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3/15/2019
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Could Beto O'Rourke Become the First Hacker President?

New report details the Democratic candidate's time as a member of Cult of the Dead Cow.

If Beto O'Rourke becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president and then wins the election, he could become the first president of the United States with a background in the hacker community, according to a new Reuters report.

It turns out that O'Rourke was a member of Cult of the Dead Cow, one of the US's early hacker groups. According to the report, he engaged in some typical teenage online shenanigans (grabbing games with no DRM and a bit of light-weight phone-phreaking), leaving the group's activities by the time he was 18.

Why did his hacker-related history now come to light? According to Reuters, "Members of the group have protected O'Rourke's secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O'Rourke as one of their own."

Along with his time playing in a punk band and his current tendency to recharge by skateboarding, the hacker background is part of a resume that marks O'Rourke as an uncommon candidate for the presidential nomination.

According to legal experts Reuters contacted, it seems likely that O'Rourke's activities would be considered misdemeanors, the statute of limitations on which would have expired years ago.

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ebyjeeby,
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3/18/2019 | 4:26:20 PM
script kiddie
Yay, a script kiddie for President. G-d help us.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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3/15/2019 | 2:43:34 PM
No politics but.....
I want a President who knows what GO NORTH means, open window and take brass lamp.  Who knows what a GRUE is and does not burn the book.  And who does not die of Dysentery on the Oregon Trail.   Can operate a BFG9000 and collect blue health bottles.

Added comment - the true Hacker community embraced the Homebrew Computer club and Collosal Cave, then writen for Dec PDP11 systems.  That mutated into Zork by Infocom and a wonderful series of text adventure games.  All software was to be free - no profit.  Gates changed all that.  (A friend of mine met Gates in 1975 at the Trenton Computer Festival in NJ.  He was selling copies of BASIC out of the back of a station wagon).

 
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