open source in other arenas

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Mar 15 2006 - 23:49:18 CST

Hmmm The british finally figured out that without open source
software in their defense equipment, that any sort of mischief could
be going on... maybe this would be a good idea for voting machines

The UK has warned America that it will cancel its 12bn order for the
Joint Strike Fighter if the US does not hand over full access to the
computer software code that controls the jets.

Lord Drayson, minister for defence procurement, told the The Daily
Telegraph that the planes were useless without control of the
software as they could effectively be "switched off" by the Americans
without warning.

"We do expect this technology transfer to take place. But if it does
not take place we will not be able to purchase these aircraft," said
Lord Drayson.

The problem stems from strict US guidelines on the transfer of
technology to other countries. Under current rules any British
requests for the use of US technology can take 20 days to go through,
obviously limiting the usefulness of a jet strike force.

Lord Drayson is currently in Washington to speak to members of
Congress. His tough talking on the project includes the fact that
Britain has a 'Plan B' if the Joint Strike Fighter deal falls through.

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