Microsoft bans 'democracy' for China web users

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mcadam, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. mcadam macrumors 6502a

    mcadam

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    Microsoft, that poor company who just tries to make a little (more) money:

    This must be some of the most amazing error messages yet to come out of that company:

    :eek:

    As reported (ironically) on msn

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  2. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    Its all part of the Windows XPeriance...

    Seriously, for all the B&M Gates Foundation has been doing for developing countries, this is a little surprising. I guess business still is and will always come first...
     
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020

    dubbz

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    From what I've read there's nothing illegal about using the word "democracy" on your website in China. I think Microsoft is just being overly cautious here.

    And Microsoft aren't the only ones who bow to censorship laws...
     
  4. AoWolf macrumors 6502a

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    That bugs me if they don't have to ban why should they.
     
  5. zv470 macrumors 6502

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    On a brighter side...

    Well, I guess when the Three Gorges Dam bursts, "democracy" won't be the first word coming to your mind as you see the massive wall of water hurtling towards you.
     
  6. zv470 macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if the Chinese versions of Longhorn will ban you from typing these words? Sending off warning messages to the government so they can dispatch a ninja hit squad.

    What about the innocent uses of these words? Seems absolutely crazy to try to delete words from a language all together. Seems very 1984 to me. :(
     
  7. Foniks Munkee macrumors member

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  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Well, no, it won't. But as for the first word that would come out of your mouth, to be fair, even MacRumors blocks *that* word out! :p ;) :eek: :D
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    I don't think so... let's try:

    "OH..."

    Edit: Seems to make it through. Maybe later I'll try the second word. ;)
     
  10. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    And Microsoft calls themselves innovative? :confused: All the more reason Microsoft is scum.
     

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