- Sep 24, 2006
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- Brooklyn, New York
- Your Mac's Specs
- 15" 2014 MacBook Pro, i7 2.5Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; iPad 3, iPhone 6
See, that's the attitude I don't understand. You basically admit that he has pushed outdates and inferior products and foist them on the public. He "utterly destroyed" the competition with illegal and unethical activities, yet people continue to heap praise upon him. I would label him as an anathema for what he has done, not a phenomenon. In another time he would have been labeled a fraud or a charlatan, but because of the world we live in today and the march of technology he's hailed a hero instead of what he really is. People continue to see greatness where it doesn't really exist. There is a fine line between being famous and infamous, and Bill Gates is firmly on the infamous side at this point.
I hate to be a pedant...
1. a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: to study the phenomena of nature.
2. something that is impressive or extraordinary.
I didn't put any value judgement on Gates' achievements at MS, only that they were extraordinary... and objectively speaking they were. You are putting a value judgement on him, and that is fine, it's up to you, but don't assume that just because his achievements are being acknowledged as fact and as being exceptional by me, that I am judging this as 'good'.
Equally, one could acknowledge that Stalin took a feudal backward country and turned it into an industrial and military superpower, which is an extraordinary achievement. His methods and the ultimately consequence, equally, can be criticised though and history judges him not as someone who helped destroy Hitler, but as a man who murdered and supressed millions of fellow Russians. BTW, I am not comparing Gates to Stalin, although I am sure some would...