When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · April
· · · · 24 (1 entry)

Scoble Is Right · On the sub­ject of Microsoft’s waf­fling and bob­bing and weav­ing around the Washington-State an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nance, Scoble is demon­strat­ing a re­mark­able com­bi­na­tion of good sense and courage. The apolo­gias from Ballmer and Gun­do­tra are pro­found­ly un­con­vinc­ing. As re­gards Ballmer’s po­si­tion, Mi­crosoft didn’t have any obli­ga­tion to get be­hind this bil­l. But in 2005, with the the U.S. slip­ping in­to a cul­ture war, drop­ping sup­port is a pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal state­ment that, on the face of it, aligns Mi­crosoft with the forces of ig­no­rance and big­otry; not just a values-free re­jig­ger­ing of the leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties. And Gun­do­tra lost me at his sec­ond para­graph, which seems to sug­gest we should wor­ry about hurt­ing bigots’ feel­ings. Scoble is do­ing the right thing here and he de­serves everyone’s sup­port and he has mine. He’s al­so do­ing Mi­crosoft a huge fa­vor by tak­ing this stand; I won­der if they’re smart enough to re­al­ize it? There’s oth­er good com­men­tary from Adam Barr, Gary Cor­nell, and Cyrus Na­jmaba­di.
 
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