Saturday, June 03, 2006

Illegal to Export this Device to Country of Its Origin

This is a direct lift from Mark Kleiman, of UCLA. But, because we can always use a laugh, I had to pass it on:

An old friend writes:

My Mother recently bought a new Dell PC. Its paperwork states that national security laws prohibit the export of either the PC or its OS to a list of proscribed countries, including China. Both the PC and the CD with the OS on it are labeled "made in China."

Footnote: Yes, it's conceivable that this isn't as stupid as it looks. Maybe the PC is assembled in China, and the CD that carries the OS is made in China, but the OS is actually written on to the CD here, and it's the OS that's sensitive. On the other hand, it's also possible that this is precisely as stupid as it looks.

Kleiman's commenters confirmed, not surprisingly, possibility number 2.

Above: the man I now nominate to replace Washington on the dollar.


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