instead of reusing an existing toolkit
GIMP version 0.54 (January 1996)
"It had a dependency on Motif for its GUI toolkit, which made efficient distribution to a lot of users impossible."
A New Toolkit - The 0.60 Series:
Peter got really fed up with Motif. So he decided to write his own. He called them gtk and gdk, for the Gimp Tool Kit, and the Gimp Drawing Kit. Peter tells us now that they never intended for it to become a general purpose toolkit - they just wanted something to use with GIMP, and it "seemed like a good idea at the time". GIMP History
How come the gov decision makers don't know this? why was accenture chosen?
What company would you all suggest as the right choice? and why can't the community (i.e. "we the people") alert them to this apparent bad decision? (I know nothing about this company or any good contractor to suggest myself)
Do you have an alternative business model for financially rewarding music creators?
"As much as we all love turntable.fm, we have decided to shut it down to fully concentrate on the Live experience."
This is good news for music consumers and music creators!
Generally streaming for music creators is "meet the new boss, same as the old boss", i.e. no money
We need a new paradigm where content users and content producers are both happy! (no one else is needed in this equation).
Streaming services provide the same type of service as radio. i.e. as a promotional tool only.
In traditional radio artists essentially do not get paid. In streaming artists essentially do not get paid.
These avenues act as 'discovery' zones and aggregators where we can find new music easily, this service is still needed for both sides. Unfortunately streaming has turned from discovery only into content controller. (i.e. stream from the cloud where all music now exists) you can listen and listen, no need to buy, which is great for consumers but not great for creators.
It's fine that recordings are promotional tools only, the only trouble is that creating recordings takes time and is not free.