Linked by David Adams on Sun 24th Oct 2010 23:06 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Apple Being the brains behind Microsoft has made Bill Gates the wealthiest guy in the world. So he can pretty much afford to buy his kids any gadgets they want. However, Apple devices are banned in the Gates’ house. This is surprisingly not a rule set by Bill Gates. Melinda Gates has made it very clear in an interview with The New York Times that she does not allow Apple hardware in the house. If the kids want an iPod they’ll have to settle for a Zune instead.
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RE: What about freedom?
by sorpigal on Mon 25th Oct 2010 12:11 UTC in reply to "What about freedom?"
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Children have very, very few rights, including most freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. Mostly this is not noted but I see it constantly, especially in legal battles. Children are non-persons, unless they commit a crime in which case we might decide that 16 is old enough to be treated as an adult (but never for anything where it would help the kid! No, just if it makes us feel better.)

Parents cannot kill or excessively abuse their children (physically anyway) but other than that are their complete owners.

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