Archive for September 29th, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Firewall poised for a Wonderful Future

Chinese netizens and overseas technology experts say the authorities are now successfully undermining key software used to climb over the “Great Firewall”, reports Radio Free Asia (RFA). “Tor”, a tunnelling software seems to have been targeted late, but successfully by China’s censorship technicians, and may now be losing out against the official Chinese censorship technology. Bill Xia, CEO of the company which developed software to circumvent China’s internet censorship warns that this trend will probably continue beyond the national holidays: “China is entering a new phase of technological capability, and is pouring more and more human and material resources into doing this”.

The Great Firewall may be poised for a wonderful future. Shortwave radio, too.


Real-Name Registration may become Mandatory, August 1, 2009
Will CCTV and Xinhua shape China’s Global Image? – February 8, 2009
Shortwave receivers made in China: “lousy”, “sounds as cheap as it costs” , Radio Netherlands quotes test reviews, January 1, 2009

Beijing’s Latest Updates, October 5, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

“Harmony” Electric Multiple Unit Train

Fuzhou – “Harmony” (和谐号) Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains have reportedly started serving on the Fuzhou-Wenzhou railway on Monday. Eight units are said to be heading for Shanghai, six units for Hangzhou and two units for Wenzhou. The distance between Fuzhou and Wenzhou is 298.4 kilometers long (230 of which are in Fujian), and the design speed is between 200 and 250 kilometers per hour, writes Apple Travel. The trains are expected to shorten journeys between Fuzhou and Wenzhou from five to two hours.

The first train left Fuzhou for Wenzhou on Monday at 7.44 local time, reports Singapore’s Morning News (联合早报), quoting Xinhua. The Morning News’ article includes a photo of one of the trains. Journeys from Fuzhou to Wenzhou are to take 100 minutes, it will take five hours from Fuzhou to Hangzhou, and six hours from Fuzhou to Shanghai, reducing conventional train journeys on these routes by more than half, according to the report.

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