Yeah, we mark engine components with Made In Germany and Made in USA on them.
They just add some tiny detail and there you go made in XYZ...
Staff were cuffed in a police raid on Thursday at the offices of US surveillance equipment vendor Aventura Technologies. The workers are now facing criminal charges for allegedly passing off Chinese-made gear as stuff built in America, and selling it to Uncle Sam and its military. Aventura has also been charged (PDF) as a …
I am pretty sure that the sticker saying 'made in the USA' added a lot of value! By common sense, if most value is generated by the manufacturing process in the USA (i.e., putting on the sticker) it should be called a US product! :)
But apparently, the FTC disagrees: if any significant part of the product was assembled elsewhere, you can't use the label. Well, there is common sense and then there is common sense. Tough luck.
"Is anything electric made in the UK?"
Test equipment: Wayne Kerr and Megger
V high quality sound consoles: Cadac
I think Siemens also manufacture stuff in the UK
Possibly also Thorn Lighting and CCT Lighting
And others which I cannae remember as it's wine o'clock.
Have a good weekend.
"With today’s arrests, the defendants’ brazen deceptions and fraud schemes have been exposed, and they will face serious consequences ... "
Somehow I always find these announcements from US prosecutor offices, carefully detailing the names and identities of the accused, the charges against them, and the maximum sentences they are facing a bit bizzare. Aren't these people innocent until proven guilty? Isn't it possible some or all of them have done nothing wrong (that's why trials, juries, and judges still exist after all)? Don't these announcement jeopardize their right to a fair trial by biasing their peers - the potential jurors? Even if they are found guilty, they'll eventually serve their sentence and rejoin the community - so shouldn't we make it a bit easier by allowing them some privacy where possible?
So many questions, and so few anwers ...
Agree with the first part of your post but:
"Even if they are found guilty, they'll eventually serve their sentence and rejoin the community - so shouldn't we make it a bit easier by allowing them some privacy where possible?"
If they are found guilty then they deserve the publicity and no privacy - after being found guilty. Not only are they punished but the publicity acts as a deterrent.
Not only are they punished but the publicity acts as a deterrent.
Right, it also means anyone convicted of anything, however minor, is haunted for the rest of their life after release with it. Which means they can't get any jobs because they have a criminal record, not even cleaning tables in a diner. Which means they either have to live off other family members who can support them or, in the most likely cases where the family can't afford to support such a person, their only option is to return to crime as that's the only job they can find. Thus perpetuating the cycle.
The reason ex-cons are more likely to re-offend, thus are automatic suspects ("the usual suspects") in proximate criminal activity, is that they have no other options, they are unemployable because of the way the US treats ex-cons, so their only viable option is to earn a living the only way they can, "work" that is criminal.
They just aren't usually caught. A small vendor like this doing it on all their products is an easy target. One of the big companies that takes a shortcut of using Chinese equipment to fulfill a contract for CCTV or whatever while having factories to build custom hardware like tanks or laser guided bombs would get away with it 100% of the time. Even if they are found out it would be handled quietly, to avoid creating a stink and jeopardizing the delivery of those big ticket weapons.
Most likely they were not a prime contractor, but a subcontractor to a prime that needed them to fulfill their obligation to throw a percentage of the contract to a "woman or minority owned business". I wonder who they were actually supplying the equipment to.
I think the cousins got it wrong, there's this UK tech company run by a US genius friend of a current UK PM, a rented po box and an line in California, this has just been declared a viable, legit UK business, what's the problem with slapping made in USA on Chinese gear then?
I can recall a lot of talk about diluting food labelling until it was useless, so that consumers couldn't swerve GM food. (Watch out UK, it'll be headed your way when you sign up with Uncle Sam).
So for it to bite the government on the ass like this ... you reap what you sow, my friends.
Not for me. I'm fortunate enough to be able to pay EU premiums.
Only the poor that voted for Brexit will be subject to US high fructose corn syrup dreck. Which is fine because as long as there are no foreigners getting in, they will all be better off...
...until new trade deals are struck and we have free trade agreements with even more countries with cheap labour to offshore to.
It's hard to imagine how, after Nike had it's 'Nike Moment', (and Apple similar) such important contracts don't warrant a trip to the factory, and given it was supposedly in Long Island, it would hardly have been an onerous task to go visit. Even if they were sourcing products that were declared to have been manufactured in China, the end user should still visit the factory to make sure it's not staffed by minors etc. There's no excuse for this really.
Ah, but child labor laws are enforced by a different department, the Department of Labor, so they would /never/ have been allowed to report on the Made in China labelling on the products even if they had performed a workplace visit to confirm that everyone was old enough to work there.
All what we got here's American made
It's a little bit cheesey
But it's nicely displayed
Well we don't get excited when it
Crumbles 'n' breaks
We just get on the phone
And call up some Flakes
They rush on over
'N' wreck it some more
'N' we are so dumb
They're linin' up at our door
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced a crackdown on investment fraud platforms on Friday in conjunction with the country's Ministry of Public Security.
"Since the beginning of this year, the Anti-Fraud Center of the CAC has investigated and cracked down on 42,000 counterfeit apps," declared the internet regulator.
The CAC said those apps have been added to a database that currently includes around 3.8 million fraud-related websites and 514,000 apps, which have collectively seen it issue over two billion alerts.
China's internet regulator has launched an investigation into the security regime protecting academic journal database China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), citing national security concerns.
In its announcement of the investigation, the China Cyberspace Administration (CAC) said:
The US government is reportedly stepping up efforts to hamper China's ability to grow its semiconductor manufacturing capabilities by pressing for a wider ban on key chipmaking gear.
Uncle Sam hopes to convince officials in the Netherlands to block Dutch-native semiconductor equipment maker ASML from selling its older deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV) systems to China, according to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg that cited unnamed sources. US and Dutch officials declined to comment on the report, as did ASML.
DUV systems use a less advanced lithography process than ASML's extreme ultraviolet light (EUV) machines that chipmakers are increasingly turning to for leading-edge components coming to the market, such as Apple's homegrown M2 silicon for Macs or Nvidia's H100 datacenter GPU.
China's government has outlined its vision for digital services, expected behavior standards at China's big tech companies, and how China will put data to work everywhere – with president Xi Jinping putting his imprimatur to some of the policies.
Xi's remarks were made in his role as director of China’s Central Comprehensively Deepening Reforms Commission, which met earlier this week. The subsequent communiqué states that at the meeting Xi called for "financial technology platform enterprises to return to their core business" and "support platform enterprises in playing a bigger role in serving the real economy and smoothing positive interplay between domestic and international economic flows."
The remarks outline an attempt to balance Big Tech's desire to create disruptive financial products that challenge monopolies, against efforts to ensure that only licensed and regulated entities offer financial services.
US president Joe Biden is debating whether to end or cut Trump-era tariffs imposed on Chinese imports into the United States, according to reports.
Introduced in 2018 during the Trump administration, tariffs on more than $300 billion in imports from China — including products and components vital in consumer and business technologies — were inherited by the Biden administration.
According to Bloomberg, president Biden and his cabinet have discussed the inflationary impact of these levies with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. The cabinet was looking at all of the possible ways to curb inflation and to provide some relief on cost of living for Americans, the report said.
The US Department of Defense said it's investigating Chinese disinformation campaigns against rare earth mining and processing companies — including one targeting Lynas Rare Earths, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to build a plant in Texas.
Earlier today, Mandiant published research that analyzed a Beijing-linked influence operation, dubbed Dragonbridge, that used thousands of fake accounts across dozens of social media platforms, including Facebook, TikTok and Twitter, to spread misinformation about rare earth companies seeking to expand production in the US to the detriment of China, which wants to maintain its global dominance in that industry.
"The Department of Defense is aware of the recent disinformation campaign, first reported by Mandiant, against Lynas Rare Earth Ltd., a rare earth element firm seeking to establish production capacity in the United States and partner nations, as well as other rare earth mining companies," according to a statement by Uncle Sam. "The department has engaged the relevant interagency stakeholders and partner nations to assist in reviewing the matter.
A threat actor has taken to a forum for news and discussion of data breaches with an offer to sell what they assert is a database containing records of over a billion Chinese civilians – allegedly stolen from the Shanghai Police.
Over the weekend, reports started to surface of a post to a forum at Breached.to. The post makes the following claim:
China’s efforts to end its reliance on Microsoft Windows got a boost with the launch of the openKylin project.
The initiative aims to accelerate development of the country’s home-grown Kylin Linux distro by opening the project up to a broader community of developers, colleges, and universities to contribute code.
Launched in 2001, Kylin was based on a FreeBSD kernel and was intended for use in government and military offices, where Chinese authorities have repeatedly attempted to eliminate foreign operating systems.
TikTok, owned by Chinese outfit ByteDance, last month said it was making an effort to minimize the amount of data from US users that gets transferred outside of America, following reports that company engineers in the Middle Kingdom had access to US customer data.
"100 percent of US user traffic is being routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure," TikTok said in a June 17, 2022 post, while acknowledging that customer information still got backed up to its data center in Singapore. The biz promised to delete US users' private data from its own servers and to "fully pivot to Oracle cloud servers located in the US."
That pivot has not yet been completed. According to a June 30, 2022 letter [PDF] from TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, obtained by the New York Times on Friday, some China-based employees with sufficient security clearance can still access data from US TikTok users, including public videos and comments.
It seems promoters of RISC-V weren't bluffing when they hinted a laptop using the open-source instruction set architecture would arrive this year.
Pre-orders opened Friday for Roma, the "industry's first native RISC-V development laptop," which is being built in Shenzen, China, by two companies called DeepComputing and Xcalibyte. And by pre-order, they really mean: register your interest.
No pricing is available right now, quantities are said to be limited, and information is sparse.
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