Poll of the Day > A Bill Gates presidency would be just as bad as Trump.

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Cotton_Eye_Joe
05/03/21 6:04:46 PM
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That's my opinion.

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VeeVees
05/03/21 6:05:34 PM
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Doesn't matter, US is doomed.

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Joe_Biden
05/03/21 6:08:22 PM
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not really

since bill gates is actually successful, actually a good person, and actually cares about things

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BlackScythe0
05/03/21 6:08:46 PM
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lol?

I don't understand the mental processes behind people acting like Trump wasn't uniquely awful.
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Phantom_Nook
05/03/21 6:22:05 PM
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name three people in the history of the world that want bill gates to run.
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VeeVees
05/03/21 6:41:16 PM
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Phantom_Nook posted...
name three people in the history of the world that want bill gates to run.

George Washington, Confucius, Cleopatra

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OhhhJa
05/03/21 6:42:59 PM
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Joe_Biden posted...
not really

since bill gates is actually successful, actually a good person, and actually cares about things
Naw
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Kotenks
05/03/21 6:43:46 PM
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Trump was a bad president?

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Metalsonic66
05/03/21 6:44:44 PM
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Jon Stewart/ Bill Gates 2024

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shadowsword87
05/03/21 6:47:05 PM
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Is Gates running for presidency? I'm confused where this is coming from.
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Zangulus
05/03/21 6:47:41 PM
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Oh look, an opinion presented as fact without any sort of evidence to back it up. Cool. Ill write this down. The annals of history will crave your astute observations on the matter.

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papercup
05/03/21 6:52:55 PM
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Kotenks posted...
Trump was a bad president?

No no Trump wasn't a bad president.

He was the worst president.

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BlackScythe0
05/03/21 7:15:23 PM
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Kotenks posted...
Trump was a bad president?
Objectively so.
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Veedrock-
05/03/21 7:28:02 PM
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Mandatory microchips.

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DirtBasedSoap
05/03/21 8:21:06 PM
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Joe_Biden posted...
actually a good person
billionaire
good person

pick one.

PSA: no one becomes a billionaire without at least exploiting the shit out of your labor.

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joemodda
05/03/21 8:53:34 PM
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I do like the idea of electing a technocrat

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OhhhJa
05/03/21 9:03:54 PM
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DirtBasedSoap posted...
billionaire
good person

pick one.

PSA: no one becomes a billionaire without at least exploiting the shit out of your labor.
Bill Gates was pretty much the tech industry mafia in the 90s. He's managed to rebrand himself as a billionaire who cares and people eat it up
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ReturnOfFa
05/03/21 9:08:52 PM
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I have problems with Gates but would argue he'd be much better than Trump. Does a lot of philanthropy. Invented cool things. Generally good values.

Too capitalist minded, don't agree with him on patenting vaccines.

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MrAntisocial
05/03/21 9:28:27 PM
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DirtBasedSoap posted...
billionaire
good person

pick one.

PSA: no one becomes a billionaire without at least exploiting the shit out of your labor.

But he gives so much money! He can't possibly be bad. Have you given multiple charities billions of dollars?
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OhhhJa
05/03/21 9:29:02 PM
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ReturnOfFa posted...
Invented cool things.
He didn't though. He just mastered the art of stealing like many in that industry
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adjl
05/03/21 9:37:47 PM
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joemodda posted...
I do like the idea of electing a technocrat

On one hand, it'd be nice to have a president that didn't need to call his grandkids for help whenever he got logged out of his email. On the other hand, a president actually understanding how to use the Internet against the populace might not be a good thing after all.

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DirtBasedSoap
05/03/21 10:36:08 PM
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OhhhJa posted...
Bill Gates was pretty much the tech industry mafia in the 90s. He's managed to rebrand himself as a billionaire who cares and people eat it up
no!!! Hes a good guy!!! Unlike DRUMPF

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Gaawa_chan
05/03/21 11:04:33 PM
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He wouldn't be quite that bad, but uh...

Joe_Biden posted...
actually a good person
Ahahahaha... oh man... life really is pain.

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What_The_Chris
05/04/21 6:26:40 AM
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Joe_Biden posted...
not really

since bill gates is actually successful, actually a good person, and actually cares about things
oooooh lord, imagine actually believing this

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EvilMegas
05/04/21 7:24:36 AM
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Lotta accusations, no links tho.

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Blightzkrieg
05/04/21 8:38:13 AM
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What a bizarre strawman topic

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BUMPED2002
05/04/21 8:48:13 AM
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Just read Bill and his wife Melinda announced they're splitting up. I guess she'll make friends with Bezos' ex-wife and compare notes about settlements.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/05/03/bill-and-melinda-gates-divorce-microsoft-founder/4930061001/

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orlouge82
05/04/21 8:52:49 AM
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OhhhJa posted...
Bill Gates was pretty much the tech industry mafia in the 90s. He's managed to rebrand himself as a billionaire who cares and people eat it up

Pretty much this. The film Pirates of Silicon Valley paints a pretty accurate portrait of him during the 1980s/1990s. He was cutthroat in trying to get ahead in the industry...and ripping off the original Macintosh OS.

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ArvTheGreat
05/04/21 8:53:41 AM
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papercup posted...
No no Trump wasn't a bad president.

He was the worst president.
He was the worst to you before he stepped foot in office

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sveksii
05/04/21 9:14:37 AM
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BlackScythe0 posted...
Objectively so.
No he wasn't. "Bad" is inherently subjective. You can't objectively quantify that.
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papercup
05/04/21 9:27:41 AM
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ArvTheGreat posted...
He was the worst to you before he stepped foot in office

Actually no, I thought "eh, it won't be that bad." then the inauguration happened, and he lied about his crowd size, and it was then I knew "Oh, we made a mistake, this is going to be a long four years."

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Fierce_Deity_08
05/04/21 9:55:55 AM
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If Bill Gates becomes president then he will throw everyone who doesnt have Microsoft Edge on their computer into prison.

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Blightzkrieg
05/04/21 10:24:50 AM
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Fierce_Deity_08 posted...
If Bill Gates becomes president then he will throw everyone who doesnt have Microsoft Edge on their computer into prison.
Doesn't it come pre installed with Windows?

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Conner4REAL
05/04/21 11:45:21 AM
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Joe_Biden posted...
not really

since bill gates is actually successful, actually a good person, and actually cares about things

I think a core key difference is also that bill gates has operated in the corporate world completely differently from trump IN A sense that Microsoft was public company which has a large degree of transparency and accountability to its public shareholders. By comparison trump has always operated private non public closely held companies which in his have he has operated with a huge degree of secrecy.

im not saying that its by virtue of a private company because there are a ton of them that Im sure operate a great deal more openly and transparently than trumps did.

but if he was say thrust into a public company with accountability to different investors a less centralized power (a board of directors and larger number of shareholders) he would likely have been more competent at running america.

Putting any policy discussion aside, much of how he operrated was as if he expected to run America like a private corporation where he and his family were the only board members and he maintained a controlling interest in the stock. Ie: he had full control.

I think when people say run the country like the business world they dont intend it as a comparison to the trump businesses, they intend it like a public company like Microsoft or Bloomberg which does operate closer to the government with various checks and balances (except the shareholders are the citizens, the board the legislature (not exactly) etc).

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BlackScythe0
05/04/21 12:50:02 PM
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sveksii posted...
No he wasn't. "Bad" is inherently subjective. You can't objectively quantify that.
Just like some people holding the opinion that the earth is flat doesn't change the fact it's round.

Trump was objectively bad.
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VeeVees
05/04/21 1:27:15 PM
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BlackScythe0 posted...
Just like some people holding the opinion that the earth is flat doesn't change the fact it's round.

Trump was objectively bad.

Depends on what you are looking for. I thought he was great, from a comedic point of view.

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ReturnOfFa
05/04/21 2:18:13 PM
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VeeVees posted...
Depends on what you are looking for. I thought he was great, from a comedic point of view.
I love comedy and a comedic point of view isn't always the best or only point of view.

It's like when people constantly ripped on Bush Jr. Objectively funny guy, but most of the situations were not objectively funny - oh haha he made a gaffe while two countries are being invaded, oh ha ha ha.

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Fierce_Deity_08
05/04/21 9:19:22 PM
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Blightzkrieg posted...
Doesn't it come pre installed with Windows?
Unfortunately yes, and you cant uninstall it unless you look up how to do it.

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Monopoman
05/04/21 9:52:18 PM
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Blightzkrieg posted...
Doesn't it come pre installed with Windows?

Phew, then it's only people that use Linux or Macs then.
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EvilMegas
05/04/21 9:54:17 PM
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EvilMegas posted...
Lotta accusations, no links tho.


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Monopoman
05/04/21 9:57:18 PM
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I think if Bill Gates wanted to be President he would have ran by now, I mean even before Trump ran in 2015 he had looked at running multiple times throughout the years.
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DirtBasedSoap
05/04/21 9:59:33 PM
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@EvilMegas
links for what?

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Zareth
05/04/21 11:12:14 PM
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VeeVees posted...
I thought he was great, from a comedic point of view.
I mean I would find it hilarious if North Korea accidentally blew themselves up with their nukes but that doesn't mean I want it to happen

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OhhhJa
05/04/21 11:58:37 PM
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It would go way against his self interest to run so he would be insane if he did
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EvilMegas
05/05/21 6:34:04 AM
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DirtBasedSoap posted...
@EvilMegas
links for what?
Everyone saying Bill gates is like the Suge Knight of the tech world and no one has provided any sort of proof.

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OhhhJa
05/05/21 8:32:23 AM
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EvilMegas posted...
Everyone saying Bill gates is like the Suge Knight of the tech world and no one has provided any sort of proof.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Microsoft-Ruled-a-Monopoly-Court-finds-firm-2899336.php

You must be young. I'm old enough to remember when Bill Gates wasn't getting sucked by everyone
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EvilMegas
05/05/21 9:10:19 AM
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OhhhJa posted...
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Microsoft-Ruled-a-Monopoly-Court-finds-firm-2899336.php

You must be young. I'm old enough to remember when Bill Gates wasn't getting sucked by everyone
I guess you must be young too, since you didn't know the whole story or just didn't choose to post the appealed ruling.

https://tinyurl.com/5dahtwd9

Edit: just in case you need another source
https://time.com/3553242/microsoft-monopoly/

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EvilMegas
05/05/21 9:15:09 AM
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Jacksons word was far from final. The case found its way to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected Jacksons remedy and accused him of unethical conduct after it was revealed he had private conversations with reporters about the trial while it was still ongoing.

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