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Long done (-1)

McDutchie (151611) | about a year ago | (#42867171)

Slashdot is late to the game. Don't bother posting there. Gates is long done answering questions.

Re:Long done (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867239)

Where exactly did this posting claim otherwise? Dumbass.

Re:Long done (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867275)

Where exactly did this posting claim otherwise? Dumbass.

The summary used the present tense "is answering" verses the past tense "has answered". Perhaps you should learn the language you claim to be using?

Re:Long done (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867307)

If you had bothered to look, he has been answering for the last 6 or so hours, and his last post was only 5 minutes ago as of this posting.

Re:Long done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867555)

Slashdot is late to the game. Don't bother posting there. Gates is long done answering questions.

This isn't reddit not only will we consume the info, we will analyze his answers.

Re:Long done (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867811)

who gives a fuck what bill gaytes thinks? srsly, his mental diarrhea is news now?

Re:Long done (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868007)

You should care what gates thinks. I for one never expected him to act like an 8 year old child, chosing infantile questions first then providing answers that are more childish than the question. He is really aiming high with Reddit.

Re:Long done (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867741)

It is a bit disappointing to see that "something interesting is happening on Reddit" is the best that the new admins can come up with these days. That and the..well, they used to be thinly veiled advertisments but now you're practically beat over the head with them, why did Malda leave his own blog again? For that matter why am I not on Reddit where the actual interesting news is, excuse me...

Who knew? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867211)

I was shocked to learn he loves his iPad.

Looking forward (2, Insightful)

DeathFromSomewhere (940915) | about a year ago | (#42867221)

Looking forward to watching the usual mental gymnastics from you guys trying to make him out to be evil or something. Bonus points for not reading a word he says.

Re:Looking forward (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867281)

Think about the last time you saw Bill Gates on television. Did he look normal? Did he look quite how you remember him? If you were paying attention, you would have noticed that something was not quite the same.

The Chinese character for the JFK assassination looks a lot like the character for Bill Gates's name.

Invested parties have done a lot to make sure this stays under wraps.

In 1750, Benjamin Franklin was observed by over fifteen residents of Philadelphia as he branded an unidentified man with an Illuminati insignia. He was overheard telling one of his associates, "my work will be done once Bill Gates arrives to complete it."

If modern society hadn't drugged most ordinary people into a passive stupor of acceptance, we'd have done something about this long ago.

Shortly after the JFK assassination, the number of diabetes cases in children born to parents living nearby almost tripled. However, the government refuses to research this effect or compensate the affected families.

Corporate interests are preventing us from getting the truth out.

Consider the facts, and ask yourself: are you willing to let them get away with this? The answer should be a resounding no.

Re:Looking forward (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867319)

Aaaah Slashdot. You never disappoint.

Re:Looking forward (0)

CHIT2ME (2667601) | about a year ago | (#42867357)

Hey man! Whatcha drinkin' or smokin'? I want some of that. Have not had hullicinations since the 70's!!!!

Re:Looking forward (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867557)

Chinese character for the JFK assassination? Are you retarded? The Chinese don't just make up new characters for each event that happens in USA.

Re:Looking forward (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867805)

Indeed. Just look at the name, Bill Gates.
He wants to control all commerce. Every time anyone pays a bill, he controls the gates and he gets his cut.
Verily this man is the AntiChrist.
His evil knows no bounds. He is now on a feverish campaign to raise world population by reducing the death rate. More people means more transactions and more moolah. Think of the suffering of all those who do not die from disease but are forced to live their lives in squalor breeding more babies who cannot die because Bill Gates makes it so.

This must be stopped, People must be free to die. Bring back the Church of Euthanasia!

Free the planet, kill yourself!

Re:Looking forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867889)

Haha yes, I also thought the story in Assassin's Creed was pretty corny.

Re:Looking forward (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about a year ago | (#42869593)

Consider the facts, and ask yourself: are you willing to let them get away with this?

They can get away with it, as long as they bring me my Breakfast Mountain Dew

Re:Looking forward (5, Interesting)

earlzdotnet (2788729) | about a year ago | (#42867289)

I think we've all moved on to Steve Ballmer being an idiot rather than Bill Gates being evil

Re:Looking forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867541)

Slashdot

moved on

You're a funny man.

Re:Looking forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868885)

Thanks, Steve.

Re:Looking forward (0, Troll)

Kethinov (636034) | about a year ago | (#42868243)

I'll bite.

The elephant in the room in these discussions for me is that no one ever wants to talk about the idea that might be immoral for a society to ever let a single individual get so wealthy in the first place, irrespective of any responsible use of said wealth.

But that's not Gates' fault. Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

Re:Looking forward (3)

hairyfish (1653411) | about a year ago | (#42868291)

As soon as you try to explain why/how being rich is bad then we'll talk. Because of right now you're sounding a little bit crazy...

Re:Looking forward (1)

Molochi (555357) | about a year ago | (#42868387)

If you are young and briliant you have a choice, help the world or help yourself and become filthy rich. Of course choosing the second leaves the option of later forming a massive foundation to help other people make the world a better place than you would if you chose the "good" option. And you still got to be rich.

Re:Looking forward (5, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#42868879)

If you are young and briliant you have a choice, help the world or help yourself and become filthy rich

False dilemma. Profit seeking capitalists have done far more good for the world than philanthropists.

Re:Looking forward (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869011)

Profit seeking capitalists have also caused wide-spread social devestation, supported genocides, engaged in corruption and dismembered the middle-class through eroding union support with massive PR campaigns for the past 50 years.

Standards of living were increasing in slave societies. You may feel that this legitimizes the keeping of slaves. I do not.

You are wrong and, in my opinion, show clear psychopathic tendencies when you do this type of devil's arithmetic.

Re:Looking forward (0)

chrismcb (983081) | about a year ago | (#42869605)

False dilemma. Profit seeking capitalists have done far more good for the world than philanthropists.

I'm going to go down to my local Carnegie Library and look that up...

Re:Looking forward (0)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#42869931)

Those two groups are not mutually exclusive, and profit seeking capitalists have also done far more damage to the world than most.

Re:Looking forward (2)

White Flame (1074973) | about a year ago | (#42869059)

Big things don't happen without concentration of wealth giving people the opportunity to fund them and take large risks.

Throughout modern and ancient history, you'll find the "big names" were almost always backed by the funding of private magnates, aristocrats, religious organizations, and other concentrations of money. Otherwise, they'd be eccentrics doing small stuff in their garage that would be forgotten to time.

Re:Looking forward (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about a year ago | (#42868643)

The human need to paint characters in black and white is annoying. Evil Gates is as annoying as those that want to paint a hagiography of him and not accept any criticism.

Looking forward to watching the usual mental gymnastics from you guys trying to make him out to be evil or something. Bonus points for not reading a word he says.

He was a ruthless businessman and set back computing in some ways that we are still feeling today. He's doing amazing things with his fortune since then.

Re:Looking forward (2)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year ago | (#42869391)

He's doing amazing things with his fortune since then.

Throwing money at the crowds of poor people is not "amazing", and this is what all "charity" of the rich always amounted to.

Re:Looking forward (1)

islisis (589694) | about a year ago | (#42868713)

If you see the potential in emerging technology, have a fortunate enough background to mark a sizeable degree of influence, proclaim yourself part of the movement by accepting the efforts of a sea of talented peers, and then on the cusp of a social revolution, turn it into a closed system, ignore a history of dedicated research culture which aimed to increase possibilties, not curate them, you no longer are capable of understanding your own role in the deviation of that potential back towards to the established ways of old.

No one should care about a man's single present will to strive towards evil or non-evil or the determined personal crusades, it is their ability to perceive their place in the possible evolution of social behaviour which marks the responsibility of their actions. This man has failed, and is guilty, when considering the notion that technology is not at all what it could be even today. Let alone tomorrow. Only those who studied the practice, should know what I mean, depending on your appraisal of said potential. His prior actions were nothing but pure abuse of what should be thought of as privilege, not just opportunity.

Re:Looking forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868901)

You, clearly, are too young to have suffered all the many years of crashes that we suffered through.

Sign of the times... (5, Funny)

xtracto (837672) | about a year ago | (#42867249)

Sign of the times... when /. is linking to Reddit.

Re:Sign of the times... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867337)

for a website that has for some time been populated almost exclusively by apple shills, is it any surprise that the writing is on the wall?

think as different as you like, but just as the savior, jobs, died because of his own stupidity, so will the dammed evil company.

what's left of /. will go down with it.

Re:Sign of the times... (5, Interesting)

AlphaWolf_HK (692722) | about a year ago | (#42867721)

From my observation of 10ish years on slashdot (I didn't register until some time of lurking,) slashdot *was* almost entirely in favor of apple, but no longer.

The common argument in favor of apple at the time was how open they are (e.g. using posix rules, incorporating samba, etc.) I frequently pointed out that if apple was as dominant as microsoft, they would impose far worse restrictions on user freedom than microsoft ever did. I was shot down at the time, but it turns out that I was right.

Anyways, most of slashdot now agrees with that assessment and is largely anti-apple these days.

Re:Sign of the times... (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | about a year ago | (#42868189)

I don't know, Slashdot was all over the iPhone too. I had to make a filter rule for Apple because there were at least two articles of the daily (either iPhone or iPad).

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869607)

As most anything online, /. is funded via ads. Apple, being controversial, brings in the views, and by extension ad revenue.

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868451)

I don't recall a time when Apple was favored over MS after the went to Unix, mosly they were a competitor to Linux. Definitly not after they opted to just make intel PCs like HP and Dell with their own closed source OS.

Of course now most devices are Linux based and MS and Apple are irrelevant.

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869531)

You weren't shot down because people didn't agree about "restrictions". You were just sidelined because restrictions were immaterial to criticism of Microsoft at the time. Criticism was about using a monopoly on the OS to destroy competition. Critisicm was about literally buying up every possible lobbyist in the US when Microsoft's conviction for illegal monopolistic behavior was in the penalty phase. Critisim was about Bill Gates blatantly lying about emails he had received while testifying. Your magnanimous declarations were just noise trying to mask the signal.

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869657)

Are you RMS?

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867411)

Next week on slashdot cowboy neal answers questions about being a cowboy.

Re:Sign of the times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869229)

Yeah why doesn't he come on slashdot and do a Q and A... Oh that's right were a bunch of whining little girls obsessed with apple and android.

right to the answers... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867271)

doesnt have the questions!

answer:That portrayal was reasonably accurate.

question: i felt windows 8 was like waiting for a good conversation but it just got lost up in the complication!

flame?

Re:right to the answers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869259)

the question to that one was do you agree with the portrayal of yourself in pirates of silicon valley. I don't know if your stupid or trolling (so if trolling you get double points).

Does he not know... (1, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about a year ago | (#42867279)

Not as much as I would like to. I write some C, C# and some Basic. I am surprised new languages have not made more progress in simplifying programming. It would be great if most high school kids were exposed to programming...

Does Gates not know about Python? Python IMO is a whole lot easier to learn than BASIC ever was and you can do a lot more with it. And Python is much easier than C/C#/C++ to learn and is much, much, much cleaner than Java.

Slap on a few libraries and you can do just about anything in Python in less lines of code. AND you can actually read it when you're done :)

Re:Does he not know... (2, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#42867353)

Well, at least he actually knows how to program. Take a look at the CEOs of HP, IBM, Oracle, Dell, SAP, Cisco, . . . etc.

Most of them probably can't even manage to program themselves out of a paper bag.

Now, what programming languages does Steve Ballmer know . . . ?

Re:Does he not know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867903)

LJE can actually write code. See http://www.quora.com/Larry-Ellison/Was-Larry-Ellison-a-good-programmer

Re:Does he not know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867935)

Larry Ellison got his start writing database software.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

The Evil Atheist (2484676) | about a year ago | (#42868233)

Steve Ballmer may not know much about programming, but he knows some useful language constructs. Like looping. Or exceptions.

Re:Does he not know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868297)

Now, what programming languages does Steve Ballmer know . . . ?

A variant of Logo named "Chair".

Sample code:

Tell chair turn 50
Tell chair throw 30
Jump monkey boy jump

Re:Does he not know... (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#42869053)

Well, at least he actually knows how to program. Take a look at the CEOs of HP, IBM, Oracle, Dell, SAP, Cisco, . . . etc.

Most of them probably can't even manage to program themselves out of a paper bag.

I'm working on the documentation for my game engine's (domain specific) entity interaction language. Thank you for your help in naming the example project that comes after the eponymous "Hello World". With a small change to the shape of the objects and the forces being applied from within rather than externally, the simplistic collision detection demo shall be dubbed "Paper Bag" so that we may finally have a definitive test with which to quantify the aforementioned skill level.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year ago | (#42867421)

Does Gates not know about Python? Python IMO is a whole lot easier to learn than BASIC ever was and you can do a lot more with it. And Python is much easier than C/C#/C++ to learn and is much, much, much cleaner than Java. Slap on a few libraries and you can do just about anything in Python in less lines of code. AND you can actually read it when you're done :)

While that might be true, it still doesn't say much about the ease of learning Python compared to other traditional activities a high school student might engage in. I think Python is fairly neat, but I think that the abstractions required for modern OOP languages is something that is not easily understood by most people. Remember, this is high school he is talking about.

What you'd need is a language that is easy to learn, and can be related to other classes/life without too much programming. For example, in any language I know, creating a good graphics of a bouncing ball (or Newtonian dynamics visualizations) is fairly hard. I'd like to be proved wrong, but very few students in high-school like programming as an intellectual challenge in itself (and while I don't think everyone should become a programmer, a basic understanding of programming is becoming essential IMO. Much like understanding the basics of cars was required in the early days. Cars were common, but not as reliable as they are today. They broke down often enough that you needed some knowledge on how to fix them).

Re:Does he not know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868125)

Would it be hard to make the turtle behave according to Newtonian dynamics in Logo?

Re:Does he not know... (3, Insightful)

mrxak (727974) | about a year ago | (#42869175)

Everyone in my class learned Logo in 3rd grade. In middle school they taught everyone HTML. In high school we were using Scheme in several math classes.

I also learned C++ and Java in high school, though admittedly that was not everyone, and it was AP level classwork.

I think the earlier you teach kids computer languages, the better, and the quicker they'll pick it up. I don't think OOP is something terribly scary. After all, objects is kind of what people have to deal with every day in the real world. You explain it as nouns and verbs, and it's not that hard to understand.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

DeathFromSomewhere (940915) | about a year ago | (#42867625)

Python... our ultra underground language that only the super secret priesthood of unix admins knows about?? You are letting our divine truth out to the unthinking public! You better believe you are going to get shunned at the next invocation.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#42868663)

Nah, his comment is informed by the 90s, when people were coming up with all kinds of programming tools that would bring programming to the masses. Something like Visual programming languages [wikipedia.org]. There's a reason it's called visual basic, which has sometimes been described as drag-and-drop programming.

He's wondering why no one has built an easy programming language that anyone can use. You can use mixins in Python, it's not an easy language.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

thue (121682) | about a year ago | (#42869307)

> Python IMO is a whole lot easier to learn than BASIC ever was and you can do a lot more with it.

The language you already know every corner of is almost always faster if you just want to get something done.

Since Microsoft got started with a basic compiler [wikipedia.org], I assume that Bill Gates know BASIC pretty well.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869353)

>And Python is much easier than C/C#/C++ to learn and is much, much, much cleaner than Java.

Python is a filthy scripting language with no types. Every other language you list is a JIT/compiled language with type safety. They are like comparing apples and oranges. For any software project beyond simple scripting, Python is inappropriate as a tool. It does not perform, has less exception safety, and does not scale.

You can measure the experience of a programmer by how he/she discusses the pros and cons of Python.

Re:Does he not know... (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about a year ago | (#42869621)

Does Gates not know about Python? Python IMO is a whole lot easier to learn than BASIC ever was and you can do a lot more with it.

They are both turing complete languages. So what can you do in Python that can't be done in BASIC?

Slap a few libraries on ANY language and you get do anything in less lines of codes. That's what libraries are for.

If I wanted to read this crap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867305)

I'd read reddit.

Good Read (4, Interesting)

GreggBz (777373) | about a year ago | (#42867311)

This really is an excellent AMA. It's good to see Mr. Gates mixing witty one-liners with several long, open and thoughtful answers.

In a weird way I wish that this was the Bill Gates that was still leading Microsoft. I mean, in that alternate universe it certainly wouldn't be all rainbows and freedom, but at least Microsoft would be a company that I could understand. These days, I have no clue where Microsoft is going and it kind of makes me sad that they are becoming a weaker, less competent rival to their open source and corporate opposition. Ah well, It's likely better that he's taken his drive and his billions and put it towards a noble cause.

Re:Good Read (0)

wile_e8 (958263) | about a year ago | (#42867609)

These days, I have no clue where Microsoft is going

Oh, that's easy to figure out. Just look at what Apple did in the last year and expect Microsoft to go there in two years.

Re:Good Read (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#42867713)

These days, I have no clue where Microsoft is going

Oh, that's easy to figure out. Just look at what Apple did in the last year and expect Microsoft to go there in two years.

Ummm... shed 40% of the stock price in the last 5 months? I think it will happen to MS sooner than 2 years.

Re:Good Read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867865)

Too bad Microsoft probably won't double it's price over 12 months before the 40% cut like Apple did....besides Apple shares are already coming back, it was just a bunch of short sellers shaking out the scared money.

Re:Good Read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869281)

given a good windows 9 for phones and computers it's possible.

Re:Good Read (1)

hairyfish (1653411) | about a year ago | (#42868305)

Ummm... shed 40% of the stock price in the last 5 months? I think it will happen to MS sooner than 2 years.

I think the opposite, wanna short some MSFT from me?

Re:Good Read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867961)

Don't worry, you're definitely not alone, plenty of people would gladly sell freedom up the river for some bizarre as shit desire to see Microsoft strengthened.

Re:Good Read (-1, Troll)

RazorSharp (1418697) | about a year ago | (#42868405)

Ah well, It's likely better that he's taken his drive and his billions and put it towards a noble cause.

What cause would that be? Evading taxes? Attempting to buy a legacy? The best thing he's done is give money to Sal Khan and he didn't need a foundation to do that. Bill Gates is Lister Rosewater, [wikipedia.org] not Eliot Rosewater.

What does vaccinating people in third world countries do? In one of his answers regarding the foundation he says it spends half its money (half the money it spends, not half the money in the foundation, which grows over time making it a profitable venture) on global health. It just keeps people who have no economic value alive for longer so they can consume more resources and contribute nothing back to the world. Maybe I'm being cynical and Gates actually has good intentions, but if that's the case, he's really incompetent at doing good and should probably just stick to evil.

If Gates wants to improve healthcare then start here in the U.S. Lobby for a single-payer system and actively advocate such a solution to the public. Buy out medical supply companies that consistently increase the prices of their goods at a much higher rate than inflation and exploit S.S./Medicare subsidies and end those practices. Buy out companies that provide lunch services in schools and only sell healthy food.

At the risk of sounding xenophobic, fuck third world countries. Why should Americans spend their resources feeding kids that will grow up to do nothing in third world countries while certain parts of our own country is devolving into a third world regions of their own because multinational American companies (like Microsoft) don't pay shit in taxes and all of our country's wealth is held by a tiny minority of assholes who 'spend' money on 'charity?' Feeding and vaccinating people in third world countries doesn't absolve a person of criticism.

When the typical American has a quality of life that equals the average Fin or Swede, then Americans can worry about saving the rest of the world. Until then, every dollar you spend donating to third world problems is just a dollar less in the U.S. economy (and, more importantly, less money in the treasury since, you know, the tax break and all).

Yeah, this issue really grinds my gears. If the government stopped subsidizing 'charity' it would do a world of good by doing less good for the world.

Re:Good Read (2)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#42868921)

What cause would that be? Evading taxes?

The more taxes he can avoid, the better. He is putting the money to far better use than the government would.

Attempting to buy a legacy?

So what? What difference does it make what his motivations are? His foundation has already saved millions of lives, and improved the lives of millions more. All those lives are not worth less just because his motivations are not pure enough for you.

This was the device he used for the Q&A (3, Informative)

kentrel (526003) | about a year ago | (#42867323)

I want one!!
http://i.imgur.com/1JqrLVc.jpg [imgur.com]

Re:This was the device he used for the Q&A (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869237)

Notice bill does not use the metro interface.

Handwriting (5, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | about a year ago | (#42867369)

Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at "computers". Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways..

I'm very surprised he's still hung up on handwriting recognition. It is a DEAD END for human interfacing to a computer (with the sole exception of OCRing existing handwritten documents, and perhaps security as a form of credential). Think about it for one moment, the amount of muscle control, precision and time required to DRAW A SHAPE which is then interpreted as a single input glyph. It is a horribly slow and tedious method of input - I would rather (and literally have) key Morse Code into my android phone than write text.

It also shows he's still a bit out of touch, and still thinking stylus-centric (which, IMO, was one of the reasons Window Mobile / Windows CE failed, was because it never completely shook the stylus-required-to-interact-with-tiny-widgets problem). Is a person really expected to draw on a modern touch screen with their finger to write letters for the device to recognize (and feel like a preschooler fingerpainting)? Or are we going to step back into having to keep track of a stylus?

Just found it odd he threw in handwriting in this day and age. It was beat to death with Palm starting a decade and a half ago. It's gone. Dead. Byebye.

Re:Handwriting (4, Interesting)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year ago | (#42867515)

Just found it odd he threw in handwriting in this day and age. It was beat to death with Palm starting a decade and a half ago. It's gone. Dead. Byebye.

There was another article which stated that paper-and-pencils are the best tools in the classroom. While handwriting recognition (like all technologies) has had its hype, it is now becoming a serious tool. The stylus is actually a nice way to get work done on a computer in many technical fields (where drawings and notes are the way the people communicate).

I know faculty and students who use OneNote/EndNote and really like the Ink-to-Math and Ink-to-Text functionality.

Re:Handwriting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868557)

There was another article which stated that paper-and-pencils are the best tools in the classroom.

I'm 36 about to be 37 and a serious programmer but I forgot a lot of math i knew very well so I started using Khan University to refresh my skills. Next thing I know not only can I not type what i know i can't read what I wrote so I bought a 600 dollar Walcom and couldn't be happier.

Writing is not a dead art computers have just not caught up to it yet and this is coming from someone who only needs a keyboard!

Re:Handwriting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867531)

The Galaxy Note 2 has a stylus and is very popular:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57553995-94/samsung-5m-galaxy-note-2-units-sold-in-2-months/

Re:Handwriting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868907)

As does the Galaxy Note. I had the pleasure of using both, although the only time I ever take out the stylus is when my hands are too sweaty to use touch. My kids like it for colouring though.

Re:Handwriting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867893)

He says handwriting in the context of computer reading, not stylus input; i.e. the computer can read handwriting, on paper. Humans being able to read handwriting is not useful because you can recognize what someone is writing *on you*; it's useful because you can read a note someone left for you etc. Computers being able to read handwriting will be useful in the same way. Of course when you're interacting directly with a computer you'll use other means of communication.

Re:Handwriting (1)

beowulfcluster (603942) | about a year ago | (#42869047)

For me, writing something with a pen is still faster than typing it on a phone keyboard. I also require less muscle control to write with a pen than I do to not throw the phone into a wall after I've hit the wrong letter for the 10th time in a five word sentance.

Re:Handwriting (1)

DerPflanz (525793) | about a year ago | (#42869255)

Windows CE didn't fail. It is all over industrial handheld devices (barcode scanners mainly, but also embedded computers). I have yet to see a multitude of Android / Windows Phone devices. There are some, but the large majority is Windows CE5.

Re:Handwriting (0)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year ago | (#42869441)

Windows CE didn't fail. It is all over industrial handheld devices (barcode scanners mainly, but also embedded computers).

No. It's a system that was pushed into applications that should've not existed in the first place.

I have yet to see a multitude of Android / Windows Phone devices. There are some, but the large majority is Windows CE5.

That's because you work stocking shelves at Wal-Mart.

Why doesn't he answer questions on Slashdot? (5, Funny)

detritus. (46421) | about a year ago | (#42867567)

We love the guy!

Re:Why doesn't he answer questions on Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868851)

lol... I was going to say this!!! Modded you up instead.

Did he confirm the rumors (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42867787)

of the cage match with Stallman?

Re:Did he confirm the rumors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869265)

What about a tag team match say..... Stallman, Torvald and Raymond VS Gates, Allen and Steve "King Kong" Ballmer.
Much more entertaining scenario wouldn't you say?

Hope someone asked why he supports circumcision (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42868779)

Bill Gates supports circumcision as a way to fight HIV. That really is not an effective way to fight HIV, since many Americans are circumcised and still get HIV. Also, many European men are not circumcised and they don't get HIV as frequently as Americans. Using a condom is really the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV, and if you're going to use a condom, then there's no need to get circumcised.

Not to mention the fact that babies aren't even capable of having sex, so there's no need to circumcise a baby. When he's an adult, let him decide for himself whether he wants to permanently remove a body part that offers sexual benefits. And in 15-20 years there may be a REAL cure for HIV.

Saying that we should circumcise babies to protect them from HIV makes as much sense as saying we should give mastectomies to all young women to protect them from breast cancer.

Re:Hope someone asked why he supports circumcision (1)

clarkn0va (807617) | about a year ago | (#42868911)

Using a condom is really the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV

Not exchanging body fluids with people who have HIV is the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV. Just sayin'.

Re:Hope someone asked why he supports circumcision (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42869055)

Using a condom is really the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV

Not exchanging body fluids with people who have HIV is the most effective way to protect yourself from HIV. Just sayin'.

Well yeah, but since millions of people have sex, the condom is the best way for them to be protected from HIV.

Re:Hope someone asked why he supports circumcision (4, Insightful)

dargaud (518470) | about a year ago | (#42869439)

Saying that we should circumcise babies to protect them from HIV makes as much sense as saying we should give mastectomies to all young women to protect them from breast cancer.

This is EXACTLY what I say to people who support sexual mutilations of babies. They usually mumble something about not being the same and quickly change the subject. I don't have mod points but this needs a '+5 insightful'.

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