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    rjdohnert

    I did have the chance to have a 5 second conversation with Bill Gates at PDC 2003, where he thanked me for coming to the event and was whisked away but I have a question for the forum here.  If you had a chance to ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask him?

    My one question for anyone really , who will be the keynote speakers at PDC 2005?

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    Manip

    rjdohnert wrote:
    If you had a chance to ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask him?


    I'd ask him: What exactly do you do now at Microsoft, except attend shows and such?

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    W3bbo

    Any one of the following:

    a) Do you have any POSIX machines? (At home/work/whatever)
    b) Is it true you're autistic?
    c) What's with your Sears Sweater fetish?
    d) Is it true you're planning to take over the government once you've got enough money to buy them out?
    e) What are your words of wisdom to the hundreds of students who drop out of college and set up their own software companies, only to fail miserably?
    f) Can you lend me a few million? Smiley

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    Shaded

    rjdohnert wrote:
    If you had a chance to ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask him?




    I'd ask "Hey Bill, how's it goin'?"

    I'm sure he's heard the rest already.

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    NeoTOM

    W3bbo wrote:
    Any one of the following:
    d) Is it true you're planning to take over the government once you've got enough money to buy them out?


    "Oh, monopoly's just a game, Senator. I'm trying to take over the f'ing world."

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    Sven Groot

    W3bbo wrote:
    d) Is it true you're planning to take over the government once you've got enough money to buy them out?

    He can have the Dutch government for all I care. Everything's better than the current lot.

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    on

    W3bbo wrote:
    Any one of the following:
    f) Can you lend me a few million?


    Can you give me a few million? Smiley

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    littleguru

    My question would be: describe me a typical day in your life.

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    Maurits

    W3bbo wrote:
    e) What are your words of wisdom to the hundreds of students who drop out of college and set up their own software companies, only to fail miserably?


    Wow... interesting question, especially since so many of those companies competed directly with Microsoft.  And especially given Microsoft's current ad campaigns - "we see the potential in you" or some such.  Basically, "you're a genius, don't worry about spending money on good, expensive software"

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    Sven Groot

    Can I have some money? Tongue Out

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    MasterPi

    Will you be my friend? Smiley

    EDIT: And can I have some money as well? Big Smile



    mVPstar

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    Svendawg

    Have you seen Elvis and how is he?

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    manickernel

    How different are your goals today than 20 years ago?
    What purpose drives you the most?

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    fdezjose

    Can I see your credit card for a second? Can I touch it? RUN!

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    Deactivated User

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    ScanIAm

    Once you crush Steve Jobs and his MacTel, who will be your arch-nemesis?

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    DoomBringer

    Beer28 wrote:
    Dear Bill Gates,

    I bought a Dell laptop about 2-3 months ago and they made me get a windows XP home license with the hardware, which I never used.
    I did not boot the system into windows at all and wiped out the hard drive with my fedora core linux installation.

    I still have the windows XP disks in the shrink wrapping, unused.

    I would like a refund for the windows OEM software that your company's agreement with Dell forced me to buy.

    I can mail you the OEM disks and a copy of the receipt for the laptop immediately. Can you please get me a proper address to send it to?

    Thanks,
    Beer

    Linus Torvalds did it.  Linus is a jerk!

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    DoomBringer wrote:
    Beer28 wrote: Dear Bill Gates,

    I bought a Dell laptop about 2-3 months ago and they made me get a windows XP home license with the hardware, which I never used.
    I did not boot the system into windows at all and wiped out the hard drive with my fedora core linux installation.

    I still have the windows XP disks in the shrink wrapping, unused.

    I would like a refund for the windows OEM software that your company's agreement with Dell forced me to buy.

    I can mail you the OEM disks and a copy of the receipt for the laptop immediately. Can you please get me a proper address to send it to?

    Thanks,
    Beer

    Linus Torvalds did it.  Linus is a jerk!


    Dear Linus Torvalds,

    I spent better part of two weekends trying to get red hat to jam with my GeForce2go in something other than 16 colors on my inspiron 9000 (or was it 5000).  I even had the help of some of the most famous Linux people in the world, I'm sure you know on a day to day basis.

    I would never consider asking for my two weekends back from you or any Red Hat related software developer, because I value the knowledge I gained in those four days, and my other months I spent swearing at my various Linux boxes.

    However would you kindly tell Beer to quit bugging Bill and get over it.

    Regards,


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