Snakes sometimes strangle prey. Maybe dragons do too.

China is a huge emerging market in IT but there are huge stresses building between China and the outside world with IT being crucial.
China has been accused of cyber-warfare and has accused the USA with the same. The NSA has been flushed out as spying on the whole world so China is not alone in resenting that. Check out some news from China. I would not be surprised to see a move to FLOSS and home-grown distros of GNU/Linux in the offing:

  • “Microsoft has confirmed that officials from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce – the body responsible for enforcing business laws – have visited some of its offices.” See BBC News – China regulators visit Microsoft offices
  • “Kingsoft Co Ltd, a Beijing-based software firm, aims to sell more than 70 percent of its office software through government purchase deals this year after reports said Microsoft’s Office suite had been abandoned by State-level organizations.” See IT vendors in search of new business code
  • “China, too, is stepping up its security protection against US surveillance. In May it announced that the Central Government Procurement Center had mandated all “desktops, laptops and tablet PCs purchased by central State organizations must be installed with OS other than Windows 8″. The Chinese media have painted Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other IT giants as pawns of the US National Security Agency, claiming that foreign technology service providers such as Google and Apple can become cybersecurity threats to Chinese users.” See Cyber cold war likely to continue
  • “The government’s rising fears over information safety may further cut the market share for overseas software enterprises in government procurement, a major profit source for global giants including Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle, analysts said on Monday. “ See Move to domestic software pressures foreign companies
  • “Analysts argued cutting loose with China in smartphone design and manufacturing does not benefit Microsoft, as it aims to become a mobile company similar to Google Inc.
    China is the biggest phone market in the world, it is important to understand the local requirements for Microsoft’s future product development”
    See Fears mount over Microsoft job losses

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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8 Responses to Snakes sometimes strangle prey. Maybe dragons do too.

  1. DrLoser says:

    To put it another way, Robert: you and I are both sensible and decent citizens of the world.

    Why don’t we just let ram explain his execrable and obnoxious beliefs?

    I mean, maybe I’ve got them wrong. But I’d like ram to tell me that.

    Not you, Robert.

  2. DrLoser says:

    And I think it was a blatantly anti-Semitic comment, Robert. And I think you’re denying your own immediate conclusion, which let me remind you was:

    Nope. I thought the common factor was greed. e.g. no one owns that other OS. M$ is a corporation with thousands of shareholders, many of whom bought shares on the open market.

    I might disagree with that, but it’s a far more generous and essentially benign belief than:

    Did you ever notice how all proprietary software from the USA is “owned” by one particular ethnic group that almost always has dual citizenship?

    Who could that group be, I wonder? And what is with this weird snipe against “dual citizenship?

    Prima facie anti-Semitism. And in re “dual citizenship,” completely inaccurate at that. Which is what one would expect of a nasty little anti-Semitic paranoid nutter.

    Oh, but ram went on to say:

    It is the same ethnic group that controls nearly all of the media and banking system in the US and its occupied terrortories.

    I don’t think you need your Dick Tracy Magic Decoder ring to realise that ram is not talking about Arabs, whether Muslim or Christian here.

    A smidgeon of proof on the “nearly all of [the] media and [the] banking system” might not go amiss, albeit it would almost certainly require quoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    But there’s more!

    They want war (they always want war) but this time I think they will regret it!

    “They” — unspecified, but we all know to whom ram is referring — “always want war?”

    I mean, honestly. War against whom? ram doesn’t specify that, does he?

    It’s perfectly reasonable to criticise the actions of the Israeli state (since 1946, in fact). It’s perfectly reasonable to claim that the first reaction of the Israeli state is to “go to war” in some sense, and whatever sense that is will end in lop-sided casualties, almost entirely civilian, almost entirely on the Palestinian Arab side.

    But it’s not reasonable to be a creepy little anti-Semite hiding behind paranoid fantasies and not even being able to come out with the following simple statement:

    I hate the Jews! I hate them everywhere!

    Which is basically what ram is doing here.

  3. DrLoser wrote, “Did you notice that your resident Australian Gun Nut Paranoiac just made a completely baseless anti-Semitic claim, Robert?”

    Nope. I think that connection is a figment of your imagination. I don’t equate “one particular ethnic group” with semites or anything else. It’s too vague. By the way, Jewish residents of Israel are not the only semites. There are Arabs and Christians in Palestine too. I think he who is without sin should cast the first stone.

  4. DrLoser says:

    ram wrote, “Did you ever notice how all proprietary software from the USA is “owned” by one particular ethnic group that almost always has dual citizenship? “

    Nope. I thought the common factor was greed. e.g. no one owns that other OS. M$ is a corporation with thousands of shareholders, many of whom bought shares on the open market.

    Did you notice that your resident Australian Gun Nut Paranoiac just made a completely baseless anti-Semitic claim, Robert?

    Which is what ram just did.

    He’s not talking about Gates (WASP) or anybody else like that. (My company is owned by Berkshire Hathaway — WASP — btw. And no, I’m not allowed to share our code with you.)

    Your resident obnoxoid is specifically referring to Jews, isn’t he?

    Not, I think, an especially pleasant human being. Fortunately also one that can be ignored.

    I suggest you ignore his rants, too.

  5. ram wrote, “Did you ever notice how all proprietary software from the USA is “owned” by one particular ethnic group that almost always has dual citizenship? “

    Nope. I thought the common factor was greed. e.g. no one owns that other OS. M$ is a corporation with thousands of shareholders, many of whom bought shares on the open market.

  6. ram says:

    Did you ever notice how all proprietary software from the USA is “owned” by one particular ethnic group that almost always has dual citizenship? It is the same ethnic group that controls nearly all of the media and banking system in the US and its occupied terrortories.

    They want war (they always want war) but this time I think they will regret it!

  7. Mats Hagglund wrote, “Some of it (Google) might be OK for Europe and N. America but not for those masses there in south. We should never forget that those big corporates are also part of policy of USA and NATO. Let’s not be to naive on it.”

    It’s true that big businesses tend to pay more attention to the needs of those who can afford to pay but Google did conceive global wifi and provides $free search/e-mail/OS. Those could be quite valuable to emerging markets without regard for ability to pay. So, Google’s business-model is fairly agnostic about wealth. Rather, I think Google envisages bridging the digital divide in everyone’s interest.

    see Project Loon

  8. Mats Hagglund says:

    I’m quite a bit revisionist when there’s a question about history, backgrounds of conflicts of nations. For instance i have never bought the idea of cold war as mostly a battle between east and west. More likely it looked like it might have been more likely a war between north vs. south. And in this perspective China, just like Vietnam and Latin America was south while both Soviet Union and USA were those northern powers being northern empires dominating south. That’s all this Chinese “communism” was likely just a weapon to fight against those northern powers. There main aim was always independence. China has bitterly learnt their lesson and won’t never be a colony for any European/western power.

    Just think about that terrible example called North Korea. I would be much easier for China to co-operate with reunited Korea. But only after Americans have left that peninsula. North Korea is buffer.

    Business is just one part of this whole big picture and i think China see companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google as American trojan horse to chain China. Is it just coincidence that BRIC countries are so interesting in Linux, FLOSS and Africa. The latter is becoming surely very important continent, not now but especially during the mid 21st century. The model America is serving for the world: Apple, Microsoft and Google paradise is not what huge majority of the world really needs. Some of it (Google) might be OK for Europe and N. America but not for those masses there in south. We should never forget that those big corporates are also part of policy of USA and NATO. Let’s not be to naive on it.

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