When I first went to college in 1993 I was fairly inexperienced on computers. I'd had a Commodore 128 and spent hours upon hours keying in programs from Ahoy magazine, but later in high school never really worked on a PC or a Mac. So when I got to college and was thrust into needing to use the computer labs, I quickly got frustrated by having to wait in line to use a computer.
I quickly noticed that these engineering workstations in the corners were almost never used - these were the SunOS days and most of them were Sparc 5's, 10's and the rarer 20's. I quickly started using those and fell in love with Unix and how it worked. The commandline seemed really natural. After that when I needed to use a Mac or PC it just seemed to suck.
So, fast forward to late 1994 or early 95. My first Pentium 75MHz PC I put together needed Linux, so I downloaded Slackware to floppy and off I went.
There's no way LL can get the name recognition he needs to raise the funds to be loud enough to get his message out. That's a shame in our society and one of the problems hopefully he could fix.
A better option would be to approach Bernie Sanders and ask to be his VP. They could run the same campaign and the same platform. As VP a majority of LL's time could go to implementing the changes needed once elected. A president simply does not have the time to focus 100% of their time on "fixing things". And honestly, given the framework of the constitution, I have no idea how you could ever do such a thing without the legislature helping - there's no way that would happen right now.
The only way to really make these changes is to get amendments added to the constitution and do that via a direct vote of the states/people - something that's never been done before. Things like campaign finance reform, procedural rules in congress, lobbying/lobbyists, voting, and gerrymandering pretty much all need to be addressed. To get it done, everyone needs to drop the labels of liberal, socialist, libertarian, and conservative. It takes elements of all of those overrated vague concepts to get it done.
Lastly, the candidate that wins this election will spend over $1 billion. The 2016 election will very much be bought. If Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros all got together they could purchase this election.
So with all the recent fuss over AI and some respectable folks being scared to death of it, I happened to stumble on this great article on waitbutwhy:
It's a long two parter, but well worth the read. If you want the tl;dr part, skip to part 2 and search for "Robotica". With that in mind, we're going to end up with a planet of mile-high stacks of Magic: The Gathering cards.
So there's a small subset of IT managers out there who get stuck with lousy budgets. I do a bunch of consulting and get into different businesses and some managers play a game:
Step 1: ask for a bunch of money as a capex expense to migrate servers. Let that request get denied.
Step 2: do it again the next year. Let it get denied again.
Step 3: wait until it's absolutely critical - show management articles on the pending doom that will happen - request a lot more money.
Step: Use all the extra money on all the extra IT projects they can't otherwise get approved easily.
I saw a large site that had a lot of XP workstations and the IT manager didn't push too hard to get Windows 7 licensing. Right before XP went out of maintenance he got a large expense approved to not only upgrade to Windows 7 but to actually replace all of the workstations. I saw the same thing with Windows 2000 and a company using that as an excuse to get into virtualization and purchase all that hardware.
As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie