Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Oct 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by sawboss
In the News "The Russian state plans to revamp its computer services with a Windows rival to reduce its dependence on US giant Microsoft and better monitor computer security, a lawmaker said Wednesday. Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles (3.5 million euros, 4.9 million dollars) to develop a national software system based on the Linux operating system, Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev told AFP, confirming an earlier report in the Vedomosti daily." Right. I guess this has absolutely nothing to do with this. Want to buy a unicorn?
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by _Nine_ on Thu 28th Oct 2010 03:55 UTC
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Whether the threat is real or not, I think such a mentality actually damages your credibility as a leader on the global political and economic front. The UAE and Saudi Arabia were not celebrated for their pragmatism in wanting their own Blackberry servers. Instead, such moves invariably make people wonder what you're hiding and ultimately undermine any rapid economic development by showing how backwards your thinking still is. In the case of the Blackberry servers, privacy concerns also arose over whether the governments wanted the ability to spy on peoples' communications. Now, the US might have its own servers and what-not and may have similar concern. However, it's ironic when the concern or paranoia comes from countries that haven't exactly proven themselves as trustworthy...

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