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China's Firewall Stymies Google; Users Confused 34

eldavojohn writes "Massive confusion occurred last night for Google's Chinese search engine and ad services when Google's automated reporting system claimed that everything was blocked in China. The problem was that most users experienced no outage despite Google's reports and Google has backpedaled on those reports. Google explained that their tool for detecting blockage is not 'real-time': 'Because of the way we measure accessibility in China, it's possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage. That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage. It appears now that users in China are accessing our properties normally.' The WSJ blogger notes, 'Beijing may not need to cancel Google's license. Death by a thousand disruptions could be just as effective.'"
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China's Firewall Stymies Google; Users Confused

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  • by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Friday July 30, 2010 @12:56PM (#33085270) Journal

    *Perks up*

    What's this? China is mentioned on a slashdot article! Oh boy! I've been saving up a nice big rant-post since the last article, keeping it on my desktop so I can copy and paste the very second this moment comes up! People will be in awe and wonder about how much I have the world political perspective in such a clear and defined view. I shall be modded to infinite and beyond!

    Oh... Wait... Not relevant? Damn.

  • by yog ( 19073 ) * on Friday July 30, 2010 @01:57PM (#33086204) Homepage Journal

    Who cares about mod points? I like to look at the big picture, and to me the main point of these continuing problems for Google in China is that China is shooting itself in the foot. What a pity that you can't or won't discuss the issues at hand and prefer to merely mock others who do. It's also a pity that some moderators actually found your rant funny while dismissing my ideas as off topic. Slashdot as a forum to discuss anything but the latest chips and copyright wars continues to fall flat.

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