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  1. What’s with this obsession with nationalism in technical matters? I don’t understand it. AES was created by two Flemish cryptographers, yet the US government adopted it. Worrying about some American company (or one based anywhere else) suddenly deciding to betray all its customers is tilting at windmills; they have no plausible rationale for doing so, and in the scenarios where it could even be considered there would be far more pressing concerns. Reinvention for the sake of reinvention by you is just not-invented-here syndrome.

  2. I don’t believe it’s simple nationalism, nor do I think it has anything to do with reinvention — in fact, much the opposite: Open Source allows us to build on the shared work of the world, while investing in local skills and business.