito nets, or like what Beekeepers wear. that would be pretty funny :)

But wasn't it Steve Jobs (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736273)

to suffer some disease?

Re:But wasn't it Steve Jobs (1)

gordo3000 (785698) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736503)

all thsoe years catching virii in the wild has made the gates man strong. he has built immunity to the simple and slow evolving human diseases with constant exposure to the more virulent kind he was forced to face.

the coddled Jobs boy finds himself incapable of facing off with an even small disease because he lacks in the hard won immunity of the microsoft world.

Lamer (-1, Offtopic)

TokyoMoD (1425399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736291)

That has been in so many movies. When someone wants to make a point. Nice try...

Re:Lamer (2, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736407)

You don't say that Bill has seen someone else's idea, thought "hey, that's neat" and copied it without referencing it, do you?

How dare you suggest something like this?

Health (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736299)

Everyone knows by now how risky it is to smoke cigarettes, but few know what effect smoking a cigar has. Is cigar smoking less or more dangerous than cigarettes are? Smoking cigars on a regular basis is dangerous for your health.
Jimmy

Drug Intervention [drug-intervention.com]

Gates forgot the corollary ... (1)

Ora*DBA (101576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736317)

... that there's no reason only poor people should be shot either. His ego is putting Larry Ellison's to shame. One hopes he comes down with malaria some time - it's so often the gift that keeps on giving.

Re:Gates forgot the corollary ... (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736427)

One hopes he comes down with malaria some time - it's so often the gift that keeps on giving.

I thought that was Herpes?

Yeap (1)

Drumforyourlife (1421647) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736337)

Oh, and I suppose poor people shouldn't be the only ones to die of dehydration either... that's why next month's conference will be held in the Mojave desert.

plagiarism (2, Funny)

ad0n (1171681) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736365)

this idea was invented by shampoo

Only poor people? (4, Interesting)

mi (197448) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736389)

There is no reason only poor people should be infected.

Yes, there is — the richer people can afford both the knowledge of the danger, and the means of defense.

Other things being equal, poor people will always have it worse, than the rich. Bill Gates' trick — and the accompanying rhetoric — certainly made news already and will continue to do so &mdash as he intended. But it is just a buzz-generating trick — not unlike the naked PETA protesters.

His main message — that having vast numbers of people suffer and die from preventable and treatable diseases (like malaria) sucks — is quite correct and on-target. But if he wants my money (or other, non-monetary, assistance) to help with it, he better dispense with the near-Socialist proclamations...

Re:Only poor people? (4, Informative)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736567)

He said "there's no reason only poor people should be infected", not "there's no reason only poor people are elected". Poor people did nothing to deserve being infected.

Secondly, Bill Gate's little show had a lot more of a point than PETA getting naked. Whereas the latter is merely a publicity stunt, Gate's maneuver also serves to make potentially rich donors uncomfortable with the idea of the suffering of others by experiencing a small part of it. Nothing about PETA getting naked serves this sort of purpose.

Lastly, I also dearly hope that Bill Gate's political leanings aren't whats preventing you from otherwise helping to stop the spread of malaria...

Re:Only poor people? (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736583)

er... infected. not sure how elected worked its way in there :)

Gate fixing a bug?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736457)

Is he the right person to fix a bug?!
I am sure he is better qualified to create a bug!

astroturfing tag (5, Insightful)

poity (465672) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736459)

Why is every MS story being tagged astroturfing? Do people even know what that word means, or are there really people who harbor such paranoia and belief in grand conspiracies (some kind of tech version of 9/11 Truthers)?

I bet someone's going to accuse me of astroturfing with this post and being a shill for Gates..

Re:astroturfing tag (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736649)

yeah, I was just posting about this at the same time you were. I really don't get it. The word has a specific meaning, and it's losing it very quickly and gaining a new one: "my enemy's advertising technique". Now I think I know why I need to explain what this word means to people every time I use it.

OK, I'll say it... (0)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736463)

"Say what you will about the guy..."

OK, he's an idiot. Was he giving a speech to the CDC? No. Know to target the right audience. I'm still searching for the "point" he was trying to make targeting THAT group of people in an act that could be considered terrorism under our "new and improved" laws.

Oh, and Bill, let me know how that Lyme disease works out for you, K? Not every damn thing spread by mosquitos is combated by keeping current on your shots. Moron.

Re:OK, I'll say it... (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736613)

OK, he's an idiot.

Thank you. I thought this was a stupid stunt, and I wish someone would have told him where to get off the train. I wonder how he would enjoy someone pulling a Penn and Teller, and releasing a thousand or so roaches in his house.

who tagged this astroturfing?!?! (4, Insightful)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736465)

What about this indicates a faux grassroots movement? Words like 'astroturfing' quickly lose their meaning when abused like this...

Once Again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736485)

Even after he retires, Bill Gates sends hundreds of bugs out to an unsuspecting audience.

BREAKBEAT MALARIA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736491)

vide title.

The new Gates (5, Insightful)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736499)

Gates has always been largely hated here and in the IT community because of course he's the one who lumped us all with the worst of Microsoft's products as well as the best ones. It was his company that was hit by the major anti-trust suit and so on. Whilst the company he was responsible for is indeed guilty of being not particularly nice and whilst it's a fair comment to make that if he was in charge, then he is responsible too I think it's a little more complex than that.

Microsoft as a company aside, I'm not convinced Bill Gates is actually that bad a person.

I think maybe he got blinded sometimes by the position he was in and made bad decisions, other times there's been videos of him snapping at staff and so on but these strike me as particularly human traits, in the case of geeks who aren't the greatest at dealing with people, the latter doesn't strike me as being particularly unusual. After all, even Steve Jobs who is much more of a people person that Gates has ever been is equally guilty of such treatment of his staff. What's more, Jobs has also never been one for philanthropy either- in fact, on the contrary, he actually cut Apple's philanthropy programs when he returned to the company and never brought them back.

Some may argue the only reason he gives to charity is as a tax dodge, but if that's really true why does he do things like this? If it were a mere tax dodge, then there's no reason he'd need to waste his time.

This view I have of him nowadays was somewhat reinforced in a recent documentary on him that I watched the other day - "Bill Gates - How a Geek Changed the World" which was certainly interesting. Of course, we never know whether documentaries like these are made with an air of bias to them or not, similarly we don't know if everything Bill does really is just a show. But honestly, now he's no longer at Microsoft and still is willing to do things like this I think I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now unless he does something to prove otherwise.

I think it's true when some commentators suggest that a few decades down the line, when Gates is old and dying that he indeed wont be remembered as that guy that ran that evil company and is hence evil himself, but will be seen more as a pretty decent bloke. I think as a person, Microsoft as a company has actually done more harm to his image than he perhaps deserves. I'm just not convinced anymore that Gates is one of those people who does necessarily deserve to go down in history as a bad guy. I may be proven wrong as time goes on, but only time will tell I suppose.

What a pillock (0, Troll)

expat.iain (1337021) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736527)

Malaria is not the only problem with mosquitoes. Some people can suffer serious side effects from their bites [about.com] :

In rare situations, some people may experience anaphylaxis after being bitten by mosquitoes. Other people may have experienced whole body urticaria and angioedema (hives and swelling), or worsening of asthma symptoms after being bitten. Typically, these symptoms occur within minutes after a mosquito bite, compared to Skeeter Syndrome, which may take hours to days to occur."

Nice side effects from non-malaria carrying insects. Thanks, Bill, you tosser.

Risks being dismissed as a cheap trick (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736559)

Not another 'anti-Bill' troll - kudos for what he's trying to do for world health, but:

Reminds me of the infamous 'anthrax' incident with Colin Powell. I'm all for livening up presentations, but the risk with this kind of stunt is that it will be the only thing attendees will remember.

Also, scaring/threatening people you are (presumably) hoping will help you is perhaps not the best...

By the same reasoning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736591)

There is no reason for Bill Gates being so rich.

A bit of a weirdo... (1)

cepayne (998850) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736597)

Extremely intelligent people often display signs of being
hard working, over exaggerated, and psychopathic. He is no
exception.

It not be much of a stretch to portray the role of a great
philanthropist; flaunting someone else's money of course.

Maybe he wants to ensure that CABO SAN LUCAS is always
malaria-free so that he won't contract it in his new palace,
next the sea of cortez.

.

yeah this is news (1)

xmousex (661995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736629)

what bill gates releasing bugs onto his captive audience??? nothing new here although this could make for a nice trademark for all his future appearances. like gallagher's watermellons.

A mosquito is just like windows... (1)

trold (242154) | more than 5 years ago | (#26736637)

... it bites!

And it is pretty much just one big bug.

Ninnle Labs would have released blackflies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26736645)

...or maybe some fire ants, hornets or african bees.
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