Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/02/16/we_built_it_we_own/

We built it, we own it

Ownership of web set firmly in US hands

By Lester Haines

Posted in Letters, 16th February 2001 14:37 GMT

US congress needs to be reminded it doesn't own the web

It was a bad mistake to infer that we Brits had anything to do with the birth of the web. According to Stephen Galluccio, Congress doesn't need to be reminded of anything at all:

We built it, we own it.

If we don't own it why are you still kissing our web ass cheeks. Cry baby, build your own web if you don't like it.

By the way go global with a .com instead of that secondary ccTDL .co.uk.

There then follows a long and tedious account of how the Yanks invented the web, broke the enigma code, fought English oppression in Scotland with the help of Mel Gibson, etc.etc.

It's not just us Brits who are copping some, though, as Jon Henshaw reveals:

In your article you made a blatant mistake. The US not only rules the Web, they also rule the world. Or at least that's what they teach us in public school. You don't even want to know what they teach us about Canadians.

Sorry mate, we already know. They teach us the same thing over here in Blighty.

It was finally left to Simon Booth from the good old US of A itself to set the record straight:

Hey, you are talking about the US here. Remember that every other country besides the US is backwards and uses 'football' to refer to soccer. Technology is invented only in the US. Geez, and what's up with mass transit? Why can't everybody have cars? And when did Sweden become independent of Switzerland (somebody did ask me that one time when I worked for Ericsson)?

Seriously, what do you expect? 10% of all people from the US have passports. The best part of the world as far as Americans are concerned, is where they live. People here are idiots! The smart people are either Chinese, Indian, or from Mexico. It's sad, but true. After all, look who we elected to be our president (moron would be a compliment).

Can I just add that Americans having a go at Americans is an internal matter and we at the Reg would very much like to stay out of it. Unless someone has got something funny to say, that is.