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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

COMMENT: THE LAST WORD

Trying to predict the future is a mug's game. But increasingly it's a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast. We need to have some sort of idea of what the future's actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week.

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Words: fowl, n. and adj.

THIS COLUMN, which regularly hauls up The Grocer for its cruel treatment of our language, must impartially recall the leader item last week in this newspaper's business pages that referred to Microsoft's "fowl play".

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The lure of luxury paper

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Jim Clark is the only person in the world to have founded three billion-dollar corporations. He's already outflanked the entire computer industry - and now he has bill gates in his sights

The answer to life, the universe and everything

Does God play dice with the universe? Or is everything that happens the consequence of rigid "laws of nature"? Albert Einstein was convinced that the universe is law-abiding. In a letter to Max Born he wrote: "You believe in a god who plays dice, and I in complete law and order." Born was a pioneer of quantum physics, in which events on sub-atomic scales are held to be governed by pure chance. Einstein disagreed profoundly.

The Essay: New word order

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All the news that's fit to sing

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The future should not be hostage to the yuck factor

The weakest part of the Christian argument is that a fertilised egg is a human being

No patent, no cure

Craig Venter could become a billionaire by mapping the human genome, says Nils Blythe

How the computer war was won

YOU WANT to know how Bill Gates went from being a Harvard drop- out to the world's richest man? How he vanquished his arch-rival, Steve Jobs, the man who invented the personal computer?

Bill Gates wants to take over the word

ONE ASSUMES Microsoft's new dictionary of world English, the first entirely new English dictionary to be produced for some 30 years, will contain a definition for the phrase "killer app".

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