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Comment Re:google.com.tw (Score 3, Informative) 295

Hong Kong also uses Traditional Chinese, and there are differences in word usages etc between HK written Chinese and mainland written Chinese.

Google have specially made a Simplified Chinese version and are hosting it out of google.com.hk, aimed at mainlanders. When you access google.com.hk from a browser that is configured to ask for pages in Simplified Chinese, google.com.hk delivers you that version.

It even says under the search box (in simplified Chinese), "Welcome to the new home of Google in China!".

Comment Re:Did I miss something? (Score 1) 295

I had a conversation with a Chinese friend once about censorship of anti-government sentiment in China, he agreed with me that there are a lot of things Chinese people don't like about their government. Guess what his number one gripe with the government was? "That I have to get a visa to go to Hong Kong! It's the same damn country!".

So you're right, I think feeling second class to Hong Kong is an issue for the mainlanders.

Comment Re:What's the impact? (Score 1) 687

This survey on a Chinese news website (admittedly one run by the Gov't, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's rigged) asks the questions:

1. Will Google exiting from China affect your use of the Internet?

Yes - 43.4% (2032 votes)
No - 56.6% (2645 votes)

2. What search engine do you use most often?

Baidu - 78.5% (3714 votes)
Google - 19.2% (907 votes)
Sougou - 0.8% (36 votes)

and the rest are so small I won't bother listing them .. but they include, Yahoo, Bing, and a number of other Chinese search sites.

Comment Re:Is it? (Score 4, Informative) 687

When google goes (and with that youtube etc etc) it will be noticed far more clearly then some dissident being locked up.

I don't know that Google will be missed as much as you think it will be, and foreign websites disappearing from the Chinese internet is a regular enough occurrence that it hardly rates a mention anymore.

YouTube has been gone (blocked) for a year+ now. Same with Facebook, which was blocked just as it was achieving some popularity in China.The average Chinese person doesn't use Google, YouTube or Facebook. They use the local versions: Baidu, Youku and Kaixinwang.

That said, I would prefer to see Google stay in China, even with a little bit of censorship. The Chinese internet is already so disconnected from the internet that we know, but having a player like Google is at least a small bridge over the divide.

Comment Re:I like the UK plugs (Score 1) 1174

I'm not sure why you say the earth pin being on top or bottom matters.

It wouldn't do us much good anyway, as we have most of our receptacles the wrong way around anyway.

Surely if most sockets have the earth pin on the bottom, then you could make the plug (or wall-wart) so that the cord comes out at that end, and still have plugs that sit against the wall like the UK ones? What is it that I'm missing?

Contrary to the picture shown in TFA, Australian plugs are orientated so that the earth pin is at the bottom (their picture is upside-down). Both flush-fitting (cord out the bottom) and standard (cord coming straight out) plugs are readily available.

(Interestingly, China adopted the Australian plug as their national standard a few years ago... but they turned it up-side down so that earth *is* on the top - I have no idea why!)

Comment OT (Score 1) 863

Your Sig: "Gay Marriage redefines your marriage as "no different than that of a gay couple". - Paraphrased from hitchkitty"

I'm intrigued, and not sure if you're on the "support" or "oppose" side of the gay marriage debate. I think that's one of the reasons people oppose gay marriage - they don't want their marriage to be seen the same way as gay marriage, since they have an irrational hatred/distaste/whatever of gay people and can't possibly believe that they might actually have a "real" relationship.

Are you one of these people, or are you putting this on your sig to show how absurd you think the idea is?

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