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Comment Re:This can happen only in Korea (Score 1) 136

I respect your knowledge of Korea based on your travels there and your wife, but Korea changes pretty fast. Having lived here for the past two years I can say that the "quiet and respectful" thing is going out the window. They act like that around guests of the country but around each other and around people that they are comfortable with this doesn't really exist. This is a good thing since it shows comfort.

You're partially correct about acting like a buffoon, however, if you are initially respectful and establish a certain level of respect then afterwards you can start being a bit more rowdy.

Laziness is abhorrent to Koreans. It's not tolerated. They have a strong work ethic, which may seem like anathema to the Western World, but it produces far more capable and responsible people.

If by strong work ethic you mean working longer hours but getting less done, then yes. Koreans are AT work insane hours sometimes but are not working nearly as hard as hard-working North Americans. It's the appearance of work that is important, rather than actually being productive.

Comment Re:This can happen only in Korea (Score 1) 136

Have you seen a Korean child? Think of a ragdoll cat. You put it somewhere (with books and toys in hand) and you can safely come back a couple of hours later. It will be there and you will not hear a squeak in the meantime.

Have YOU seen a Korean child? Teaching in a Korean elementary school for the past couple of years, I have seen many. And they are not at all the way you describe them. In some cases they get even more wild than North American kids (though this depends on their parenting as well).

Korean kids can be just as rambunctious as any other kid in the world. It all comes down to how their parents and their teachers discipline them. This image that North Americans have of Asian kids (which I had before I came here) is totally false and ridiculous.

Comment Re:Intrusive ads.. (Score 1) 450

I especially hate the video ads that are on failblog these days, they force you to sit through the same advertisement for every video you watch

Any time one of these videos starts playing I immediately cancel it and don't bother. Any site that has unskippable commercials is not worth it for me.

This captcha ad tech is something I simply wouldn't tolerate and would simply not visit any site that used it.

Comment Re:Mod the post (Score 1) 179

The thing is that this is such an easy thing to identify as a scam. I noticed on my news feed about this, clicked the link and was redirected to a "click here to enable this button" page that was pure text, no Facebook log or anything. So obviously a scam of some sort that I cant believe anyone would fall for this sort of thing.

Comment Re:This has been an issue for quite awhile. (Score 4, Informative) 420

The same South Korea that took over two years to get the iPhone. And the same SK that still blocks any non-Korean approved unlocked phone from being used on their networks without paying a $300 "inspection" fee? And the same SK where the majority of domestic websites require Internet Explorer 6 (yes, 6) to function correctly?

For those of you who don't know, South Korea is not a technological paradise. We have fast broadband but that's about it.

Comment Re:barrage of ads; been to the theater lately? (Score 1) 156

I currently live in South Korea. Every theatre I have been to allows for three of your four points (minus no ads, of course).

I usually buy tickets online. You can reserve your seats both online and in person at the theatre.

I figured that theatres back in Canada and the States would have implemented this stuff by now.

Comment Re:South Korea (Score 1) 225

I can confirm this as well. Koreans have had DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) for years now and every Korean GPS device has this built in (a long with many cell phones and other devices). I see more people driving with it on than off.

I hear there are laws against it, but police enforcement of driving rules is extremely lax here. Speed limits are generally completely ignored as are safe following distances. I've gotten used to blowing by cops on my motorcycle with nary an indication that they care. The only time you will get in trouble for anything is if you are in an accident. Thus, you can speed, drive recklessly and watch television all you want. Just don't hit anything.


Submission + - Starbucks, Google Invading Privacy in Korea (

mateomiguel writes: "Starbucks and Google have teamed up to offer free WiFi in South Korea. Google foots the bill for free Starbucks' WiFi and gets users redirected to its Korean language portal after logging into WiFi services. However, before logging in users are required to submit their real name and resident registration number (or foreign registration number in the case of foreigners). This may be too much information to require in order to offer free WiFi access.

There are two twists to the story. Originally, when the service was launched, users only had to use temporary usernames and passwords to log in (, but some time since December 2008 it was changed to full legal names and social security numbers.

Secondly, Google Korea just caused a big media stir in April by circumventing a new Korean government regulation that required any web portal which accepted user content (such as comments or videos) to ask for real names and registration numbers of all its users. Google Korea sidestepped this issue on its YouTube Korea site by disabling the ability for users on the Korean YouTube site from uploading content or posting comments. However, users could still access the international YouTube site without problems. This seemed to infuriate the KCC and caused them to start a 'legal review' of Google in order to try to nail them for some sort of violation as revenge. ("

Comment Re:Why people complain about it. (Score 1) 375

I'm located in Ulsan, South Korea on a one-year teaching gig. It's the fourth largest city here but internet options still amaze me. I'm currently paying $30/month for 70/20 mbit unthrottled/uncapped service. I wanted the 100/100 (same price but different company) but it wasn't available to me since I'm not Korean (don't ask). I can downgrade to the 20/20 mbit service and pay $20/month.

When I go back to Canada in September I can look forward to paying $60/month for 10/1 mbit service with a 95 GB cap. Great. Not.

Comment Re:More bricked computers (Score 2, Insightful) 313

But it's not actually bricked. It might appear to be bricked, but it wouldn't be wise to make the judgment that it's bricked without at least doing some basic diagnostics such as putting the machine into target disk mode or testing an external display.

Bricking a piece of hardware is relatively difficult for a piece of software to do, even with firmware, because replacing the firmware is usually possible.

Speaking as a bit of a language Nazi (and geek), bricking is one of those terms that should be reserved for extreme cases where the hardware actually IS bricked. Using it for situations where the hardware is recoverable dilutes the meaning and makes it much more difficult to convey when hardware is legitimately bricked.


Submission + - Google Filters Torrents From Search Results ( 1

HiddenL writes: According to

Google has been filtering its search results for years. That's proven very useful for the Chinese government, and of course content owner representatives like the MPAA and RIAA. According to Google, the filtering of torrents from the search results is a response to the DMCA complaints they receive. The owner of SumoTorrent told TorrentFreak that he discovered that A search on Google for sumotorrent now triggers the following message at the bottom of the results page:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at
A search for other BitTorrent sites like Torrentspy and Torrentreactor comes up with the same message (note. the sites are still indexed but some results are removed).
Apparently "Do No Evil" includes mass filtering of legitimate content.

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