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Old 04-28-2009, 06:13 AM
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Default China may require disclosure of software code, Yomiuri [JP paper] says

Source: the Yomiuri newspaper as cited by Bloomberg

By Tak Kumakura

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- China will require manufacturers of digital appliances to disclose software source code as early as next month, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without saying where it obtained the information.

Chinese officials will visit companies in Japan to check products. Products won’t be allowed to be manufactured or sold in China if the companies refuse to have their products checked, the newspaper said.

Technology companies have been asking China not to implement such a requirement because their technology may be stolen. China cites the need to prevent software viruses as the reason for the introduction of the system, the report said.

China informed Japan and the U.S. of a plan to introduce the system by the end of this month, the report said.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:39 PM
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This is just toooo funny.

Just like the CBHD debate, it's their way of getting good foreign tech and ripping it off for their own domestically and government owned products.

I just hope the damn companies wise up and start bringing manufacturing back home. With all the product hacking that goes on in China, a new product probably has less than a year to pay for its development before it's ripped off and sold for half the price. Of course half the quality too.

It's funny but sad to. Especially if the companies bend over and grab their ankles to comply with this.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:52 PM
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I wonder how many (if any) OE manufacturers would want to comply with this. If true, i can only see a couple of different manufactures, most likely companies based out of China.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:00 PM
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Microsoft Releases More Information About Vista Source Code

August 6, 2007

Microsoft (MSFT) has announced further plans to open Vista source code in China.

Microsoft has reportedly signed a new government security program source code agreement with China Information Technology Security Certification Center, allowing CNITSEC and other approved institutions to look over the source code and relevant technical data of Microsoft's products, including Windows Vista ,so as to improve their evaluation on the security of Microsoft products. The agreement is an important part of the MOU signed between National Development and Reform Commission and Microsoft in April 2006.

Microsoft's Government Security Program helps government departments and international organizations evaluate the security of Microsoft products. CNITSEC previously signed an agreement with Microsoft on security source code in February 2003 and was authorized to check over the company's major source code and technical data.

Microsoft's move should bring good results in the promotion of information security and enhancement of mutual trust between China and the United States.

Didn't seem to bother MS.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:12 PM
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"Microsoft is the first commercial software company that signed the operating system source code browsing agreement with the Chinese government, and this is intended to give the company a face-saving gesture only a few weeks after the Chinese government stated that all government offices would stop using Microsoft products in 2004.

Dr. Lu Chengzhao, deputy head of the China Net and Information Group, said that the operating system is the base of information network, e-government, and e-commerce, the signing of the source code browsing agreement is the first step taken in bilateral cooperation.

According to sources at the software company, China is the eigteenth nation to sign such an agreement to view Microsoft's proprietary source code."

Ya think.

Go ask them now with all the Chinese hackers on the web now. Especially since this story is 2 years old and the new hacks, even to our defense system, seem to be occurring more frequently in the last year. Coincidence?
They were just worried about the short term bottom line and now they’ve opened Pandora’s Box.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:47 PM
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Ah ha ha ha!
If you want to sell it in China you have to tell us how to copy or reverse engineer your creations!

Please sign on the dotted line in blood.

I can just hear some Corporate Directors reply saying to tell the Chinese to use plenty of vaseline when placeing that agreement where the sun never shines.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:51 PM
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Nice isn't it.

Not if the bean counters have anything to do with it. Their focused on short term gain and probably begging to do it because "The markets HUGE, we're going to make millions", BS.

If I've seen it once I've seen it a million times. One day you’re making your product in a Chinese factory all headed by an influential, connected Chinese business man (mandatory by the government). The next day, there's a product that looks suspiciously just like yours made in another factory surprisingly headed by the same influential Chinese businessman. What are the odds?
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:01 PM
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So much for HD DVD being region-free, eh?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:19 PM
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Any truth to the rumor that China had to know what the secret ingredient is in Kentucky Fried Chicken? Or what is the secret that only your hairdresser knows for sure? Or if an American baseball team plays in China, does the American coach have to tell the Chinese team what pitch the pitcher is going to use?
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