hackingbear writes: The suspected cyberattack that struck South Korean banks and media companies this week didn't originate from a Chinese IP address, South Korean officials said Friday, contradicting their previous claim. The Korea Communications Commission said that after "detailed analysis," the IP address used in the attack is the bank's internal IP address which is coincidentally identical a Chinese ISP's address, among the 2^32 address space available.
hackingbear writes: Cong Sun, Chief Architect of the new Chinese carrier-based J-15 fighter jet Cong, recently unveiled that 3D printing has been widely used in designing and producing of the jet which had its first successful test in October 2012. 3D printing has been used to manufacture critical titanium alloy load-bearing structure on the aircraft, including the entire nose landing gear. China aims to become a leader in commercializing 3D printing technology to manufacture titanium parts in aviation industry. The laser additive manufacturing technology could save 90% of raw material, and the cost is only 5% of the traditional method — for example, the cost of a part made with traditional technology is 25 million RMB (4 million USD), but using laser additive manufacturing technology the cost is only 1.3 million (210K USD). Because no tooling is required, the processing charge is also just 10% of the orginal. Chief Architect Cong Sun recently unveiled that 3D printing has been widely used in designing and producing of the newest J-15 prototype which had its first successful test in October 2012. 3D printing has been used to manufacture critical titanium alloy load-bearing structure on the aircraft, including the entire nose landing gear. If the forged titanium parts on an American F-22 were made in China, 40 percent of the weight can be reduced while same strength could be maintained. Chinese media report (in Chinese) also credited the use of 3-D printing in recent massive speeding up of new generation military jet development, including the J-31 stealth fighter jets. Looks like we can outsource F-22/F-35 production as well to save our budget.
hackingbear writes: While we have heard reports of computers being hacked from China almost every other day, China has responded in this war of mouths by accusing massive computer hacking from U.S. China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Centre identified 7.8 million computers in China had been hacked in the first six months of last year, with the most common location of the attackers being in the US. "It is very complicated to determine the source of hacker attacks, so it's arbitrary and irresponsible for the US to blame China's network for the attacks with no real evidence," an editorial in People's Daily said. Apparently, just like we can't get any real indisputable evidences of (government sponsored) hacking from China, they cannot prove their claims definitely either. Neither each side can disprove the other's claims definitely. So everybody should just continue believing what one has prejudiced to. And let the war of mouth continue while we enjoy the show.
hackingbear writes: The New York Times reported the story of a Chinese blogger named Zhu Ruifeng who has become an overnight celebrity in China in the two months since he posted online secretly recorded video of an 18-year-old woman having sex with a memorably unattractive 57-year-old official from the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, causing the official, along with 10 other officials, to loss their jobs and be put under investigation. Mr. Zhu says ordinary citizens have come to rely on the Internet for retribution, even if it often amounts to mob justice. “We used to say that when you have a problem, go to the police,” he said. “Now we say when you have a problem, go to the netizens.” At the meantime, he has also become a litmus test of how committed China’s new leaders are in their battle against corruption — and whether they can tolerate populist crusaders like Mr. Zhu.
hackingbear writes: The Financial Times reported that Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn, China’s largest private sector employer with 1.2m mainland workers, is preparing genuinely representative labour union elections in its factories in China for the first time (free registration required), a powerful sign of the changes in the workshop of the world demanded by an increasingly restive workforce. This would be the first such exercise at a large company in China, where labour unions have traditionally been controlled by management and local government. “The position of chairman and 20 committee members of the Foxconn Federation of Labour Unions Committee will be determined through elections once every five years through an anonymous ballot voting process,” Foxconn said in response to questions from the Financial Times. After the Lunar New Year holiday this month, Foxconn, with the help of the Fair Labor Association, a U.S.-based labor group, will begin training its Chinese workers in how to vote for their 18,000 representatives.
hackingbear writes: While people and politicians are pitching for more educations and reviving manufacturing in this country, jobs go begging in factories while many college educated young workers, which now number 11 times more than in 1989, are unemployed or underemployed in China. A national survey of urban residents, released this winter by a Chinese university, showed that among people in their early 20s, those with a college degree were four times as likely to be unemployed as those with only an elementary school education. Yet, it is not about the pay. Many factories are desperate for workers, despite offering double-digit annual pay increases and improved benefits, while an office job would initially pay as little as a third of factory wages. The glut of college graduates is eroding wages even for those with more marketable majors, like computer science. Vocational schools and training programs are unpopular because they suffer from a low statue of for people from unsuccessful, poor, or peasant backgrounds.“The more educated people are, the less they want to work in a factory,” said an unemployed graduate. If we do succeed bringing back factory jobs, are their enough people want them?
hackingbear writes: Chinese moon probe Chang'e-2 made a flyby of the near-earth asteroid Toutatis on December 13 at 16:30:09 Beijing Time (08:30"09 GMT), the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced today. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, named after a Celtic god, making China the fourth country after the US, the EU and Japan to be able to examine an asteroid by spacecraft. Chang'e-2 came as close as 3.2 km from Toutatis, which is about 7 million km away from the Earth, and took pictures of the asteroid at a relative velocity of 10.73 km per second, the SASTIND said in a statement. Chang'e-2, originally designated as the backup of Chang'e-1, left its lunar orbit for an extended mission to the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrangian point on June 9, 2011, after finishing its lunar objectives, and then again began its mission to Toutatis this year. "The success of the extended missions also embodies that China now possesses spacecraft capable of interplanetary flight," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar probe program.
hackingbear writes: One of the Chinese Web censorship’s central features has long been blocking searches for the names of top leaders to maintain their public images. Sina Weibo, China’s largest microblog service, unblocked searches for the names of many top political leaders in a possible sign of looser controls a month after new senior officials were named to head the ruling party, though a number of other senior leaders are still blocked on Weibo, including Premier Web Jiabao. That (President) Xi might be leading by example on softening Web censorship could be a promising sign for future reforms. It isn’t on a major shift, but it could portend one.
hackingbear writes: Foxconn is planning to build manufacturing plants in the U.S., probably in cites such as Detroit and Los Angeles. “Since the manufacturing of Apple’s products is rather complicated, the market watchers expect the rumored plants to focus on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier.” Nice to think they will be hiring herebut still a fascinating insult to U.S. manufacturing prowess, dontcha think – the idea that actually making Apple products is a little too complicated for Americans to handle (Or maybe they won't be able to hire enough workers sitting 8 hours a day screwing really tiny screws into iPhone 5; despite of the higher unemployment rate, laborers here may not be as desperate as the millions of migrant workers looking for work in China.) Foxconn chairman Terry Guo, at a recent public event, noted that the company is planning a training program for US-based engineers, bringing them to Taiwan or China to learn the processes of product design and manufacturing.
hackingbear writes: Pointing to China’s plummeting birth rate and numerous impending demographic imbalances in arguing that the one-child policy has outlived its usefulness, a think tank affiliated with China’s State Council issued a report saying the country should start loosening one-child restrictions in areas where controls have been strictest as a prelude to eventually doing away with child limits altogether by 2020. Chinese family planning authorities credit the one-child policy with preventing around 400 million births, but concerns over the economic implications of China’s rapidly aging population, a widening gender imbalance and growing rights consciousness have led increasing numbers of academics and regular citizens to openly question the policy, which is sometimes enforced in brutal ways. Citizens, however, express split views on this plan through online forums (in Chinese); some calling for faster termination of the policy while others argue the country still have too many people.
hackingbear writes: China Unicom, the country's second largest telecom operator, has replaced Cisco Systems routers in one of the country’s most important backbone networks, citing security reasons [due to bugs and vulnerability.) The move came after a congressional report branded Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. security threats in the United States, citing bugs and vulnerability (rather than actual evidence of spying.) Surprising to us, up to now, Cisco occupies a large market share in China. It accounts for over a 70 percent share of China Telecom’s 163 backbone network and over an 80 percent share of China Unicom’s 169 backbone network. Let's wait to see who's the winner in this trade war disguised as national security.
hackingbear writes: China's largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group, expects to sell merchandise this year worth more than that sold by Amazon Inc and eBay combined. The company is aiming for 3 trillion yuan ($473 billion) in annual transaction value from its Taobao e-commerce units in the next 5 to 7 years, rising from the 1 trillion yuan of sales expected for 2012. "From their annual reports we did a rough calculation and we were similar last year but we are growing faster than them this year, so this year we are probably larger than them," Zeng Ming, Chief Strategy Officer of Alibaba, said of Amazon and eBay.
hackingbear writes: While nerds at Slashdot have marveled at the powers of engineers in China, the era of technocrats has gone over there and the country is on the path to be ruled by MBAs and lawyers. According to a report by an oversea Chinese media (Google translation), in the latest round of high-level political position bidding war, only 25% of provincial party leaders possess engineering degrees, while 38% have (business) management or economics degrees and 13% majored in Chinese literature. The rest are picked up by people in fields like laws, agriculture, statistics. At its peak at 2001, 63% of leaders were engineers. In this opinionated reports, technocrats are blamed for overemphasizing in economic development — building more stuff — and ignore social development, causing widespread wealth gap in China. Consequently, they have been disfavored to place more emphasize on social developments. Like all other modernized societies, it will eventually be taken over by MBAs and lawyers.