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China, which last week effectively ended its citizens' right to register a .cn web address, will now only allow access to websites which have been fully registered with the authorities. Individuals will now need a business licence to register a web address. The Ministry of Industry and Information released more details of …

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Anonymous Coward

Mandy...

must be wetting himself at the prospect and pushing his little brain to think how he could bring such control here!!!

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He's lagging

behind the times first the Ozzie's now the Chinese.

I bet he wanders around mumberling under his breath 'if it weren't for those darn Euro's in there Brussel's i could do this', sorry Mandy it was your lot that signed up for the EU without asking us, it's your own fault if they keep getting in the way of your new China republic with there darn Human Right's thinge.

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@He's lagging

Sorry, that post made no sense. Heavy lunch at the boozer?

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@@He's lagging

Err, the post made sense to me - Mandy is a proper tw*t!

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Jobs Horns

Chapple

Hmmm, reminds me of Apple. Can't get your App listed unless we approve it, therefore we know you've got a safe environment as we control everything you can see and do.

I guess the Chinese only use numbers for there food, so the users can't just use the IP address to access any sites.

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Hmmm...

Satire is at it's most brilliant when it cannot be distinguished from reality:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/internet_adds_12th_website

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Big Brother

Just plain sucks to be them

I thought that porn was what the interwebs was for?

Gah, no fun to be had. Booo BB

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Paris Hilton

what will be left...

not much...The interwebs will be a desolate place.

And what will Paris do then ?

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China On-Line

I'm just surprised they ever had internet access in China. Instead, one would have expected them to simply have their own network, with Internet access only available to top government and military officials, and - under tight controls - to senior researchers at top academic institutions.

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Out of curiosity

Is the register registered with MIIT?

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FAIL COMRADE, FAIL!

Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, you will join me at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

Princess Leia: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

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Anonymous Coward

Quick!

someone post a complete drivers\etc\hosts file to a torrent!

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Why

Don't they just ban all non china net traffic and call it a day. TBH if they want to act like complete morons let them.

Overpowering, control freak govermnents like this should frankly be wiped off the face of the earth.

Oh wait, that would get rid of all governments.....

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Because I said so

At least the number of hosts trying to discover my root password on my server will fall. I don't care about China's traffic, so why not null route them?

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Pirate

Re: Why

Erm, well, yeah. I think if you come back in a few decades you'll pretty much conclude that that is what did happen. Pretty much every government on the planet was replaced. The good governments went peacefully, with the incumbents allowed to finish their terms, retire and go to their graves with reputations largely intact. The rest, well ... it was "more abrupt".

You almost feel sorry for them. Any government that turns its back on the internet will simply go bankrupt. Any that lets it in will have to clean up its act. What's a kleptocratic dictator to do?

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Big Brother

re: Why

It may not get rid of all governments, but it might just rid us of Conroy and Rudd (won't hold my breath though...)

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Pirate

I thought...

..we already did that? As long as said government was sitting on a bazillion barrels of oil...

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@Renato

Why does a host need a registered .cn domain name before trying to discover your root password on your server?

You don't null-route China's traffic because, if you have more than one user, some of them will have legitimate reasons to communicate with the place... like, their business depends on Chinese manufacturers, or sells to China, or they have relations there or...

Or maybe your users are running a website they can't register in China.

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One good thing is.......

No more Falun Dafa crap in China! :-)

Mr. Li wrote his own website when he came to USA and stated that if you truly

practise Falund Dafa as he does then you can float through walls.

Of course that original paticular website no longers exists that was hosted by a NY Isp.

Because they are losing membership they are trying to get more exotic with information and interviews from members who have been abducted by UFO aliens.

How do I know this? A practitioner at work should be doing their job but they installed http apache services on the company network and I am about to get them fired for using company hardware and bandwidth not in accordance with IT policy serving up Falun Dafa crap on company time.

I am building up my own evidence against her.

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@Falun Dafa

Someone that dedicated to something they cannot tangibly observe (and soon to be jobless) is right up there on my list of possible dates...

Would she mind relocating to the colonies? :)

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Presumably not that bad

The license to register domain names is a rather good idea (look at what the web has become); as for the unregistered addresses not resolving, it's bad but can be solved by using a non-Chinese DNS. Or typing the IP address.

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Priorities

So, let me get this straight. Prwn is an issue, but China can still incarcerate, torture and on at least one occassion ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,537076,00.html ) kill teenagers in Internet addiction "camps"?

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This is GOOD NEWS...

The only good news is that now guarantees that English will continue to be the dominant language on the Internet - not that I wish to be racist, but because it is the language spoken as a first or second language by the most people on earth. This walled-garden of China's will cement the English language as a method of making content semi-universally accessible for a longer period of time.

Thanks commies.

Of course, all Chinese internet navigation will now be via dot quads...no need for DNS resolution then, ehhh my precious? Good thing all the Chinese are really good at math...lol.

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Smut no, spam yes!

Now if they'd just use the same zeal to smack down the ever present Chinese fake drugs spam...

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Unhappy

For Kriste's sake

Don't show this to Australia's Stephen Conroy - it'll only give him more ideas.

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Great Minds Think Alike

I was just about to post the exact same comment.

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Ozzie effects?

Actually it might be good to note for the Oz plans... This shows that despite the extensive blocking (from facebook and everything containing the word "blog" to indeed the porn sites they use as excuses) it's still quite easy to get to see prn or whatever if so desired here in China. Hence they need to go to this kind of extremes -- so assuming Mr. Conroy has any semblance of reason (a big assumption, I know), he'll see the much milder blocking they're devising has no chance of success and won't waste money on something unpopular that is doomed to fail and destroys Oz credibility on free speech.

But yeah, one more reason to leave China soon, as if more would be needed. Don't think they'd let people get in by just remembering the IP addresses either, surely they'll block all the non-registered ones. The Chinese are *really* good at remembering number sequences after all.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Conroy

Ideas? It'll give him a bloody hardon.

Paris, because, well, there's this video right...

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Behold!

Pure evil.

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Dead Vulture

Oh well...

It was good while it lasted. See you on the dark side of the moon.

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side effects

In other news from China. Hand cream companies are going out of business, Illegal pregnancies are at an all time high, prostitution is booming, and venereal diseases are out of control.

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Mao Tse Mandy...

Is it true that when Mandleson grows up, he wants to be Chinese?

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Grenade

looking on the bright side

this will invigorate the Chinese hacking community to produce the necessary code to circumvent such censorship. So when UK.gov does implement net-censorship here at least the apps will be around to render the filters useless.

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Happy

it's just saving domain names

So the next round will be uncounted former site owners looking to get a rooted server at one of the 12 registered companies? (pardon me while i rofl at the thought)

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