Bill Gates and Six Flags

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 3:15 AM
It's been reported that on top of the 11.8% of the company Gates already owns, he just dropped another 1.7 mill to buy more stock.

Gee, I wonder if Bill is wanting to diversify now that Apple is switching to Intel?

Seriously, it appears someone thinks that the Flags' fortune will turn around, one way or another.

*** Edited 6/29/2005 7:16:57 AM UTC by Robocoaster***

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 4:57 AM
Maybe he will slowly buy his way to an total take over, use some of his tons of cash to makes these parks great. When the parks are nice well kept, have well trained employees with good pay, and well maintained rides the parks would become way more profitable and make him even richer ;O)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 7:14 AM
I wonder if there's any truth to the rumour that 'CTRL,' 'ALT' and 'DEL' keys will be retrofitted to ride control panels ;)


-Jimvy! (who would have 'shopped it but couldn't find a decent source pic grrr)

*EDIT: Gates is installing Windows themed Imax theaters at some parks...

http://www.inverter.btinternet.co.uk/Imax.jpg

*** Edited 6/29/2005 12:43:24 PM UTC by invy***

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 7:53 AM
No but every ride issue will be answered with power the ride down and reboot.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:36 AM
Uh, he's not going to use "tons of cash" to do anything other than buy a stake in the company. He's not a bank.

Even with the insane debt, I still don't believe that Six Flags' greatest problem is money. Fire the execs. Hell, replace the board for letting those idiots continue to run the company.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:16 AM
Well said, Jeff.
I wonder if bill would change the name of X to XP. sorry, couldn't resist.
I think Bill should buy Conneaut Lake Park. Considering there's only person on their board, he shouldn't be hard to replace. :)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:22 AM

invy said:
*EDIT: Gates is installing Windows themed Imax theaters at some parks...

http://www.inverter.btinternet.co.uk/Imax.jpg


ROFL! Jim you are one SICK dude...:)

How many times I've been surfing the TV channels only to run across stations proudly displaying "the blue screen of death". Maybe that's what will replace Mr. Six when he's outlived his marketing usefulness.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:54 AM
LOL Bill, can you guess who had a catastrophic XP failure on Monday..?


-Jimvy!:(

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:05 AM
That's what ya get for using XP...

Just got off the phone dealing with an XP user....what is UP with those insane "Category views"? Couldn't even *find* the Java control settings, LOL...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:06 AM
I've been running XP since beta 2, that's four years, and it has never crashed or blue screened.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:21 AM
But you do your OWN tech support, Jeff.... ;)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 3:17 PM

Jeff said:


Fire the execs. Hell, replace the board for letting those idiots continue to run the company


I hear that. I mean, they gave Carly Fiorina the shaft and HP wasnt even doing that bad. Even Michael Eisner wasn't the evil spawn of Satan as some claim. I wonder what hypnotic spell Kieran has on his underlings? I'd love to learn cause I just got promoted.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 5:47 PM
if people wanted to fire the board they should have talked to the stock holders. i know I am one. There was recent vote for the board of directors next term. I actually dont remember what i voted lol . Anyway ITs not the board members fault its the person running each park . Blame the person who runs the park for that parks problems. *** Edited 6/29/2005 9:48:09 PM UTC by majortom1981***
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:34 PM
So now SFI will just say that Kingda Ka is "not responding?"
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Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:21 AM
^nope, "Your system has just experienced a fatal error, any unsaved material will be lost."

That or it is on screen saver mode and someone needs to shake the mouse. ;)

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Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:59 AM
I just sold all my six flags stock too. Blah! Cause its starting to go back up. I've been sitting on it for 2 years now.
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Thursday, June 30, 2005 4:49 PM
I got an idea...we'll have microsoft themed IMAX theatres...and he can rename the company to microflags. Fire the execs, put in all new staff. and viola better!

Never had a blue screen of Death with XP or XPSP2. Oh, and I don't need tech support, I am the tech support! ;)

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Thursday, June 30, 2005 11:31 PM

FLYINGSCOOTER said:
I wonder if bill would change the name of X to XP. sorry, couldn't resist.

... I can imagine if Bill did takeover... Steve Jobs would 'sponsor' the ride to keep the name (Mac OS) X. :-)

As for the BSOD and XP crashing... I've had mixed feelings about it... and while I still have a main Windows PC.... my main computer is a PowerMac G5... I've been loving it :-)

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Thursday, June 30, 2005 11:51 PM
If I was Bill Gates I'd buy Six Flags and rename Mr. Six to Mr. XP!
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Thursday, June 30, 2005 11:52 PM
"Don't bother calling maintence! Batman just needs to be rebooted."
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