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Nathan Myhrvold
Nathan Myhrvold

Online Q&As with public figures are all the rage these days, but one coming up next week is definitely worth watching.

Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft technology chief who now runs patent and technology company Intellectual Ventures, will take part in a Live Q&A on Slashdot next week.

If this were baseball, it would be like Yankees manager Joe Girardi sitting down for an interview with Red Sox fans. Take, for example, the question for Myhrvold currently at the top of the Slashdot list.

“Is the money made in patent trolling worth being that kind of scumbag?”

Gotta hand it to Myhrvold for his bravery, at least. Some of the other questions in the queue should elicit more constructive responses, such as this one …

“Many readers of Slashdot (myself included) feel that the patent system is broken. I haven’t heard any criticisms from you or Intellectual Ventures so I’m interested in hearing what you have to say about the patent system. Is it fundamentally broken? Only a little broken? Working flawlessly and exactly as it was intended to work?”

I’d actually like to hear Myhrvold’s answer to that one.

The Live Q&A takes place next Wednesday, April 3 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Thanks to Keith Curtis for pointing this out.


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