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New crackdown on VPNs meant to further empower China’s Great Firewall

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology plans to conduct a 14-month “clean-up” of Internet access services, including a major crackdown on virtual private networks, or VPNs. Without official endorsement, no cable business nor VPN can do business inside China, and no individual can use a VPN without permission. VPNs are already under government scrutiny in China, and directives are often left purposefully vague. But this surge in enforcement seems to be like the last one: aimed at preventing individuals from gaining access to sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are blocked in ...

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China’s first space station will fall back to Earth in 2017

China launched its first space station in 2011, and managed to successfully use it intermittently for several years longer than originally planned. Now, the Tiangong-1 module is heading for a crash landing on Earth. However, China doesn’t know exactly when it’s coming down. That has fed speculation that all communication with the module has been lost, meaning it could come down almost anywhere. The best estimate of reentry China has given is sometime in the second half of 2017. That would indicate a slowly decaying orbit. China announced in March ...

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Meet the new world’s fastest supercomputer: China’s TaihuLight

China has done it again — except this time with a brand new supercomputer. The Sunway TaihuLight is now the fastest system in the world, according to the twice-per-year TOP500 list, with a stunning Linpack benchmark result of 93 petaflops. That makes it three times faster than the prior champion, China’s Tianhe-2, which we’ve covered numerous times on ExtremeTech and had sat on top of the list since it first went online in 2013. What’s even more interesting this time around is what’s under TaihuLight’s hood: a locally developed ShenWei ...

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