Boss: "I've had an email from China"
Me: "It's spam. We get them regularly"
Boss: "But I was thinking, do we need a Chinese domain name? How important is the Chinese market going to be to us in the future?"
Me: "It will be important. They're changing various laws at the moment in response to events in the west."
Boss: "So do we need a Chinese domain name?"
Me: "I think our priority should be to sort out our UK site for now."
Me thinking "Your priority ought to be sorting out those figures that I need so I can finish the annual report. Why are you pi&&ing about with Chinese spam?"
Boss: "But wouldn't it be more impressive."
Me: "They are being influenced by what goes on in the west. If we had a working website here we could always add a couple of Chinese pages to it in the future."
Me thinking: "Which bit of that didn't you get in the first place... influenced by the west....."
Boss: "So we don't need one."
Me: "Maybe if we had an office in China it would be different."
Boss: silly laugh
Me: "If we ever need something in China we can ask our academic partner if we can hitch some pages onto their site. They have a Chinese office."
Boss: "Oh yes. Good idea.
Me: "And the first thing we could ask them is whether to put it in Mandarin or Cantonese."
Boss: "Interesting. It's good to have your perspective on the importance of overseas domain names."
Me: (Thinking) "Just shut up and go away."
Based on an actual event