PHILANTHROPIST AND DESK LOUNGER Bill Gates has taken the FBI and Donald Trump side in the Apple versus FBI rumble over a passcode, and called for some reason.
Bill is out in the wild a bit these days. He keeps busy in a range of ways, and was presumably waiting for a chance to weigh in on a debate that has the whole world (well, most of it) watching.
Why he chose to put himself forward here, and not when Snoop Dogg the rapper was calling him out over the Xbox and its performance, is a mystery.
It is The Financial Times, a paper that we expect the multibillionaire reads, that gave him his soapbox during an interview. You have to pay to read The Financial Times, and presumably if you need to ask how much it costs you can't afford it.
Fortunately we have broken through for you and present those words via Re/code.net. Gates apparently sees the whole scandalous affair as no big deal. This is not something that Apple CEO Tim Cook would agree with, and the former Windows wonderboy explained his position through the medium of ribbon cutting, something that apparently works for him.
"It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information? Should anybody be able to get at bank records?" he said.
"Let's say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said: ‘Don't make me cut this ribbon, because you'll make me cut it many times.'"
We'll be frank, Mr Gates: when you put it like that it sounds ridiculous. We are pretty sure that Cook would use a different kind of analogy. But, hey, we don't work for Apple PR so we will leave it to them. µ
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