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Sunday, March 19, 2006

I have arrived

I am in Beijing, and I find that the Great Firewall of China blocks this blog! I'm a real person now!!

It's not as sweet as writing a book that gets banned, or having a fatwa on one's head, but it feels nice to know that perhaps one picocent is being wasted in the Chinese monitoring system in blocking this content.

I wonder how the Great Firewall of China works. They allow rsync-over-ssh out so clearly one can move encrypted content in and out. It also seems costly to do realtime checking, for latency-sensitive applications. The videoconferencing at the World Bank's Beijing office was a lot worse than that in their Delhi office - perhaps this was the latency introduced by the checks?

-- Ajay Shah <*(:-? - wizard who doesn't know the answer.

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