Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bill Gates releases mosquitoes at TED on Wednesday.
(Credit: James Duncan Davidson for TED)

At the latest TED convention, Bill Gates used a bit of street theater to infect the audience with good old fashioned guilt. Proclaiming that malaria shouldn't be enjoyed by only poor people he released a jar of mosquitoes in the room. He later said that the mosquitoes were not malarial.
While this may have been a very effective display, not too many people have mentioned that even if the mosquitoes did not have malaria, they still can carry up to 50 other vectors and some people are allergic to mosquito bites just like some people have reaction to bee stings or spider bites. Another thing that wasn't mentioned was that bringing insects into California is a very serious matter. The Med-fly, West Nile Virus, lots of problems for the fruit and tree growers.
I just hope that the mosquitoes were native Californians.

Bill's lucky he didn't try this stunt on the Eugene Mall or he might be the next one with his face on the sidewalk crying "Don't Tase Me Bro."


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX),Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.'

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part ):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........
Twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again

because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off

PS - when all else fails, you could call 'customer service' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

1 comment:

MAX Redline said...

I always liked that Gates vs. GM joke. Thanks for the re-post - makes me grin every time!