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Comment Re:So... SSH and HTTPS tunnels then? (Score 1) 68

Guess we'll have to switch to SSH and HTTPS tunnels instead of brazenly using IPSec and OpenVPN. Got the message loud and clear. :D

ISPs appear to throttle TCP connections to outside the GFW to 50kB/s. Since SSH runs over a single TCP connection, you will be accessing the internet at 0.4MBit. SSH connections are also long lived and easy to identify.

Shadowsocks to a server in Hong Kong with good peering (say Microsoft Azure East Asia datacenter) works well. Cheap VPS providers in HK have lousy connections to China with significant package loss.

Comment Re:Find a better VPN (Score 1) 68

Any quality VPN provider could look at what deep packet inspection is sold to China and then protect its VPN users.

Do you really think that any of the infrastructure for the GFW runs on imported foreign hardware? Many western telcos have been switching to products from ZTE and Huawei because of lower prices and products that match their requirements. China has regulation in place that forbids use of imported networking equipment for 'sensitive sectors' and actively favours local companies in many industries.

Comment Just exposes the APIs in Javascript (Score 2) 67

How is this different from what you can do with Cordova and Appcelerator? These frameworks allow you to create new plugins to expose any iOS APIs you want to Javascript and can load Javascript remotely.

I assume that the app cannot access any functionality that was not enabled during the App Store submission, though I'm not sure of that. Anyone any insights regarding this?

Comment Re:I don't understand how this is a (Score 1) 84

The way I understand it, the main compartment is usually held at ambient (saturation) pressure. The team can go in an out of the water instantly, with the entry lock for extra safety, but no pressure difference during a normal underwater stay.

When it's time for the team to go back up to the surface, they will slowly reduce the pressure in the main compartment over 17 hours for the team to decompress. When decompressed (like being on the surface), they enter the entry lock, pressure is increased to ambient pressure in a few minutes, then they exit the structure and go up to the surface. The exit would be like doing a ~10 minute dive from the surface to 16m and back up to the surface.

Comment Available on Taobao (Score 1) 54

A quick search on Taobao (the number one Chinese online market place) yields more than 60000 results for 'xbox':

People that want one can easily get one. Same for satellite dishes, which are illegal in China, but nevertheless easily seen on most apartment buildings in Beijing.

Comment Re:This rule applies to EVERYBODY (Score 1) 622

Still, the number of stars within say 50 light years is quite limited (1875 according to one post), so the poster is right about the chances of finding them within his life time being near zero. The number of stars in our own galaxy is 300 billion, and it might take up to 100,000 years for the signal to reach them, and the same amount of time to send a reply. Even within 500 light years, there are only 1,875,000 stars.

Comment Re:Time to invest in popcorn (Score 1) 520

A shitload of people is probably hoarding exploits to use when MS stops patching the product. Once that happens,it's gonna be fun to watch.

What makes you think that these users are updating their systems right now? Most installations in China are pirated and have updates disabled to prevent them from being disabled after an update.

According to 24% of users in China use IE6. Microsoft has issued an update that forces an upgrade to IE8, which means that these users either have updates disabled or explicitly opted out of upgrading the browser through a special process; most likely the first.

Having no new patches won't change anything.

Comment Re:Priority Failure. (Score 1) 338

I suppose that most customers will get a /24 in the to use for all the devices in their home network. This way there will still only be one layer of NAT, and the maximum number of customers on one IP would be 64, not 16000. IPs are not so scarce that they need to squeeze more than 64 customers onto one IP (yet): one /8 of real addresses can theoretically accomodate up to 1 billion customers at 64 customers per IP. With only one layer of NAT (and uPNP support), almost nobody will notice a difference.

The few geeks that want remote access will be willing to pay a few extra dollars to get a real IP, or just connect IPv6 instead. By having people pay a little bit for a scarce resource, you can distribute them more effectively amongst those that really need them.

Comment Recently attempts are made to block UDP VPNs (Score 5, Informative) 58

I live in China and noticed that since a few weeks (starting before the congress) the quality of OpenVPN UDP connections deteriorated severely. Formerly traffic worked fine, but now a ping over OpenVPN has significantly higher packet loss and latency than a direct ping to the same host, while these used to be similar. The connection often drops for 5-10 minutes, after which it is reestablished. A tunnel over ssh now performs a lot better than an OpenVPN connection.

Note that I am using my own servers and non-default ports, not established VPN providers that are easier to block. This behavior occurs on different networks from different ISPs. Additionally, L2TP connections now fail most of the time, while they worked a few months ago.

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