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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 370

Posted by Zonk
from the i-never-get-the-cool-invites dept.
theodp writes to mention a C|Net article about Chinese President Hu Jintao's historic first visit to the U.S.. The catch is that his first dinner won't be at the White House. It will be at Bill Gates' manse. From the article: "The approximately 100-person guest list is a who's who of the U.S. Pacific Northwest power elite, including Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire, said event organizers. The guests will undergo strict security checks before entering Gates' lodge-style, 66,000-square-foot home overlooking Lake Washington with a reported seven bedrooms, six kitchens, 24 bathrooms, a domed library, a reception hall and an artificial estuary stocked with salmon and trout. Gates and Gregoire are expected to introduce and welcome Hu, who will then offer a toast in front of the gathering."
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  • Planned before (Score:3, Informative)

    by killa62 (828317) on Saturday April 15, 2006 @11:29PM (#15136570)
    Hu Jintao's was going to visit about a few months ago, but Hurricane Katrina delayed his visit until now.
    He cancelled it on the last day, and the time before, they were also going to dine at Gate's mansion where they had already prepared the salmon, which were airlifted from Alaska on the same day.
    Dunno what happend to them.
  • Need directions? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Skidge (316075) on Saturday April 15, 2006 @11:30PM (#15136572) Homepage
    If you want to drop in, here's Bill's house on google maps [via Sightseeing with Google Maps]:

    Bill Gates's House [perljam.net]
  • by BWJones (18351) * on Saturday April 15, 2006 @11:35PM (#15136594) Homepage Journal
    I'm not against all consumption, or even against all conspicuous consumption, but when it gets to the point where there's no longer even any pretext I think it shows a lack of character.

    Then you should not look into the latest retirement package of the CEO of Exxon. He received a $400 Million package that works out to what...... over $1,095,000/day over the past year?

  • Re:Wait a minute. (Score:4, Informative)

    by MBraynard (653724) on Saturday April 15, 2006 @11:52PM (#15136661) Journal
    I was preparing to make a similar concept. I'm surprised no one here listed what really happened with China - the Chicom government has REQUIRED that every machine that goes out of a factory door in China have a LISCENSED OPERATING SYSTEM installed. Three of the major makers, including Lenova - new owners of the thinkpad line - are taking the lead in compliance.

    The pigs are walking upright.

  • by PC-PHIX (888080) * <jonathan@pcphix. c o m> on Sunday April 16, 2006 @12:40AM (#15136817) Homepage
    So many inaccuracies, it's hard to know where to start...

    The word is MANSION

    Actually, mansion is a totally different word, I suspect they really did mean "manse".

    However, I'll admit to *almost* emailing the editor to correct it, the difference being, I decided to check my facts first...

    Manse (noun): A large and imposing residence.

    Mansion (noun): A large stately house, a manor house.

    Given the description of the house and the person we generally believe Bill Gates to be, "large and imposing" works a little better than "stately" and the old-fashioned images generally associated with "a manor house" don't gel well with the lifestyle and tastes of a software billionaire.

    The summary at this time uses the phrase "Bill Gates' manse." This is clearly a subversive attempt to evoke "goatse," a web site formerly located at goatse.cx which features explicit sexual acts involving goats.

    Since we've cleared up the meaning of the word 'manse' and we can assume it was used deliberately, in so far as it is a valid choice, why is this an attempt to subvert the meaning of the article?

    In fact, why would you believe that having the same two letters at the end of a word automatically links the two concepts in some way? How many other words ending in 'se' also make you think of goatse??

    "sexual acts involving goats" ??? I think not...

    Perhaps you should read this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goatse.cx [wikipedia.org]

    Actually, save yourself some time and click this [google.com.au].

    WARNING TO EVERYONE ELSE - DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!

  • Re:geek pres (Score:4, Informative)

    by WindBourne (631190) on Sunday April 16, 2006 @01:29AM (#15136964) Journal
    And yet, it was with Nixon where the lines first started, as well as the outrageous inflation. It was JC who solved it by deregulating oil as well as bringing volker to manage the bank (nixon's idea was WIN and Reagan basically kept JC's system in place).

    JC tried to get America back on course of doing our own energy, rather than being dependant on outside energy. Sadly, we had 17% importing back then. Now we are up to 66% imports. Now, we have ex-NSA/CIA directors who are concerned with the amount of oil imports that we do.
  • Re:Clever (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 16, 2006 @07:50AM (#15137644)
    ..by making his first official visit to the U.S. one to the home of a person who is still technically a private citizen, Hu is essentially slapping Bush across the face.

    This is actually Hu Jintao's THIRD time to visit the US- the first was 4 years ago as a Vice President he held talks at the White House, the second was last year at the UN World Summit where he had a meeting with Bush, and was to officially visit Washington but that was canceled by Hurricane Katrina, and now this third kinda non-official visit.
  • by jotok (728554) on Monday April 17, 2006 @12:01PM (#15142632)
    I run a nonprofit wherein I refurbish people's castoff computers, install Kubuntu, and then give them away to high school students in my area who can't afford their own computers (we also do fundraisers to pay for their DSL).

    There is no way we could afford Windows licenses (we have placed about sixty boxes since January). Kubuntu is free.

    To the end-user, who in this case only needs to type papers, send e-mail, and surf the web (ie, the vast majority of users), Kubuntu is a much better deal than XP. There is absolutely no comparison. None of the things you posted up there matter; even if MS Office is a superior product to OpenOffice (which I'll grant), for a basic user, MS Office's advantages are a non-issue, because they only ever use the most basic features (type, spellcheck, put text in italics, maybe insert footnotes, etc.).

    I'll also allow that if you want to play games, typically you gotta be running a windows box. But then again, if I want to play new games, there is a hardware buy-in as well as the software buy-in for the XP license--I gotta shell out for the newest 3D card, more RAM, etc. already anyway, so I think gaming is a special case.

    I suppose it just comes down to what specific application you're using the box for, eh?

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