metta saidBasic Science Can't Survive without Government Funding
Without government resources, basic science will grind to a halt
A more accurate summation would be:
"Microshaft executive says that he won't fund basic science, but he still wants the benefits from it."
He does have a point. If corporations were left responsible for scientific R&D, then it would change the nature of research and how information is shared. Yes he wants to benefit from basic scientific research being funded by governments, but those benefits also extend to everyone else.
Though for this to happen, a major step would be to de-commercialize higher education and revert universities back into educational and research institutions.