Carbuzz Builds Chinese Firewall To Lock Out Lone Dutchman

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
carbuzz builds chinese firewall to lock out lone dutchman

Man on a mission: Tycho at the Beijing Auto Show

Yesterday, we reported about Carbuzz purloining content from Carnewschina, and that it is continuing to do so despite vows of repentance. This morning, Carnewschina proprietor Tycho de Feyter opened his laptop in Beijing in order to visit vengeance on the presumptive “leader in car news and industry information.” He keyed in the Carbuzz URL and looked at an empty screen.

“Carbuzz.com is completely down since this morning (Chinese time),” de Feyter telegraphed from Beijing. “Maybe the owners got word of the mess? I hope they stay down, but sadly I can’t do my other articles on these bastards anymore…”

It turns out that Tycho was mistaken. Instead of taking the site down, Carbuzz erected a firewall that keeps out China.Everybody in the world can access Carbuzz, try it from China, and you get a blank screen. Writes de Feyter in today’s report from Beijing:

“The little redneck content-thieves from CarBuzz.com are trying to hide their criminal activities in China. They went quite far to do so by locking out all Chinese IP’s. CarBuzz.com is therefore no longer visible in the whole of China. I guess CarBuzz’ advertisers don’t like that very much. They will even like less what will happen next, but I don’t say what that is…”:

This is yet another episode of an unfolding man bites dog story. China erects a firewall to keep 1.3 billion Chinese in China. Carbuzz erects a Firewall to defend against one man in Beijing: Tycho de Feyter, the man on a mission.

Heavily SEOd, but mentally challenged Carbuzz forgot one thing: The circumvention of the Chinese Firewall is a national sport in the Middle Kingdom, and what can poke holes into the Chinese firewall can easily overcome a firewall hastily thrown up around a Carbuzz server that appears to be somewhere in Israel.

You need some determination to do that, but spurned Tycho has the determination. Last we heard was that Tycho is running each of the Carbuzz stories through Google to document from where they were stolen.

Should Tycho’s digging be successful, this could spell trouble in an unexpected country: India. Most of the alleged content in Carbuzz is served via alt-a.bitg.net. The owner of that URL is Bitgravity, Inc., Bitgravity is owned by Tata Communications, and, tada!, Tata Communications is a member of the sprawling Tata conglomerate.

Carbuzz: Instead of erecting firewalls to lock out Chinese IPs, wouldn’t it be simpler to give credit where credit is due?

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  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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