I have reason to disbelieve this story. I have been soing tests and no matter where I connect I still get the legitimate sites. I think this is like some sort of anti-Communist hysteria or something.
More like the wealthy Chinese are buying stuff overseas that is dirt cheap compared to the invetsments required to do stuff here. Plus no govt interference mostly. In most Chinese cities property prices are so ridiculously expensive that a lot of people are just buying Spanish villas, French vineyards, etc plus the old factories out there so they can export those products back to China with the so-desired foreign label that the Chinese consumer demands.
I think what those guys experienced would be related to an ISP. I'm in China and traveling at the moment, so I can tell you that I'm still getting to the legit sites either using airport wifi, hotel wifi or a residential ISP.
There is interference with the internet, no doubt about that, especially since the Hong Kong protests, when they took down the whole BBC website. But unless I see it reported from a reputable source I will call this bs, since I have never been able to verify their claims in previous occasions.
Sure, there are some accounts of people that never answer, but I was able to source medical equipment from India from their site. I'm pretty sure the guy was just a reseller but anyhow, he offered me a good price, I made a profit and was able to solve all my issues in English. In reality, you might want to go to China, find the actual factory, collect your shipment etc, but I didn't have the resources to do that, so the site was good for me.
Well, kind of like how people are working without work visas. Just because it is happening does not make it legal.
The truth is you screwed it up and should just accept it. If anything they would speak Hangzhou hu, which is close to Shanghainese, since after all Jiangsu and Zhejiang are neighbors. And that place is famous for gardening more than electronics. They speak Cantonese in Shenzhen is because they are the Guangdong province, not Canton or some other misspelling a foreigner created along the way.
What you want to say is slaowai, which is the actual insult, not wairen, laowai or some other stuff people have suggested. But you really messed it up by mixing Cantonese and Mandarin.
I have been living in China for quite a bit now, and I actually ask the same thing myself when I read something about China. Even this move by Apple is distorted in the way that the article is presented to always put the Chinese as the evil bad guys. Hell, I don't like the GFW myself, but I have to admit that this move by Apple is something of a trend for every tech company doing business in China. You incur a huge penalty in response times when you have to fetch content from the outside, which is why we go to great lengths in stuff we develop to make sure we are not linking to some google font, some blogspot/facebook link, etc.
It is funny that nowadays you guys still don't get it. Remember how the British were mighty proud while the Empire was doing all sorts of horrendous things around the world? Guess what, Americans are the new version of that. Russia is also playing that game as well, only with bordering countries, but to take this high moral stand as an American and talk about imperial ambitions of somebody else is absurd to the point it is funny.
I'm pretty sure most Ukranians that don't give a damn about politics really love how their country has become a playground for international geopolitics, with the EU actively supporting the overthrowing of the govt and then the Russians annexing part of the country.
If you really want to be a sensible person, as an American you should just say no to war, no to foreign interventions and just learn to accept that the world does not need a country to act like the world police, because in person, you guys actually behave way better than most Europeans when it comes to issues like racism and multiculturalism in general, but I'm from Latin America and speaking as a world citizen, we have had enough of your foreign policy Kool-Aid already.
After you use Sublime Text for a while you will regard Netbeans, Eclipse and even Visual Studio as the software that came out of the Stone Age. Especially when you consider how slow all of those three packages behave in general and the amount of resources they use. We have a toolchain that includes Sublime, Git and a bunch of bash scripts to automate a lot of stuff, from deployment to gettext processing. Coming from Visual Studio in my personal case, I have always found any Java-based desktop software inefficient at best, but with these setup that we have know, even just looking at the default color scheme and amount of interface noise feels plain wrong.
Sublime is fantastic for data manipulation, like editing multiple lines at the same time in XML files, changing chunks of code where the same variable was being used, etc. It is very easy to use and I find that the color scheme they chose by default is the most pleasing combination I have seen by far. I am a big fan of the evening color scheme in gvim but this is even better. It also runs nicely in all major platforms, with no weird permissions issues in Windows for instance. I can still use vim but Sublime is one of the few commercial tools I would definitely recommend in Linux.
On the other hand, one could say that you find the religion argument attractive because you dislike Apple products, and yet there must be a reason why people are still buying them. So instead of assuming that people just like easy to use, well designed things, even if they are expensive and maybe not even top of the line (technically speaking), it's easier to think of them as people without a clue.
In my case I fail to see myself living happily in one camp exclusively, because I can actually have a Linux/Windows PC, a Mac laptop, an iPad mini and an Android phone. Use them all and you will quickly realize that all of this "religious" product wars in the end are just about some personal preference and not because one is necessarily better over the other. If you were using a Windows 8 PC however...
If the US would not block UN resolutions about Israel and UN peacekeepers could go into the ground that would do a lot more than what has been done so far. Truth is you guys don't care one bit, and the US government would rather support Israel in whatever crazy endeavour instead of siding with some dirt poor Arab people.
This is so true. While it is true that Israel is blocking one part of the border, the other side is being blocked by either Qatar or Egypt. All US allies in the region.
Dude, most of those people died over the course of long wars. Israel simply does not care about collateral damage at this point.