# Bill Gates is intelligent and educated. If he knows evil is wrong, why is he?

#### lockecole

Bill Gates is intelligent and educated. If he knows evil is wrong, why does he?

If people much more intelligent and educated than myself choose to do evil, they must have a good reason to do it. What do you think is this reason?

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#### Ivan Seeking

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Why do you think Gates is evil?

#### Lisa!

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You stole my question,Ivan!

#### Pengwuino

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Ivan Seeking said:
Why do you think Gates is evil?
Maybe this has to do with the new Microsoft .Net 2006 Death Ray program

#### moose

So wait, are you attacking Capitalism or what?

MS is crap...especially IE...

is that it?

#### arildno

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Hmm..he makes a mockery out of ordinary people's sensibilities by wearing that awful pair of glasses of his?

#### brewnog

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fileen said:
lets look at this morally. I dont know much about computers or bill gates, but if what you say is true, then he (or his company) takes part in things which he knows to be wrong. he does this to gain (Im assuming ) for himself. though evil is a rather strong word, to me this is really wrong and doesnt show very good character.
So in this manner, how is Gates any different from the CEO/Chairman of any other large, successful company? I don't see why Gates keeps being singled out for being "evil".

fileen said:
as far as people being stupid for not investigating things before they buy them, its rather difficult to research everything all the time. someone like me who only uses their computer for msn, e-mail, pf, and solitair cant be expected to know all about computers. some peoples brains just cant organize that kind of information.

And for these people, MS products are generally fine! But I'll entertain this one, too.

This issue is not unique to computers.
Cars, electronics, home appliances, new houses, pretty much anything you can pay money for has been made via a series of compromises. Sometimes, the morals of these compromises are questionable; my car isn't nearly as good in a crash as a massive Jaguar, but if it had been made any differently then its cost would have prohibited its manufacture, and nobody would buy one. Most people buying a car don't know the first thing about crashworthiness tests, they buy it because they like the colour, or because it's got air con, or whatever.

I've still not seen any evidence to suggest that Gates is evil.

#### BicycleTree

Yeah, Gates isn't evil--after all look at his charity donations. Just apparently he was somewhat immoral with respect to directing his company.

Saying "other executives do it too" doesn't excuse him however. He wasn't making wise design compromises in the interest of a better product.

#### FredGarvin

fileen said:
it doesnt mean they deserve to be ripped off or mistreated. I dont like sneaky people. I dont like it when innocent people are taken advantage of. its wrong.
Please point out where Bill Gates has taken advantage of people. You have a leg to stand on if you talk about his business dealings with other companies, but to say that Bill or MS rip people off intentionally is completely unfounded.

I defy anyone who has ever had anything to do with a production environment to tell me that they have never seen a product go out the door that wasn't perfect or right. Most of the time it is in the effort to meet deadlines and avoid delay costs. MANY companies will put out a known defective product under the guise that it can be fixed later. At least with MS you go out and download something and you're usually taken care of.

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