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Discussion in 'Suggestion Box & Feedback' started by mikedt, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. mikedt

    mikedt 你好
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    Seems AF is now censored in the PRC, unless using a VPN. It should keep those Canadian university fake diploma spammers out.

    No VPN
    Screenshot_20190603_223043_org.mozilla.firefox.jpg

    VPN
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    #1 mikedt, Jun 3, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
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  2. dontpanicbobby

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    That's harsh. What did we do?
     
  3. Unforgiven

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    I'll be honest, I thought it was blocked long before. :p
     
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  4. mikedt

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    AF was always accessible from China until yesterday AFAICT. I believe the govt has been stepping up the Great FireWall because 4th June is 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and Tank Man.
     
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  5. mikedt

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    Caught in the net I think.
     
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  6. Unforgiven

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    I probably got confused because you frequently mention using VPNs that I projected that to you always use a vpn. :oops:
     
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  7. dontpanicbobby

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    @mikedt was not, Definitely Not. Tiananmen Tank man.
     
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  8. mikedt

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    Not all the time. The Chinese services I use like music streaming, those object to a non-PRC IP addresses, but AF has always been accessible.
     
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  9. mikedt

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    Here's me in my mink jacket at the Tiananmen a couple months ago.
    IMG_20190603_231309.jpg
    NOT the tank man.
     
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  10. bcrichster

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    Ty- for incentive for history lesson, I even had my kids sit & watch it. One thing I couldn't find.. Whatever DID happen to Tank Man?
     
  11. dontpanicbobby

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    Crushed? @mikedt would know.
    He was closer than I was.
     
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  12. DaVinchi

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    China's tough policy
    What prevents you from bypassing this prohibition using VPN?
    Even the one that is built into the Opera browser
     
  13. Unforgiven

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    Well, he is posting here, so I think he's figured it out.
     
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  14. Steven58

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    Mike, is this permanent type block for AF, do you think?
     
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  15. MoodyBlues

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    Damn...that couldn't possibly have been 30 years ago! It's so clear in my memory.

    The older I get, the faster time blazes by...
     
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  16. MoodyBlues

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    This article about Tiananmen is very interesting, but one part stands out:

    "Beyond coded messages, there are also technological ways to circumvent the Great Firewall, with the most popular being virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow users to appear to be located outside China. But these are increasingly being shut down, with the government banning the illegal selling of VPN services and sending those defying its rules to jail."

    I worry about you, @mikedt. I know you're smart and savvy and all that--but it's CHINA, you know?
     
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  17. mikedt

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    Seems to be clear this morning. Can view AF without VPN. I'm not the only one, I'm sure there's many in China that have an interest in Android, do look at sites like AF, as well as XDA etc. There's a lot of Android development goes on in China, and may require access to international sites and information.
     
  18. Steven58

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    Ah yes! They still have to be able to do their work. Ty again, Mike!
     
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  19. mikedt

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    Here's the thing, I've been here for eleven years now, and have never once felt personally threatened. Which is more then I can say for the UK. Think the chances of me been shot, stabbed, or other physical attacks in China are actually very low here. Scams have to be careful of, but I can recognise those. Been able to speak the language is the most useful.

    My Internet presence is really only AF and some Facebook, plus Wechat which I keep absolutely legal. I know of some popular YouTube vloggers who were in China, that were picked up by Chinese social media. I believe they've now been denied entry visas, basically kicked out of the country and are not coming back anytime soon. YouTubers serpentza and laowhy86, and there's others as well.
     
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  20. mikedt

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    I don't think anyone knows for sure, except he was very likely arrested. and then disappeared.
     
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