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Rincewind

Youtube blocked?

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gato
I hardly think google would let one of it's flagship products get blocked without making a fuss over it. So I expect Google to make changes and get youtube - in some form - back into china.

Actually Google has been much less accommodating to the Chinese government than Yahoo and Microsoft have been. Yahoo is currently being sued in the U.S. in the for giving emails of several Chinese dissidents who were using yahoo accounts over to the Chinese governments, leading to their conviction and imprisonment.

See http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/03/72972

'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'

Yahoo's China subsidiary was also the only non-local internet company that was invited to a government-sponsored retreat recently.

See http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=202401567&pgno=1&queryText=

Chinese Internet Censorship Machine Revealed

InformationWeek

October 11, 2007 03:52 PM

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muyongshi

ummm....I think it's working again...anyone care to confirm???

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roddy

Yep, Youtube's back and productivity has just dropped here in Dalian.

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johnd

Working in the south too. I was just thinking of returning to apologise for my earlier comment: "I'm guessing it will come back next week". I should have said a fortnight.

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Loriquero

reporting succesful comeback :mrgreen:

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NickyR

Is anyone struggling with facebook at the moment? It seems to be coming in fits and starts with long periods of absence in the middle. Can't work out if it is my computer or not. But this is what happened to wiki!!

:roll:

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muyongshi

No I haven't had any problems just the very occasional connection reset and it working within a second and only one refresh

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Loriquero

it happened to me until last week, right now FB is working pretty fine again

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help4theworld

Youtube is back and works faster than before, plus you can see ALL the pages.

I'm beginning to doubt that it was "blocked" in the first place on purpose. If it was a matter of censorship it would have stayed closed for much longer. I beleive it's been only some sort of server crash, those things happen all the time. Also, consider what kind of bad reputation China would have gotten if they really blocked youtube.. the most important site on the internet.. 7 months away from the Olympics.

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imron
If it was a matter of censorship it would have stayed closed for much longer. I beleive it's been only some sort of server crash, those things happen all the time.
A server crash that uncrashed the minute you started using a proxy, and recrashed the moment you went back to a normal connection? Not very likely. Although we can only speculate as to why it was blocked, and why it was subsequently unblocked, the one thing we can be sure about, was that it was blocked.
the most important site on the internet.
More important than the forums? Surely not :wink:

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liuzhou

Blogspot seems to be unblocked at the moment.

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gougou

I was just gonna post the same thing. Temporarily unproxied the site to change a proxy in gladder (why are they all so irreliable?), and - surprise - it worked without proxy as well.

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roddy
why are they all so irreliable?

Here's why

Idealistic webmaster sets up proxy to help people beat censorship. Everyone uses it to look at porn. Idealistic webmaster gets shut down by webhost or hammered with bandwidth bills.

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gougou

But they're all back after an hour or so. Must be idealism paired with an indestructible belief in the goodness of people...

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help4theworld

Ok that was SO clever. Someone removed my last post ONLY because I said vblogs like youtube and others are far more used and needed that text forums... I beleive it's the same one who was lashing out china's censorship.. And he remove my post ONLY because of that? How hypocritical.

Anyways, I'm outta here.

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muyongshi

....or maybe it's just plain stupidity....

So anyway...bets on how long blogspot is accessible for?? :mrgreen:

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gougou
bets on how long blogspot is accessible for?
Hope you got somebody to bet against you, because I haven't been able to access it for the last few days.

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muyongshi

Nope nobody took me up on it....

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liuzhou

Facebook has been out all day. Works fine through proxy. Hmmm.

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