Re: confused about COTS vs open hardware

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 07 2007 - 23:36:21 CST

On 2/7/07, <> wrote:
> *We need to keep in mind that almost every tabulator in the
> country is running on a Microsoft operating system. On top
> of that, the Alameda County (CA) security assessment
> recommended downloading patches (sight unseen) from
> COTS vendors. This would include from a company (MS) that
> benefited hugely from the results of the 2000 election, just
> as the company was on the way to being broken up. The
> new administration changed the judges.
> We need as much open source as possible, including the operating
> system. *

Or there's worse...we know MS put in a back door specifically for the

That's not tinfoil hat stuff, it's well documented going back to 1999. And
also why China is going all-Linux...


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