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Get on the 'Gates for President' Bandwagon

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the jobs-for-vice-president dept.

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netbuzz writes "Dilbert's Scott Adams kicked off the idea in his November 19th blog post, saying there isn't anything wrong with this country that President Bill Gates couldn't cure in less time than it takes to get a new operating system out the door. Today, the idea is moving forward with a brand-new 'Bill Gates for President' Web site. Adams is also back on the campaign trail, flogging the site and Gates' candidacy." A blog post at Network World includes a lot of eye-rolling about this idea, but neither Adams nor the folks at the 'Gates for President' website seem to be taking this lightly.

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Bill DID say he was leaving microsoft... (5, Insightful)

gevmage (213603) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056146)

Hmmm...I seem to remember that Bill say that he was going to be stepping down as Microsoft CEO in a couple of years...right about when the 2008 Presidential campaign would be heating up.

Microsoft decided to get into the console gaming arena without any prior experience. Perhaps Bill is thinking this same thing with politics. After all, Arnold Schwatzenegger and Jesse Ventura both won state governorships primarily on name recognition. And as much as I despise is company's tactics, he is quite intelligent and has real management skills.

Re:Bill DID say he was leaving microsoft... (4, Funny)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056242)

Hmmm...I seem to remember that Bill say that he was going to be stepping down as Microsoft CEO in a couple of years...

You must have heard that a couple of years ago.

Re:Bill DID say he was leaving microsoft... (3, Funny)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056260)

I'd rather vote for John Cusack.

Re:Bill DID say he was leaving microsoft... (5, Funny)

JDevers (83155) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056544)

Hell, I think I would rather vote for Joan Cusack...

Re:Bill DID say he was leaving microsoft... (2, Interesting)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056392)

While I can't say I love the idea, I'd probably rather have Bill as President than most of the people who run. I certainly don't care for much of his software or related practices (WGA, anyone?), but he is a smart man.

Of course, I don't see the OpenDocument movement in Mass. going through if this were to happen. But, in honesty, if that's the biggest problem that came from his theoretical presidency, I'd be thrilled.

Imagine if ... (5, Funny)

Salvance (1014001) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056170)

Geez ... if people thought Dick Cheney was cold and ruthless, wait until they have Bill Gates in charge. Plus, imagine some of the innovations we'd see:

Pres Gates Day 1: The U.S. needs to become the most innovative country in the world, so I have decided in interest of attaining this goal we will rebuild Washington D.C. ... the new city will be named Capitol 2.0
Pres Gates Day 365: The Capital 2.0 is running ahead of schedule, I know it's been tough living and working out of trailers, but we should be finished within a year
Pres Gates Day 700: Due to the new competition from Tokyo's rebuilding operations, we have decided to restart our Capitol 2.0 project, but the delay will be worth it since our new Capitol will be even better than the original one planned
Pres Gates Day 1000: We have found that the Capitol 2.0 subway system was incompatible with the Capitol 2.0 sewage system, so we will rebuild DC's old subway system and try to make it work within the Capitol 2.0 structure
Pres Gates on his last day: On my final day in office, I am proud to unveil Capitol 2.0 ... at first you may think it looks just like DC, but we actually repainted all the buildings, and added innovative new parking meters that destroy your car if you try to park in same parking spot more than 3 times.

Re:Imagine if ... (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056664)

Pres Gates Day 1000: We have found that the Capitol 2.0 subway system was incompatible with the Capitol 2.0 sewage system, so we will rebuild DC's old subway system and try to make it work within the Capitol 2.0 structure


At the end, Prez Gates actually builds the subway system INSIDE the sewage system.

A philanthropist President (3, Insightful)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056174)

I personally welcome our new DOS-stealing philanthopist overlord.

But on a serious note, it might be nice to have a president who has become more philanthropist than tycoon and who is notable because of his business and humanitarian accomplishments, not because of a life of playing to political interests. He already has extensive experience with large organizations. Might be more interested in following his own vision than listening to what the people want, though, although that seems to be the case with most great leaders...

Re:A philanthropist President (1)

EXMSFT (935404) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056730)

DOS wasn't stolen.

Re:A philanthropist President (2, Informative)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056748)

I personally welcome our new DOS-stealing philanthopist overlord.

Now, now. He didn't steal it. He bought it legitimately.

BSoD (5, Funny)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056196)

"Blue State of Death" ?

Re:BSoD (1)

viniosity (592905) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056802)

DC isn't considered a state. So we have limited [urbanpuddle.com] voting [dcvote.org] rights [dcist.com] .

It's why our license plates say "Taxation Without Representation".

new os out the door? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056200)

there isn't anything wrong with this country that President Bill Gates couldn't cure in less time than it takes to get a new operating system out the door.

Whoa, then we better get his re-election campaign started right away too!

shock! (4, Funny)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056202)

"there isn't anything wrong with this country that President Bill Gates couldn't cure in less time than it takes to get a new operating system out the door"

Have things really got that bad?

Remember (4, Insightful)

s20451 (410424) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056212)

Steve Forbes for president? Or Ross Perot? Look how far those two smart, rich, successful businessmen went.

Re:Remember (1)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056460)

Steve Forbes for president? Or Ross Perot? Look how far those two smart, rich, successful businessmen went.

A surprisingly long way for any third party candidate - just compare their performance to say Nader for the Greens, or any Libertarian candidate in history. Which really just goes to show that what you really need to get elected is a shitload of money and a willingness to spend it to get yourself elected. The two main parties, of course, represent the biggest slush funds of "cash to be wasted on election bullshit".

Re:Remember (1)

Kainaw (676073) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056468)

Steve Forbes for president? Or Ross Perot? Look how far those two smart, rich, successful businessmen went.

Sure - but they looked like geeks... oh, right. We're talking Bill, aren't we.

Re:Remember (5, Funny)

DeepHurtn! (773713) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056526)

Yes, as George W. Bush has clearly demonstrated, the key to success in politics is to be an unsuccessful yet still rich businessman.

Re:Remember (1)

twistedsymphony (956982) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056534)

Forbes was a good candidate but he was seriously lacking personality (and approachable looks) which seems to be important to voters and he did decent despite that, and while he had name recognition he didn't have the amount of name recognition that some of the other candidates did, particularly among the low to middle class voters. Perot could have actually made it into office but he got really flaky toward the end backing out then changing his mind, and that lost a lot of the confidence his supporters had.

I think Billy G. could do it, he's got the name recognition, he's much better looking and personable then Forbes was, and he's a whole lot less unwavering then Perot.

Re:Remember (2, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056648)

I think Billy G. could do it, he's got the name recognition, he's much better looking and personable then Forbes was

yes, but Forbes apparently a) owns a mirror and b) has stopped let his mother pick out his clothes for him.

Re:Remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056846)

Expect a ban on open source.. (3, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056224)

at least open source paid for by governments.

Re:Expect a ban on open source.. (5, Funny)

McFortner (881162) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056558)

I have seen the future....

President Gates was quoted as saying regarding the MicroSoft investigation, "Justice Department investigation? What Justice Department investigation?" MicroSoft stock prices climbed 200 points today when Wall Street heard the news.

In related news, Steve Job's execution as a Enemy of the State is scheduled to go on as planned at 9pm EST. Live, pay-per-view coverage can be found on MSNBC.com.

Re:Expect a ban on open source.. (1)

nonsequitor (893813) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056866)

Last I checked the president doesn't get to introduce legislation. Maybe he could make a War Time Executive Order since the enemy could compromise the security of the nation by implanting back doors in open source software.

Worst idea I've ever heard. (2, Informative)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056230)

Maybe twenty years ago. Now I'm more behind Craig Newmark for president. If our government ran a fifth as efficient as his website does, I'd be ten times as happy as I am now with it.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (4, Insightful)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056368)

Government is SUPPOSED to be inefficient.

If you let it be too efficient, then they do things like round up all the gays, communists, jews, and anyone else they dislike and throw them in jail.

One of the major reasons the US is so sucessfull is that it created multiple layers of bureaucracy (Senate, House, Executive Branch, Legal system, State governments, etc.) instead of making one thing that just works well.

Fast governments do things without thinking, ignoring the wisdom of "hey, maybe we ought to stop and think about it before we make abortion illegal", and just go ahead and passes laws that people think they want when they are scared and terrified, instead of thinking long and hard about the long term consequences of it.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (4, Insightful)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056636)

Um.....

No.

Good government is reasonable and thinks and debates until it's time to do something, then goes out and does it. "Inefficiency" and "Debate" are two completely different things, and equating them is like equating "debating the war in Iraq" with "not supporting our troops..." They are two completely different things that look somewhat alike to the unaware observer. I guess the real problem with our government is the people it has come to represent. Let me put it this way:

The seventh most visited site in the US is run by less than 50 people.

If that isn't a small number of people doing something beneficial for an extremely large number, I don't know what is. That's what I want out of government - run the water, run the electricity, run the courts system so it's fair, provide a social safety net, create an armed force that can defend our interests at home as effectively as necessary as cheaply as possible, push the economy to a high rate of growth, etc. And do it with as small a portion of the population and the population's resources as possible. The way our government is run now is completely purpose-less and the majority of it is done out of either sheer habit or the self-interest of politicians.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (0, Troll)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056804)

Well shit, I want a pony, and I want it to eat only sugar cubes and sleep in the garage when I'm not riding it and not take up too much space. But that's not how ponies are. Don't cry for the moon.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056686)

Government is SUPPOSED to be inefficient. If you let it be too efficient, then they do things like round up all the gays, communists, jews, and anyone else they dislike and throw them in jail. One of the major reasons the US is so sucessfull is that it created multiple layers of bureaucracy (Senate, House, Executive Branch, Legal system, State governments, etc.) instead of making one thing that just works well. Fast governments do things without thinking

Fast != Efficient

A machine that shreds your paper in one second but requires two passes is faster but less efficient than a machine that shreds your paper in two seconds but only requires one pass.

It would be nice to see a government that does things slowly but still does it without graft and undue waste.

It would also be nice to see a chorus line of my favorite porn stars lining up to serve me for the remainder of my lifetime, and about equally likely...

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056706)

And on top of that we have political parties that try to bypass the inefficiencies to meet their own agendas. Imagine if every representative was independant of any organization. There would be real individual debates and discussion. Even if just the President was not affiliated with any party controlling Congress we'd be better off.

The only way Bill Gates would be highly efficient is if his party controlled both houses of Congress. And look at how well things went the last time that happened. No one person should have enough power to bypass the divided responsibilities of our parts of government.

I am all for government inefficiency.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (4, Insightful)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056720)

inefficient

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

An economically-efficient government could provide the same social services while charging less tax.

I think an ideal government would be slow to change laws and efficient with spending.

2 words: Patriot Act (1)

ookabooka (731013) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056754)

It is definately possible for even a government with multiple layers of beurocracy to pass stupid laws. What about "internment" camps for the japaneese during WWII? Personally I think freedom of press and democracy (anyone can get involved) is important to stopping stupid laws and policies, though not much can stop the "What about the Children?" mentality and fearmongering. I will agree that fast decsions can be bad, but I dissagree that excessive burocracy stops fast decsions.

Re:Worst idea I've ever heard. (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056812)

a government should be inefficient in the proper manner.

it's a matter of efficiency at each level, i.e. inefficient at the high level and efficient at the low level.

the government should be efficient at the level at which people are using government services (low-level), but it should be inefficient in the realm of legislative proceedings (high level).

currently, it seems that is in reverse.

Is it April Fools Day already? (4, Insightful)

PingXao (153057) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056234)

My calendar is about to say December 1, not April 1. This is really dumb. I don't bash Bill Gates a lot. I admire him in some ways. But come on, who wants a president whose company has been conviceted of being an illegal monopoly, that has been found gulty of being a predator, that has stifled innovation while claiming the opposite, that has run roughshod over consumer rights and then tried to weasel out of every penalty anyone ever tried to impose on it?

Oh, wait... is he running as a Republican?

Re:Is it April Fools Day already? (2)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056524)

Don't forget the push that he and his company constantly make for things like removal of the cap on H1B's.

There's no way that he'd get my vote.

Top Ten Reasons Bill Gates Would Run for President (4, Funny)

transporter_ii (986545) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056238)

1. He wants to buy an old Cesna, paintit flashy colors, and call it Air Force '95.
2. He heard that some government agencies were using UNIX.
3. He wants to get that illegal sports car in SF Bay into the US.
4. He just thinks it would be neat to be president of two big thingies.
5. He's hot for Janet Reno.
6. His ego needs to be inflated.
7. He lost the key to his mansion, so he needs a new place to live.
8. He thinks that he can use MS Money to balance the budget.
9. He feels that Perot just didn't throw enough money at it.
10. He wants to make Windows '95 the official operating system of the USA.

Ok, those look kind of dated...but still funny

On the serious side, I wonder how many people with the power to see into the mysterious future, were tempted to e-mail the editor about a SERIOUS problem with this story!

Transporter_ii

See also: Top Ten Bill Gates Pick-Up Lines (1)

transporter_ii (986545) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056606)

10. "Haven't I downloaded naked pictures of you before?"
9. "Just close your eyes and pretend you're using a mouse."
8. "Care to run your fingers through my ridiculous five dollar haircut?"
7. "You haven't lived until you've watched 'Revenge of the Nerds' on laser disk."
6. "Looking at you, I'm neither micro nor soft."
5. Do you come here often? I don't, because I'm busy making billions of dollars."
4. "How would you like to be my human laptop?"
3. "So, who do I make the check out to?"
2. "I beat Michael Jackson for the title of World's Richest Virgin."
1. "I control the internet -- want to surf me?"

Transporter_ii

Wow... (1)

jrobinson5 (974354) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056256)

Not even the world's richest man is immune to the Slashdot effect!

he'd have to put all his stock in a blind trust... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056258)

Can he give up voting rights on all his Microsoft stock?

Even so, "conflict of interest" comes to mind for all decisions related to computing.

First day on the Job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056268)

Replace all the Mac computers with Windows

Re:First day on the Job (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056740)

So what does he do for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes?

RE: Get on the 'Gates for President' Bandwagon (2, Insightful)

maynard (3337) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056274)

No.

Qualifications? (4, Funny)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056294)

I’ve been saying for years that we need to stop electing millionaires.

Careful what ya wish for, I suppose.

What about Ballmer for president? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056298)

Voters, voters, voters. Look out Iran, there's a nations entire supply of Aerons comming your way.

site is just like this country is today.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056300)

slashdotted.. just like our military in iraq.. hit so hard theres nothing we can do to stop the constant bombardment

Replace the stars and stripes... (1)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056302)

I'm sure that under President Gates, our beloved stars and stripes will be replaced by the Red, White, and Blue Screen of Death!

Prepare (4, Interesting)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056306)

For innumerous jokes about constantly having to reboot the government. And the need for constant government upgrades.

Let's forget open-source software for any public activities.

Er...uh...*cowers*

On the flip side, special interest groups declare bankruptancy. Groups claim they became ineffective because when ever they tried to buy Bill Gates he declined expressing that he already had enough headaches trying to spend the billions he already has.

Very excellent point (2, Insightful)

everphilski (877346) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056734)

On the flip side, special interest groups declare bankruptancy. Groups claim they became ineffective because when ever they tried to buy Bill Gates he declined expressing that he already had enough headaches trying to spend the billions he already has.

He would have the capability to do his own thing, 100%, all the way. No political backing, no SIG's, no anything. Pick his agenda, pick his priorities, open office to anyone without a corporate interest. Now that would be interesting.

Re:Prepare (1)

BlindRobin (768267) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056838)

Let's forget open-source software for any public activities.
Lets forget OSS totally. Let's forget software (and hardware) that is not produced by government certified producers all in the name of "consumer (read consumption) protection".

Slashdotted already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056310)

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This is one time that I am happy that slashdotters turned a server into a flaming wreck. Now we don't have to worry about people going to that website and thinking that "Gates for President" is a good idea.

I wouldn't vote for Gates... (4, Interesting)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056320)

...but I wouldn't mind voting for Scott Adams!

Re:I wouldn't vote for Gates... (1)

Clever7Devil (985356) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056892)

At least the debates [typepad.com] would be entertaining. ::Ducks::

a waste of materiel (5, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056322)

My main objection to a Gates presidency is that Bill can do far more good for the world as the head of a well-funded private foundation than he could possibly do as master of ceremonies and chief law enforcement officer of the United States. Now that he's stepping down as Borg Queen, he has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the quality of living for so much of the human population... why waste a man like that on a job where he'll have to negotiate with Congress, waste time overseeing dozens of secretaries, etc.

Re:a waste of materiel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056760)

Yeah, seriously....for being labeled the king of all evil he is currently doing more for the world with his private time than some nations even do for their own citizens, making him President would be a waste of a talented mans time....Not that being president is a waste of time, but from looking at the past history of politics in the US you can chuck in some old actors or failed wrestlers and they can hold down that position without problems. Gates is actually doing something important.

Re:a waste of materiel (1)

pilkul (667659) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056894)

The U.S. government yearly budget is $2.8 trillion. Bill Gates' net worth is a comparatively puny $53 billion. If he only succeeds in adjusting the budget by 0.5%, it would, over his 4-year term, direct the same amount of money as his entire forture.

The ultimate application of the Dilbert Principle (4, Funny)

archeopterix (594938) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056324)

Thank you, Scott.

The IRONY (3, Funny)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056326)

I clicked the link for the "Bill Gates for President website"

This is what I get:
"Error establishing a database connection"

How ironic. Bill Gates' presidential bid stymied by technical difficulties.

And by "ironic" I mean "totally expected and predictable."

Re:The IRONY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056500)

> And by "ironic" I mean "totally expected and predictable."

Totally expected from Microsoft software but that site runs wordpress without a cache [wp-plugins.org] . No irony here, just an abundance of utter stupidity.

WordPress Error (2, Funny)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056336)

One way to make sure it doesn't happen:

Slashdot it!!

Quick, someone tell Digg, then Fark!

Recent Interview (1)

balsy2001 (941953) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056338)

In his recent interview with Donny Deustch on CNBC, Bill said that he had no desire to run for president because: 1) People wouldn't vote for me 2) I wouldn't be good at that job Granted he could be telling a fib about the desire part, but his insight isn't that far from the truth.

Finally! (4, Funny)

Cr0w T. Trollbot (848674) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056374)

A politician with the honesty of Bill Clinton, the dashing presence of Michael Dukakis, the sexy charisma of Hubert Humphrey, the commanding stature of Joseph Lieberman, the popularity of Gray Davis, the humble background of John D. Rockefeller, the down-home charm of John Kerry, the electoral experience of Pat Robertson, the honesty of Dan Rostenkowski, and the huge following of Dennis Kucinich!

Crow T. Trollbot

I'd be all for Gates... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056396)

... except that I don't think electing more submarine-theocrats to high public office is really what America needs. Gates claims to be agnostic on one hand, but if he is, why is the Gates Foundation funding the Creationism-pushing Discovery Institute [salon.com] , for example?

This says a lot about his priorities with respect to education and scientific research. He can do what he wants with his own money, but if we elect him to office, he'll be doing it with mine, and I have a huge problem with that.

Re:I'd be all for Gates... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056504)

You do realize it is ther Bill AND Melinda Gates Foundation and that Melinda is a devote christian, right?

Just one question (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056412)

Will there be a "Cowboy Neal" option on the ballot?

Freedom for America (1)

Cat Tank (1021451) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056426)

I dunno, I'm a fan of open government, so maybe I'd go for RMS.

*rimshot*

well he couldnt do any worse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056458)

he couldnt do any worse. then again my pet gibbon could probabbly do a better job than the current administration

yuoK fail it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056470)

Fixed that (faster than an OS release, too!) (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056496)

Adams actually meant to write:

saying there isn't anything wrong with this country that President Bill Gates couldn't screw up in less time than it takes to get a new operating system out the door.

Bill Gates, the man with the Zune Touch.

Re:Fixed that (faster than an OS release, too!) (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056890)

Bill Gates, the man with the Zune Touch.

what exactly did Bill have to do with the Zune? i'm pretty sure that he didn't design it.

I never thought I'd say this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056514)

...but maybe Bush isn't so bad.

Re:I never thought I'd say this... (1)

ntufar (712060) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056852)

Mod him up. This joke made my day.

Site's down (1)

freyyr890 (1019088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056552)

Site appears to be down. Another site falls before the dreaded "slashdot effect."
This account has been suspended. Either the domain has been overused, or the reseller ran out of resources.

What having a website proofs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056560)

Also some other evil potential candidate [cthulhu.org] has a campaing website.

this account has been suspended (1)

dclaw (593370) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056574)

This account has been suspended.
Either the domain has been overused, or the reseller ran out of resources.

Except, of course (4, Funny)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056578)


"there isn't anything wrong with this country that President Bill Gates couldn't cure.."


Except, of course, the security and stability of its most popular computer operating system.

Re:Except, of course (1)

EXMSFT (935404) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056684)

I think there's a "with his money" missing off the end of that quote. There are honestly many other senior managers at Microsoft that would make better Executive Branch material than Bill.

Ahhh, Rich White Men (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056784)

Is there anything they can't do? I, for one, welcome our pasty flabby ubermensch overlords.

Steve Jobs? (1)

eluusive (642298) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056596)

How about Steve Jobs for president? :P /sarcasm

Re:Steve Jobs? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056798)

At least we'd get a new national seal, and probably a flag to go with. One wonders if it would be brushed metal, candy, or transparent-look. "This document is supposed to bear the state seal." "It's right there, see where the paper's a bit glossy?"

Flogging?? (1)

teknognome (910243) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056598)

What exactly is 'flogging' supposed to mean in the summary?

Re:Flogging?? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056848)

It's a reference to masturbation.

Suspended? (1)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056614)

It seems indicated that the account on the Bill Gates for President site has been suspended. Bandwidth? A pro-Linux sysadmin at the ISP? We may never know...

it may benefit him to become president (1)

u19925 (613350) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056616)

If he becomes a president or even a president's cabinet member, he could reap billions of dollars in tax savings. He would be allowed (actually forced) to sell all of his microsoft stocks without any capital tax gains (he can then invest in other security). Even better, since he would be selling stocks as a legal requirements, market will not perceive this as a negative outlook for microsoft.

A good way to diversify without paying tax.

So.... (1)

Beek Dog (610072) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056620)

So when will Microsoft be buying Diebold?

Bill would not make a good president (1)

EXMSFT (935404) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056650)

But of course that's just my opinion.

Some fun netcraft stats.. (1)

new_breed (569862) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056668)

Apparantly, the site is hosted here in Holland, and the owner is Dutch (surprise, surprise!).
Also noteworthy: "http://www.billgatesforpresident.net was running Apache on Linux when last queried at 30-Nov-2006 21:41:05 GMT "

Not another CEO! (1)

richieb (3277) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056722)

Corporations are run like small Stalinist empires (if you don't believe me try some "free speech" at your job). I don't think it's a good idea to have someone who is used to having nearly unlimited and unquestioned power. The goverment is not a corporation.

Current occupant of the White House and his second in command were both CEOs at one time and look what happened.

Computer Literate President (1)

krunoce (906444) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056724)

Even though it seems everyone hates the guy, I wouldn't mind having a president that knows something about computers.

Scott Adam's take on this (1)

purplelocust (944662) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056732)

Scott Adams's blog has this take on things:
For my president I want a mixture of Mother Teresa, Carl Sagan, Warren Buffet, and Darth Vader. Bill has all of their good stuff. His foundation will save more lives than Mother Teresa ever did. He's got the Carl Sagan intelligence and rational mind. He's a hugely successful businessman. And I have every reason to believe he can choke people just by concentrating in their general direction. You can't tell me that wouldn't be useful at a summit.

I've always felt that you should pick a president the same way you'd pick an attorney to help you out of a dangerous legal problem. Do you want the attorney who dresses nicely and belongs to your church? Or do you want the attorney who can rip out your opponent's heart and put it on the hibachi before he dies? Maybe it's just me, but I want an attorney who is part demon. And I want a president who isn't afraid to make rational decisions.

So perhaps the problem is basically that people vote for someone likeable, but it may be better to have someone, uh, effective. Perhaps evilly effective...

Why not? (1)

markbt73 (1032962) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056736)

My first response when I first heard this idea was to laugh, but really, the system as it currently stands is seriosuly borken. Why not try something a little bit crazy to try to fix it?

(That said, I lived in Minnesota under "The Body," and THAT little experiment didn't go so well... but then, Gates is a hell of a lot smarter.)

But as long as he wasn't screwing up a close race like a certain cool-car-killing twit [wikipedia.org] , I'd be tempted to vote for him. Assuming he doesn't mind that I'm posting this from a Mac, of course. ;)

no longer dead for resources... (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056778)

site now says they're adding a more powerful server.

how about ballmer for pres and gollum for VP instead? we'll have two graceful dancers on the grave of our country ;)

Look mummy, there's an aeroplane up in the sky (1)

overtly_demure (1024363) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056808)

Did you see the frightened ones?

Did you hear the falling bombs?

Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?

Did you see the frightened ones?

Did you hear the falling bombs?

The flames are all gone, but the pain lingers on.

Goodbye, blue sky

Goodbye, blue sky.

Goodbye.

Goodbye.

Goodbye.

Business man for Prez. (1)

rickett81 (987309) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056814)

I would vote for him.

Whether like windows or not, he is a very good business man. He did not inherit any of his money. Inside the US with respect to businesses, there are rules regulating (not against) monopolies, laws against cartels and anti-trust actions. But in the world economy, none of those laws exist. OPEC is the worlds biggest cartel and holds the balls of the world in its hand.

The US needs a good business man in charge of running the country. Any business is not allowed to continue to operate, and constantly lose money. But the US Government only loses money. Why not put the richest person in the world in charge of running the (potentially) richest country in the world.

Democrats spend money on crap that pushes us closer to socialism. Republicans spend money on crap that pushes us closer to fascism. Let a business man have a try. That has to be better than lawyers.

On The Positive Side... (1)

JasonY1982 (938312) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056818)

Bill Gates has more than enough money to run a campaign all by himself numerous times over. Thus, he would not be financed by donors with questionable motives or those with their own interests at heart. Gates could at least enter office without having to pay back favors or being leaned on because he received contributions. When you don't owe anyone it gives you a lot of freedom to accomplish things.

Nah (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056842)

This guy doesn't have a proven ability to secure the country from malware or filter our malicious payload from external traffic. We don't planes crashing through any more Windows.

Windows update (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17056844)

The next update will include a Vote for Gates splash screen when you log into your pc.

President Stephen Cobert (1)

drfrog (145882) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056856)

Is a better choice

terrifying to think, but... (1)

straponego (521991) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056862)

...I have to admit that I think Gates would be better than most of the likely candidates. I'd rather have a President who's either evil or incompetent than one who is both. Like, consider the hypothetical choice between a guy who is pretty evil but competent, let's call him Senior, and one who is evil and ragingly incompetent, let's call him... okay, never mind that.

Gates makes mistakes, and he's greedy, but his #2 motivation now seems to be polishing his record in the history books (#1 is still being the richest person in history). I would expect him to be rather progressive on social issues, pretty good on health issues... and largely against any regulations on business, but then again, who isn't?

There are a couple of candidates who look pretty good to me right now, but I fully expect them to be kneecapped within a year or so. And we'll be left with the same uninspiring choices we've had forever... I really don't like Gates very much, but actually think that he's done most of the harm he's going to do, and that he'd be better than most career politicians. At least I wouldn't expect him to allow arsenic in baby formula for a $20,000 campaign contribution.

In conclusion: Damn you, Scott Adams!

The Man is a Lunatic (1)

JerkyBoy (455854) | more than 7 years ago | (#17056868)

I'm lucky enough to get inside information about how Gates runs his meetings to think that Gates is probably certifiable. Apparently, the guy gets in front of the room and bounces up and down on one of those mini-trampolines while everyone sits and talks at him. He says, "Yes," or "No," etc., all the while, bouncing, bouncing, bouncing. From a pretty good source, too.
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