Discourse is OK, But Beware of Law

Great Firewall of China lets you test if your website is blocked by the Chinese government.

This blog is not blocked, but my homepage, law.tm is blocked. Go figure.

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4 Responses to Discourse is OK, But Beware of Law

  1. LACJ says:

    Looks like this service still has some bugs, as I had no problem getting to your homepage. I do not believe the resources are allocated to allow active management past the most sensitive political and social issues.

    In general, from within China, you can tell if the site is blocked because the ‘cannot open’ page appears immediately, rather than trying to connect for some time.

    I often have trouble loading pages that should not be blocked, and using a web-based proxy often solves the problem. However I suspect that there is something else involved, perhaps of a technical nature, rather than the great firewall. For instance, sometimes a site that I was able to visit just the day before will have this problem, and then the next day the problem is gone.

    Finally, in general this is an overblown topic. It is not a big deal; frankly everyone and their mother knows how to work around it.

  2. LACJ says:

    The service site itself, on the other hand, seems to be blocked. After reading (some) of the info on the site, I am suspicious of the purpose and source of funding.

    First of all, that url is going to allow blocking so much earlier. Duh. Second, they use one server in one location, with backup servers in different locations kept in reserve, if the first one goes down. That’s it. Third, I have no idea why they need to have a page for comments.

    At this point, at least from Shanghai, the only things that are blocked are Fal un Dafa, Taiwan independence, and the BBC. Not sure what the BBC did to earn that, they have been successfully blocked for years. The other stuff, well I just do not care. The religion is pure junk, in my opinion, and the independence issue, while difficult, would be the economic equivalent of cutting your own throat. Not referring to war; economically Taiwan would have big problems if they spurned China.

  3. LACJ says:

    After considerable thought, I wish to retract most of what I posted above. A bit hasty, that.

    Still wonder about the source of funding for this site; geeks are usually a bit more undercover than this.

  4. LACJ says:

    After considerable thought, I wish to retract most of what I posted above. A bit hasty, that.

    Still wonder about the source of funding for this site; geeks are usually a bit more undercover than this.

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