Coming soon – Bill Gates, the movie

No, a real movie. You know, with actors and stuff...

Where have we heard this before? Bill Gates hasn't read it and doesn't know anything about it, and Microsoft spokespeople dismiss it as "pretty shallow and ultimately forgettable". No you're right, the Redmond spinmeisters haven't used those precise words about the DoJ's case, yet. This time they were talking to the Daily Telegraph's New York Diary column about a forthcoming made-for-TV nerd opera, Pirates of Silicon Valley. It's due for showing in May, and will star Dr John Carter from ER as Steve Jobs, and specialist geek actor Anthony Michael Hall as Gates. From what the Telegraph says, the film doesn't exactly break new ground. Jobs is portrayed as a maniac, and an acid-dropping one at that (we're sure that bit can't be true). Gates, meanwhile, expresses admiration for Napoleon at age 12, and races Porsches. It's not clear if he gets to 'liberate' and race earth-moving equipment in the film; we heard he used to do that before he took to moving APIs around instead. ®

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