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  1. #1
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    China Requiring Filters on PCs

    Wow, China is just getting all kinds of news today.

    According to the New York Times, China will soon require PC manufacturers to provide machines with pre-installed "Green Dam" software that "blocks" harmful websites.

    The country already filters out certain websites as it is, especially those pertaining to the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, anything related to the Dalai Lama, and the crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters back in 1989. The new software will take Internet filtering to the next level by weeding out pornography and what China considers "unhealthy information."

    Beginning July 1, the government will have the ability to update new PCs with a list of banned websites, and will refresh the list with new additions similar to distribution methods used by Symantec and McAfee. “This is a very bad thing,” said Charles Mok, chairman of the Internet Society, an advocacy group in Hong Kong. “It’s like downloading spyware onto your computer, but the government is the spy.” Free-speech advocates are also in an uproar, afraid that the new software will filter out access to uncensored news and information provided within and outside China.
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/China-Gr...news-4048.html

    It is only fair to note that the company behind the software states that its only intention is to filter out sexually explicit images and words. But its a well known fact that China is pretty hardcore about what it's citizens can and can't see.
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    Does not the Chinese government block a lot of the internet via "state controlled" internet routes?

    I guess the custom computer builders are going to have a large market, no?

    Since my 3D job was outsourced over there, maybe I should move and go build computers for them...heh...

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    I can't wait for adds coming from hackers to remove this.

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    I would get all high and mighty, but, well our government was pretty close to implementing this itself.

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    As long as it's software based, I'm not too concerned about it. I guess a reformat and fresh install will solve that issue.
    It's unbelievable how hard they try to control the internet, and yet it's still possible for me to access all websites. They just don't get it, that you can't block it.
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