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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RE[4]: cold war
by Nth_Man on Thu 28th Oct 2010 09:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: cold war"
Nth_Man
Member since:
2010-05-16

The source is not closed to Russia, they get read-access, it just is they can't compile it, Microsoft ships them binaries.

Well, ok, yes, it's closed. :-)

Yes, they don't know if the source code they are shown... is the one they use in the binaries or not. They don't know what the hell their computers are doing.

Ah, and Microsoft has to obey the government of the U.S. of America. And if they say "put this in the code", Microsoft is obligated to put it. And we all know it.

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RE[5]: cold war
by james_parker on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:35 in reply to "RE[4]: cold war"
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2005-06-29

Also, don't forget the precedent with most (if not all) color laser printers having "tracking dots" embedded in their output, presumably at the "request" of the US Government:

https://www.eff.org/issues/printers/

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