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Bill Gates can't say enough about his BFF, CEO of the Decade Steve Jobs. In a CNBC interview on Thursday, Gates offered his considered opinion that Jobs saved Apple from almost certain doom. When Jobs returned to Cupertino, Gates told CNBC, "Apple was in very tough shape. In fact, most likely it wasn't going to survive." But …

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Stomach-churning

Those two uber-egos in a boy-on-boy hugfest? Yechhhh.

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And this is news...

There is no hate between them, they have been helping each other out since the early days, abit of code for decimal points, a hardware driver here or there.

This so called hate is nothing but fanbois going crazy at each other (new reality show maybe) becuase they needed to expell there pent up rage from lack of sex (early nerds). But for some reason thats been passed down.

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Gates Halo

He saved....

More than likely he saved Microsoft. Lets face it, if MS had let Apple go bust (and I really wish they had done) MS would have zero competition which would have led to the DoJ or the EU demanding MS break up their software company to promote competition in the market place.

Still, the world would be a better place without Apple.

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Alien

Watch out for the knife!

eom

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An old couple

They remind me very much of the stereotypical old couple. They hate each other, then they love each other, hate, love, hate....

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Gates Horns

Next week on "Nuggets of Wisdom from Bill":

• Bears shit in the woods

• The Pope is Catholic

• Steve Ballmer is a dangerous psychopath who must be stopped at all costs

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Marty, we've gone back in time!

"Still, the world would be a better place without Apple."

Yeah. Everybody would be using Windows 3.1 and CD-ROM drives would be both new and exciting.

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Nowhere does he say

"Steve you're my inspiration" or anything close to it. I appreciate the tone is meant to be humerous but putting words into people's mouths is bad reporting.

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I think...

...I just threw up a bit in my mouth.

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Really...

I've never understood why people assume there must be some kind of animosity between Jobs and Gates just because some Mac users like to belittle Windows users, and vice versa.

In truth, Microsoft and Apple are not direct competitors, and they each do well to work together.

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@AC 14/11/09 00:44 GMT

"Still, the world would be a better place without Apple." Grow. Up. The world would be a better place without stupid flame bait like that!!! They are a business. They make products that some people like and buy. Get over it. You had the beginnings of an interesting point, but you ruined it by pointless trolling - don't pretend that it was anything BUT that, it's offensive to everyones intelligence, including your own. Why do you wish Apple had gone bust? Is it due to the legions (bit of a misnomer, that) of 'smug' Mac fanbois? You know what you sound like? An embittered Windows fanboi, which amazes me, it should be the other way round. Pathetic.

re: Bill's quote about stealing Xerox's TV. Two things. First, as someone that studied law at Harvard, you'd have thought that Bill would understand the notion that because some else had committed a crime, it doesn't mean it's ok to do it again - it just goes to show what a piece of work this guy is. If he'd have used that in a court anywhere in the world he'd have been laughed out, and no, it isn't precedent unless the other lot are caught and acquitted, which leads nicely too the second point. Apple PAID Xerox for the GUI and WIMP work that Xerox had arguably "stolen" from SRI and Doug Engelbart! Apple may have got the tech cheaply, but it's as if Xerox didn't want it and didn't know what to do with it. So in short, Bill, you did steal the GUI and WIMP concept for Windows, ignoring the facts doesn't make them less true. Of course, it's all moot now...

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They are business competitors

Not fanboys. They would probably have a great time together on their über yachts but still compete in business. Doesn't mean they hate each other.

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Xerox PARC...

...*invited* them in! Nobody stole a damned thing. Xerox were infamous for not commercialising their PARC work.

It's not as if PARC invented the GUI either; they just created an early *implementation* of one. The concept had been around long before. (Since the 1960s in fact, when the mouse was invented.) Even the general public read pop-science mags like "New Scientist" and "Scientific American", both of which were covering the WIMP concept long before the Xerox PARC visit.

Technology doesn't exist in a vacuum.

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@AC 14/11/09 00:44 GMT

"Still, the world would be a better place without Apple."

How?

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Apple

NeXT buying Apple was the best possible outcome for Apple.

(Yeah, I know Apple bought NeXT. But who is running Apple? And Mac OS X is like the NeXT OS with a more Mac-like UI).

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Now all together...

Now those who slag PC's and those who call Macfans retards..hug, damn you.

Paris, because all is a lovefest with her.

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@AC 14/11 00:44 GMT

.."Still, the world would be a better place without Apple."

Not quite correct old chap.

the world would be a better place without A. C. who posted Saturday 14th November 2009 00:44 GMT

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Gates Horns

Gates know MS needs Apple. They need someone to steal the innovations from

Otherwise trying to innovate themselves might prove to be too complicated.

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Help!

The smug-to-comment ratio in this thread is overwhelming....

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Gates Horns

Eeeeeeeeeeeeevil

They're both massive control freaks and with Google champing at their sluggish heels maybe they're increasingly finding common ground again?

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@Simon Banyard (re: @AC!)

re: Bill's quote about stealing Xerox's TV. Two things. First, as someone that studied law at Harvard, you'd have thought that Bill would understand the notion that because some else had committed a crime, it doesn't mean it's ok to do it again - it just goes to show what a piece of work this guy is.

i think the comment was meant more along the lines of "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" rather than "this is a legally watertight argument"...

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