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100,000,000 Chinese computers!

Thought this was interesting statistics:
http://www.clickz.com/stats/sectors/...cle.php/151151

INTERNET USING POPULATION
US 185,000,000
China 100,000,000
Japan 78,000,000
Germany 47,000,000
India 38,500,000
UK 33,000,000
Italy 25,500,000
France 25,500,000
Russia 22,000,000
Mexico 14,000,000
Australia 13,000,000
Thailand 7,500,000
Turkey 7,000,000
Greece 2.700.000

Can anyone correlate this to IDN value, or assess the impact of value on investment in each country given the wide range of GNP etc. And what was that total number of Chinese government "censors" watching the 100,000,000 in China using the internet. I might say they are just a tad overwhelmed, as this number of users is most likely rising at the fastest pace of all.

Same article predicts that the current 1.08 billion Internet users will swell to 1,800,000,000 by 2010. Bill Gates is smiling.

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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

This is actually a very good measure of kind of money that is available to spend on domain names. Globally the price of computers will not vary a great deal. In China computers maybe slightly cheaper than elsewhere, but the difference in Price Parity across the economy will more than compensate.

No doubt someone will counter with the obvious fact that there is only computer per 1000 Chinese Users and this predates the Communist revolution.


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Thought this was interesting statistics:
http://www.clickz.com/stats/sectors/...cle.php/151151

INTERNET USING POPULATION
US 185,000,000
China 100,000,000
Japan 78,000,000
Germany 47,000,000
India 38,500,000
UK 33,000,000
Italy 25,500,000
France 25,500,000
Russia 22,000,000
Mexico 14,000,000
Australia 13,000,000
Thailand 7,500,000
Turkey 7,000,000
Greece 2.700.000

Can anyone correlate this to IDN value, or assess the impact of value on investment in each country given the wide range of GNP etc. And what was that total number of Chinese government "censors" watching the 100,000,000 in China using the internet. I might say they are just a tad overwhelmed, as this number of users is most likely rising at the fastest pace of all.
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Old 7th March 2006, 11:42 AM
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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

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Originally Posted by bwhhisc
Thought this was interesting statistics:
http://www.clickz.com/stats/sectors/...cle.php/151151

INTERNET USING POPULATION
US 185,000,000
China 100,000,000
Japan 78,000,000
Germany 47,000,000
India 38,500,000
UK 33,000,000
Italy 25,500,000
France 25,500,000
Russia 22,000,000
Mexico 14,000,000
Australia 13,000,000
Thailand 7,500,000
Turkey 7,000,000
Greece 2.700.000

Can anyone correlate this to IDN value, or assess the impact of value on investment in each country given the wide range of GNP etc. And what was that total number of Chinese government "censors" watching the 100,000,000 in China using the internet. I might say they are just a tad overwhelmed, as this number of users is most likely rising at the fastest pace of all.

Same article predicts that the current 1.08 billion Internet users will swell to 1,800,000,000 by 2010. Bill Gates is smiling.

There is less human to human monitoring in China than are people monitored in the streets of London for terror activities. What they do is to catch a few, jail them, and use them as example to scare the rest. When they realized that the number of "rebellious" anonymous postings are rising faster than they can catch or curb, they made it a rule for all websites and blogs to register or face ban.

Myself, i've heard a lot of crazy stuff that people do and got caught. Like there was a guy that worked as a programmer, that hacked into some government website and posted the Taiwan ROC flag and got caught and put inside. Of course, this may seem harsh, but if you consider that even in the USA, a person that hacks into the federal government website and deface it will likely face jail sentencing or probation, if i'm not mistaken. The difference is that if the chinese guy only hacked in and put up some flowers, they would probably ignore him.

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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

What impact do these numbers have on IDNs and their future value. Obviously UK, Australia, US are going to be staying with their English ascii domains but no doubt the other countries will add IDN as their primary url.

What might these numbers predict to IFNForum members, from different perspectives around the world?
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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

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What impact do these numbers have on IDNs and their future value. Obviously UK, Australia, US are going to be staying with their English ascii domains but no doubt the other countries will add IDN as their primary url.

What might these numbers predict to IFNForum members, from different perspectives around the world?
Well, it says to me that in the Medium Term, the English Speaking community will account for about 300 Million PCs, wheras India and China will both have that each!!!

This would suggest to me that prices of IDN will actually eventually get close to their ASCII equivalents, in the Primary languages of Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese and Russian.
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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

Was pretty suprised to see Greece as it only has a population of just over 10 million. I had also recently read that internet usage in Greece was low compared to other EU countries as the Greeks, expecially the younger ones, were more into using their mobile phones than the internet.

Still, I have regged quite a few Greek domain names that I am planning on developing, and believe that IDNs here in Greece will pick up sooner rather than later. When checking out potential domains a while back, most of the very good ones were already regged, so it looks like they could be useful at some point in the near future.

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Was pretty suprised to see Greece as it only has a population of just over 10 million. Still, I have regged quite a few Greek domain names that I am planning on developing Alex
Hi Alex, I wasn't taking any potshots at Greece. I worked there for 2 years and it is one of the most hospitable places on earth. The Greek Islands and Mediterranean are beautiful beyond belief.

The countries listed were merely those that most of the domain registrations seemed to be happening in to give all an idea of the total scope of internet users. Greek domains, particularly the ones you guys picked up early will be valuable. I got a good few myself! Regards, Bill
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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

>Bill Gates is smiling.

That's the guy that predicted in a book that MSN would swallow up the Internet?
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Re: 100,000,000 Chinese computers!

Bill,

No worries, I didn't take what you said as a potshot at all. It was just a suprise to me to see it mentioned. The internet in Greece is either something you know all about or know nothing about. We work in web design, and there are some people who, when you try to explain about the internet, honestly have no idea what you are talking about. We have even had some people think that we were trying to sell them a fridge-freezer, because apparently, years ago, there used to be a fridge manufacturor with a similiar sounding name to the word "internet".

I guess it takes some people longer than others to catch up with the technology of the moment.

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[QUOTE=alexd] The internet in Greece is either something you know all about or know nothing about. We work in web design, and there are some people who, when you try to explain about the internet, honestly have no idea what you are talking about. /QUOTE]

Alex- has there been any issues with "rurals" confusing .com for .communist? I have had this discussion with a number of associates, and certainly up in the outer areas towards Albania or Bulgaria they had no idea of internet back then. Today, they may know the word "internet", but for companies the .net may be more popular for that reason?

When I worked in Greece in 1984-86 (our group operated the Ledra Marriott and 3 Cruise Ships based out of Pireaus) we had three unions we dealt with- Socialist/ Pasok, Neo Democratia, and Communist. All nice folks mind you...almost more like business social clubs. But by golly they sure liked to debate politics with each other! All were good people to work with, from who I learned a lot.

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