US Congress Shoots Self In Foot, Again

“The funding law signed this week by President Barack Obama is part of growing US paranoia over Chinese cyber attacks.
It stops NASA, and the Justice and Commerce Departments from buying information technology systems unless the FBI give the thumbs up. Currently FBI policy is that if the gear comes from a Chinese company there must be something wrong with it.”

see US Congress bans buying Chinese IT

Chuckle. We are entering a new Dark Age for IT in USA. While USA squats in the dirt contemplating its navel, the world moves on with more and better IT in a competitive market where price/performance matters. Remember previous incarnations: GPS crippling, prohibition on exporting encryption, etc.? Those all damaged the USA’s competitiveness while the world got on with creating new markets in spite of the USA. At the same time USA lost huge numbers of jobs in manufacturing and lost pre-eminence in one field after another and ran up huge debts.

Expect more of the same. While the government of the USA (all branches) take themselves seriously while chasing their tails, the world is taking the shortest path to a bright future free from monopoly in IT and everything else. No doubt there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth as USA subsides but it seems to be the way of all things that the legacy of the forefathers gets squandered by the kids.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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