Originally Posted by Marv
He may well regret having done so, but if he's had a good life, why is money a massive draw? Money can't buy happiness, as you see all the time with various celebrity drug stories. I suspect that he could have certainly led a different life, but who says that it would be better with all that cash, it doesn't sound like he's badly off anyway.
Money certainly can and does buy happiness. It lifts people out of the drudgery of having to work 9-5 for somebody else or whatever job they've got, especially if it's a difficult and low grade job. They're free from money worries and can buy whatever they want. They can improve their health by getting medical treatment they need, or perhaps just taking time out to go the gym more often. There's so many ways that having money improves one's lot in life. Bliss. No wonder most people want as much of it as they can get.
Also, happiness can come from being able to help others, animals or other causes with it, perhaps by running charities. It's not all about benefitting personally from it. Take a look at Bill Gates and his charity and how much of his money he just gives away.
The fact that some people and it seems especially celebrities, abuse it and/or can't make the best of it, is no reason to say that money doesn't buy happiness. It damned well does!
Originally Posted by a111087
Ok, I wanted to say this a couple times before, but is there even a point in comparing MS to Apple?
As I see it:
MS mostly designs software for other hardware.
Apple mostly designs hardware and gadgets , then puts their software on it.
MS is in the big market, working and coexisting with other companies to deliver the final product the user (at which point, most of the work is done by companies other than MS). While Apple lives in their own market with their proprietary designs and own shops. If anything, Apple is more like Dell, than MS, back in the days, when they used to have Dell stores all across US.
This is not a critique, but just a thought.
Yes, MS & Apple get compared quite a lot. They're both technology companies with a huge influence over people's lives, so they're in the same broad category. I remembered something about Apple overtaking MS, so I googled it and came up with that handy NY Times article. I'm sure there are better explanations of why they should be compared, but this is what I can think of at the moment.