looo wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:20 am
This is a clear sign from microsoft telling us why we can not trust them.
Come on guys, really give the blame where it is due, as much as I like to hate MS, it's government restrictions, sanctions ...it's the law. There is not much they can do about it.
Without going into the right and wrongs of each case/country/sanction you can not blame a USA company for doing what the USA government forces them to do.
I once looked up the legislation within Australia regarding breaching UN or Australian sanctions, almost all Australian sanctions at least at that time were simply the UN sanctions of the time. The Australian federal government's web site said that the fine for "knowingly or recklessly" breaching a UN sanction was 150% of the total value of the trade! Note it's "knowingly or recklessly" breaching, so not checking the country/IP address is an example that definitely comes within "recklessly".
My point about the USA and its sanctions is the way they force the rest of the world to comply without going via the UN or anything else. Nearly all world trade touches on USA banks or at the very least so much does that no non-USA bank can afford to be cut off from the USA banking system. So the USA puts out sanctions that say something along the lines that all USA banks are not allowed to have any dealings with any foreign bank that does not comply with the USA sanctions. Its things like that that make me really frustrated. Its not an anti USA rant but a justified anger at an inappropriate application of power, an abuse of power.
The big question for you people in the USA is "what exactly does the sanctions say?" If no money is involved, like free open source software does the sanctions actually truly apply? Maybe they still do but maybe not, it depends on the details.