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Gates: Microsoft products 'need more than a tune-up'

Tim Greene | March 17, 2014
Microsoft's software is due for major changes in order to transition effectively into the era of cloud computing and mobility, the company's co-founder Bill Gates says in a Rolling Stone interview.

He says defining when surveillance is appropriate needs to be better defined. "Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren't easy questions," he says.

"Should the rules be different for U.S. citizens versus non-U.S. citizens? There is the question of terrorist interdiction versus law-enforcement situations. If you think the state is overzealous in any of its activities, even if you agree with its sort of anti-large-scale-terrorism efforts, you might say, Well, I think the abuse will outweigh the benefits. I'll just take the risk.' But the people who say that sometimes having this information is valuable they're not being very articulate right now."


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