Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums
They might have to share it with most governments. Don't understand what the problem with US businesses not having access to it is.
This would be something a government could demand not a company.
Please explain the logic behind this.
What I meant was that it is the business of governments to safeguard national security by whatever means.
This would mean both from home grown threats and exterior threats.
It is the business of private companies to develop and sell products and services.
What I'm not clear about is what a government can do with MS source code?
MS keeps this code closed and secret to itself so that they can control it's development and distribution.
So that some other company won't copy it or change it and produce a "fork" like a linux distribution.
Perhaps someone wiser than myself can explain what use the source code is with regard to national security.
If we assume that UK government and US government has the source code can we use it to spy on Russia?
The recent spy scandal seems to have been a well orchestrated public swap.
The activities of these people in UK and US has been known to our security services since word one.
Similarly the activities of US agents in Russia has been known to them for some time.
So the question I have is; why now?
Especially since the US lot seem to have been more interested in feathering their nests
than spying and don't appear to have sent any secrets back home.
It's hardly John Le Carre and the Cold War