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#5006 Bill Gates

If something is expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not? .

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#5007 Bill Gates

It's not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of. .

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#5008 Bill Gates

Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company. .

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#5009 Bill Gates

To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard. .

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#5010 Bill Gates

The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC. .

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#5011 Bill Gates

I believeis destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time. .

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#5012 Bill Gates

I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years. That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem. .

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#5013 Bill Gates

If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.… The solution to this is patent exchanges with large companies and patenting as much as we can. .

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#5014 Bill Gates

I laid out memory so the bottom 640K was general purpose RAM and the upper 384 I reserved for video and ROM, and things like that. That is why they talk about the 640K limit. It is actually a limit, not of the software, in any way, shape, or form, it is the limit of the microprocessor. That thing generates addresses, 20-bits addresses, that only can address a megabyte of memory. And, therefore, all the applications are tied to that limit. It was ten times what we had before. But to my surprise, we ran out of that address base for applications within—oh five or six years people were complaining. .

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#5015 Bill Gates

was one of the original pioneers of the PC revolution. He was a very creative computer scientist who did excellent work. Although we were competitors, I always had tremendous respect for his contributions to the PC industry. His untimely death was very unfortunate and he and his work will be missed. .

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#5016 Bill Gates

There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed. … I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs. We don't. Not enough people would buy it. You can take a hundred people using Microsoft Word. Call them up and say "Would you buy a new version because of bugs?" You won't get a single person to say they'd buy a new version because of bugs. We'd never be able to sell a release on that basis. .

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#5017 Bill Gates

In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid. .

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#5018 Bill Gates

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning. .

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#5019 Bill Gates

It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit. .

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#5020 Bill Gates

We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast... It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number — before our doom comes. .

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#5021 Bill Gates

About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade. .

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#5022 Bill Gates

Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority. It wasn't like somebody told me about it and I said, "I don't know how to spell that." I said, "Yeah, I've got that on my list, so I'm okay." But there came a point when we realized it was happening faster and was a much deeper phenomenon than had been recognized in our strategy. .

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#5023 Bill Gates

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. .

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#5024 Bill Gates

Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that. .

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#5025 Bill Gates

We don't have the user centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something. .

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#5026 Bill Gates

Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so irritating. .

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#5027 Bill Gates

Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time. .

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#5028 Bill Gates

Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' — that might be spam. .

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#5029 Bill Gates

Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air. .

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#5030 Bill Gates

If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act. .

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#5031 Bill Gates

Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be. .

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#5033 Bill Gates

I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it. .

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#5034 Bill Gates

Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes. .

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#5035 Bill Gates

I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing. .

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#5036 Bill Gates

If you just want to say, "Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along," that's fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. … Let’s be realistic, who came up with "File/Edit/View/Help"? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from? .

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#5037 Bill Gates

"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that." quoted in (February 2010) .

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#5038 Bill Gates

"It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy than when there's not." -Bill Gates, Fortune Magazine, July 17 2007 .

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#5039 Bill Gates

Robots will play an important role in providing physical assistance and even companionship for the elderly. .

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#5040 Bill Gates

Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, . Text .

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#5041 Bill Gates

The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system. .

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#5042 Bill Gates

You've got to be willing to read other people's code, and then write your own, then have other people review your code. You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong... .

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#5043 Bill Gates

The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree. .

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#5044 Bill Gates

We're no longer in the days where everything is super well crafted. But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you'll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing. .

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#5045 Bill Gates

Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn't as great. Also, the opportunity to go back and really rewrite something isn't quite as great, because there's always a new set of features that you're adding on to the same program. .

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#5046 Bill Gates

The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future. .

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#5047 Bill Gates

Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking how they might slow the thing down. .

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#5048 Bill Gates

Before Paul and I started the company, we had been involved in some large-scale software projects that were real disasters. They just kept pouring people in, and nobody knew how they were going to stabilize the project. We swore to ourselves that we would do better. .

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#5049 Bill Gates

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. .

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#5050 Bill Gates

The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way tolarge . .

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#5051 Bill Gates

One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity...We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world," .

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#5052 Bill Gates

This leads to the paradox, that because the disease is only in the poor countries, there is not much investment. For example, there is more money put into baldness drugs, than are put into malaria. Now, baldness, it is a terrible thing [audience laughter] and rich men are afflicted, so that is why that priority is set. .

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#5053 Bill Gates

First we've got population. Now, the world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that (forecast) by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3 (per year). .

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#5054 Bill Gates

(Often misrepresented as meaning that he wanted to see current world population reduced via vaccine side-effects or perhaps ) .

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#12209 Larry Flynt

Majority rule will only work if you're considering individual rights. You can't have five wolves and one sheep vote on what they want to have for supper .

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#44915 Warren Buffett

Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results. .

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