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Gates Comdex Keynote Shows Plans, Matrix Spoof 803

An anonymous reader writes "According to Eweek, Bill Gates' keynote speech at this year's Comdex showed Microsoft's 'focus on security, spam and [the] tablet PC', including a new version of its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, an extension of the SmartScreen Technology for spam prevention, and the next version of the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system. But the showstopper was a filmed spoof of The Matrix (screencaps available here), with Gates and Steve Ballmer as Morpheus and Neo respectively, and including a jab at Linux."
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Gates Comdex Keynote Shows Plans, Matrix Spoof

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  • Re:Hmmm... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:09PM (#7497338)
    Actually, it's pretty typical for company meetings to feature a video like this one. Those are for internal consumption only, though, as they tend to bash pretty much everybody. They're almost always humorous, and occasionally absolutely hysterical.
  • by Traicovn (226034) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:17PM (#7497438) Homepage
    Mirror of the images []
  • by deadmeat (12666) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:21PM (#7497476)
    Nope. According to netcraft:

    The site is running Apache/1.3.20 Sun Cobalt (Unix) Chili!Soft-ASP/3.6.2 mod_ssl/2.8.4 OpenSSL/0.9.6b mod_gzip/ PHP/4.0.6 mod_auth_pam_external/0.1 FrontPage/ mod_perl/1.25 on Linux.
  • by mskfisher (22425) * on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:22PM (#7497481) Homepage Journal
    This is a bad idea, but here's a mirror:
    I reserve the right to replace these with smaller versions if it gets hammered too hard...
  • Re:How many times... (Score:5, Informative)

    by swissmonkey (535779) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:25PM (#7497513) Homepage
    Let's look at the security issues for November: te chnet/security/bulletin/MS03-048.asp

    WS03 is affected, but vulnerability is mitigated by the fact that IE runs in enhanced security mode. te chnet/security/bulletin/MS03-049.asp

    Doesn't affect WS03 te chnet/security/bulletin/MS02-050.asp

    Doesn't affect WS03 te chnet/security/bulletin/MS03-050.asp

    Doesn't affect Office 2003 te chnet/security/bulletin/MS03-051.asp

    Doesn't affect Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 SP4

    So as you can see, the latest versions of Windows & Office are definitely more secure
  • by bengoerz (581218) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:26PM (#7497532)
    For those of you too lazy to cut and paste the address, here is a link [].
  • by securitas (411694) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:31PM (#7497581) Homepage Journal

    Courtesy of the Rejected Post Machine

    2003-11-17 08:56:08 Comdex 2003 Opens with Bill Gates Talking Security (articles,comdex) (rejected)

    Bill Gates delivered a keynote speech on Sunday evening to open COMDEX [], as he has done for the last 20 years. Interesting parts of his security-heavy speech include Microsoft's research budget, with Gates saying that this year Microsoft 'will spend $6.8 billion in R&D, that's double what we spent five years ago;' admitting that tools which scan for stack or buffer overruns and other security problems 'are tools that we're not applying in our development process;' that security is 'certainly the largest thing that we're doing;' but waffled on security/patch management with this statement: 'Now, to really provide security, the software has to be kept up to date and the software updates have to be clearly partitioned so that things that are just optional and new features are kept separate from the hopefully increasingly rare updates that relate to security issues that have really thoroughly been checked to make sure they won't cause any regression.' Gates continued on about Trustworthy Computing, security, spam, firewalls, policy controls, XML, 'Seamless Computing' and the long-delayed Longhorn. There was also a parody of the Matrix starring Bill Gates as Morpheus and Steve Ballmer as Neo, with the Matrix represented by Linux-selling IBM consultants and the Real World as Windows-based. You can read the full text of Bill Gates' speech [] from COMDEX [] (with demos from three other Microsofties) or view the entire presentation online [] (56kbps low [] | 100 kbps med [] | 300 kbps high []) for the next week. A warning though: the speech is over an hour long.

  • Re:The pills... (Score:2, Informative)

    by btb (258614) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:37PM (#7497634)
    If you're referring to the size of the pills, I thought that was pretty funny, having the tiny red pill be windows, and the gigantic blue pill be IBM/linux. It's a joke on IBM of course, a play on "Big Blue"
  • The Gates-trix (Score:3, Informative)

    by GregThePaladin (696772) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:51PM (#7497745) Homepage Journal
    Am I the only one who remembers The Gates-trix []?

    God, that was a funny film.

  • by rabtech (223758) on Monday November 17, 2003 @06:56PM (#7497775) Homepage
    A note: This presentation (linked to in the parent) does NOT INCLUDE the matrix spoof video stuff. The presentation just blanks out with a generic "we can't show you this" message for several minutes.
  • Re:Well... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 17, 2003 @07:07PM (#7497853)
    Gladly, as long as we look at the ones that matter: ROOT exploits (or those that can escalate to root.

    Don't confuse every announce bug report or errata that comes along as a real-world usable root exploit under Linux.

    The Linux community is VERY quick to release a patch if there is even the REMOTE POSSIBILITY of a root exploit. 9 times out of 10 they are theoretical and they're just being cautios by patching it.

    Macro$haft on the other hand only releases a patch after an exploit (almost always the equivelant of root, with complete control over the system) has been in the wild for months and they can't hide it any longer.

    You simply can NOT compare exploits by number and think that it means anything. You MUST compare by the damage done and the number of compromised systems, and M$ gets its arse kicked every day.
  • When I made my comment, the grandparent article was "+3 informative", which I thought was extremely inappropriate.

    Now it is "+5 funny". I have no problem with it being "funny". I do have a problem with it being considered "informative", and I tried to explain why.

    Those moderators who struck me down by 2 points: I sure hope it was because you thought I was arguing with it being funny...because if you thought I was being unreasonable saying it was not informative, then you're crazy. It was not informative, it was wrong.

    Funny, on the other hand, is a horse of a different color.

    This is basically a comment for any meta-moderators who are looking at context. My response was not flamebait, it was correcting erroneous statements.

    99% of the time slashdot moderation seems to work very well, but once in a while it gets very weird.

    (Although maybe I'm philosophically wrong in thinking that something should be factually correct before being moderated as "informative"???)

  • by Evil Adrian (253301) on Monday November 17, 2003 @09:21PM (#7498787) Homepage
    On a Windows box: net stop matrixd.

    You also neglected log-in time for the Linux machine, since you left your neo account logged in -- deliciously ironic considering that you belong to such a security-conscious community.
  • by mraymer (516227) <mraymer@centurytel.STRAWnet minus berry> on Tuesday November 18, 2003 @10:50AM (#7502265) Homepage Journal
    Here's a blast from the past: []

    In that image, you can see a screenshot of the old Chips and Dips site. Heh.

  • by Lord Kestrel (91395) on Tuesday November 18, 2003 @04:20PM (#7505409)
    Windows may take a mere 30 seconds to boot, but if you're dealing with a large raid array, you can often wait 5 minutes or more while the array goes through it's self check upon booting.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.