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Subject:  Re: FYI: Android inserts NSA "trojans" Date:  7/10/2013  9:54 PM
Author:  warrl Number:  428425 of 536674

That still doesn't answer the question of why Google couldn't find the necessary programmers to handle "security" on its own operating system.

Google HAS the necessary programmers to handle security. How do I know this? Because they aren't getting code from NSA to do something Android didn't do before; they are getting code from NSA to do something Android has done from day one - and do it *better*.

Part of the point of open-source software is that anyone can look at the code and say "this section here is (inefficient/weak/unstable/a back door/whatever) and I can write a better version". And write their version, compile however much of the OS must be recompiled in consequence, and test it.

But as a condition of looking at the Android code (and this is true of most other open-source projects as well), you accept a requirement that if you modify it and want to distribute your modification, *your modification* must also be open-source and posted back to the project team's designated source-code repository for others to copy, inspect, or use as the basis for further modification.
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