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Gates to join Simonyi in Space? 208

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the gain-some-perspective dept.
gadgetopia writes "On Russian state television, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin tells journalists in a live video interview from the ISS that "Charles said that Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"." Gotta wonder what that insurance premium is going to look like.
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Gates to join Simonyi in Space?

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  • d'oh for you... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by joe 155 (937621) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:27AM (#18687427) Journal
    why did TFS look like

    "On Russian state television, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin tells journalists in a live video interview from the ISS that "Charles said that a href="http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11258/ 1066/">Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space"."

    could it be because some one missed a "" and no one seemed to notice... come on editors! its a work day after all...
  • Re:d'oh for you... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Combuchan (123208) <sean@[ ]is.net ['emv' in gap]> on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:36AM (#18687531) Homepage
    5 replies (and i'm sure there will be more) about a stupid typo, and none about the simple typo tag that you can use to notify the editors of the problem...

    Gates in space? Yikes. If he decides to move his fortune and monopoly power from Windows to space travel, I'll never get there in my lifetime! :(
  • by Aladrin (926209) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:49AM (#18687657)
    Joking aside, I wonder exactly what would change should Gates not make it back to the Earth?

    Would his empire fall, or would his second-in-command just jump into his chair and everything continues as usual?

    Would there be a slew of 'secret' things suddenly appear? Would these secrets hurt or help the business? I could see it going either way... Secret projects would probably boost the company as speculation about them flooded the news, but secrets about Gates' personal life would do the opposite, I think.

    I'm pretty sure MS stock would plunge, so not much speculation there.

    Personally, I think we'd be worse off as Gates is sort of held personally accountable for everything Microsoft does, and I think he has a conscience. But if someone else took his place, there would be less personal influence and it'd be the company rampaging out of control. Short term horror, at least... Long term, it'd tear the company apart and be a blessing. But then, everything dies in the long term.
  • Re:Mod this up! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by pandrijeczko (588093) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @08:58AM (#18687737)
    Don't worry about it - my Slashdot user number is a lot lower than yours... I have been here a LOOOOONG time!
  • Re:Mod this up! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by aadvancedGIR (959466) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @09:02AM (#18687779)
    So, is there anything above "Excellent" karma? It's been mounthes since it changed for the last time.
  • Re:Mod this up! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by pandrijeczko (588093) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @09:08AM (#18687845)
    "Elite" karma? Or am I just showing my age now?
  • by FredDC (1048502) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @09:08AM (#18687847)
    I don't think the impact would be that big for Microsoft. Sure there will probably be a momentary drop of Microsoft stock value, but that won't last long because Microsoft will ensure investors Bill wasn't really that important to the company. Which is true, a large company like microsoft doesn't depend on just one person, everyone is expendable! Even Bill...

    I'm more worried about what would happen to commercialized space travel if such an event would occur. I think it could set back the entire idea by a hundred years as it would invoke fear into people...
  • by pandrijeczko (588093) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @10:02AM (#18688475)
    ...50,000,000 geeks along the Eastern seaboard of the United States simultaneously switched on and off their home lighting to spell "Linux Rocks" in illuminated 500 mile high letters as Mr Gates passed overhead in the Soyuz 15 spacecraft...
  • by Viol8 (599362) on Wednesday April 11, 2007 @10:46AM (#18689059)
    Lets just hope Bill has a lovely XPerience and doesn't crash into the Blue Ocean of Death.

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