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Bill Gates Gives $20M to CMU for New Building

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the you-must-reboot-before-taking-this-class dept.

Microsoft 919

touretzky writes "Carnegie Mellon University announced on Tuesday that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $20 million toward the cost of a new building to be called the "Gates Center for Computer Science". Some faculty have suggested that in acknowledgment of Mr. Gates' profound influence on the computer software industry, the building should be painted bright blue."

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919 comments

First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262640)

First post, baby. usermilk pwns you.

Before you ask (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262642)

Yes, the building will have Windows, but the Office will cost extra.

Re:Before you ask (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262697)

And plenty of back doors.

Re:Before you ask (2, Funny)

oskard (715652) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262729)

The entrance will say "Press any key to continue_"

Re:Before you ask (5, Funny)

freakmn (712872) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262794)

...and the exit will say start...

Re:Before you ask (1, Funny)

Dagrush (723402) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262730)

unfortunately, people using the new building will have to climb through innumerable windows to get anywhere. no doors.

Re:Before you ask (5, Funny)

baywulf (214371) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262750)

And whenever ask someone for help inside the building the paperclips start dancing.

Something not so funny about Bill Gates ... (4, Interesting)

reporter (666905) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262751)

About 10 years ago, Stanford University completed construction of its new computer science building. You can see a picture of it [stanford.edu] . Several companies and individuals donated money to its construction. The majority of the funds came from a group of Japanese companies. Interestingly, among individuals, Bill Gates donated the largest percentage, and Stanford University named the entire building after him.

When news of "Gates" becoming the apellation of the building broke, heated discussions appeared on the local university electronic bulletin board. Many people were dismayed that Bill Gates, a college dropout with little knowledge of computer science, would receive the honor of having the computer science building named after him. It is no ordinary building. It is the building housing the pre-eminent computer-science department that is among the top 3 in the nation.

One mathematics professor lamented that money buys anything -- including undeserved honors. He commented that Stanford University might as well name the building after "Donald Trump" since he is a billionaire.

Personally, I object to honoring Bill Gates for anything. As far as I am concerned, he is an unethical shmuck who bears principal responsibility for the suicide of Gary Kildall. Search on "Gary Kildall" [yahoo.com] if you do not know who he is.

Poor Bill (5, Insightful)

JPM NICK (660664) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262644)

Even when he tries to do something nice, he gets flamed. The man just donated 20 million to the school. give him a break

Re:Poor Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262672)

at least he wasnt shot out of a chimney when a monstrous little girl sneezed!

Re:Poor Bill (5, Insightful)

vishmaster (684012) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262716)

You have to remember Bill is first a Businessman and then a Philanthropist - What bill is indulging here is what is known as Social Investing - Heres how he makes up for the 20mil he spends - 1.Inculcate the 'Microsoft Culture' into the every Person/Animal/THing that ever steps into that building - 2.Set up a future harvesting ground for hiring into his empire when the time is right. Now that they have already been taught the 'Microsoft way' 3.Spread the good word about Microsoft - 20mil worth of marketing does not seem to have the same effect. and yes.. 4.Maybe help the academic community actually grow - PROVIDED - its in the 'Microsoft Way' Not so Poor After all Bill.

Re:Poor Bill (4, Interesting)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262765)

Also, there is
Established in 1988, the CERT® Coordination Center (CERT/CC) is a center of Internet security expertise, located at the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University.
Now, if 20,000 large doesn't freshen your breath to CERT, dunno what will.
If you don't like the news, buy the press.
Maybe these were distortion-free dollars, or something...

Re:Poor Bill (4, Insightful)

SB5 (165464) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262780)

You know whats great about CMU? Its got a very large anti-Microsoft culture. But when Microsoft comes to town for recruitment day, its the largest turnout ever.

Re:Poor Bill (3, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262815)

That's how everything is. People always hate the big guy until they get a chance to be a part.

You can see the same thing with anti-American sentiment in other countries - people will be very quick to badmouth the US, but start giving out free plane tickets and you'll get mobbed.

Re:Poor Bill (5, Insightful)

aixou (756713) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262806)

Do we have to dissect every good thing that people do?

Let's dissect some other things:

your mom doesn't really love you for you, she loves you because of how you make her feel.

The fireman who saves you in the building is really only doing it because he wants his buddies to call him a hero.

Someone who gives a homeless person a dollar is only doing it because they don't want to get shot by the homeless man.

Your fiancee is only marrying you because she doesn't want to have to be self-sufficient.

and finally: Stallman does what he does to impress the ladies. ;)

Can't we just let people do good things sometimes? There is always some element of selfishness in every good deed we do. Let it go. It's a win win situation. Bill gives a great contribution to a school, and he gets to pimp himself a little. so the fuck what.

Re:Poor Bill (4, Insightful)

Epistax (544591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262717)

Sorry I just can't let "poor Bill" get past everyone. Once again, he used the word "Poor" to describe "Bill". Where "Poor" does have many meanings, I feel that he is so overwhelmingly not "Poor" in one definition as to completely knock out all others from the ballpark.

That being said the best gifts are the anonymous ones. When it's not anonymous, sure, he's giving $20 million and that's great, but he's it at least partly for his name. Still, I'm not complaining that he's doing it.

Re:Poor Bill (0, Flamebait)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262723)

Well, if he would donate money with out strings that force those that take the money to have close ties to microsoft it would be different. The thing is, most of his donations are designed to sell/push microsoft products and yes that includes the donations to the birth control/gun control/child murders he gives support to.

Re:Poor Bill (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262727)

Something nice? The guy's like a freakin hyper-billionare. How about a real gift, huh? How about 10 gigabucks. Why didn't he give 500 schools 20 million each? or why didn't he just give DeVry like the whole $10B?

Oh yeah, and why are you standing up for him? Giving $20 million to a school is the lowest form of buying friendship I can think of.

Re:Poor Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262819)

because devry is a shit school with no credibility. always has been, always will be.

Re:Poor Bill (-1, Troll)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262769)

I would rather have him spend the money on a college in the US than fighting AIDS in Africa. AIDS is a self-solving problem.

Re:Poor Bill (1)

Shea_Butter (810204) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262809)

How did we go from philanthropy to trolling about various social issues? I half expect the next post here to say something like "the nazis are cool!" Honestly if you have political fights to pick this probably isn't the best place or way to start them. There's always someone who believes the exact opposite of you...

Re:Poor Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262778)

at least when i pay taxes to the government, i have a certain amount, just a little, control on how and where that money is spent.

when a company like microsoft steals and rewrites history, orwellian style, shit, I'd rather pay taxes .

Re:Poor Bill (1)

supmylO (773375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262784)

Bill Gates giving away twenty million is like me giving away four cents.
</bullshit math>

Re:Poor Bill (3, Informative)

brilinux (255400) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262790)

I was actually at the party to celebrate his gift yesterday at Newell-Simon (the free food force overcame the Anti-Bill Gates force), and through talking to people, I had actually heard that it would be named after Turing, but I guess that is something else. The problem is, though, this guy is really rich, and yet he gave only $20,000,000 of the $50,000,000 required for the building, meaning that they need to raise $30,000,000 from other people for a building that will be named after someone else. I hope that they succeed, because it would be nice to see yet another construction project on campus, but it seems rude not to give more for something named after him.

windows (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262646)

i hear windows bashing....wait for it....wait.......

Re:windows (-1, Troll)

jmulvey (233344) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262766)

Good idea posting anonymously. On Slashdot, suggesting that the audience is anti-Microsoft is like suggesting to Democrats that they are anti-Bush. It's obvious, but -- they hope -- discreet.

Blue (2)

adisakp (705706) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262647)

How the heck would the color blue pay homage to Bill ?

Re:Blue (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262661)

Blue Screen of Death.

Re:Blue (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262669)

well you know...

The infamous yellow screen of death... oh wait!

Re:Blue (1)

timgoh0 (781057) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262671)

Because the microsoft logo is traditionally white on a blue background?

Re:Blue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262673)

Blue Screen of Death

Re:Blue (0, Redundant)

brq22 (776340) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262680)

Maybe in reference to the infamous BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH? Just an idea.

Re:Blue (2, Interesting)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262701)

Carnegie Mellon already has one blue building. It's called Donner Hall [cmu.edu] (large JPEG) and it'd be a nice joke if CMU were to name it after Gates instead. It's the residence hall where they stuff hundreds of freshmen every year.

Re:Blue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262818)

ahhh.. that's not blue man.

Re:Blue (1)

The Islamic Fundamen (728413) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262708)

Democrats?? Shouldnt they paint it with the windows colours?

Re:Blue (1)

k0ft (812724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262821)

How the heck would the color blue pay homage to Bill ?

As long as a dump of the stack and registers is painted on the side along with the blue, i'd say that would be a perfect hommage to Bill Gates.

Bright Blue eh? (1)

AssProphet (757870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262649)

the building should be painted bright blue."

Ah.... A monument to ugliness, much like the XP color themes. I get it!

Re:Bright Blue eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262693)

They're okay so long as they don't paint a white-on-red X in a box on the roof.

Re:Bright Blue eh? (2, Funny)

gcaseye6677 (694805) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262722)

It will be ugly all right, if it looks anything like this [mit.edu] Bill Gates computer science building.

Blue eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262651)

...Blue screen of death? ;)

hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262653)

they should build it properly after 3 service packs

Blue (5, Funny)

oskard (715652) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262655)

They can write BSOD in big white letters on the top of it.

BSOD jokes (4, Insightful)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262656)

Now I like BSOD jokes as much as the next person but seriously I think that's one area we can atleast applaud Microsoft at. It's really quite a rare date (or an indication of hardware failure) to see a BSOD in Windows XP. Now those damned security issues on the other hand...

Re:BSOD jokes (5, Funny)

oskard (715652) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262690)

Ahhh stop. You're killing me. No, really STOP 0x0000000A BAD_BSOD_JOKES

Re:BSOD jokes (1)

Prod_Deity (686460) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262691)

"the building should be painted bright blue" The the name of the building in white letters? Sorry, couldn't help it.

Re:BSOD jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262745)

OMG YOU GOT IT!

No wonder, being a deity.

Loser.

Type.

Guy.

Re:BSOD jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262694)

In addition to the building being painted blue, the windows will not be secureable.

Re:BSOD jokes (1)

lakiolen (785856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262713)

Yet you still hear about them enough in XP to know they still happen. Personally i've had about 1 per year, which is not many, but that is still a much higher frequency than other OS's

In light of his influences... (1)

harikiri (211017) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262659)

Paint it aqua!

f u slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262662)

first post suckas!

Blue? (2, Funny)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262663)

They should paint 'IRQL not less or equal' on the side of the building.

Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (4, Funny)

comwiz56 (447651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262664)

Why doesn't Bill gates run around spending money on fun stuff? NSYNC guys almost buy a trip a to space. Woz has like 20 segways (and plays on a segway plo team). But why doesnt Bill Gates spend his money on such crazy things?

Re:Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (3, Interesting)

Mskpath3 (764785) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262700)

Some interesting info on the far reaching economic impacts Gates would have if he spent truly large amounts of his fortune [fee.org]

Gates is to be commended for this. He's no slouch when it comes to spreading the wealth around.

Re:Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262802)

I skim read it, came to "Gates is phenomenally good at pleasing consumers". that's enough of that... /close tab

Re:Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262820)

That article would be more interesting if it talked about the anti-free market effects of copyright law, or how a free market is affected by a monopolist.

I believe in free markets too but it helps to actually have a correct model of the world in your head, not a simplistic view of things.

Re:Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262728)

lack of imagination?

He does spend wods of cash on charity. Of course he got all that cash from us! If you want to buy a laptop from a major manufacturer, good luck finding a non-microsoft OS in it. And all those near zero cost donations to schools - get em while they're young says Mr Gates..

Re:Why doesn't Bill Gates blow more of his money? (2, Informative)

khendron (225184) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262774)

Apparently you haven't yet seen his $97M house [usnews.com] .

Why he's really doing it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262665)

He just wants control of their water-walking robots. [slashdot.org] No bathtub will be safe!

Microsoft at CMU (5, Interesting)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262675)

Funny thing about Carnegie Mellon -- there's a lot of people there who spell Microsoft with a dollar sign and refer to it as the "evil empire," yet every Microsoft presentation is standing-room only. There are plenty of people there that actually respect Microsoft as a company, and of course President Jared Cohon was more than happy to accept a $20 million gift.

Now the Gates Center is a $50+ million project. If you want to name the building in your honor instead, you could always kick in the rest of the dough.

Wasting money (1)

Manip (656104) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262676)

If they are so short on money that they need an external investor to pay for the new building then why are they suggesting wasting some by painting it blue? Keep in mind we are talking about $1000~2000 for a paint job alone.

Not to mention the new color scheme would be very quickly hated and could even be a hazard to aircraft (they might not see it!)

Re:Wasting money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262775)

$2000 to paint a building large enough to be a hazard to aircraft?

Gates will be the Carnegie of the 22nd century (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262678)

By the time he's dead, there will be so many buildings with his name on them, he'll be everywhere, like all the towns with Carnegie libraries today. And like Carnegie, he'll be remembered fondly for all the stuff he did that still endures, and not for the things Slashdot likes to bash him for today.

Like it or not...

Re:Gates will be the Carnegie of the 22nd century (1)

Democritus2 (553661) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262754)

Actually Hershey PA is like that. Or whatever the hell the real name of the town is. You see the Milton Hershey Memorial library. The Hershey Fire department, etc etc. The guy is everywhere.

MOD PARENT DOWN! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262793)

What Slashdot thinks about Microsoft is the *ONLY* thing that matters. The TRUTH is IRRELEVANT you DIRTBAG.

If we had a beowulf cluster of Linux donations, we could overpower Bill Gates soooo easily!

As the old saying goes... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262679)

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a skull.

Big Deal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262681)

He's just trying to deflect attention from the Pirates of Silcon Valley [imdb.com] slashfic [femgeeks.net] . Editors are on crack! This is news for nerds but apparently it doesn't matter to them!!! Mod this post up to show your support for software [catb.org] developer [stallman.org] slash fiction.

Unfortunately.... (4, Funny)

One Louder (595430) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262683)

Unfortunately none of the doors have locks and all of the windows are wide open by default.

Re:Unfortunately.... (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262755)

Unfortunately none of the doors have locks and all of the windows are wide open by default.

In that case, I think someone should invest money into having some fire [wikipedia.org] foxes [spreadfirefox.com] guard the building.

Beatch Please! (1, Interesting)

cdtoad (14065) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262684)

$20Million to CMU? Please Bill... Couldn't you have done something a bit more charitable? Like the students at CMU need a new building? How bout helping out the children of Cleveland Ohio of whom 53% are living in poverty. Half the school buildings here would be condemed if it weren't for the fact that 87 of the 100 building inspectors were laid off last year. And who do we have to thank? Queen Jane. But thanks Bill, thanks for giving unNeedy spoilded rich kids a chance.

Re:Beatch Please! (5, Insightful)

Antithetical (627066) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262757)

You mean like the Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/default.htm)
wher e he basically gave away almost 1.2 billion last year? Is half a billion for education plus half a billion for world health enough?

Re:Beatch Please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262808)

No.

This is Slashdot. We won't be satisfied until Microsoft goes into debt to finance our highly socialist agenda. Anything less deserves terrorism.

Re:Beatch Please! (1)

xombo (628858) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262759)

But consider which institution will churn out more Microsoft-bound employees.

Bill isn't in it JUST for being charitable when he can be in it to attract qualified employees capable of churning out more products and ideas.

In a Related Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262685)

In a Related Story,

At the Borland Conference in San Jose this week, Borland gave CMU a check for $1M. They must be doing something right at CMU!

Re:In a Related Story (2, Informative)

Knytefall (7348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262739)

Not exactly a check -- just free software. Check out the press release [borland.com] .

Blue? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262686)

Honestly, what is the significance of painting it bright blue?

CMU is an Excellent School (4, Interesting)

I_Love_Pocky! (751171) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262696)

I'm always afraid of huge corporate donations to CS departments, because they tend to want to push the program in a certain direction. I don't think it helps anyone to have a Microsoft centric CS education, because CS shouldn't be about practical implementations, but rather theoretical concepts. I hope CMU isn't tainted by this donation.

I'm not just getting down on Microsoft either, I would feel wary about any large software company. On the other hand, it is a very nice thing for Mr. Gates to do. I'm always impressed by the really great things he and his wife choose to do with all of that money.

Cheapskate (5, Informative)

gorbachev (512743) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262714)

Brown University got $100M [boston.com] today. Bill's cheap! :)

And of course... (2, Insightful)

nwbvt (768631) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262718)

On slashdot someone will complain that this charitable act is just an attempt to push his company's products on college students and the mods will make it +5 insightful.

Re:And of course... (2, Funny)

gc8005 (733938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262767)

Geez - how lame. This charitable act is just an attempt to push his company's products on college students. Someone mod me up as insightful.

This is just too easy (0, Redundant)

Starji (578920) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262720)

Jeez, I hope it doesn't crash

Other building features (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262731)

1. To enter, you push a button and 5 minutes later the door opens
2. All digital locks can be opened with the admin password 1-2-3-4-5
3. Vibrating Window panes will cause random crashes
4. All wall decorations are essential and directly integrated into the building and cannot be removed without destroying the entire structure

In front of the building... (4, Funny)

rasafras (637995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262743)

...you will be greeted by a 20 foot iron sculpture of clippy.

That, and the building won't have any locks.

No thanks. (0, Troll)

kkovach (267551) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262748)

I'd attend class under a bridge somewhere before I stepped foot in a building bought by Bill.

Donation??? (3, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262753)

C'mon for a multi-billionare (fsck the spelling) paying someone $20M to carve your name on a building in a world famous campus is a cheap ego boost.

If it was a real donation it would be more discretely done (eg. name it after a famous person other than Gates and perhaps put up a small plaque saying it was funded by Gate foundation).

what KIND of bright blue? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262756)

Hopefully not sky blue, unless they want a helicopter to crash into it.

Curse those Stonecutters......

It would be better spent on law school (2, Informative)

trud (180201) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262758)

Money donated to computer science will be better spent in endowing fellowships in patent law.

Microsoft continues to make the world a better place for lawyers and is likely eventually to hold on retainer 51% of attorneys worldwide.

$20M but... (4, Insightful)

zorander (85178) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262760)

He wants the campus to build a $50M building with it. Sound like a math problem? yeah. His money is appreciated, but he's asking the campus to build more than he's willing to support, which is mildly questionable.

Even better, though, the proposed location for the new building is on top of this really shitty excuse for a building that looks like a few mobile homes shoved up against eachother and is generally an eyesore. In the artist's rendering of the plans, it apppears to be styled like many of the more nice looking new and old campus buildings (Green roof, light colored brick, etc) which is definitely a good thing. CMU has some pretty buildings, but it also has some impressive eyesores. Good to see one of them go away.

Also consider that Microsoft is the #1 employer of CS grads from CMU. This school's students and expertise have served him well, so I'm glad to see that he's willing to give something back.

Exterminators... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262761)

Also, faculty have suggested opening large boxes of roaches and mosquitos, and never, ever, ever calling the Exterminator.

For realism's sake.

an antidote to other posts here (1, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262764)

"thank you, bill gates, for donating money to an a academic instution"

the preceding is an antidote to the typical lowest common denominator slashdot bs

you may now go back to your usual tired stale jokes and rants

Re:an antidote to other posts here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262773)

academic institutions often suck.
cmu especially.

heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262768)

An artist's conception of the new building shows three entrances with one facing Forbes Avenue, the major Pittsburgh thoroughfare on which the campus is located.

As per a requirement from the donors, one entrance will always be kept unlocked and unguarded. If anyone steals anything at night, the door will be locked, and another chosen to remain unlocked. The full cost of any burglary or damage will remain with CMU. "This will allow us to bring the Windows experience to the physical world" said Mr Gates.

Originally... (5, Insightful)

xeon4life (668430) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262772)

I was looking into going to CMU for their esteemed Computer Science program, but now I just hope they wont let this influence their set of courses, breadth of experience, or heterogeneous computer labs...

In related news... (3, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262787)

Carnegie-Mellon University officials today reported that several designs for metal keys to the new Gates Center for Computer Science, which hasn't even been built yet, were found on the Kazaa and Gnutella filesharing networks. CMU Campus Police and Microsoft are reportedly investigating the leaked keys.

IBM (3, Informative)

LuxFX (220822) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262789)

I admit, I didn't get the Blue Screen of Death reference at first. I've been using Windows 2000 since it came out, and I might have seen a BSOD once... maybe twice. It just doesn't come up anymore.

Actually I was mostly confused at the joke at first, thinking, "Wait a minute, I thought IBM was 'Big Blue'"

Bright Blue....? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262798)

As in BSOD?

so sad for bill... (4, Funny)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262801)

he gives all this money to a school, but still gets the borg icon treatment on /.

CB#

hi-jacking Big Blue's potential monopoly (1)

xtermin8 (719661) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262812)

I know there's and unfunny joke in this about BSOD, but it made me remember that IBM was/(is?) called Big Blue. Bill gates sold IBM MS-DOS (vaporware at the time) and then startegically doomed IBM's OS2 through a duplicitous partnership. Whatever color it is, the building should definately have a pirate's flag. "Developers, developers, developers..."

B.B.O.D. (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10262813)

Four words:

== Blue Building Of Death ==

Those who cheer don't see the order of magnitude (1)

icecow (764255) | more than 9 years ago | (#10262814)

If microsoft only make 10,000 times what I make a year for them to spend $10,000 would hurt no more than if I spend a $1. $20 million for a building with Bill Gates name plastered on it is no better then if I went and paid $200 to put a tatoo reading "by the grace of icecow" on a highschool homecommming queen's forhead.

It's just not appropriate, I'm told.
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