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  •  Apple, Microsoft coders made world wealthier (0+ / 0-)

    If anyone made the world as a whole wealthier, it was thousands and thousands of no-name employees who did the actual work of making Apple's and Microsoft's products.  I find it very hard to believe that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did tens of billions of dollars worth of software design, electrical engineering, etc. ... much less work 16 hour days at Foxconn's assembly plant.  IMO Gates and Jobs really aren't any different than the hedge funders: they got rich because they thought it was their due as CEOs - as "owners" - despite other people doing 99.999% of the work ... and society agreed with them.

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