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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

  a graphic example of censorship

I am outraged at google caving into Chinese censorship. We're talking at least 20 extra points of blood pressure here. I'd go into it more, but the following two urls demonstrate the problem more eloquently. (click on each)

Google China http://images.google.cn/images?q=tiananmen

Google the rest of the world: http://images.google.com/images?q=tiananmen

INFURIATING. I have a personal story about censorship that I'll share once I've calmed down. On the other hand, I take much joy in that wikipedia has taken on the US congress... in the name of TRUTH and seems to be winning, thus far. I'm sure a few embarrassed congressional staffers are wishing that Wikipedia would cave in, like google (and for that matter, msn) just did.

What does Wikipedia got that google doesn't? Balls. And no sissy weasel worded responsibility to the shareholders, only a responsibility to the truth. Google should remember that in part, its responsibility to its shareholders is in being a trusted source for reliable information.

By so blatantly exposing the evils of censorship, of what happens when something falls down the memory hole, perhaps google has done the world a favor. It is too soon to tell. In other news, yes, Winston, we have always done business with Oceana.

UPDATE: So I took some time to calm down and try to dissect all sides of the issue.

I did catch the google spin on things, and lost my temper again.Yes, google, these problems are endemic within China's internet services, but not entirely for the reason you state, and there is another solution. The real reason why the network sucks in China is because the internet connections TO China is dropping 10% or more of the packets that pass through it on any given day. China's net connection is saturated, in other words, and has been for years. Once a packet leaps off of AT&T's network, it gets STUCK, or lost.

The bandwidth problem is easy to solve: Upgrade China's internet connections to the rest of the world to the demands being placed on them. They could easily drag OC-48 or OC-192 fiber through Singapore and Japan, for example.

No caving into censorship required. Oh, China DOESN'T want a faster pipe to the rest of the world? They want to firewall everything? They want local control of their data? TOUGH. Why enable that? Far cheaper to upgrade their connections...

A few hundred high speed wimax routers aimed in from the borders of surrounding countries ought to solve the quality of service problem handily.
 
Comments:
Dear Mtaht,

Please calm down. What you are getting upset about are death throes.


That's all.

Keep a few things in mind. (these are not facts, just predictions)

1, we are on the upslope of the greatest economic boom in history, don't argue now, try and argue
it in 2010.
1a: with the telcom consolidation we are experiencing, it would be nearly impossible to STOP
90% of households in north america from being connected at at least 5mbit in the next 4 years.

As happened with cable in the 70s, all that bandwidth is going to require content, and with
all the old-empire chasing around trying to plug the holes in the info-dyke, while new technology
trends are showing up constantly, they just are not going to be able to keep up.

You of all people should understand this,
If there is an obstacle, it will be engineered around. It took dvd jon /how long/ to crack
their code? /they/ are completely banked on lawsuits and legislation to keep the old
power in play, but that old power serves no purpose. Darwin in action boy.

Look at a crackberry, now look at a Nokia 770. Imagine what it is going to like
TOMORROW when the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world can communicate freely
and without and real restraint? $100 laptops in africa? 20megabit wifi backhauls in
Nepal done with tin cans and ebay consumer stuff?

The only thing the folks who resist this are doing, is becoming obsolete, and doing
it REALLY fast. Google? They keep this up, they go away.
MSN wouln't exist without the MS part, they have always been tools. No worries there.

Don't sweat the minutia.

it's all changing.

Watch the dow hit 40K in 2010/12-ish.
 
Google always had held itself to a "higher standard" and commited to "Do No Evil". How this sorry scenario fits in is puzzling? Especially given how vocal Google has been against the Telcos trying to recover some of their investment in internet backbone technologies. I guess this is just another example of "say one thing and do another". I understand why people get very cynical.
 
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