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Bill Gates Gives $20M to CMU for New Building 919

touretzky writes "Carnegie Mellon University announced on Tuesday that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $20 million toward the cost of a new building to be called the "Gates Center for Computer Science". Some faculty have suggested that in acknowledgment of Mr. Gates' profound influence on the computer software industry, the building should be painted bright blue."
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Bill Gates Gives $20M to CMU for New Building

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  • Cheapskate (Score:5, Informative)

    by gorbachev ( 512743 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:32PM (#10262714) Homepage
    Brown University got $100M [] today. Bill's cheap! :)
  • by Knytefall ( 7348 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:35PM (#10262739)
    Not exactly a check -- just free software. Check out the press release [].
  • by trud ( 180201 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:38PM (#10262758) Homepage Journal
    Money donated to computer science will be better spent in endowing fellowships in patent law.

    Microsoft continues to make the world a better place for lawyers and is likely eventually to hold on retainer 51% of attorneys worldwide.

  • by khendron ( 225184 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:39PM (#10262774) Homepage
    Apparently you haven't yet seen his $97M house [].
  • IBM (Score:4, Informative)

    by LuxFX ( 220822 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:42PM (#10262789) Homepage Journal
    I admit, I didn't get the Blue Screen of Death reference at first. I've been using Windows 2000 since it came out, and I might have seen a BSOD once... maybe twice. It just doesn't come up anymore.

    Actually I was mostly confused at the joke at first, thinking, "Wait a minute, I thought IBM was 'Big Blue'"
  • Re:Poor Bill (Score:3, Informative)

    by brilinux ( 255400 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:42PM (#10262790) Journal
    I was actually at the party to celebrate his gift yesterday at Newell-Simon (the free food force overcame the Anti-Bill Gates force), and through talking to people, I had actually heard that it would be named after Turing, but I guess that is something else. The problem is, though, this guy is really rich, and yet he gave only $20,000,000 of the $50,000,000 required for the building, meaning that they need to raise $30,000,000 from other people for a building that will be named after someone else. I hope that they succeed, because it would be nice to see yet another construction project on campus, but it seems rude not to give more for something named after him.
  • Re:Beatch Please! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:55PM (#10262893)
    Are you a COMPLETE idiot? Don't you know *anything* about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
    http :// tes.aids.ap/

  • Give the man a break (Score:5, Informative)

    by McBeer ( 714119 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2004 @11:57PM (#10262912) Homepage
    I notice that Gates is getting flamed despite his many charities. As much as many of you disagree with Microsofts operating policy, Bill Gates alone has given:

    $1 billion over 20 years to establish the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, which will support promising minority students through college and some kinds of graduate school.

    $750 million over five years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, which includes the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, Unicef, pharmaceutical companies and the World Bank.

    $350 million over three years to teachers, administrators, school districts and schools to improve America's K-12 education, starting in Washington State.

    $200 million to the Gates Library Program, which is wiring public libraries in America's poorest communities in an effort to close the "digital divide."

    $100 million to the Gates Children's Vaccine Program, which will accelerate delivery of lifesaving vaccines to children in the poorest countries of the world.

    $50 million to the Maternal Mortality Reduction Program, run by the Columbia University School of Public Health.

    $50 million to the Malaria Vaccine Initiative, to conduct research on promising candidates for a malaria vaccine.

    $50 million to an international group called the Alliance for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer.

    $50 million to a fund for global polio eradication, led by the World Health Organization, Unicef, Rotary International and the U.N. Foundation.

    $40 million to the International Vaccine Institute, a research program based in Seoul, South Korea.

    $28 million to Unicef for the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    $25 million to the Sequella Global Tuberculosis Foundation.

    $25 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, which is creating coalitions of research scientists, pharmaceutical companies and governments in developing countries to look for a safe, effective, widely accessible vaccine against AIDS.
    Source: New York Times
    And all this was of the year 2000. Now I have not checked this, but I suspect the charitable donations from every Linux distro CEO combined would fall well short of this. Admit it, Bill Gates is in fact doing some good in this world.

  • by keshto ( 553762 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:00AM (#10262932)
    If you think CMU sold out by letting Gates give money, you are mistaken. Gates has been a major giver for many of the major new CS Dept buildings in many campuses. And no, there are usually no strings attached from Bill Gates. Here's the current list, AFAIR:
    • Stanford CS: Gates Bldg
    • MIT EECS: (half only) Gates Tower in the Stata Center (Bldg 32). The brand spanking new Gehry building
    • Harvard CS: Maxwell Dworkin. Harvard has a standing policy of not naming buildings after living people and Bill Gates usually wants his dad's name at the doorside. So they instead put the maiden names of Gates' and Balmer's moms on the building
    Berkeley's Soda Hall, their current CS abode, is probably too old. I won't be surprised if they too got a CS building named Gates Hall.
    Of the other univs in the top-10, UIUC has the Seibel Center. Dunno about Princeton, UTexas, Cornell and the others...
  • by EventHorizon ( 41772 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:04AM (#10262961)
    IIRC many of the errors which caused blue screens in Win2K/Win9X were changed in XP to just cold reboot the machine. This behavior change can make it seem to Joe User like the power glitched, a hardware fault caused an NMI, etc, instead of Windows just flaking out for some random reason.

    If the above is true, Microsoft has executed a brilliant act of market deception, even against highly technical users.

    [Disclaimer: I've never run WinXP. I will certainly accept factual corrections from someone with an accurate knowledge of its internals].
  • Re:BSOD jokes (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:19AM (#10263066)
    Control Panel -> System -> Startup and Recovery (nice moniker, eh?) -> Automatically Restart.

    Rebooting without notice might be nice in an unattended server, but those of us who use our computers might want to know what caused the (latest) crash.

    Is this disgusting? You bet! Is Microsoft disgusting? You bet!

  • by bob65 ( 590395 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:21AM (#10263079)
    If the above is true, Microsoft has executed a brilliant act of market deception, even against highly technical users.

    Yes it is true. There is a checkbox in system settings under the System Failure section that says "Automatically restart". It is checked by default.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:23AM (#10263090)
    Your mathematics professor should take a refresher course in logic. Bill Gates paid for most of the building. Donald Trump didn't. See the difference?
    First, the poster clearly stated that Bill Gates did not pay for most of the building. Second, the point of the mathematics professor was that it wouldn't be appropriate to name the building after Donald Trump even if he had payed for most of the building. Hence, it shouldn't be appropriate to name the building after Bill Gates simply because he provided a large chunk of the financing. I hope this clears things up for you.
  • Re:Rude? (Score:5, Informative)

    by cosmol ( 143886 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:37AM (#10263181)
    If he gave away $20 million every day, he wouldn't be for very long, would he?

    Depends if you think 5.5 [] years is very long

  • IBM (Score:3, Informative)

    by corian ( 34925 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @12:42AM (#10263206)
    Someone at Slashdot is very confused. IBM is "Big Blue", not Microsoft.
  • by sparkz ( 146432 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:03AM (#10263298) Homepage
    If that's UNIX FUD, it's a very strange form of it, as UNIX has many intentional forced-reboots.

    The more Highly-Available you get, the more forced-reboot paths you get. Counterintuitive? Look at SunCluster. When it detects a condition which could, even only theoretically, cause data corruption, any potentially-dangerous node will deliberately PANIC itself.
    Take a simple 2-node cluster, with storage shared between them. When everything's running smoothly, they can both write to the shared storage. If the interconnect between them dies, then neither node can know the state of the other node. Both race to put a SCSI reserve on the quorum device (the SCSI protocol ensures that only one can succeed) - any nodes which fail to get their SCSI reserve on the quorum device will kill themselves the fastest way possible - the "failfast" driver.
    It might turn out that it would have been safe for them to stay around and shut down cleanly, but with mission-critical data, it is not worth taking the risk - don't even pause to work out if it's safe - those microseconds could trash the database.

    UNIX is perfectly happy to accept the possibility of unknown bugs, and take responsibility for them in advance, as well as for external hardware faults. If a reboot may be needed, it's better to lose uptime than to lose data.
    And, of course, uptime is something in which UNIX excels, so it's not even much of a compromise.

    FWIW, I believe that Windows clustering has a similar quorum model, although the Windows view of clustering appears to be rather more conservative.
  • by NicksMyName ( 731714 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:17AM (#10263352)
    According to This website's Wealth Clock [] Bill Gates is worth $61 Billion.

    Bill spending $20 million to get his name on a building is like someone with $500k of wealth spending $164.

    So next time you buy a Games Console for your nephew stick your name on it to show everyone how generous you've been.

    (And if it's an XBOX you're helping a very small amount to pay for another University building)

  • by Compholio ( 770966 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:30AM (#10263419)
    The fact that no one else seems to have seen this is evidence that WinXP is indeed more stable than Win9x.

    I have seen the BSOD on XP several times, and yes - it does reboot almost instantly. I've even run into the problem on boot, so I couldn't even change the option if I wanted to because I couldn't read the error code to look it up and fix the machine. Ended up having to run the repair tool on the CD and it fixed whatever it was that was wrong (not preferred way of fixing things).
  • Re:Poor Bill (Score:3, Informative)

    by awtbfb ( 586638 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:49AM (#10263484)

    Now, if 20,000 large doesn't freshen your breath to CERT, dunno what will.

    Actually CERT is within SEI [] which is pretty much a free-standing entity.
  • Re:Beatch Please! (Score:4, Informative)

    by TheFlyingGoat ( 161967 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:55AM (#10263504) Homepage Journal
    I was going to moderate you as flamebait or overrated since I have mod points, but I felt it more important to actually state how your point is so wrong.

    The Bill Gates Foundation donated $10 million to Milwaukee Public Schools this year, in order to help them with their plan of breaking up the large schools and creating smaller ones. The money has facilitated this and the inner city students are already showing increased grades and scores on their standardized tests.

    Without the money, the switch would have taken close to a decade. With the money it will take 2-3 years. His foundation has donated to MANY good causes like this, so who the fuck cares if he gives additional money to CMU?

    You come across as a complete idiot on this one. Gates may be a ruthless businessman with illegal business practices, but his charitable giving is above and beyond what every other billionaire gives.
  • by DoubleReed ( 565061 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @02:17AM (#10263570)
    If you read the link you put there, he has given a bunch of money to RESEARCH towards a malaria vaccine.
    Just to point out wiping out Malaria would be HUGE HUGE, every anthro professor I've had who did work in S America had it.
    So just ya, Gates has wiped out Malaria as much as Reeve has wiped out paralysis.
  • by foonf ( 447461 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @02:22AM (#10263591) Homepage
    As far as I am concerned, he is an unethical shmuck who bears principal responsibility for the suicide of Gary Kildall. Search on "Gary Kildall" if you do not know who he is.

    Maybe if you tried a different search engine [] you would know that the popular legend that he killed himself is not true []. He was killed in a fight at a bar, and by all accounts it wasn't the least bit deliberate.
  • by Suchetha ( 609968 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `ahtehcus'> on Thursday September 16, 2004 @02:41AM (#10263653) Homepage Journal
    this article on autoweek from a little over a year ago (almost to the day) [] talks about how bill gates and other rich folkses fought to get the porsche 959 [] made street legal. obviously this would have cost a tad more than a bunch of segways

  • by gad_zuki! ( 70830 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @05:43AM (#10264133)
    A couple counterpoints:

    1. The desktop model of computering is old, really old. There are demos from the late 60's, early 70s. MS lifted its windowing ideas the same place Apple did, from Xerox. Seems everything is initially derived from Xerox.

    2. The home computer didn't hit critical mass until Netscape and the web gave people a real excuse to buy a home computer or two. Especially people who didn't at the time use a computer at work or were otherwise not in the income bracket that allowed for a $2,000+ computer.
  • by TheCage ( 309525 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @06:38AM (#10264251)
    I posted this previously, but Stanford was named after Leland Stanford Jr., the son of the robber baron. Junior died of typhoid fever and the University is a rememberance to him.
  • by Analog Anomaly ( 806971 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @08:17AM (#10264608)
    Gary Kildall... It seems you know the name but not the history. You see Gary didn't commit suicide, not as we've come to know the term. He was killed in a brawl in 1994 at a biker bar. However his contribution to the computer science society was long before Gates even knew what a Micro Computer was. Gary developed CP/M for a little company called Digital Research in 1974. Before the IBM PC hit the market, before MS-DOS, hell 9 years before a 10 meg hard drive hit the market costing just a wee bit over $3000.00 (USD) Gary was writing an operating system, supporting it, and a growing user-base. IBM offered to buy this operating system, but Gary refused, just as Radioshack had refused to buy Bill's operating system while he was working for them. Now They shell out billions to Bill, whom graciously accepted IBM's offer of $50,000 at the time.
  • by edremy ( 36408 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @09:15AM (#10265045) Journal
    It's named for Leland Stanford *Jr*, his son who died (of TB?) at a young age.

    Look at the seal sometime: it's Leland Stanford Junior University. As a Stanford grad school alum, I always get a kick out of that- I got my doctorate from a junior college!

  • Re:Before you ask (Score:2, Informative)

    by PastaLover ( 704500 ) on Thursday September 16, 2004 @01:02PM (#10267866) Journal
    Copyright is automatic whenever you write something down. You probably mean trademarking.

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