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China Anti-Corruption Web Site Crashes On First Day 169

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An anonymous reader tips us to news out of China that the Web site of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention crashed on Tuesday, just hours after its launch, as droves of people logged on to complain about corruption among officials. "The number of visitors was very large and beyond our expectations," an anonymous NBCP official said.
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China Anti-Corruption Web Site Crashes On First Day

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  • Re:URL? (Score:5, Informative)

    by sakdoctor (1087155) on Monday December 24, 2007 @06:40AM (#21804380) Homepage
    Found it.

    http://yfj.mos.gov.cn/ [mos.gov.cn]
  • by SmallFurryCreature (593017) on Monday December 24, 2007 @09:24AM (#21804914) Journal

    Find out what happened to Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of product safety in China.

    That was july THIS year, so with one simple googling I basically shot down your entire rant. This story even made it to slashdot, so I not only show you to be incapable of googling, I show you incapable of recollecting events reported on a site you read. Why then shoud I take anything else you write serious?

    Get your facts straight, then I might take your opinions serious.

  • Re:URL? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2007 @10:03AM (#21805120)

    They seem to have some gigantic jpegs on their website. Maybe that's why it could not handle the load.
    http://yfj.mos.gov.cn/yfj/1.jpg [mos.gov.cn] <- They used this for a thumbnail and just scaled it down with HTML. It's a freaking 3504x2336 JPEG.

    -rw-r--r-- 1 nobody nogroup 3173056 2007-12-24 05:59 chinafails.jpg
    Ho ri shi toh bat man.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 24, 2007 @10:09AM (#21805140)
    The PRC has a poor track-record with government-endorsed whistleblower campaigns. Poor, as in thrown in jail.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Flowers_Campaign [wikipedia.org]
  • Re:A good sign (Score:3, Informative)

    by Macthorpe (960048) on Monday December 24, 2007 @10:24AM (#21805244) Journal
    You can see how they've held back on reporting on the recent issues regarding the data that the government lost.

    They didn't [bbc.co.uk] report much [bbc.co.uk] about that [bbc.co.uk], did they?

    Yes, the government are incompetent, but to claim the BBC "wouldn't report much" is false and can be demonstrated as such.
  • by earlgrey1 (1003967) on Monday December 24, 2007 @10:42AM (#21805404)
    Hmm the slashdot text box does not support unicode. "bei zhan you" is the romanized pronounciation.
  • by Sigismundo (192183) on Monday December 24, 2007 @11:43AM (#21806062)

    I totally agree with what you've said. Especially on Slashdot, news stories about China tend to be interpreted negatively, and in a very 1-dimensional way. The things that Slashdotters associate with China are always negative: the Great Firewall, jailing dissenters, censorship. I don't agree with these things either, but this is just a very small part of China, which is an extraordinarily vast country. For a country that has been growing so fast since Deng Xiaoping took office, there are bound to be some growing pains.

    Furthermore, it should be obvious that parties within the government are making an earnest attempt at stifling corruption. Witness the death sentence [bbc.co.uk] of the head of the Chinese FDA, who was charged with corruption. China's current president has a reputation for being strongly against corruption, and is well-liked because of it.

    It's unfortunate that the anti-corruption website was so poorly designed, but I don't doubt that the intention behind it was genuine.

  • Re:Absolute power... (Score:3, Informative)

    by quacking duck (607555) on Monday December 24, 2007 @12:30PM (#21806652)
    There's a critical difference with your capital punishment comparison.

    China has executed some people fairly high up the food chain, like their FDA chief, or a bank official [pitt.edu]. These are not your regular, fairly anonymous people like those executed in US states, but are among the small, wealthy minority of people who wielded significant influence and power.

    Slashdotters are always complaining about how laws never get passed that touch the wealthy in western countries, or they skip out of the country and retire in the Carribean, or how they always get cushy sentences. While there's still a lot wrong with the Chinese government, backing up your anti-corruption campaign by executing high-profile officials says to everyone that money and power are not enough to shield you from your crimes, and goes a long way to curbing such behaviour.

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