Weapons Grade Computing. NOT.

[cnet]http://news.com.com/Defense+bill+could+stifle+computer+trade/2100-7341_3-5253873.html?tag=nefd.lede
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[hr]http://wikiquote.org/wiki/Robert_J._Hanlon

"This":cnet is so mind-bogglingly stupid, I don't even know what to say:

p(quote).. The dramatic tightening of export regulations is included in the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual military funding bill that has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Though the proposed rules are only a tiny portion of the 630-page bill, they could have a devastating impact on the computer industry.

"It would bring exports to a grinding halt," said Dan Hoydish, director of trade, public policy and government affairs for Unisys and chairman of the Computer Coalition for Responsible Exports, a trade group that counts many major technology companies as members. "We wouldn't be asking for 20 export licenses in a year, we would be asking for 20,000 in a day."

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.*

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p. I am a firm believer in Hanlon's Razor, i.e., "never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity":hr. Perhaps it is a failure of imagination on my part that I can think of no significant effect this restriction could have other than to drive computer manufacturing out of the United States entirely.

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