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Gates to join Simonyi in Space?

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the gain-some-perspective dept.

Space 208

gadgetopia writes "On Russian state television, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin tells journalists in a live video interview from the ISS that "Charles said that Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"." Gotta wonder what that insurance premium is going to look like.

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d'oh for you... (1, Interesting)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687427)

why did TFS look like

"On Russian state television, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin tells journalists in a live video interview from the ISS that "Charles said that a href="http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11258/ 1066/">Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"."

could it be because some one missed a "" and no one seemed to notice... come on editors! its a work day after all...

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Redundant)

dlkj83jdk3883ll (746622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687455)

at microsoft space visits you!

Re:d'oh for you... (-1, Offtopic)

rjshields (719665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687663)

I for one welcome our new nerdy space overlord!

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Offtopic)

thepotoo (829391) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687679)

Ahem, just because we got one front page story tagged "insovlietrussia", it doesn't mean we should all revert to making a million old jokes over and over again.

They aren't funny anymore. Really.

Re:d'oh for you... (1, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688023)

Ahem, just because we got one front page story tagged "insovlietrussia", it doesn't mean we should all revert to making a million old jokes over and over again.

They aren't funny anymore. Really.

... which is why, in Soviet Russia, joke MAKE you laugh!

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Offtopic)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687463)

and for some reason /. removes square brackets when they are on their own for no reason as well... tut.

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Offtopic)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687533)

It does? "<"?

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Offtopic)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688181)

That's not a [.

Re:d'oh for you... (-1, Offtopic)

alx5000 (896642) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687677)

The reason is '<' breaks HTML if not entity-escaped

Re:d'oh for you... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687919)

That's not a square bracket, fucktard.

Re:d'oh for you... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687471)

Looks like they missed out the starting "".

Re:d'oh for you... (0, Offtopic)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687489)

It's &lt; folks!

Re:d'oh for you... (2, Interesting)

Combuchan (123208) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687531)

5 replies (and i'm sure there will be more) about a stupid typo, and none about the simple typo tag that you can use to notify the editors of the problem...

Gates in space? Yikes. If he decides to move his fortune and monopoly power from Windows to space travel, I'll never get there in my lifetime! :(

Re:d'oh for you... (5, Funny)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687749)

Oh, you'll get there. The question is, will you be able to get back?

"What do you mean 'a fatal error has occurred'?"

Re:d'oh for you... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687557)

It would have been much more helpful if you'd linked it in your post rather than just complaining.

Linky [itwire.com.au]

Re:d'oh for you... (1, Funny)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687595)

In Soviet Russia, html tags close you!

Replaced the typo with a typo (2, Funny)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687733)

From TFS:

"Charles said that a Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"."


I like that it's A Bill Gates. Makes me wonder if it's THE Bill Gates. Maybe this isn't such a big story after all.

In an ironic turn of events, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687437)

the only person with enough money to be able to provide the insurance policy is Gates himself.

Error! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687441)

Error! Use the Preview Button! Check those URLs!

Where to donate... (5, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687449)

Where can we donate to the "Leave Bill on the Moon" cause?

Re:Where to donate... (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687487)

Well, I don't know about that, but I'm sure a few rogue organizations and governments out there would accept donations in exchange for a few items that would effectively accomplish the same purpose, should he actually enter orbit.

Not that I approve of something like that.

<_<

>_>

Re:Where to donate... (0, Offtopic)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687551)

For Bill Gates only:
In Capitalist Russia, Windows launches you!

Re:Where to donate... (4, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687563)

Send $20 via PayPal to morgan_greywolf (at) yahoo (dot) com

Re:Where to donate... (5, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687859)

Putting more thought into it....

I think it would be even better to put all that money into a new paint job for the shuttle. Cover the shuttle till right before launch. Get Bill strapped in and ready. Setup a monitor inside so he can see the revealing and right before launch, unveil a shuttle painted like a huge Tux.

Re:Where to donate... (1)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688189)

You, sir, are a nerd among nerds.

Re:Where to donate... (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688115)

I can see it now, <newEnglandAccent>"Ask NOT what your PC can do for you, but what can you pay to keep using your PC..."<newEnglandAccent /> I know it is out of context of President Kennedy's inaugural address, but I am thinking of the follow on statement of, <newEnglandAccent>"I intend to distribute Vista 2.0, using the IPV6, from a permanent Moon Base at the its South Pole within ten years."<newEnglandAccent /> Now; He, who's name is ignored; Has got my attention.

Re:Where to donate... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688329)

It's the only place where he isn't under government investigation.

Obvios (1, Funny)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687451)

Well, we'll all hope that they'll remain there and never return to the Earth.

On the other hand... 'Space overlords' line doesn't look good...

Amazing (0, Offtopic)

epiphani (254981) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687459)

Even bad html in article summaries gets to the main page. I'm not sure how you managed to miss that Taco.

Missing something (4, Funny)

ThePolkapunk (826529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687467)

Looks like you're missing an anchor tag there. I highly recommend it. They're great for linking!
 
Oh wait, this is a story about Bill Gates. Is this a joke about how IE doesn't follow w3 standards for HTML? If so, it's not that funny.

Well of course! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687481)

Well OF COURSE he's going into outer space. Thats where all his fricken laser beams are!

Duh!

Link (0, Offtopic)

pklong (323451) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687483)


[ Space ] [ Microsoft ]
gadgetopia writes "On Russian state television, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin tells journalists in a live video interview from the ISS that "Charles said that a href="http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11258/ 1066/">Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"." Gotta wonder what that insurance premium is going to look like.

You expect me to copy and paste the link? You expect me to fix your broken post. Sorry I'm too lazy.

Weird (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687495)

Charles said that a href="http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11258/ 1066/
A really odd thing for Charles to say. How do you pronounce "href", anyway? :)

On a more serious note, however, the Slashdot editting have reached a new low.

Re:Weird (0, Offtopic)

GrumpySimon (707671) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687545)

"a herf equals hit-ti-p..."

Re:Weird (0, Offtopic)

errxn (108621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688155)

On a more serious note, however, the Slashdot editting have reached a new low.
So have the posts.

Re:Weird (2, Funny)

dpiven (518007) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688177)

How do you pronounce "href", anyway?

Imagine Stimpy coughing up a hairball.

Re:Weird (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688553)

eich-ref

Watch Bill sweat... (5, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687501)

...as he sits there in his spacesuit in his capsule next to the Russian cosmonaut commander as "Soyuz 12 - Powered by Windows Vista" flashes up on the main control screen just before the primary engine ignition sequence...

Re:Watch Bill sweat... (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687523)

It might give the BSOD a whole new meaning.

Re:Watch Bill sweat... (5, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687581)

Yep, "Bill Shits On Departure".

Mod this up! (2, Insightful)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687647)

My GP was pretty lame, but this is exactly the kind of joke I would have loved to find.

Re:Mod this up! (1, Interesting)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687737)

Don't worry about it - my Slashdot user number is a lot lower than yours... I have been here a LOOOOONG time!

Re:Mod this up! (1, Interesting)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687779)

So, is there anything above "Excellent" karma? It's been mounthes since it changed for the last time.

Re:Mod this up! (1, Interesting)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687845)

"Elite" karma? Or am I just showing my age now?

Re:Watch Bill sweat... (1)

bugg_tb (581786) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687583)

You may jest but Windows already runs [zdnet.co.uk] on a number of British Submarines so is it to out of the question???

Probably, not even he's that daft.

Yeah, quadruple indirection! (5, Insightful)

qazsedcft (911254) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687521)

Slashdot provides a link to what Fyodor Yurchikhin said about what Charles Simonyi said about what Bill Gates supposedly intends to do.

Re:Yeah, quadruple indirection! (4, Funny)

mikelieman (35628) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687699)

AND it's all about a trip less than 250 miles away, to a toy-space station that doesn't even have any hookers.

I suggest we put the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in charge of developing a REAL moonbase.

Re:Yeah, quadruple indirection! (1)

fredg (69098) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687857)

yeah. get some private capital to work. "what happens on the moon, stays on the moon!!"

That sorts him out but one major fault remains - (4, Funny)

unity100 (970058) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687529)

Anyone heard whether Steve Ballmer is thinking of taking the trip too ?

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (4, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687547)

No. Apparently the mission objectives are a dozen orbits around Ballmer's ego while safely retrieving items of loose furniture in unstable orbits around him.

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (2)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687683)

But just imagine the possibilities! If you throw a chair in the space - it will fly almost eternally (until its orbit decays).

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (4, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687713)

...kept in static geostationary orbit only by the sheer magical power created in chanting repeatedly the word "developers" while performing an ancient ritualistic dance.

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (2, Informative)

eMbry00s (952989) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688339)

a dozen orbits around Ballmer's ego
Do you have any idea of how many years that would take?

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (0, Offtopic)

will.perdikakis (1074743) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688395)

That was milk-out-of-nose funny. Are there any nappy-headed hos in the ISS?

Re:That sorts him out but one major fault remains (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688601)

> Anyone heard whether Steve Ballmer is thinking of taking the trip too ?

The ISS can handle micro-meteorites, but what about chairs?

Insurance (4, Insightful)

Antibore (254528) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687561)

Why would Gates even have insurance, it's not like he needs one with that wealth.

Re:Insurance (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687701)

I imagine that Microsoft would be insured against the loss of Bill Gates, given that he's such an important figure for the company.

And generally one doesn't need insurance money once dead anyway, it's for the people left behind.

Re:Insurance (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688079)

I imagine that Microsoft would be insured against the loss of Bill Gates, given that he's such an important figure for the company.

Although it probably has a clause excluding coverage for loss incurred during dangerous showboating stunts.

Re:Insurance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18688261)

Exactly! With all that money, he can self-insure. For the most part, insurance is a total scam!

Great, let's hope he stays there. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687585)

Reminds me of an old Ukrainian joke how when Gagarin went into space some guy announced that Russians have gone into space to which the auditory hopefuly asked if all of them and was greatly disapointed to learn that only one.

Re:Great, let's hope he stays there. (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688233)

...and as I recall the jokes told to me by my late Ukrainian father, it's one of the *cleaner* Ukrainian jokes about Russians also!

Re:Great, let's hope he stays there. (1)

yoprst (944706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688369)

Ukrainian jokes about Russians sound best when told to Russians in Ukrainian language. That's why your post won't be rated 5, Funny :)

Tag suggestion: (0, Offtopic)

atamyrat (980611) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687621)

Can we tag this article "metoo"?

Lots of jokes, but... (3, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687657)

Joking aside, I wonder exactly what would change should Gates not make it back to the Earth?

Would his empire fall, or would his second-in-command just jump into his chair and everything continues as usual?

Would there be a slew of 'secret' things suddenly appear? Would these secrets hurt or help the business? I could see it going either way... Secret projects would probably boost the company as speculation about them flooded the news, but secrets about Gates' personal life would do the opposite, I think.

I'm pretty sure MS stock would plunge, so not much speculation there.

Personally, I think we'd be worse off as Gates is sort of held personally accountable for everything Microsoft does, and I think he has a conscience. But if someone else took his place, there would be less personal influence and it'd be the company rampaging out of control. Short term horror, at least... Long term, it'd tear the company apart and be a blessing. But then, everything dies in the long term.

Re:Lots of jokes, but... (2, Interesting)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687847)

I don't think the impact would be that big for Microsoft. Sure there will probably be a momentary drop of Microsoft stock value, but that won't last long because Microsoft will ensure investors Bill wasn't really that important to the company. Which is true, a large company like microsoft doesn't depend on just one person, everyone is expendable! Even Bill...

I'm more worried about what would happen to commercialized space travel if such an event would occur. I think it could set back the entire idea by a hundred years as it would invoke fear into people...

Re:Lots of jokes, but... (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687885)

I bet the fact that if it's true that he's headed there, I wonder if M$ stocks take a hit.

Re:Lots of jokes, but... (4, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688289)

It's already fallen.

Like Andrew Carnegie, Gates is like a bear who went over the mountain, saw another mountain, and being somewhat smarter than the average bear had a shrewd guess about what he'd find on the other side of that mountain.

We're in the post-Gates era of Microsoft now. If he wanted to be back in charge, he could be, but he's onto phase II of his career, which is not about Microsoft. There'd be no ego gratification, no fun in maintaining the status quo. So he's on to changing the world. It's not an unheard of late career move for the evil genius who has no Sherlock Holmes against whom he can test his mettle. If Spassky hit his mid career, and found the only people left to challenge him played chess like me, he'd have taken up crochet instead.

What would you do if you had to be Bill Gates, not for day, but every day for, say, the next forty or fifty years? You'd want to do something pretty damned amazing with your life, not only amazing, but amazing compared to what you did with the first half of your life.

Now you have Microsoft, which is built around Bill Gates ego, except Bill Gates' ego is on to bigger and better things. They're a ghost of their former selves. Seriously, the old Microsoft would not have been humiliated by a startup whose motto was "do no evil". Google would have been crushed or coopted. Crushed and coopted more likely, in whatever order suited Bill Gates master plan best.

I think we can expect better things from both Gates and Microsoft in the coming years than we've seen from them yet, but the transition is going to be painful for people who are overinvested in Microsoft. Overinvested in more ways than money.

So, overall, I think people, even Microsoft haters, ought to be rooting for Gates to make it back to the Earth.

No way. He wont do it. (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687687)

Gates would go to orbit only if Steve Jobs goes there first. He would not understand why Steve went, but just to be sure he has would not be blind sided like he was with iPod, he would go there.

Re:No way. He wont do it. (1)

cab15625 (710956) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687853)

The Steve who should go is Ballmer. Just don't give him too many chairs. Complex concepts like conservation of momentum tend to be a little beyond the grasp of some apes ... he might mess up the orbit.

Re:No way. He wont do it. (0, Offtopic)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688519)

Yes, the billionaire is clearly a moron.

a Bill Gates? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687689)

Holy crap! Do more than one exist? Are they clones? We're doomed! The (Bill)Clone Wars are nigh!

semantics (2, Funny)

Ajehals (947354) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687715)

Gates in space? Is that "SpaceLikeWord95" or "SpaceLikeOnASoyuz"?

Now we know why he isn't running (1)

netbuzz (955038) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687719)

Guess this explains why Gates declined that grassroots group's pleadings that he run for president: Imagine all those Secret Service agents crammed into the space station.

http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/ 08/1749210 [slashdot.org]

What happens if Bill's spacesuit leaks... (4, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687773)

...and he has to wait three months for a patch to fix it?

tag powah tag powah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687777)

is it a "Bill Gates" or is it _Bill Gates_ ?....
"Charles said that [a] Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"."
or is it a "Href" ?

Given our proclivity... (1)

trudyscousin (258684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687793)

...to recreate historical events [bbc.co.uk] , I think Ballmer ought to be the one to go, rather than Gates.

Re:Given our proclivity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18688147)

Bush went to space? I did not know that...

Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687893)

Send him to the planet Pluto.

2 fauxking corepirate nazi billyonerrors? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18687899)

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Hmm (2, Funny)

palmerj3 (900866) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687911)

While marketing Windows Vista Super Ultimate Galactic Edition, Bill Gates was accidentally left at the ISS. Provisions are limited however NASA officials claim Gates will be able to live off a steady diet of old ASP.NET books until a rescue crew arrives.

Oblig. (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687915)

I'd be so into this were he willing to go into space if his craft and mission computers were all running off-the-shelf Vista. Let's see how much faith he really has in his flagship product...

Obligatory "Spaceman Bill Gates" Joke #1 (1, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687933)

Q. What's the difference between a suppository for constipation relief and Bill Gates?

A. One's a shit in a capsule... the other relieves constipation.

Where's the asteroid when you really need one? (1)

mnemotronic (586021) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687941)

Just where is the Great Flaming Asteroid of Doom when you really need it?

On the other hand, maybe the current "high" in sunspot activities [slashdot.org] will lead to a dramatic solar flare ("sun burps"), with the resultant high velocity expulsion of partially digested, beryllium-infused, greenish-tinted solar matter ("sun vomit" [everything2.com] ). This material and the associated cosmic rays will engulf the international space station and cause strange genetic mutations to the inhabitants. When they return to earth they will each have unexplained "super" powers:

  • Gates will be able to control most of the computers world wide [zdnet.co.uk]
  • Simonyi will develop a strange way of computer programming that makes the lines of source code much, much, much longer [ootips.org] so that they slide out the right edge of the monitor and go on forever and make life more difficult for other programmers.

Expect a pr campaign of B&M Gates foundation s (1)

nietsch (112711) | more than 7 years ago | (#18687963)

All that goodwill he had gained with his beloved foundation will be undone if he is seen spending his earnings from the windos tax on frivolities like this one. So I expect an ex(t|p)ensive PR campaign that will emphasise all the good Billyboy is doing with his windos loot, like giving away free copies of his coolaid OS to vulnerable countries (in exchange for a crackdown on OS piracy).

Maybe BabyBush was thinking about this opportunity when he reinstated the missile defense system.

Mark Shuttleworth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18688021)

Mark Shuttleworth: "Been there a long time ago buddy ..."

Bill: "But I want to be like you Mark!"

Mark: "I know, its like with Ubuntu, always years ahead ..." ;)

Countdown (5, Funny)

Moggyboy (949119) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688075)

"Houston to Bill, Houston to Bill, do you read Bill?"
"Loud and clear Houston. Go ahead."
"Bill, we're all go here. We just need you to push the big red button in front of you."
"OK Houston, I'm pushing the button, and... huh?"
"What is it Bill?"
"This big window just popped up saying 'You do not have privileges to access applications Orbit and Space.' Oh, now the whole screen's gone blue. Is that normal Houston?"

quick...everyone jump on the wagon! (0, Offtopic)

dm0527 (975468) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688161)

Judas priest...this post and all the replies should be labeled troll and deleted. It's obvious it's simply there to elicit a response from all the fanboi Gates/Windows haters out there - just have to jump on the wagon to be with the cool crowd on here.

And folks, people with the kind of money Gates have do not normally carry life insurance - they are what's called self-insured - there's no earthly reason for him to pay any kind of premium when he could simply put away whatever amount he wanted to carry on his life into some other kind of investment vehicle (that also pays on his death) - he would be making money instead of paying it. (Don't even get me started on the whole 'but insurance is an investment vehicle' thing...)

Pies Please (2, Funny)

JMandingo (325160) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688191)

It would be GOLD one of the cosmonauts would pie him in the face as soon as he came through the airlock. GOLD.

What a mess, though.

Why rent when you can own? (1)

matthewcraig (68187) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688231)

With a net worth [wikipedia.org] equal to three and a half years of NASA's budget, it's a wonder why he doesn't build his own space program to the ISS, instead of simply paying the Russians for a seat. He could probably even build a space armada [starwreck.com] . Plus, to be a contender in the world-wide alpha-geek competition [wikipedia.org] these days, you've got to go above and beyond what's already been done.

Only funny until the article is corrected... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18688257)

If we can send "a" Bill Gates into space, why can we not send them all there?

(and leave them, preferrably without a pressure suit)

What edition of the rocket? (1)

xerent_sweden (1010825) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688281)

Is it the home premium rocket, the enterprise professional rocket, the ultimate upgrade rocket or simply the standard home professional 32-bit edition rocket?

Upgrade to Windows ? (1)

JavaBear (9872) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688283)

I'd think the best thing Gates can hope for is to NOT be able to convince the Russians to upgrade to windows before lift-off...

No Gecko For Him (1)

turbopunk (806995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688287)

Gotta wonder what that insurance premium is going to look like.

When you have several billion dollars, do you even worry about insurance anymore?

I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18688301)

A story leaks out that just prior to flight bill quietly asks if they will be running windows OS on the mission critical systems. They respond no, we run unix, linux and custom a few custom ones and bill breaths a quiet sigh of relief, smiles and says, I am ready.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (0, Offtopic)

The Media Mechanic (1084283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688333)

I don't want to sound bitter or anything, but I am deeply annoyed by Bill Gates and other Microsoft Millionaires. I mean, he is rich and everything, but let's not forget how he came about all that moolah. His company's illegal monopolistic business strategy of killing any and all competition in the Operating System marketplace, thus forcing consumers and the U.S. government to use an overpriced, inferior product channeled literally billions of dollars into his pockets over the last 20 years. We (you, me, and millions of other PC users and taxpayers) are funding Simonyi's and Gates' luxurious and extravagant lifestyles. Let's not lose sight of that...

Some will argue that Gates' philanthropic efforts balance out his company's illegal tactics... My counter-argument is that no matter how you spend money you acquired illegally, it is still stolen money. And how come they keep donating PCs running Vista to those poor elementary schools in developing countries ? Methinks some corporate strategist wants to get vendor-lock-in (MS Office proprietary document format) at 8, 9, 10 years old. Just like the tobacco companies -- hook 'em while they're young.

God only knows how many people are now paying twice or three times for a single copy of Winblows, due to the new Winblows Genuine Advantage and Business Software Alliance scare tactics.

I propose a lifetime per-person Net Worth cap of 10 Billion Dollars in the United States. Furthermore, Gates should return the money he illegally got using price-gouging tactics by refunding all customers the difference between monopoly and non-monopoly price. Finally, the government should pass legislation mandating that tech companies can only make CASH donations, not donations of their own product, to avoid creating artificial demand for their products and services due to vendor-lock-in. They take all kind of business-tax-write-offs on that donated technology anyway. So let's see how truly altruistic they are.

Anyway my point is, I read these articles about "ooh Ballmer has a big a$$ yacht and wow Gates donated Billions and OMG Simonyi is blasting off to Jupiter" and I think, well guess what if you had a Bujillion Dollars you would be doing crazy sh1t too !

Re:Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688407)

Lighten up, will ya?

Images of Bill Gates crammed into a tiny capsule drinking his own recycled urine for several days can bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened Linux user.

News just in... (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688353)

...following yesterday's tragic news concerning the explosion aboard the Soyuz 15 spacecraft which left only one functional spacesuit for either Commander Bill Gates or his co-pilot Bobo The Chimp to attempt Earth re-entry and splashdown into the Black Sea, the Russian Space Agency has just released some good news and pictures of Bobo happily reunited with his chimp troop in Moscow Zoo...

Send Bill's Monkey First (1)

Ranger (1783) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688389)

They need to send Bill Gate's monkey into space first. You know Steve Ballmer [google.com] .

And in a perfectly timed manoever... (2, Interesting)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688475)

...50,000,000 geeks along the Eastern seaboard of the United States simultaneously switched on and off their home lighting to spell "Linux Rocks" in illuminated 500 mile high letters as Mr Gates passed overhead in the Soyuz 15 spacecraft...

Uhh... guys? (2, Funny)

sam991 (995040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18688573)

Has there ever been a better chance to start a real life MST3K?

It would solve all our problems!
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