Cupertino, start your photocopiers?

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Steven Levy’s Newsweek interview with Bill Gates offers a fascinating read.

At one point Levy questions the origin of many of the new features of Windows Vista … are they not strangely similar to features already in Mac OS X … ?

Gates’s response is surreal:

I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done.

Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.

So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise.

Let me get this straight Bill … you guys invented this stuff, Apple copied, and ended up shipping first because your guys were doing an awesome yet time consuming job at improving Vista’s security.

Right. Uh-huh.

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