Microsoft’s Gates tries FUD to keep people from switching to Apple’s secure Mac

“I saw what Bill Gates had to say in a recent Newsweek interview about the Mac as compared to Vista,” Scott Granneman reports for SecurityFocus.

Gates in Newsweek: I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.

MacDailyNews Note: Please see related MacDailyNews article: Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

Granneman reports, “My reaction, like most knowledgeable people who read this, was open-mouthed astonishment. Now, either Bill is heavily drugged and delusional, which I don’t believe, or he’s just completely ignorant, which I also discount, or he knows exactly what he’s saying and has an ulterior motive. That’s my best guess.”

Granneman reports, “Bill Gates knows that he’s at best exaggerating and at worst completely lying through his teeth. So why’s he doing it? Because he also knows that Apple’s new ads are helping Macs to sell like hot cakes, and that security is a big reason why a lot of people are throwing up their hands in disgust at Windows and switching to Apple’s computers. Who reads Newsweek? Not computer pros, but Joe and Jane Computeruser, and Joe and Jane tend to believe what they read in the mainstream media when it comes to computers, especially when that nice, smart philanthropist Bill Gates is the one saying it. He’s Mr. Computer, after all, so he must be right!”

Granneman reports, “A few years ago, Steve Ballmer ranted about open source in the Chicago Sun-Times, bellowing that ‘Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source.’ This is obviously horsehockey, and it’s just as obvious that Ballmer knew that it was horsehockey, but he said it anyway knowing that many readers of the Chicago Sun-Times would believe what he said because he is a rich, important businessman. Bill Gates’ claim that ‘security guys break the Mac every single day’ is just as ludicrous, and just as calculated.”

“In both cases, fear is the string these two maestros are plucking. The ignorant will come away from reading the earlier interview believing that Linux is dangerous and will doom their companies, while the later interview may keep a few more people from switching to Mac OS because it’s getting broken into every single day,” Granneman reports. “Apple [also] uses fear to sell computers, but it’s a heck of a lot more accurate in what it both says and implies, while Microsoft’s leaders tend to nakedly push the buttons of fear willy-nilly, facts and reality be damned.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BillH” for the heads up.]

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Bill Gates unhinged with Apple envy; Microsoft on path to become high profile casualty – February 06, 2007
Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

85 Comments

  1. Bill just does what we in our culture do now, lie. Bald faced, flat out, laughable lies, lie to gain advantage, to get ahead.

    This happens at all levels of our society, including the top. – – ‘Saddam has tried ot obtain yellow cake uranium ore form Africa’, ‘I did not not have sex with that women’. ‘There are no plans to strike Iran’
    Our culture of lies to gain advantage at other’s expense is going to ruin us. A society of sheep gives rise to a government ( & businesses hierarchies ) of wolves. Sheep get sheared, or led to slaughter.

    MDN word. lay, as in Ken Lay

  2. The more Iread about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs the more I realise that they are like chalk and cheese. One has honour one doesn’t. One has values and integrity, the other doesn’t.

    Bill Gates has done nothing but steal and copy from the very beginning. He created his first programs by going through the wastebaskets at his university and taking code printouts. Microsoft’s very first product was Microsoft BASIC, an implementation of an open language to which they added proprietary extensions so customers who wrote applications in the language couldn’t easily migrate to a competing product.

    Microsoft always was and always will be the gutter scum of the corporate world. The inevitable end to their empire is finally drawing close enough to see it on the horizon, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

  3. @anaknipedro

    98 vulnerabilities over a 4 year period? If you noticed, the majority are not critical and the few that were important, Apple fixed. Promptly. You had asked if Apple was hacked EVERY DAY. If you do not like my tone which was one of incredulity at your question (I assumed you were a Mac user), then here is a more succinct, hopefully non-offending answer to your original question:

    No.

  4. It’s a shame Bill Gates isn’t like Pinocchio; if his nose grew every time he told a lie, he wouldn’t be able to get out of the TV studio after that last round of TV interviews.

    Mind you, his wife would probably want him to lie to her more if she were sitting on his face: “Bill, lie to me, lie to me more…. ahhhh, yeh baby!”
    (in a ‘When Harry met Sally’ kinda-way…)

  5. By all accounts, the word is getting out; and anyone who believes Bill Gates probably would probably be too chicken to switch no matter what.

    Anyone who believes Steve Ballmer, on the other hand, should immediately be checked into a psych ward for observation.

  6. It’s time to fight fire with fire. Let’s get Tim Berners Lee to go on ABC/CNN/NBC/Fox/CBS and say: “Gee, since I am the father of the World Wide Web, and I know a lot about computers, given my work with CERN, MCI, W3C, and the likes, I prefer the Apple Mac over a PC running Windows. There are NO viruses on the Mac, 300,000 for Windows. No malware for the Mac, thousands on Windows. Every single second of the day, someone is hacking into a PC running Windows, and every hours on PC’s running Vista. Oh, and did you know the most popular anti-virus programs fail on Vista? Even Microsoft’s OWN antivirus software does not work on its own operating system. How anyone can stay with Windows is beyond me, they need to get checked into the mental ward!”

    Holy Tom Cruise, I would love to see that in mainstream press.

  7. anaknipedro. Are you BillGating in here?

    Granneman reports, “My reaction, like most knowledgeable people who read this, was open-mouthed astonishment. Now, either Bill is heavily drugged and delusional, which I don’t believe, or he’s just completely ignorant, which I also discount, or he knows exactly what he’s saying and has an ulterior motive. That’s my best guess.”

    Making an astonishingly weird question (“ohh,uhhh,ahhh, is it true, are Mac hacked every day?”) then retorting with “No OS is perfectly secure” amounts to trolling.

    What the heck are you talking about. Of course no OS is perfectly secure, and no, Macs are not hacked every day. That’s Windows. I have been recently to a Wolfram Research Mathematica seminar. A guy presenting got hacked with his Windows XP and had to finish his talk before end. After that, on the same ethernet line, came a guy with a MacBook Pro. No troubles whatsoever. Brilliant show and evidence that yes, Windows platforms are hacked every day, and yes, trolls spouts everything these days, and Bill Gates is nervous. His latest public performances are a disaster. He can foul idiots “No OS is perfectly secure”, he can not foul the rest so easily anymore.

  8. The concept of ethical behaviour is somewhat foreign to the modern american corporation. Anything is acceptable it seems, unless it gets you caught.

    Once upon a time, companies like Hewlett-Packard could be counted upon to “make an honest dollar”.

    Oct 2006, SAN JOSE, Calif.–Patricia Dunn, the former Hewlett-Packard chairman at the center of a corporate espionage scandal, surrendered to authorities on Thursday, a day after being charged with four felonies.

    Compaq was a different kettle of fish. HP’s founders must be rolling in their graves today when they consider what has happened to their proud corporation.

    Is Apple any less tainted by dishonest behaviour? The backdating of stock options is akin to putting your hand in the cookie jar and helping yourself.

    We should not be surprised that Microsoft’s senior management resort to dishonest statements. We live in a world where dishonesty is so rampant at all levels of society, including and perhaps especially our most senior politicians, that its almost an extraordinary happening when you run into someone who is actually honest.

    There is no “shock horror” value in exposing Bill Gates making misleading statements about a competitor. Is anyone even surprised?

  9. “The Mac is PROBABLY hacked every day.

    It’s the SUCCESSFUL hacks that are important.

    To my limited knowledge, the total number of successful hacks is approximately zip.zero’

    Been running OSX since 10.1…no virus protection…security software…nada.
    So are my kids, my sister, my brother, my two best friends. In addition, none of the contributors to macdaily news, the macobserver, macnn, think secret, and ars technica have reported any infestations or successful attacks in that time period. Will somebody please tell me just what does it take to convince the world that there is a better computing life to be had? Rant off.

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