View Full Version : Defense bill could stifle computer trade

July 1st, 2004, 20:23
In a move that has re-energized the debate over export controls on high-performance computers, the latest version of a defense-spending bill would require companies to seek licenses to export even underpowered desktop computers.

Today, computer sellers are required to get a license to export any computer with performance equal to or greater than a system with 32 Intel Itanium processors. The current version of the defense authorization act would lower that limit to systems deemed "militarily critical" by the Department of Defense. That level is currently set to the equivalent of a computer using a Pentium 3 processor running at 650MHz, state of the art in 1999 but considered feeble today.

Moreover, the proposed rules would apply to exports destined for any country, including U.S. allies.

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Basicaly we will need a licence to carry guns if we want to import a computer from the US.

July 2nd, 2004, 00:37
Originally posted by Lefteris_D@Jul 1 2004, 02:23 PM
Basicaly we will need a licence to carry guns if we want to import a computer from the US.
and how do you figure that.....?

July 2nd, 2004, 04:59
Let's see, you will need a licence from the US Defence Department to export anything more powerfull than a Pentium 3 processor running at 650MHz. Is that enough?

Did you see the at all???

July 2nd, 2004, 06:07
i did see the sarcasm, but the joke still sucked

July 2nd, 2004, 08:45
What sucks is the stupidity of the US defence department.

Anything stronger than a P3 @ 650MHz is a risk to their security... HA!!!

July 2nd, 2004, 14:13
that is very sad

July 2nd, 2004, 18:13
They tried to do that for encryption softwared didn't they?

July 2nd, 2004, 18:14
its just not updated....thats all

July 2nd, 2004, 19:42
I'm not sure about it but I think the FBI tried to force some companies to add a "back door" to the encryprion software they sold.

As I said I'm not sure about that, it may be a rumor.