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Re: [ontolog-forum] How not to write specifications

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2008 12:45:37 -0400
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Frank,    (01)

The person who made that claim was none other than Bill Gates himself.    (02)

FMc> I would like to know the evidence that you have for:    (03)

JFS>> This complexity explains how Microsoft managed to spend more money
 >> on developing Vista than NASA spent on the Apollo mission to the
 >> moon.    (04)

I tried to use Google to recover the original quotation, but the
words "gates apollo vista moon" got 801,000 hits.  Most of them
were irrelevant, but many of them referred to the original claim,
but without citing an exact quotation.    (05)

I also substituted the code name "Longhorn", which MSFT used during
the development stage.  The words "gates longhorn apollo" produced
137,000 hits.  The closest I found was an article dated 15 October 2003:    (06)

http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/news/2003/10/15/microsoft-longhorn-to-cost--as-much-as-man-on-moon-project-gates-says    (07)

    Microsoft Longhorn to cost as much as man on moon project, Gates says    (08)

    But surely one of his more remarkable claims here at the Etre
    conference in Old Berlin was the following bite.  Bill said that
    developing its next generation of Windows operating system software
    will cost as much as it cost the United States government to put a
    man on the Moon. That'd be Neil Armstrong...    (09)

    We checked our notes again. Bill definitely said that the next
    version of Windows costs as much as the US spent putting a man on
    the Moon.    (010)

But it's not clear whether the dollar amount Bill intended was
adjusted for the inflation since 1969.    (011)

Can anyone with good Googling skills find more data on this point?    (012)

John    (013)

PS:  This is a good example of the need for more sophisticated search 
engines.    (014)

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