Monday, January 17, 2005

The Seattle Times: Microsoft: Gates tugs "communist" thread again

The Seattle Times: Microsoft: Gates tugs "communist" thread again: "Fan and foe alike expressed mystification at Bill Gates' reference to digital 'communists' during an interview before the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
'There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises,' Gates said, leaving observers to wonder what, and whom, he meant. But an abundance of historical clarification of the Gates lexicon exists. Although the context has changed, Gates has been markedly consistent in his use of the term over the years.
Perhaps if the Microsoft chairman begins writing his long-promised blog, he can "name names" in true McCarthyite tradition. Or maybe, given the inside-joke baggage, Bill simply threw out the comment for a chuckle. It wouldn't be the first time he's enjoyed a laugh on himself."
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