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# 257195 19-Sep-2019 22:48
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I get a message that the forum is down for maintenance while trying to read a PM from China.

I switch to using an illegal vpn, and the forum comes up.

Surely there are easier ways to protect the forum than blocking a range of IP addresses which I assume is happening.

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  # 2320829 20-Sep-2019 00:02
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Seems a rather blunt tool. If the CCP don't like you they just add your site to their firewall. They can block sites even with VPN use.

Surely there are more sophisticated ways of doing this?

 
 
 
 


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  # 2320830 20-Sep-2019 00:24
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I doubt there is a business case for spending any more on doing anything more than blocking the whole country.





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  # 2320873 20-Sep-2019 01:12
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And the reasonable counter-point is that the folks on this board are likely to have enough savvy about them to use third party down detection services and/or a VPN.





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  # 2320886 20-Sep-2019 07:50
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We transferred flights in China and a VPN was essential. When we got delayed and missed our connection a VPN was the only way I could send a message to my parents we were going to visit to tell them what flight we'd been put on instead.

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  # 2320909 20-Sep-2019 08:51
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We still block quite a few thousands rogue requests from China. Those are the government as some of you imply. It is juat badly written search bots that at peak were doing a few hundred requests per second.

We are not in the business of serving robots.




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  # 2320913 20-Sep-2019 09:04
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I have a client who goes to China a few times a year, and hes never had any issues connecting to anything, so never offered him a VPN. Maybe it depends on the hotels you stay in.....  :)

 

 





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  # 2321109 20-Sep-2019 12:44
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I'm staying in Xinjiang which has even tighter electronic security than the rest of China.

What I don't understand is if you think it's a badly written bot problem why put a message to say that the site is down for maintenance?

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  # 2323039 23-Sep-2019 03:43
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It's giving the bots more AI credit than they warrant!

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  # 2324170 24-Sep-2019 19:17
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freitasm: We still block quite a few thousands rogue requests from China. Those are the government as some of you imply. It is juat badly written search bots that at peak were doing a few hundred requests per second.

We are not in the business of serving robots.

 

Some may disagree.





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  # 2324175 24-Sep-2019 19:29
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freitasm: We still block quite a few thousands rogue requests from China. Those are the government as some of you imply. It is juat badly written search bots that at peak were doing a few hundred requests per second.

We are not in the business of serving robots.

 

if the last year or so has taught me, there is really good money in servcing bots though!!





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  # 2324272 25-Sep-2019 00:46
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BarTender:

freitasm: We still block quite a few thousands rogue requests from China. Those are the government as some of you imply. It is juat badly written search bots that at peak were doing a few hundred requests per second.

We are not in the business of serving robots.


Some may disagree.



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