GoKunming

User profile: kurtosis

User info
  • RegisteredJune 17, 2015
  • RegionEurope
  • VerifiedYes
  • RegisteredJune 17, 2015

Forum posts

0
Forums > Living in Kunming > What is happening with Gokunming?

The connection reset is usually caused by the great firewall if sensitive words hit the filter. Are you using an encrypted HTTPS connection? Are you using a special DNS such as google's or are you using your provider's DNS? Does the issue also occur when you're using VPN?

0
Forums > Living in Kunming > Internet speed and reliability using VPN

@Ishmael: I can kind of understand the Chinese for supporting the great firewall. US Tech companies are closely intertwined with US intelligence agencies and there are laws and regulations that force them to hand over information to US authorities. China had many clashes with the US since 1949 and the Chinese government perhaps isn't all that mistaken when being wary about the West's intentions as the latest developments show.

0
Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

But given the fact that teachers are in so high demand in China, wouldn't it make a lot of sense for foreign teachers to start their own schools? What's stopping you guys?

0
Forums > Living in Kunming > Relaxing the requirements?

I personally know many unqualified English teachers here, but I'm not familiar how this works visa-wise. I never taught English, I'm not even a native speaker, but I've been approached numerous times for English teaching positions in China. Education business here really seems to be in desperate need of teaching staff.

Is there even extra pay for the TEFL certificate nowadays? If so, why don't people just do an online TEFL certificate?

0
Forums > Living in Kunming > Internet speed and reliability using VPN

For the technologically more affine readers around here, here's how I got around the firewall:

They are using machine learning to recognize VPNs by analyzing the size patterns of the TCP packages transmitted through the firewall. If the patterns resemble a handshake for a protocol like SSL inside an already SSL/TLS-encrypted connection, they can guess that the user is using a VPN.

My workaround: I simply configured my proxy to pad small packages with random data to make them seemingly random data packages, easily passing the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test for randomness. Now the Chinese firewall is out of luck and I'm surfing the western internet with full speed (plus latency due to the physical distance, of course). If you don't wanna program it yourself, there are several free opensource obfuscation proxies available online. (Google: china obfuscation proxy). In addition, I'm going through standard SSL ports and tunnel through a nginx webserver on my server so that anyone connecting to my server will think that I'm running a standard webservice.

In case they get curious about why most of my traffic goes to a single foreign IP and start throttling, I'll go through a CDN but currently I'm too lazy to do that.

What also works is setting up a tunneling proxy through SSH as mentioned above, but it's much slower because they drop packages if they think something's fishy and my SSH tunnel doesn't support padding.

Classifieds

No results found.

Comments

@Alien: Futures provide liquidity. This helps people who want to sell to find a matching buyer on the market - thus, it's helping society and the economy.
However, some people use them for gambling and hope for making money quickly, rather than invest conservatively and apply proper risk management techniques. Like this, they can lose a lot if not all of their money, which causes really sad situations.
If bankers do that because they know that they get a high bonus if they win and lose nothing if they lose, it causes a moral hazard harms society. This might be, as you call it, sociopathological behavior. To prevent this, most banks changed their bonus schemes after 2008 and deferred paying bonuses so that losses caused by sociopaths can be recollected from their accrued bonuses.

All in all, futures are not the problem - insufficient risk management and wrong incentive structures are. In the end, this boils down to a lack of education of many bank managers who don't understand important statistical concepts - like kurtosis ;)

Reviews


By

Very nice place, very calm during afternoons and fun in the evenings.
It's also perfect to work or study while enjoying a cool beer. Keep the good work up!


By

Style wise, it's just another Sofitel.
The food is very average, same like what you get everywhere else around Kunming.
However, the prices are enormous - even compared to Europe. Sofitel Kunming charges more for a coffee than what Sofitel in Luxembourg, Istanbul or other large cities charge.
In addition, they have the audacity to charge a service charge on top of the advertised price.

It took me a while to cool my mood as the air conditioning is too weak as well.
Needless to say, you won't ever see me there again. If you want a nice western hotel in Kunming, go to the Intercontinental down at Dianchi.