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Friday, March 10, 2006

New richest list

Well, the new rich bastard list is in, and once again, Bill Gates tops it at 50 billion-odd, which is about 8 billion more than the guy who came second.

Now I don't begrudge him getting rich by selling utter shit. I don't buy the rubbish he sells, and hence he's not getting rich from the fruits of my labour. If someone else (indeed, a lot of someone elses) decide to spend $400 on a bunch of office software when they can get better stuff for free, then that's just too bad for them. But, I do have a serious problem with the way he will go into a small or poor country, tell them they have to pay a lot of money to fill their infrastructure with his feotid pile of software, leave a big-name small payment (Like $400 million to fight AIDS in India) or just a number of threats, and keep the money rolling in for years, while all the private citizens buy "the official software of (owned country)".

And then he becomes harder to stop because of all those self-started rumours about how he plans to give away 95% of it to end world hunger and disease. Well, Bill, why not put your money where your mouth is?

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