the chinese government apparently realized how foolish their green dam software is, and they've decided to not require consumers to use it. (however, internet cafes, schools, and other public places will still need it)
Although Mr. Li’s concession is a step backward for the Green Dam program, the software remains mandatory in schools, Internet cafes and other sites used by scores of millions of people. The government already takes extraordinary steps to monitor computer use in Internet cafes...
China has sought to increase government control over ordinary people’s use of computers in recent months. The government has systematically blocked ordinary citizens from viewing foreign-based websites like Facebook, Flickr and YouTube that sometimes include comment critical of the government.
so while this is still kind of seen as a success, it still means i won't be able to see flickr or youtube unless i use VPN, which means the speed suffers.