In Pictures: Tech's greatest flip-floppers - When big shots change their tunes

If you don't like their answer, wait a while, maybe it'll change.

Bill Gates on software patents, 2008 Since 2008, in between his humanitarian ventures, Gates has been lending his name to patents for Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, a company that many have accused of straight-up patent trolling, since it has no intention of ever manufacturing any of the ideas it "invents." Among Gates's more recent legally protected brainstorms: a device that creates images and movies based on text.

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