Re: Just goes to demonstrate the lack of political sophistication of the tech sector!!
"nowhere else in the world has the same profit-threatening, global-reach warrantry system. Anywhere but the US would suit their requirements"
Also Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand. And oh god don't forget China. And Russia is about 14 times worse. I'd probably stay out of basically all the Middle East too because the operating environment borders on the silly.
Oh and then you need a certain standard of developer and the ability to attract them to whatever country you operate in so you can wipe India, Pakistan and Eastern Europe off the list. Can't go to South America because your business might become state owned at basically any second. Then if you're Microsoft and you do find a suitable country - your business if probably worth more than the country's entire GDP - what happens if you have do to a recall or end on the wrong side of a lawsuit and need a loan without too much noise?
Oh and you're still going to need to repatriate funds from the USA so you're going to need a bank there that can be frozen, and hey conferences and layovers on your way to Barbados for your jollies and now you're subject to arrest for wire fraud and whatever else the US govt decides to use against you in it's pool of "stuff we can use to arrest people when we don't like them".
Pretending you don't have business interests in the USA isn't the same as not having them - the ultimate truth might well be "the cloud" isn't suitable for certain people (see: criminals and people likely to be accused of criminality - valid accusations or otherwise, businesses with trade secrets and states) to use because it's likely unprotectable.
It also might well be that it isn't ethical to provide such services. Cloud storage should be ultimately encrypted with the end user's keys that never leave the end-users possession so there's no access in the first place to a customer's data then in principle you can't be ordered to turn over data you have no access to - there's a double security benefit here which is if you're say apple and you have a security compromise or the user's account is compromised whoever does it still won't have crypto keys for the files so no nuddy pictures of d-listers splashed all over the internet. Come to think of it why doesn't iCloud work like that?
Cloud based hosting/servers is an entirely different problem - which speaking as somebody who has a fledgling stealth mode cloud host - is a really serious problem to resolve.