Steve Gillmor, you’re invited

I heard yesterday that Steve Gillmor isn't coming to Gnomedex. I know he always gives me crap for not inviting him to anything. So, heck, Steve, skip Gnomedex. You're invited to come and watch the World Cup games that week with me and Jeff Clavier at my house. Not to mention my BBQ on July 2.

Why do I want to share a beer with Steve while watching football (European style)? Cause of his letter to Bill Gates.

I too am concerned about the government's request. My brother, Ben (the guy who sells tools) and I had an argument about just this kind of topic a couple of weeks ago. He believes the government should have infinite powers to go after terrorists and criminals. "Hey, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about, right?"

That's a hard point of view to argue with, but it scares the heck out of me.

After all, who decides what is right or wrong? The majority. Heck, blonde-haired geeks aren't in the majority anymore. So, we gotta worry about this stuff. There are plenty of places in the world where they let this kind of thinking take hold in the government and my wife isn't living in Tehran anymore just because of this kind of thinking.

You know, this makes me think that it's time to partner with Google, Yahoo, Ebay, and the other companies so we, as an industry, will have a consistent and strong answer to government requests.

Larry and Sergey, this would be a great place for us to sit down and have a friendly discussion. Interested? You're invited to my house too. There might be more important things to come out of this than the World Cup on my HDTV.

59 thoughts on “Steve Gillmor, you’re invited

  1. World’s largest sporting event

    Well yeah, being in Sao Paulo during the Cups, almost as if Earthquakes go off every time Brazil gets even close (an experience that’s hard to put into words, you hafta be there), but even that STILL couldn’t beat the Cubbies winning the World Series. I mean…what else matters that much?

    As for the politics rant/bit (don’t quit your day job), I trust experts. You wouldn’t want the “wisdom of the masses” doing open heart surgery now would yah?

    PS – I am gonna hafta fact check your ass (as that saying goes). That Frnaklin quote is a widely distro’ed error, Franklin did not write ‘An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania’ from which that quote sprang, altough similar sentiments where in Poor Richards. Even if granted that Franklin was the author, the ACTUAL quote reads a bit differing.

    See Richard Minsky’s research rant on said topic…

    http://www.futureofthebook.com/stories/storyReader$605

  2. World’s largest sporting event

    Well yeah, being in Sao Paulo during the Cups, almost as if Earthquakes go off every time Brazil gets even close (an experience that’s hard to put into words, you hafta be there), but even that STILL couldn’t beat the Cubbies winning the World Series. I mean…what else matters that much?

    As for the politics rant/bit (don’t quit your day job), I trust experts. You wouldn’t want the “wisdom of the masses” doing open heart surgery now would yah?

    PS – I am gonna hafta fact check your ass (as that saying goes). That Frnaklin quote is a widely distro’ed error, Franklin did not write ‘An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania’ from which that quote sprang, altough similar sentiments where in Poor Richards. Even if granted that Franklin was the author, the ACTUAL quote reads a bit differing.

    See Richard Minsky’s research rant on said topic…

    http://www.futureofthebook.com/stories/storyReader$605

  3. @28 I gather you’ve never worked for the Federal government? ;-). Let’s review how efficient things were on Sept 10th, 2001. ;-)

    @28. Again, the majority is not even interested in voting.

  4. @28 I gather you’ve never worked for the Federal government? ;-). Let’s review how efficient things were on Sept 10th, 2001. ;-)

    @28. Again, the majority is not even interested in voting.

  5. @25 I think you’re forgetting about the technology that exists today. That tech surely enables the government to “listen to” every phone call and “look at” every search.

    @26 It is an ideal situation, and perhaps you can never get everyone informed, but the majority should be possible.
    But right now, it is impossible thanks to the corporate media.

  6. @25 I think you’re forgetting about the technology that exists today. That tech surely enables the government to “listen to” every phone call and “look at” every search.

    @26 It is an ideal situation, and perhaps you can never get everyone informed, but the majority should be possible.
    But right now, it is impossible thanks to the corporate media.

  7. @24 Ah yes, the Wisdom of Crowds. There’s a difference between a democracy and an “informed electorate”. What you are describing is an informed electorate” A nirvana to say the least. Hell, we barely get a majority of the population to vote, even if they were informed. Thank God we don’t have a democracy. I don’t worry because we have a representative government with checks and balances. The best protection we can have is a divided Congress and Executive branch. Gridlock the best thing we can have.

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