The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing - Jeane Baptiste Colbert
CHINESE AUTHORITIES have stepped up their attack on Windows 8, telling their citizens that it is being used to mine data, as its post-Snowden suspicion of Western technology increases.
State controlled China Central Television (CCT) followed up the decision by the Chinese government to instruct its government departments to migrate away from Windows 8 with a damning report as part of its midday news broadcast.
At the time, the decision was said to be based on a desire to avoid the problems encountered by the Windows XP end of life. China has opted to create its own patches for the software rather than migrate in the short term or pay Microsoft for extended support.
However, the Wall Street Journal, which monitored the broadcast, reported that CCT wheeled out security experts to denounce Microsoft, saying, "Whoever controls the operating system can control all the data on the computers using it." Microsoft is yet to respond to the attack.
China is believed to be working on its own distribution of Linux, which it hopes will become the standard in time. China attempted this before with Red Flag Linux over a decade ago, but that didn't amount to much.
This is not the first time that the Chinese government has questioned the motives of Western technology in recent weeks, after it requested that banking institutions remove IBM servers in favour of local ones to prevent foreign access to bank data.
These large mainframe servers are still produced by IBM, while the small server division was sold to Chinese firm Lenovo at the beginning of the year. µ
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