Porn in Turkey: It's for Work Purposes

I have written a few days ago about some issues with SSL certificates.

This post will describe the strangest thing I have done or work purposes in the last year, year and a half.

We get reports that users of Ubuntu Precise Pangolin, in Turkey, are getting a SSL certificate error. I suspect it may be because there is a government firewall there (the "Halal Internet") So, we try debugging it with them. And we get nowhere yet. So, I had the idea of trying to get a turkish IP address and debug from there.

I started looking for a VPS, couldnot find any, then Rodney Dawes found a Turkish VPN provider. Which is weird in that a million Turks are using VPNs to get out of the Turkish censoring firewall, but hey, I will do things for the users.

So, I get that, I make it work, and then I debug. No error. So, how do I know if I am behind the Turkish firewall? I tried to open a porn site, expecting it to fail. But it did not.

So, oficially I saw like 10 seconds of porn while working, for work purposes.

BTW: the correct way to know is to try to access http://www.rollingstone.com

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