Feeds

NCI dislikes proprietary standards

No freedom to innovate,firm says in trial deposition

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

David Limp, the VP of marketing for Network Computers Inc, was subpoenaed by Microsoft and interrogated in July by Stephanie Wheeler for Microsoft. In effect, Limp gave her a brief tutorial, and in answer to a question made the case for a GUI being optionally part of an operating system, preferring himself to think of it being an application. The deposition was only of marginal value to the DoJ, showing essentially that Internet software could be chosen from a menu. For example, IBM had licensed NCI's modification of Navigator for its Net Stations. Wheeler had evidently not previously heard of Free BSD, so her question as to whether it was "available for licensing from sources other than NCI" was unlikely to earn her much respect at Fort Redmond. She must have been puzzled when she found out that NCI's browser could be removed without harming the operating system. One of the more wacky questions was asked by an unidentified DoJ or state lawyer: "How would it affect NCI if Java and HTML were to become proprietary standards, and NCI were not the company to control those standards?" Limp: "So NCI doesn't control the standard at all? So that's the first part of the question that doesn't really ring perfect. The second part of the question is that you used the term that's in the industry, which is an oxymoron, by definition, which is proprietary standard, so I probably should define that. There's often times where standards are -- start as standards, but because they become ubiquitous by one vendor, that they're taken over, and it's happened many times. “SNA architecture from IBM, their networking architecture, is an example of where a proprietary standard was created. Everybody uses it, but one vendor controls it. "However, if HTML and JavaScript, or Java for that matter, became under the auspice of one vendor, whoever it would be, it would hamper our ability to innovate, and we innovate in the form of the web in many ways because we take a browser from Netscape -- they're doing a lot of the innovation for us -- then we repackage it and rewrap it and that kind of thing, and then we add our own innovation around it. “But if there wasn't multiple people out there driving the standard and that kind of thing, then we would be hampered completely. You know, we wouldn't be able to innovate anymore. It would be impossible”.®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.