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  • Paul Allen - Founder of Microsoft Dead

    Paul Allen, the "quiet" co-founder of Microsoft has just died of cancer aged 65:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45871379

    Paul Allen had co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s but took a backseat role in the early 80s and "let Bill make all the money".

    So, with Paul Allen's passing then are we going to see people including Bill Gates coming clean about the well-substantiated rumours that it was Paul Allen rather than Bill Gates in the 70s doing all the coding during the 1970s while Bill was off playing poker with his buddies?


  • #2
    Even if it might sound cold-hearted, he programmed an OS now he died there is no difference for me between an OS programmer, shoemaker or plumber.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hades91 View Post
      Even if it might sound cold-hearted, he programmed an OS now he died there is no difference for me between an OS programmer, shoemaker or plumber.
      The difference is billions of dollars in personal wealth!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RogerCarmel View Post

        The difference is billions of dollars in personal wealth!

        Does give someone billions on bank account a messiah's aura?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hades91 View Post

          Does give someone billions on bank account a messiah's aura?

          No. It just gives them a yacht, a personal airplane, fancy cars, homes on several continents, unlimited travel around the world and no financial worries.

          (Your shoemaker or plumber probably doesn't have all that.)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hades91 View Post
            Even if it might sound cold-hearted, he programmed an OS now he died there is
            Paul Allen knew how to code but wasn't doing anything really original. Bill Gates' Mom knew the right people on the IBM board at the start.

            PC-DOS was a pile of shit from the start. Windows merely leveraged that piece of shit.

            Microsoft set back computing 20 or more years. Imagine where we would be now if MicroShit hadn't killed real operating system development in the 1980s - imagine if a proper multi-threaded operating system had made its way into the equation on the desktop back in the 1980s instead of being swamped by what were almost certainly illegal practices for getting companies to use MicroShit products in the 1980s and 1990s. In short, Bill Gates should be doing jail time for what he had done and for what he was associated with and driving.

            I absolutely shudder to think what might have happened in the server space had Linux Torvalds hadn't come onto the scene in 1991.

            Originally posted by Hades91 View Post
            no difference for me between an OS programmer, shoemaker or plumber.
            There are OS programmers then there are OS programmers. Someone tinkering at the edges and not getting deep into understanding kernel internals and treating the kernel as very much a "black box" certainly would qualify along the lines of a shoemaker or plumber.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RogerCarmel View Post

              The difference is billions of dollars in personal wealth!

              Billions of dollars in the bank based essentially on a scam.

              Now this is why bullshit artists should be exposed for what they are. Gates and friends put a few billion in the bank via a 3rd rate toy operating system like DOS and leveraged that to create more shit.

              If you calculated the wasted effort and lost productivity of using Microsoft's shitty software - whether it is desktop operating systems such as Windows or shitty server products, then it would come to many trillions of dollars over the last 40 years or so total. Drug dealers operate on similar economics principles - they get a bit of money but cause many times more harm in the process of acquiring it.

              I'm sure that Paul Allen knew all the stories about how Bill Gates "was doing business" in the 1980s and 1990s. For sure Paul Allen was aware of Gates' true business ethics when Gates was trying to scam Allen out of Microsoft shares in the 1980s. Still, Allen was happy to let "Bill run the show". After all, it gave Paul Allen toys like football teams to play with

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hades91 View Post

                Does give someone billions on bank account a messiah's aura?
                It gave, when youo could buy the indulgence from the pope !

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sancta_Lux View Post

                  It gave, when youo could buy the indulgence from the pope !
                  Papal indulgences were mostly purchased by pious common people who didn’t have very much money. Indulgences are another black eye on the Romish church. Shoemakers and plumbers would have fallen for indulgences but billionaire programmers wouldn’t.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hades91 View Post
                    Does give someone billions on bank account a messiah's aura?
                    Billions can buy you the best journalistic talent and newspaper column space that the planet has to offer.

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