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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User 118

An anonymous reader writes "Gates fulfilled a Reddit users wish-list by buying several items and donating to a listed charity organization, although he did pass on getting the iPad on the list. From the article: 'The true identity of Rachel's Secret Santa was finally revealed when she found a photo of Gates holding the stuffed animal and the signed donation sent to Heifer International. An inscription in the book with a "really nice message" and note from Gates wishing Rachel a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday was the topper.'"
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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

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  • he's done Duke things before.
  • by sideslash ( 1865434 ) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @08:45PM (#45742173)
    She opened the gift before Christmas. What's up with that?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      It's that War on Christmas the Right's been warning us about, Gretchen Carlson was right all along!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 19, 2013 @08:49PM (#45742205)

    could he not have tossed in a surface instead (I guess then they could count it as a sell, lord knows he probably has a pile of them in some closet)

    • by mosb1000 ( 710161 ) <> on Thursday December 19, 2013 @08:50PM (#45742213)

      Why not just slap her in the face? She'd probably like that better. . .

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Would have doubled their sales figure for the Xmas season, too!

    • Why check his business bigotry at the door, and get her the iPad she wanted?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    666 more days till Windows 8 EOL

  • What about the million dollars Gates offered to give away in all the spam emails I've got over the years?

  • Hahaha (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 19, 2013 @09:46PM (#45742507)

    I'm sure I'll get modded down for this, but I can't resist:

    iPad: So expensive, even Bill Gates takes a pass!

    Of course, his saving grace is he didn't see fit to punish her with a Surface, at least.

    • Of course, his saving grace is he didn't see fit to punish her with a Surface, at least.

      Yes, MS screwed up the original Surface sales projections so badly that their corrected sales projections (and thus manufacturing capacity) for the Surface 2 are so low that they cannot meet demand. Have you been under a rock? This has been in all the financial press as a huge negative for their revenue and profit numbers.

      So... Bill Gates isn't going to be giving away some device when there is a line of people waiting to buy it.

  • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @10:12PM (#45742631) Journal
    Do you think he reads Slashdot, too?
    • If he does, I have two Christmas wishes of my own:
      the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace...
      ...and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free, in a Swiss bank account.

      (Thanks, Steve Martin!)
      • by ruir ( 2709173 )
        Actually 30 million in a swiss bank account, one time payment is enough, thank you.
    • by msobkow ( 48369 )

      If his Geek Card is still valid, then yes, I'm sure he does.

      He probably gets a hell of a giggle out of the ranting fanbois on all sides of the arguments now that he's retired from the industry...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 20, 2013 @12:54AM (#45743325)

    Saying this is probably some form of sacrilege, considering my tendency to avoid MS products when possible -- my everyday desktop is Debian, for example -- but I have no problem separating the company from the man.

    I don't like Microsoft's business practices, and generally don't care for their software, but Gates himself always seemed like an overall decent* guy with a passion for software and technology, unlike Jobs, who always sounded like a jackass to me. There's an irony in that, given the fanatical following of Jobs and general distaste people display toward BillG, presumably due to the business practices of Microsoft and ubiquity of its products.

    Even if it's a PR stunt, it was a nice one, and handled in a classy way. He could have given away a bunch of XB1s and other branded products, for example, but didn't. What he did was thoughtful and nicely done, and he didn't even do it in a way that bragged about how many zeroes were on the donation made.

    * Which doesn't mean he's a flawless person or always a nice guy. I'm sure he has plenty of flaws; if nothing else, he condoned or ignored Microsoft's various shady tactics over the years

  • Just Bill Gates again trying to get young kids to like him, and therefore Microsoft, so that they grow up only using Microsoft products. This is like a drug dealer buying a kid tons of toys, and then saying, "Hey, I bought you those gifts. *wink* *wink* I work on 6th Ave., and I'm a drug dealer." Boom!
  • my house.
    I'd have to buy a chest freezer to fit all the meat, but a whole cow would last me 6 months.

    • On a practical and related note, several years running their was a guy I worked with that would buy several young steers and pigs to raise to butchering size. He had the perfect setup at his home to do this.

      We would all chip in a modest fee to support the feeding and raising, he would take them to be 'processed and give us a call to come pick up our meat.

      He got his 'free' for the work, and we all got range free, and range fed pork and beef at about 40% of current 'but it in the supermarket prices', and it

  • Bill Gates has done more good for this world since he stepped down as the business leader of Microsoft then any of us will ever manage to do. As a business man he was decisive, aggressive and focused. He was arguably the best at what he did. As a philanthropist he appears to be doing the same thing.

    It would have been easy for him to sit back with his riches and let them pile up and do nothing. But no, he does the hard thing. He tries to help the world be a better place, he tries to help the human race as a

    • by maxrate ( 886773 )
      And when you say something positive about microsoft, people accuse you of being 'paid' by them to say something nice. I've been on here before, simply stated I "like my windows phone" and I get trashed for saying it. Why are /. folks often so anti-microsoft? Businesses do 'shady' things all the time - all businesses suck. that's the world we live in - why single out MS when others are just or more deserving of that negative attention. If /. readers wouldn't be so close minded, your message should be sc
  • Comparison (Score:4, Funny)

    by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Friday December 20, 2013 @10:08AM (#45745073)
    Reddit: "Cool! Well-done Bill. Sounds like a good charity that helps people.. Cute cow. Funny you didn't send her a Surface, ha ha ha. Merry Christmas, everybody!"

    Slashdot: "FUCKING RAPIST! Yeah, RAPIST."

    Jesus Christ.
  • Ok, so I didn't know wtf Reddit was, so I read the article. It appears that this is something where you get assigned a person, and get them some or all of their gifts that they request. In this case, the girl wanted:
    teddy bear
    donation to her favorite charity

    So Bill Gates, one of the richest guys on the planet got her, and didn't even get her all of what she wanted, because of his business plan. What a dick! It doesn't mention how much the donation was.
  • So I should have been reposting those "Bill Gates will give you $10,000" messages on Facebook!?! Damn!

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