Britain kow tows to China as athletes are forced to sign no criticism contracts

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| British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not
| to speak out about China's appalling human rights record – or face being
| banned from travelling to Beijing.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...e_id=1770&ct=5

Now they see who /else/ is suppressive and 'communist'. With all that
censorship, the west is becoming as suppressive as those countries and regimes
it purports to be better than. Choosing Microsoft is 'communist' too.


Related:

The Chinese government plans to regulate online games more tightly

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| He said, according to China Daily, that one such measure would be to support
| certain games as "green" games. Games that in his opinion encouraged killing
| and gambling in order to increase their attractiveness to players and profits
| for the manufacturers would have to meet more onerous conditions in future in
| order to be authorized. * *
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http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...002/from/rss09


China limits providers of Internet video

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| China has decided to restrict the broadcasting of Internet videos — including
| those posted on video-sharing Web sites — to sites run by state-controlled
| companies and require providers to report questionable content to the
| government. *
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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...hVWYAD8TUC7PO0


China cracks down on 'vulgar' video

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| China is launching a nationwide crackdown on sexually suggestive video and
| audio products, in the latest effort by government censors to curb content
| considered to be in bad taste. *
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080106/...ideo_crackdown


What's all the FUD about?

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| My favorite, classic FUD comes from Steve Ballmer. "There's no company called
| Linux, there's barely a Linux road map. Yet Linux sort of springs organically
| from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that
| people love so very, very much about it." Here, Ballmer went to the route of
| the American psyche. How many Americans, to this day, still cringe a little
| in fear at the voicing of "communism"? If there's anyway to turn Americans
| off from buying a Linux PC, it's to emblazon the image of a big, red, Soviet *
| Flag on the face of Linux, to conjure up an image of FIdel Castro reciting
| his communist propaganda from a speech he'd written on his openoffice,org
| word processor, to strike fear into our hearts at the thought of a Wisconsin
| Senator named Joe McCarthy barging into our houses in the middle of the night
| to send us away to prison for life because we owned an Ubuntu PC. I can't say
| if this FUD actually worked; it was so preposterous, and so few people give
| any credence to what Ballmer says anymore, that people might have just
| laughed at it. But it does show the depths to which proprietary software
| makers will go to keep the Linux and open source software threat out of their
| wallets. * * * * * * *
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http://linuxhow2.com/Feature_Article...FUD_about.html


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| The New Soviet Union.
| Microsoft isn't evil for being Microsoft, but because its leadership
| values control above delivering good products or advancing the state
| of the art. Rather than competing in the market, Microsoft's
| leadership has pursued a strategy of repeatedly deceiving the market.
| The result has been decades of productivity losses that negatively
| impact the rest of the world's economy and distract humanity away from
| technical achievement to instead fiddle with shoddy software that is
| weak because it was developed outside of competitive pressure....
|
| However, the iron fist of resistance to outside ideas was as
| destructive to the USSR as the inbreeding of royalty was to Europe's
| empire nations before it. Microsoft is facing the same failure by
| arrogantly pushing old strategies and ignoring the potential of open
| source. Microsoft's anti-open rhetoric even sounds a lot like the
| Soviet's view of free markets, laced with fear-based propaganda that
| promises dire consequences for experimenting with the open source
| ideas that are already proven to work outside of the Red Square of
| Redmond....
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http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/1...wer/#more-1347