The Chinese dinosaurs want to isolate the brainless Chinese (that is at least what they think about our friends) from the international Internet. Yeah, they need to remove “foreign influences”. Sorry but your Baidu and others do not give us the needed results to do our jobs. A survey done recently by the European Chamber confirmed that business feels poor Internet and all the censorship do seriously affect business.
Who can survive without Google? That is what we need for search, maps, pictures, cloud back-up and so on. The Chinese Internet becomes more an Intranet. Forget cloud services.
Follow some examples of what Google search does for us.
One morning we had a power cut in the office. When power came back I noticed my external USB hub (providing 4 USB ports with external power) was dead. As I had problems in the past with those hubs I thought, oh well, the power cut busted it. I changed the hub to no avail. Then found out one of my USB ports on my MacBook Pro was dead and the hubs were all fine. I thought, well I better go to Apple Shop to get it fixed. But then, hey, better ask Google. And the replies cam in after 1 minute of search:
“After the first two weeks, my USB Ports stopped working. Just a while ago I’ve tried PRAM Reset, and it all worked out. For that:
Restart Hold the keys Command + Option + P + R (holding the keys when the Apple sign doesn’t appear yet on the screen). After the restart all USB ports started working again.”
So, no need for repair!
One of my precious antique clocks got stolen, still trying to figure out what happened and where (long story). As it is a unique piece (belonging in the Forbidden City Museum) I was thinking of registering the theft so it would be known internationally for auctioneers and others. But how to do? Go to the police? Where? How?
Two minutes later I had found the website of “the Art Loss Register” http://www.artloss.com/en.
And I have already registered the clock with all details.
Discussing with Chinese friends, the topic came up that seniors should avoid sex after 50 and with age should go down to, well, never do it, as it is “bad for the kidneys”. Is that true? Obviously not, but once you Google it and dig deeper you can find both the Chinese and Western opposing views. Obviously seniors can and should have sex whenever they can.
See here one of the many search results:
Government of Canada’s Role:
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada work together to promote, improve, maintain and protect the health of Canadians. Together, they gather and disseminate information on healthy, balanced lifestyles – including the sexual health of Canada’s seniors.
And the TCM view:
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are various ideas about how often an individual can “safely” engage in sex without damaging his or her essence and thereby contributing to premature aging and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Sun Si Miao, a physician and Taoist of the Tang Dynasty who lived from 580 to 682 (101 years), gives the following guidelines for a healthy amount of sexual activity. TCM recommendations given over 2500 years ago:
- Teens: Contrary to what the media pressures us to believe in today’s society, in Ancient China it was thought that teenagers didn’t have enough strong, mature energy to engage in sexual activity yet.
- 20′s: It is healthy to have sexual intercourse once every 4 days. Engaging in sex more frequently at this age runs the risk of prematurely depleting Kidney essence.
- 30′s: Once every 8 days
- 40′s: Once every 16 days
- 50′s: Once every 20 days
- 60′s: Once a month, if the individual is fairly healthy. If the individual had a history of health disorders or generalized weakness, then only occasional sexual activities was recommended.
- 70′s: Whether healthy or not, sex would use up too much energy therefore sex is not recommended at all.
Obviously following those “tips” from some people who lived thousands of years ago explains it all… As if humans did not evolve.
In other words, if one needs information about health, medicine and related Google gives you a broad picture.
Now Baidu, what do you have to say? Well I tried but while some search results do pop up in English, Baidu remains too Chinese and one has to go through lots of crap to find relevant information. The screenshot is from page 5 or something. And I wonder how many of those links do actually work without a VPN, another major issue.