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Isn't it time we stopped talking about things that will "change the world"?
This comes up because of a recent column by Internet columnist Guy Kewney in which he extols the virtues of Microsoft's Passport" Passport is a "roamable" Internet identity that provides single sign-in and profile services for the World Wide Web. "It may not use current Microsoft technology," predicts Kewney. "Nonetheless, it will make e-commerce easier, safer, more popular. It will change the world."
There it is. It will change the world. Okay, Microsoft Passport sounds like good technology. But world-changer? Nah.
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