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.