On ever owning a Mac: "Microsoft does a lot of software for the Mac. I mostly use Windows machines, but from time to time I have tried all of Apple's products."
On the push against the open and free Internet (e.g. SOPA): "There are two things this could reference. One is the free/pay for software mix. The Internet has benefited from having lots of free stuff and lots of commercial software. It has been interesting to see people inventing hybrid models. Even stuff that is pretty commercial often has free versions for some audiences. Even the most open stuff often have services people choose to pay for.
"The second thing is the anonymous versus identified tension. This is another one where both will probably thrive, since you want anonymity for some things and full identity for others. I am surprised how little progress has been made in the identity space, but it will improve."
On the next big disruptive technologies for consumers: "Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at 'computers.' Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways."
On coding in his spare time: "Not as much as I would like to. I write some C, C#, and some Basic. I am surprised new languages have not made more progress in simplifying programming. It would be great if most high school kids were exposed to programming."
On what least-expensive things give him the most pleasure: "Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses..."
On how he was portrayed in the 1999 made-for-TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley": "That portrayal was reasonably accurate..."
Gates also posted this video to YouTube in which he answers "a few popular Reddit questions."
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