Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

China’s Central Communist Government Even Regulating Pastry Shape?

January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thousands of Chinese snack vendors are happily digesting news that China‘s ubiquitous steamed bun, or “mantou,” does not have to be perfectly round.

China’s quality watch-dog denied that standards recommending a “perfect shape” for mantou held the force of law.

“There are no specific regulations on the shape of wheat-flour mantou in the standard,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its Web site.

“The episode offers something for the authorities to chew on — if the public was properly informed … such a situation may not have occurred at all,” an editorial in the China Daily said on Monday.

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Vietnam Chooses Open Source Software to Offset Piracy

December 29, 2007

Xinhua News Agency

Vietnam’s open source push follows a government crackdown on copyright violation, including raids on companies found to be using pirated software. Government surveys carried out on computer businesses have revealed that use of pirated software is widespread. However, several companies have taken the lead in using legal software.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication has recommended government agencies use open source software when using state moneys to implement information technology projects, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Friday.

The ministry has issued a list of open source software, including OpenOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox and Unikey.A ministry official refused to comment on whether the move was made as a means of reducing software infringement in Vietnam or stimulating demand for research.

Piracy Rampant

The open source push follows a government crackdown on copyright violation, including raids on companies found to be using pirated software.

Government surveys carried out on computer businesses have revealed that use of pirated software is widespread.

However, several companies have taken the lead in using legal software.

Better Than Paying

According to the Vietnam Informatics Association, the country would have to pay a gigantic amount of money for the mass purchase of software copyrights.

The association, therefore, suggested the government and the National Steering Committee on Information Technology Development promote the use of open source software in the community, a move recently implemented by many countries, including China, Thailand and India, the newspaper said.