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August 14, 2011, 04:26:16 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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August 14, 2011, 04:28:20 PM
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1. vpn/proxy to us
2. profit?

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August 14, 2011, 05:24:21 PM
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1. vpn/proxy to us
2. profit?

1. to UK
2. eh?
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August 14, 2011, 05:26:59 PM
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1. vpn/proxy to us
2. profit?

1. to UK
2. eh?

the only advantage is latency and being able to use services like the bbc iplayer(or whatever it is)

but really it does not matter much, so probably what you get cheapest is best.

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August 14, 2011, 05:31:00 PM
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1. vpn/proxy to us
2. profit?

1. to UK
2. eh?

the only advantage is latency and being able to use services like the bbc iplayer(or whatever it is)

but really it does not matter much, so probably what you get cheapest is best.

I can also type facebook, twitter and youtube (oh and bitcoin)
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August 14, 2011, 09:47:55 PM
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Shine an IR laser modulated to carry a TOR exit node to a towerblock from Hong Kong to Shenzen and beyond? There's got to be clever ways to circumvent the "Great Firewall" besides VPN. Although a laser would be subject to signal degradation based on distance and weather conditions, it would be pretty hard to detect right off.

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August 14, 2011, 09:57:16 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934

Are you using Freenet to bypass the GFW?

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August 14, 2011, 10:00:48 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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August 14, 2011, 10:01:51 PM
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Is there anything we can do to help? Can you show us a typical result of what happens, perhaps a screenshot? ...to help me think of ways round it
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August 18, 2011, 03:47:41 PM
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I've played with it for the last couple of days and currently is only a search on 'last 24 hours' that is being blocked (in fact all searches for recent time periods are being blocked for any search). It looks like the Chinese authorities are more interested in controlling changing information rather than existing information.
'Bitcoin' is still working as a general search
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August 18, 2011, 03:54:11 PM
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HAHAHAHA that's hilarious. so does then the chinese government already know about bitcoin? and their already making a subtle stance against it?!?!? holy crap this is awesome there are so many implications someone tell a credible news source to make an article out of this and blow it out of proportion!!!

hey anything new and bitcoin related can be used to spread awareness and then raise google trends and then raise the price no?

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August 18, 2011, 03:57:56 PM
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Is there anything we can do to help? Can you show us a typical result of what happens, perhaps a screenshot? ...to help me think of ways round it

Chinese netizens that are interested in the internet outside of China, are already very good at climbing out the Great Firewall. Most of the Chinese netizens do not care about GFW, because they do not read English, so the vast majority of the sites that matter to them are inside the GFW.

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August 18, 2011, 04:38:08 PM
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Shine an IR laser modulated to carry a TOR exit node to a towerblock from Hong Kong to Shenzen and beyond? There's got to be clever ways to circumvent the "Great Firewall" besides VPN. Although a laser would be subject to signal degradation based on distance and weather conditions, it would be pretty hard to detect right off.

VPN is easier though (£5 per month)
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August 18, 2011, 04:44:44 PM
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HAHAHAHA that's hilarious. so does then the chinese government already know about bitcoin? and their already making a subtle stance against it?!?!? holy crap this is awesome there are so many implications someone tell a credible news source to make an article out of this and blow it out of proportion!!!

hey anything new and bitcoin related can be used to spread awareness and then raise google trends and then raise the price no?

Yes, this would be a great story...make it well publicized that China is once again violating basic human rights and restricting free speech by censoring bitcoin.  Imagine then what the story will be when/if any western country tries to do the thing.  Wink

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August 18, 2011, 04:45:22 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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August 18, 2011, 05:00:36 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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TRY TO CALL OUT SOMEONE FOR A TYPO



ITS ACTUALLY SPELLED CORRECTLY

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August 18, 2011, 05:24:30 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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TRY TO CALL OUT SOMEONE FOR A TYPO



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August 18, 2011, 05:46:37 PM
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Is there anything we can do to help? Can you show us a typical result of what happens, perhaps a screenshot? ...to help me think of ways round it

Chinese netizens that are interested in the internet outside of China, are already very good at climbing out the Great Firewall. Most of the Chinese netizens do not care about GFW, because they do not read English, so the vast majority of the sites that matter to them are inside the GFW.

Yeah, I've long thought about the better-mice principle coming out of having built a standard mousetrap (i.e. make a Great Firewall and the best thinkers will overcome it and still do their thing.)

Anyone out there know if whatever version of China's Ministry of Culture (I'm not familiar with the proper agency name) has had anything to say about bitcoins recently?  Huh

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August 18, 2011, 05:53:59 PM
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I can get a set of search links but if I click any of them I get a timed out page. I can only continue if I use an international VPN (I'm in Shanghai).
Bizarrely the Chinese for bitcoin (比特币)seems to create no problems and is actively being traded on taobao and on the Chinese exchanges.

http://s8.taobao.com/search?q=bitcoin&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&pid=mm_14507416_2297358_8935934
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ITS ACTUALLY SPELLED CORRECTLY
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I was just meaning that it's not really bizarre

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August 18, 2011, 06:03:59 PM
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Is there anything we can do to help? Can you show us a typical result of what happens, perhaps a screenshot? ...to help me think of ways round it

Chinese netizens that are interested in the internet outside of China, are already very good at climbing out the Great Firewall. Most of the Chinese netizens do not care about GFW, because they do not read English, so the vast majority of the sites that matter to them are inside the GFW.

Yeah, I've long thought about the better-mice principle coming out of having built a standard mousetrap (i.e. make a Great Firewall and the best thinkers will overcome it and still do their thing.)

Anyone out there know if whatever version of China's Ministry of Culture (I'm not familiar with the proper agency name) has had anything to say about bitcoins recently?  Huh

There was a recent announcement about using virtual currencies to purchase tangible items - though the Chinese people tend to ignore any government announcement and just immediately take advantage of any obvious loop hole (ie just send someone cash for their virtual currency) - most people in China don't even pay tax becasue there are so many loopholes in the system. The irony is that if you don't piss off the politicians by doing something political, the Chinese are the economically freest people in the world (I know people in China who literally own a mountain, and they've never paid a penny of tax on their income).
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