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    Chinese tech giants to offer Win XP support

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    Chinese tech giants to offer Win XP support
    By Eileen Yu

    http://www.zdnet.com/cn/chinese-tech...rt-7000026671/

    Noting that one quarter of China's computers still run on Windows XP, Ding Ke, a senior manager at Tencent, said in the report: "The upcoming shutdown will seriously affect Chinese users."

    It's not clear from the article, whether non-Chinese users will be able to buy this service.

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    It sounds like these Chinese government-owned companies have simply announced, "We will continue to provide XP support".

    I wonder why ZD Net considers this to be newsworthy? I'm quite sure that there will be many US-based companies, and companies based in other countries, also continuing to provide XP support. I myself will continue to provide XP support.

    The only thing newsworthy about it is what RG so eloquently alluded to, and which ZD Net failed to mention, and that is the huge security concern which Windows support provided by the Chinese government will result in.
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    That's funny, considering that the Chinese government is willing to provide support to all those
    largely pirated copies.
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    I just purchased 2GB of "new" RAM on Ebay for $15.00, with free shipping. After finishing the purchase, I found that it will be coming from China.

    I honestly wonder how anyone can make any money selling me "new" memory at that price, with free shipping, from halfway around the world. In light of the security concerns presented by the Chinese government, it makes me wonder if the memory perhaps was doctored in some way to provide spying capabilities. If so, that would explain the low price -- they want people to install it, and so they're willing to basically give it away.

    Anyone have any thoughts about this?

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    Well, I use to see stuff on ebay also from China and stayed away from it...

    I would suggest trying to cancel the transaction if it's not too late.
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    They've already shipped it. And they already got my money via Paypal.

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    I got a pack of 5 Ipad styli from Meritline with free shipping from China for $5. I'm not worried about any spyware on it. I don't think you have to worry about any on your memory either. Part of the reason for the low cost is labor costs are almost non existent there. Shipping costs are probably low because its so small and piggy backs with other items being shipped.

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    If anyone else has any thoughts about this, I would really appreciate reading them. This memory is for a customer of mine who knows next to nothing about computers. I would really feel bad if I were to put something insecure into her computer.

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    I doubt that the memory is a security risk. It's just memory, plays a very limited "active role", under the control of other computer components. If i it were a different component, it could be a different situation. The risk here, if any, is manufacturing quality.
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