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posted by takyon on Monday August 03 2015, @05:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the powerful-controlled-computing dept.

In the name of national security, China is restricting export of certain drones and computers:

From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give technical details to the authorities to obtain a licence prior to export, Xinhua news agency says.

[...] In the first five months of 2015, China exported some 160,000 civilian drones, a jump of 70 per cent year-on-year, worth more than $120 million, the official China Daily newspaper reported in July.

[...] The tightening of regulations comes two weeks after an incident in disputed Kashmir in which the Pakistani army claimed to have shot down an Indian "spy drone", reportedly Chinese-made.

China is also likely tightening controls on exports of powerful computers as it looks to maintain its edge in the global supercomputer battle long dominated by US-Japanese rivalry.

Starting August 15th, drone and supercomputer manufacturers will have to present technical details to the authorities in order to get a license to export.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday August 03 2015, @10:20PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 03 2015, @10:20PM (#217624) Journal

    no minimum wage, so everyone was motivated to succeed rather than only those that didn't feel cheated by a wage hike driven by politics rather than actual talent

    Huh! Don't delude yourself. I grew nearby, under a "communist" regime: everybody was getting their apartment for free when they'd establish a family (on waiting lists, granted). And extra social support for newborn kids. And free public health and education.

    Yes, all of the above of a rather shitty quality (except the education), but the motivation for technical progress was never "because... oh no... no minimum wage!? How am I going to survive?".

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @02:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @02:57AM (#217719)

    it's not about money. it's about fairness


    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @03:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @03:35AM (#217739)

      (oh, I see, a principled AC... so deep into the principles that s/he's blind to the realities of the former USSR - where either you complied and give to the state everything you own and the state gives you back enough to survive; or you didn't comply and the state sends you to Siberia).

      it's not about money. it's about fairness

      What does it mean fair?

      1. not letting your human fellow to die of hunger/lack of resources for decent health care/lack of a roof above the head, once s/he get back on feet, s/he'll repay the debt; "we suffer or prosper together" - the socialist principle; or
      2. "what's mine is mine; you only work for me" - the capitalist principle