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NTKnow: Craig Mundie: VRML Visionary

May 07, 2001, 21:19 (10 Talkback[s])

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If he's going to be roundly villified by all and sundry, we probably ought to know where he's coming from. NTKnow provides a little bit of background on Craig Mundie: VRML advocate, WebTV convergence guru, failed supercomputer tycoon:

You can't stick a postfix next to a variable these days without causing the imminent collapse of society. The day after US assistant attorney Daniel Alter told a New York court that DeCSS was like "software programs that shut down navigational programs in airplanes or smoke detectors in hotels" (you know, *those* programs), Microsoft's CRAIG MUNDIE was across town, declaiming that the GPL was a virus that would shut down intellectual property inside people's heads. Craig's speech is all about the nightmarish future of an open source world, and is rather heavy on predictions. But then Craig's job at Microsoft is to make gambles on the future of technology.

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