Re: PCs become supercomputers, law remains static

Terry Donaghe (
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 09:42:57 -0800 (PST)

---Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko <> wrote:
> Interestingly enough, the next release of Pentiums III, 800MHZ,
> will put them into a supercomputer category and so will trigger
> corresponding export restrictions. - See story at
> What will the government do now?
> The answer should be simple: whatever it was planning to
> do when this happens. The export restrictions aren't new, neither
> is Moore's "Law", so this event was predictable, _long_ time ago.
> But no, the law is static, and now there are again expensive
> lobbying efforts for raising the definition of the supercomputer
> (once?), etc.
> Why is that that the regulatory bodies are so delusional they
> assume we live in a static world - where their very purpose
> should be formulated now as assurance of smooth growth
> of the society they should understand well enough to govern?
> Are they too stupid to extrapolate apparent trends, or there is
> something else in the system that makes it ignore them?

My vote's on too stupid.
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