Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft, to Focus Full Time on Climate Change and Philanthropy

UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening meeting with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during his visit to London earlier today. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID
UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening meeting with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during his visit to London earlier today. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID, source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Bill Gates has announced that he is resigning from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway, to focus full time on Climate Change and Philanthropy.

Focusing My Time

Published on March 14, 2020

Bill Gates Influencer
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change. The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.

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Bill has been having a very tough time with his climate activism.

In 2015 Bill Gates announced a green tech fund to make renewable energy viable, though by 2018 his enthusiasm for renewables had waned a little.

In 2015 Bill Gates described representative democracy as a “problem”, because voters frequently select politicians who do not believe climate change is an urgent issue.

Bill Gates, for all his faults, is a remarkable individual, not someone who gives up easily. But stubbornness can sometimes be a trap.

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Harry Passfield
March 15, 2020 10:13 am

If he manages to get climate change to work as well as MS he’ll have it crashing in no time. But I hope he understands there is no reboot to it.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
March 15, 2020 10:59 am

Wasn’t he guy who suggested the solution home heating was “close any windows you have open and try again” ?

It’s his answer to most problems.

Reply to  Greg
March 15, 2020 1:35 pm

“Rebooting” is our IT guy’s first answer.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Matthew W
March 15, 2020 2:21 pm

Rebooting the world economy can be done, it’s just a bit slower than those old 80386 machines were.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 15, 2020 9:51 pm

Even slower 8088’s and 8086’s.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 16, 2020 3:58 am

“HEY”, …… unless you had to depend on “4 ms read/write cycle time” core memories …… you don’t know what “slow” is.. 😊

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 16, 2020 4:42 am

“Samuel C Cogar March 16, 2020 at 3:58 am”

Showing your age there old boy! And I’d say predates me.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 16, 2020 6:22 pm

…not to mention the Pickett slide rule I used in college back in the 60s…

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 17, 2020 4:23 am

@ Patrick MJD
Showing your age there old boy! And I’d say predates me.

“HA”, I’m little over half way through my 80th trip around the Sun.

Anyway, the MDS ( Mohawk Data Sciences Corporation) Data Recorder, …… a “key to tape” replacement for “key to punched card” was released in 1965 and used an “inhouse wired core memory”. Most all computers used “core memories” at that time. Revolving “disk” and ”drum” memories made for mass storage and quick access.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
March 17, 2020 10:24 am

My first, the MOS 6502 in the Vic20, wasn’t real fast either, but at that time, it was fun…

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Matthew W
March 15, 2020 9:50 pm

It should be “Have you turned if off and on again?” It Crowd style…

Reply to  Harry Passfield
March 15, 2020 1:32 pm

His sloppy software spawned an entire industry dedicated to cleaning up and working around its many flaws, perhaps he believes that the green energy business, which is also otherwise unnecessary, needs a similar stimulus.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  co2isnotevil
March 16, 2020 8:59 am

He’s the one who came up with the idea of shipping partially tested code that almost works in order to sell you and update next year. That update will then fix most of the current problems but add a new bells and whistles that almost work so you will buy an update to that update the next year.

He’s not going to have much luck with climate change since there is no one with workable technology that he can due a joint development with in order to steal it.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
March 16, 2020 3:38 am

It is unfortunate that Bill Gates. who has enormous resources to do good, is fixated on a non-problem and prepared to dedicate his life to it.

The Madness of Crowds…

I wrote this on Bill Gates blog one year ago (December 2017) – he is slowly coming around to reality on energy, but still regards increasing atmospheric CO2 as a problem. It is not a problem.

Regards, Allan

Bill wrote:
“The main disagreement I have with Smil is about how quickly we can make the transition to clean energy.”

Bill, I really like your work on malaria and on vaccines – I probably like a lot of other things you are doing too.

But Bill, I have spent my career in energy and have studied global warming alarmism since 1985 – you are an intelligent man, but it appears that you are being ill-advised on climate and energy.

Below is reference to a primer on the subject – take your time, study it, and contact me via my website if you want to discuss.

The term “climate change” is so vague and the definition is so changeable that it is NOT a falsifiable hypothesis. It is therefore unscientific nonsense. The term “catastrophic human-made global warming” is a falsifiable hypothesis, and it was falsified long ago – when CO2 rose sharply after ~1940 while temperature declined from ~1945 to ~1977. As my co-authors and I wrote in 2002, “the alleged global warming crisis DOES NOT EXIST”.

Current forms of clean/green energy are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy. All they do is destabilize the grid and drive up energy costs, which increases Excess Winter Deaths among the elderly and the poor. Sure there may be better forms of energy out there – but current “solutions” are costly fiascos, due primarily to intermittency. My co-authors and I wrote this conclusion in 2002, and since then tens of trillions of dollars of scarce global resources have been squandered on green energy nonsense.

[end of excerpt]

March 16, 2020 4:24 am

Allan, …… Bill Gates is getting old and senile and he truly misses his “daily publicity” that he was accustomed to receiving.

Bill’s support of CAGW “junk science” policies, etc., will get him far more “HOORAHS”, awards and pats on the back than it will if he discredits said.

March 16, 2020 6:41 am

Allan, did he respond to you?
Is it possible that he’s caught up in some kind of an extremely complex ‘protection racket’?

Reply to  Sommer
March 16, 2020 11:27 am

from 2018:

Bill did not reply, to my knowledge, but he apparently has moved to my position about the fatal flaws of current green energy, due to intermittency. My comments to Bill of one year ago were:

“Current forms of clean/green energy are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy. All they do is destabilize the grid and drive up energy costs, which increases Excess Winter Deaths among the elderly and the poor. Sure, there may be better forms of energy out there – but current “solutions” are costly fiascos, due primarily to intermittency.”

In Bill’s article on energy of one year ago, there is little if any recognition of the intermittency problem:

In the above note, written this month, Gates states:
“But solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy, and we are unlikely to have super-cheap batteries anytime soon that would allow us to store sufficient energy for when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.”

That comment is correct, imo.

Whether he came to this realization from my note of one year ago or from other sources is unknown- but it is an important positive step.

Whether he read my “primer” on climate and energy, posted on wattsup, is also unknown – but apparently he is still a believer in the CO2-drives-climate falsehood, and that falsehood will not well-serve him or humanity.

Regards, Allan

Al Miller
March 16, 2020 7:37 am

“It is unfortunate that Bill Gates. who has enormous resources to do good, is fixated on a non-problem and prepared to dedicate his life to it. ”

That sentence is a great summary of this discussion and defines it extremely well, but on a larger scale is very sad commentary on the enormous waste of resources that has been put into a fictitious problem created to make a few very wealthy and to give enormously increased power to unaccountable despots at the UN.
It really is incredibly

Joe Crawford
March 16, 2020 9:19 am

You should send him Roger Pelkey’s article in Forbes: Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day

It might bring a bit of reality into his views on climate change.

March 17, 2020 4:28 am

For the record, the rest of my June 13 2018 note to Bill Gates is here:
ALLAN MACRAE Jun 13, 2018

“I’ve added a few points to my 2008 and 2015 papers that “close the loop” on my observed ~9 month delay of atmospheric CO2 trends AFTER global temperature trends.”
Regards, Allan MacRae, P.Eng.

My June14, 2008 Climate and Energy Primer written for Bill Gates and posted on his blog GatesNotes is here:
ALLAN MACRAE Jun 14, 2018


The correct mechanism is (approx.): Equatorial Pacific Sea Surface Temperature up –>; Equatorial Atmospheric Water Vapor up 3 months later –>; Equatorial Temperature up ->; Global Temperature up one month later ->; Global Atmospheric dCO2/dt up (contemporaneous with Global Temperature) ->; Atmospheric CO2 trends up 9 months later

The base CO2 increase of ~2ppm/year could have many causes, including fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, etc, but it has a minor or insignificant impact on global temperatures.

What drives Equatorial Pacific Sea Surface Temperature and Global Temperature? In sub-decadal timeframes, El Nino and La Nina (ENSO); longer term, probably the Integral of Solar Activity. Longer still – probably Milankovitch cycles.

ON GLOBAL PRIMARY ENERGY Fully 85% of global primary energy is generated from fossil fuels – oil, natural gas and coal. The rest is generated from nuclear and hydro. Hardly any useful (dispatchable) energy is generated from so-called “green” sources, despite tens of trillions in wasted subsidies.

Cheap, abundant, reliable energy is the lifeblood of modern society – it IS that simple. When politicians fool with energy systems, real people suffer and die. That is the tragic legacy of false global warming alarmism.

In a few decades, the destructive impacts of false global warming alarmism will be viewed in the same context as the destructive impacts of the 30-year ban of DDT in the fight against malaria. Both acts will have resulted in tens of millions of needless deaths, but global warming alarmism will also have wasted tens of trillions of dollars in subsidies, representing scarce global resources that could have provided clean water and sanitation systems in every village on the planet; and the remaining funds could probably have gone a long way to eliminating world hunger.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Harry Passfield
March 16, 2020 5:22 am

And of course there will be lots of regular updated versions to dip into your pocket, use up storage space and cause problems.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
March 16, 2020 7:23 am

Anyone who takes Bill Gates seriously ought to at least first watch or listen to his entire antitrust deposition and realize that is the same man that they’re listening to.

Gerald Machnee
March 15, 2020 10:15 am

Experts like Bill Gates will be difficult to educate on the facts.

Reply to  Gerald Machnee
March 15, 2020 10:53 am

In 2015 Bill Gates described representative democracy as a “problem”, because voters frequently select politicians who do not believe climate change is an urgent issue.

So representative democracy is a “problem” when it does not agree with Bill Gates.

For all it’s flaws the current system is the only thing we have protecting us from jerks who think like that.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Greg
March 15, 2020 12:27 pm

‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’

Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947

Van Doren
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 15, 2020 9:04 pm

Anarcho-capitalism hasn’t been tried.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 16, 2020 5:24 am

Churchill also said that 5 minutes talking to an average voter was enough to make you question having a democracy.

Steven Miller
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
March 15, 2020 11:45 am

If I had the choice of being a gullible billionaire or a retired guy with common sense… Of course I would rather be a gullible billionaire, but I am thankful that I have more common sense than Bill Gates.

Andy Espersen
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
March 15, 2020 12:44 pm

“Experts like Bill Gates will be difficult to educate on facts”. Well, fact is that he is right : If we do want to switch to alternative energy, nuclear power is the only known rational option. You and I agree that more CO2 in the air will not have devastating effects on climate – but (another) fact is that you and I both rely on theories also, and may be wrong..

If Bill Gates, by pouring billions of dollars into research, can persuade the world to switch to safe nuclear energy – good on him.

Reply to  Andy Espersen
March 15, 2020 4:14 pm

One needn’t rely on climate theory to make an informed decision about climate change and CO2, Andy. One need only look at the available data. CO2 has been enormously higher in the past, with no runaway warming, and in fact with coincident seriously cold spells.

CO2 lagged air temperature in all seven ice ages over the past million years.

Currently, there have been no unusual changes in extreme weather, in droughts, or in sea level rise.

There’s just no evidence that anything unusual is happening now, nor any evidence that CO2 forced air temperatures in the past.

We don’t need a complete theory of climate to make a rational decision that CO2 emissions are not dangerous.

Reply to  Pat Frank
March 16, 2020 5:00 am

Pat wrote:
“There’s just no evidence that anything unusual is happening now, nor any evidence that CO2 forced air temperatures in the past.
We don’t need a complete theory of climate to make a rational decision that CO2 emissions are not dangerous.”

Thank you Pat – you are correct. Increasing atmospheric CO2 (whatever the cause) is NOT harmful; in fact it is hugely beneficial for humanity and the environment due to increased plant growth and crop yields.

The catastrophic humanmade global warming (CAGW) hypothesis was false from the start. I knew it was false in ~1985 when I first heard about it, because of my knowledge of paleoclimate. CAGW has since been falsified many more times – we KNOW that climate is INsensitive to increasing atmospheric CO2 – there is NO real global warming/wilder weather crisis due to increasing atmospheric CO2.

John Robertson
March 15, 2020 10:35 am

When you regard representative democracy as a hinderance to your cause,maybe you need to think a little more about your belief system.
For something you are selling,most people are not buying.
So is the product shoddy?
Or are your powers of persuasion weak?
To try to sell a meme based on “The Science” and then do everything in your power to evade documenting and defining that science,does not sell.
Could it be Climatology is not palatable to most sane humans?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  John Robertson
March 15, 2020 12:28 pm

Is Bill aware that it is no accident that the US is a huge incubator of billionaires like himself precisely because of democracy and free enterprise?

Hey, he’s doing good stuff in Africa, but maybe he’d solve nearly all the problems plaguing the continent if he simply funded cheap fossil fuel electricity plants/grids and let them do the rest.

michael hart
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 15, 2020 1:24 pm

I appreciate what Bill is doing about malaria (or is that just Melinda?).

I also suspect that, like clean drinking water supply, it isn’t seen as being so glamorous as global warming. Everybody would love to be able to save the whole planet, and save it immediately. There’s nothing quite as excitingly immediate as getting governments to pass a law ordering others to do as you say (in order to save the planet, of course).

People like Bill may have almost unlimited money but, like the rest of us, they still have very limited time. Unfortunately their impatience can lead them down some blind alleys, chasing fashionable causes when humanity’s real needs are still obviously something else. Gates should remind himself of heroic characters like Joseph Bazalgette who performed the less glamorous tasks of being the engineers responsible for the construction of the sewage systems in the worlds great cities.

Van Doren
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 15, 2020 9:07 pm

He won’t solve the main problem – low IQ of the African population.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Van Doren
March 16, 2020 1:41 am

“Van Doren March 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm”

Ignorant, uninformed, inexperienced comment.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 16, 2020 4:38 am

Gary Pearse . March 15, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Hey, he’s doing good stuff in Africa, but maybe he’d ……

Hey, ….. Gates mostly made his “billions” off of American citizens, …… so why isn’t he giving most of it back to America by repairing and building infrastructure that Americans desperately need?

Bill Gates and the other billionaires should be doing what the “Robber Barons” of the past did, …..

March 15, 2020 10:38 am

Bill Gates: To tilt at windmills. Who knew he would wind-up this way? (Wifey influence?)

Reply to  _Jim
March 15, 2020 12:04 pm

Gates is pushing nuclear… not for wind and solar

Reply to  Latitude
March 16, 2020 11:57 am

Yup, it could mean that “Focus Full Time on Climate Change “is full time on developing factory made portable nuclear power plants, which he been trying to do for years.

It would be a good energy solution, but if he worried about “climate change” he should realize that we are living in an Ice Age. And have been in this Ice Age for million of years.

What causes or what indicates that we in an Ice Age is having cold oceans. And average temperature of our ocean is about 3.5 C.

And during the millions of years of our Ice Age, our ocean average temperature has varied from 1 to 5 C.
One could say when ocean is 1 C, that we in the glacial period of our Ice Age and when ocean is 5 C we in an interglacial period of our Ice Age.’
And transition or the middle of going either way is about 3 C.
But there seems to be some mechanism which stops the ocean from getting much colder than 1 C or much warmer than 5 C.
Anyhow the last interglacial period was much warmer than 3.5 C, and it probably require more than century to warm from about 3.5 to 4 C.

And 4 C ocean should not have polar sea ice in the arctic ocean during the summer. Though possible the ocean could remain around 3.5 C and still get ice free polar sea ice in arctic ocean in the summer- and this condition has occurred during our present interglacial period.
And it should be noted that this has nothing or little to do in regards to Greenland’s ice cap melting. Or even having a 5 C ocean does not melt the polar icecaps {either icecap}.

Ian E
Reply to  _Jim
March 15, 2020 12:15 pm

Certainly a possibility – I mean, just look at Boris (here in the UK) and Greenie Carrie!

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  _Jim
March 16, 2020 7:19 am


March 15, 2020 10:43 am

During an interview at Stanford University late last year, Bill Gates slams unreliable wind and solar and made the point that it’s time to quit jerking around with renewables and batteries: Video and details on his nuclear program below…

Reply to  Sunny
March 15, 2020 10:49 am

Hence, he should put his money where his mouth is.

Reply to  Sunny
March 15, 2020 12:40 pm

For my own reasons I hate his guts. Nevertheless, he’s absolutely right about renewables. His comments on the financial markets is also right on.

Gates has resigned from Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s company. Charlie Munger is Buffett’s right hand man. With regard to Gates’ remarks about the financial markets, Munger’s opinion of Al Gore is interesting.

Gore’s company invests in companies that don’t emit much CO2, service companies like Microsoft for instance. By selling investments in service companies, Gore has become wealthy. Munger thinks Gore is kind of dumb though, but lucky and with a smart business partner. link

Gates is plenty smart but it’s also quite possible that Buffett and Munger’s common sense has rubbed off on him.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Sunny
March 15, 2020 6:32 pm

If he is pro-nuke we can talk.

Roger Welsh
March 15, 2020 10:44 am

Why do intelligent people think they can play God! Climate changes are ongoing and completely out of human hands.
Sorry that he cannot find better things to do.

Reply to  Roger Welsh
March 15, 2020 10:56 am

Having spent a life crapping on everyone, he is trying to make peace before he dies. Many top money grabbers have this problem later in life.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  Greg
March 16, 2020 4:53 am

His entire business life seems to be one of ripping off all and sundry. It appears to have started when he was 13 or 14 when he was caught stealing computer time from Computer Center Corporation and continued ever since. Even his “signature” program, DOS was really ripped off (perhaps better called sharp business practice) from Seattle Computers, when he had a contract to deliver an operating system to IBM and he had no idea how to even start writing one. His crowning glory was ripping off the real brains of MicroSoft Paul Allen.

Reply to  Roger Welsh
March 15, 2020 11:26 am

Listen to Stefan Rahmstorf, who’s telling us, we lost the control over the climate !
I think, he lost the control over his brain.

Joe Zeise
March 15, 2020 10:44 am

His first task should be to bone up on the scientific method. But he is too rich and committed to salving AGW. Why bother with that simple and basic 4-5 step process.

Reply to  Joe Zeise
March 15, 2020 11:23 am

He won’t question anything. He is looking for a “cause” and he has found one.

He wants to create a legacy so that on his way out he can feel like he was a great guy and everyone will say he was a great guy and how much we miss his great contribution.

Coeur de Lion
March 15, 2020 10:45 am

Perhaps he will experience a Damascene moment?

Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 15, 2020 11:12 am

Saul was FIRST struck down by the Lord and made to suffer 3 days of blindness. He did not spontaneously convert. And and after his conversion, there were many unsuccessful plots to eliminate him by the high priests from temples who wanted to stop the spread of Christianity.

In that there would be several lessons for today’s Climate Change indoctrinated, like Saul. First to convert to the scientific truth, become Paul, and away from the climate scam, some personal ordeal would be necessary. I think all of us realize that when we are cozy and comfortable, change seems very unnecessary. And then after those who do turn away from Climate Priests and the congregation of the Climate Hustle, they will be persecuted. Lindzen, Lomborg, Curry, Pielke comes to mind.

I’m afraid for the Climate Scam to really end, we’re going to have to have some kind of very brutal cold climate event finally exposes the truth about the Climate Change. After 2.6 million years of cycling Ice Ages, anyone who thinks that has comes to an end is a fool. On all time scales the temperature changes have been part of nature variability and cycles. And where there’s an Up, there always comes time for down, and reversion to the mean. And that is likely fast approaching, and it may prove a Road to Damascus health crisis like Saul encountered on his conversion and turn away from his k1lling ways.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 15, 2020 12:07 pm

Lomborg and Pielke are part of the climate cabal. They think CO2 is a problem. They just don’t agree with the full-tilt alarmism. They’re only slightly less detestable than people (and I use the term as loosely as possible) like Al Gore, AOC, XR, etc ad nauseum.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 15, 2020 1:17 pm

I wonder if Pielke Jr. is under attack. It’s been announced that the CU department where he works, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, is to be eliminated and possibly replaced with a new center.

March 15, 2020 10:53 am

At least he and his wife have used much of their money for health care and economic development philanthropy in the developing world.
Contrast that to egomaniacs like Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer who use their vast wealth to settle personal scores against Trump and buy Democrats who will provide them with more enriching crony capitalism schemes for them and their elitist pals.

None of these billionaires though with a small fleet of fancy jets, yachts, mansions-estates around the world, and enough staff of personal assistants, security, drivers, cooks, cleaners, pilots to run a small country, are in any position to lecture the rest of us though on how and what sacrifices we need to make to change the weather in 2100.
As we saw with Mini-Mike over 4 months, these guys can blow what for all but about 50 people in the world is a vast personal fortune ($600Million) and shake it off financially like any of us might do a weekend vacay to a countryside BnB with the spouse/girlfriend. That kind of money didn’t even give Bloomberg pause to keep spending like that now behind the scenes funding Democrats and their PACs to buy more Democrats, just like he admitted of TV he spent $100Million in 2018 to buy 21 Congressional democrats.

So here we have Mr Gates devoting more time to philanthropy, that is his right. He earned his money. I salute him for making the American dream come true. I just hope he doesn’t use his wealth to screw over the rest of America who still wants at least a part of that dream by using his money on climate propaganda and disinformation to shut down the very system that created his wealth.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 15, 2020 11:35 am

I remember the old and first DOS, to find on nearly each home computer. It was from all DOS surging later the worst. If I compare the old Windows with OS/2 or another program packet, Geoworks, first published for C64 late for home computer on 286 base, I can only say forget Windows, I never saw worst.
He first had a lot of money to pay that his BS spread.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 15, 2020 12:11 pm

I ran a BBS back in the day. I never considered Windows, mainly because of the poor comm capabilities. I used DESQview for a while, then OS/2. After that, BBSes fell by the wayside.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 15, 2020 3:51 pm

I ran a BBS back in the day

I remember, I was a Fido point in these old times here 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 22, 2020 10:21 am

So was I. I ran an RBBS board, with some of my own minor modifications.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 16, 2020 2:12 am

OMG! OS/2??? Was it 1.2, 1.3, 2.0 or Warp? How many 3.5 1.44 diskettes was that? Until a few years ago I still had my IBM free issue of OS/2 Warp 2.0 CD.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 22, 2020 10:23 am

I used Warp, don’t remember how many disks, lol.

I do remember buying my first 1gb drive in the very early 90s, $2500. I bought an identical one a year later, for $1500.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 15, 2020 2:03 pm

It’s interesting that many mechanisms of the “old” DOS are still around in current MS products. The keyboard drivers are virtually unchanged since Windows 3.1. And the DOS interrupt structure is still pretty much the same. Of course there are new additions, but most involve security and network features.
Back in the early 80’s and 90’s I worked on a DOS/Windows/DEC reverse engineered product which allowed file/printer sharing over and between disparate networks and different operating systems. This was years before the thing we now know as the Internet.

Anyway, early on in the project I called up Microsoft one day and talked with Steve Ballmer about the MS SMB protocol. He wouldn’t give out any details only to say – “That’s the family jewels and we’re not telling anyone how it works”. Needless to say that didn’t stop us and we had several very large international customers for quite a while. Nowadays there is SAMBA file sharing and MS is kinda supporting Open Source.

But the basic MS paradigm has always been embrace and extend. It means stealing popular code from someone (embrace) and then making proprietary changes (extend) so users are locked into using MS for there service.

Gates has essentially applied the same philosophy to his philanthropic efforts, do not be deceived by his actions.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 15, 2020 12:37 pm

Overall, I like Gates- except I hate it that MS abandons OSs when they’re still working fine on computers that are working fine. I’ve had to give up several PCs with XP, Vista and now W7. A vastly rich company like MS really doesn’t have to abandon those OSs, IMHO. When they recently abandoned W7 they sent out messages which remind me of what climate alarmists say- scary, scary, scary- gotta buy a new PC!

Gunga Din
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 15, 2020 3:49 pm

Back in the early ’80’s I worked in a “Mom and Pop” small appliance repair shop in NH. (That was before they started putting circuit boards in hairdryers.)
I remember the “Pop” telling me about an article he read in the trade magazines. The head head of a company said that (paraphrased), “If people will buy a new car every 5 years, why not a new toaster?”.
I had an old Sunbeam toaster made in November, 1955 that someone had thrown away. I put a new cord on it and made a few adjustments. It worked fine until about 2010. Built to last. Really.
It was made before “planned obsolescence” became the norm in small appliances.

Now “planned obsolescence” has become the norm in PC operating systems.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 15, 2020 9:58 pm

What’s really scary is the data called “analytics” Windows 10 collects and ya can’t turn it off.

March 15, 2020 11:00 am

How will Gates’ money stop geothermal change?

Just boggles the mind how rich one trick ponies think they know everything.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
March 15, 2020 11:28 am

However, when one trick idiots like you think they know everything, no one is surprised.

Reply to  Greg
March 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Come off it Greg why the bully words?
Don’t agree with everything Zoe writes but we’re ‘conservatives’ in nature here.

Reply to  Zoe Phin
March 15, 2020 11:39 am

Your LP record has a fissure….

Reply to  Zoe Phin
March 15, 2020 11:56 am

One trick ponies? The irony just doesn’t end.

Reply to  MarkW
March 15, 2020 2:12 pm

Jordan Peterson refers to the ideologically possessed. They are pretty much like a wind up doll, you can predict everything they will say. link

The thing about the ideologically possessed is that, for them, one explanation explains everything. It simplifies their lives immensely.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  Zoe Phin
March 15, 2020 12:04 pm

“Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.”

Marlon Brando

March 15, 2020 11:53 am

Yes, he figured out renewables. That’s something at least.

However, he argued that current technologies could only reduce global CO2 emissions at a “beyond astronomical” economic cost.

Shoki Kaneda
March 15, 2020 11:53 am

Intelligence != judgement
Wealth != wisdom
Philanthropy != benevolence

Beware elitists bearing gifts.

March 15, 2020 11:59 am

You cannot concentrate on ‘Climate Change’ and Philanthropy at the same time as they are Polar opposites.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 15, 2020 12:14 pm

Well stated!

Gerry, England
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 16, 2020 5:49 am

Very true. Philanthropy is about making people’s lives better. Climate change is about making their lives worse for no sound reason.

March 15, 2020 12:10 pm

Wanna bet this guy will get in global government soon enough now that they have launched the coup d’etat?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  TomRude
March 16, 2020 2:08 am

No. He will b one of the “climate” trillionares” by 2050. Yes, he will still be alive then.

March 15, 2020 12:46 pm

The viral cluster has taken over Seattle.

March 15, 2020 12:48 pm

If he really does want to focus on philanthropy – that’s GENUINE philanthropy – then all he needs to do is give everything he has to the poor and then SHUT UP.

But no. Like the rest of his ilk, it’s ‘me me me me me me. See how goooooood I am’.

Just who the Hell does he think he is impressing I wonder?

March 15, 2020 1:34 pm

I fully support Bill Gates in spending his personal time and PERSONAL money in his climate change efforts.

Reply to  Matthew W
March 15, 2020 4:41 pm

I hope that the efforts don’t include providing paid attorneys to influence Attorney General offices and similar shenanigans.

Gerald Machnee
March 15, 2020 1:37 pm

As long as Gates looks at something more reliable than solar and wind and does not get taken in by the AGW types.

Jeff Labute
March 15, 2020 1:41 pm

Windows and laptops can only keep one entertained for so many decades. Seeing Bill Gates is the founder of TerraPower, perhaps he is taking nuclear on as a full-time hobby to benefit mankind. TerraPower and GE hitachi have teamed up to make a reactor.

March 15, 2020 1:41 pm

Gates was never big on renewables, in fact he was involved heavilly in molten salt reactors which were fueled by Thorium, a very plentiful nuclear fuel. He spent millions investing in a company that was developing these reactors and I assume still does. There are at least 3 companies in the Western world developing these reactors, all of which can be fueled either by Thorium or uranium, which is actually preferred to Thorium for its ability to be very proliferation resistant. China and India and probably Russia are also rushing development of this technology, which is not new but only recently made practical. These reactors do not operate their core under pressure and are far less massive than current light water reactor cores. They can be built in factories and installed anywhere and do not require bodies of water for cooling and are inherently safe. They are chesp to build and operate and produce power at roughly 4 centgs per kWhr, levelized. You could buildenough of these units to replace everything except our current conventional nuclear and hydro power (30%) and the cost would not exceed $1 trillion. Look for commercialization mid to late 2025. They can load follow, and therefore do not require peak genertion capacity, which is always fossil fueled

son of mulder
March 15, 2020 2:26 pm

Gates, one of the drivers for this. It will help us to put present times in perspective.

Bruce Hall
March 15, 2020 3:32 pm

It’s his money and his good intentions. If both are wasted, it’s only his loss. However, his focus is not all about capturing CO2 with giant nets made out of $100 bills.

Reply to  Bruce Hall
March 15, 2020 5:37 pm

Thanks Bruce. Something tells me Gates was planning on making some money, because he appears to be able to finance this project, but didn’t.

“ Pulling out of the project leaves TerraPower’s future uncertain. According to company CEO Chris Levesque, speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the price of a demonstration reactor is around $1 billion.”

March 15, 2020 3:54 pm

The great grifter can stop grifting.

March 15, 2020 4:57 pm

Dear Mr. Gates,
This is how to make a small fortune from the changing climate rigmarole?
Start with a very large fortune!!!!
Yours truly,
Tim (cook)

March 15, 2020 6:09 pm

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft, to focus full time on climate change? Gates is not a climate change advocate. Gates does indeed say he is and he gives money to climate change causes but if you look at his personal life he is not living the low carbon, small home, take public transit lifestyle that climate change advocates say the world must lead to prevent a climate change apocalypse.

Gates has 3 kids when it’s well known having more than 2 kids increases the global population which climate change advocates say is wrong. Gates owns a massive property in Medina, Washington said to be worth in excess of $100 million as well as property all over the US. Again climate change advocates say people must be living in small homes citing the examples of Europeans and Asians who families live in apartments of under 700 sq ft for a family of four.

As for taking public transport, that’s not Bill Gates lifestyle. In addition, to cars Gates owns a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express private jet. Gates isn’t taking the local bus service that climate change advocates say must be done if the world is to survive.

March 15, 2020 8:05 pm

Bill Gates was a ruthless businessman who got a massive opportunity when a plane full of IBM executives crashed; effectively removing IBM from the personal computer competitive forefront.
Personal computers in the IBM management structure were brought back into IBM’s rigid slow decision paths.

An opportunity Bill Gates got because the owner/programmer for CP/M operating system, Gary Kildall, blew off IBM’s staid pompous executives.
IBM returned to Microsoft and Bill Gates promised an operating system that became known as DOS (disk operating system) and marketed their own version of DOS, MDOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System).

I doubt Bill gates is any less ruthless now.
But, Bill is so rich that he believes he can buy success and opinions.
Let me know when he sells his gigantic island home, Xanadu 2.0; and moves into a house many meters above the sea that currently is not far away from Xanadu 2.0.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  ATheoK
March 16, 2020 5:04 am

Do not forget that the OS Microsoft bought from Seattle Computer was called QDOS or Quick and Dirty Operating system. It lived up to its name unto the 10th generation.

Reply to  Richard of NZ
March 16, 2020 12:58 pm


March 15, 2020 8:42 pm

Gates’ company invented “the blue screen of death”. The renewable energy analog is the wind farm, which actually stops working when the atmosphere is providing the most wind energy, and the solar farm which doesn’t work when it is most needed.

Also, I am a big believer in free market economics (the opposite of socialism), but the market is not always right. Microsoft Windows is proof of that. Gates must be really smart if he can dominate the small computer market with the POS Windows.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Ken
March 16, 2020 2:06 am

Actually it was the GPF, General Protection Fault. Or in IBM OS/2 speak, a Trap D (Same thing) (Don’t get me started on an OS/2 Trap 2). Over time both were written out and ignored. The BSOD came later and was, sorry, is still, classic. Even featured in the Bejing(?) Olympics a few years back.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 16, 2020 5:08 am

Seeing as how O/S2 was a collaboration between IBM and Microsoft to replace DOS (with or without Windows) it is not surprising O/S2 and DOS had many features in common.

March 15, 2020 11:14 pm

It was only a matter of time before he abandoned Microsoft – all those electrically powered computers that were supposed to save people time and result in less working hours – in fact the opposite occurred-

Bill would be nowhere without fossil fuels – the guilt he must feel – SHOULD FEEL IF HE’S A AGWist – which is why I strongly suggest (which are terms most climate articles resort to) he backs nuclear power – cause he knows – cause of him – most humans and their work places are now totally reliant on computers – even if they no longer use Microsoft –

Patrick MJD
March 16, 2020 1:35 am

People like Gates and Branson only get involved in things when there is money to be made from doing as little as possible. It’s a sc@m.

Patrick MJD
March 16, 2020 1:37 am

If cars were like computers;

Julian Flood
March 16, 2020 2:16 am

Mr Gates,

On the off-chance that one of your staff reads this blog, could I ask that you use a bit of lateral thinking and fund research into non-CO2 causes of warming? For a start please investigate the (rather outdated) information at

There are various mechanisms by which oil pollution could cause warming.


Jeff Id
March 16, 2020 6:08 am

There is no consequence which requires mitigation. I wonder what he’s going to do.

bruce ryan
March 16, 2020 9:57 am

I think on balance Bill is being an excellent person. His work on medicine and third world issues has been a big help to the world.
His efforts to invigorate nuclear energy might be effective, I certainly hope so.
If you recognize his efforts in climate change as attempts to reduce basic pollution, how could you have issues with that?

Reply to  bruce ryan
March 20, 2020 7:18 am

Nope. Africa need hygiene, not vaccines.

March 16, 2020 3:59 pm

Another executive who had been seen with Epstein resigns. Interesting

Richard Mann
March 17, 2020 4:46 am

Bill Gates has donated to the Clinton Foundation, a “charitable” foundation that is not even legally registered as such. For a detailed breakdown of Clinton Foundation and all the associated grifters, see Charles Ortel at “crowd source the truth”.
Here is a playlist, he has more than 200 shows, many hours of viewing,

Richard Mann
Reply to  Richard Mann
March 17, 2020 4:48 am

Click the icon, top, second from the right. A playlist of more than 200 shows (!) appears.

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