Internet Explorer’s fall has been profound enough that its own video ads have poked fun at its image as “ancient” — but it argues at its Web site “browseryoulovedtohate” that the latest versions, IE 9 and IE 10, are vastly improved and give the company a shot at “browser redemption”.
But South Koreans remain captive to laws passed 14 years ago, which — in the name of Internet security — require citizens to bank and make nearly all purchases with Internet Explorer. Three-quarters of the country’s Web usage involves Internet Explorer, according to a measurement by the Web analytics firm StatCounter — among the highest in the world. Internet Explorer is nearly as much a part of a Korean computer as the screen itself.
What happens when outdated regulations don’t keep up with the times.
11:52 // 5 months ago
South Korea is due to withdraw its last workers from the Kaesong industrial complex on Monday, leaving the park, a highly symbolic joint-venture with North Korea, empty for the first time since it opened almost a decade ago.
The withdrawal of the 50 remaining managers will mark a serious deterioration in cross-border ties, coming soon after the North issued a string of threats against the South and its allies in protest at UN sanctions over its nuclear test in February and joint US-South-Korea military drills that ended on Monday.
The regime has toned down its rhetoric in recent days as both sides moved to defuse tensions on the peninsula, but Kaesong’s de facto closure is a serious blow to Seoul’s attempts to maintain at least some form of engagement with its neighbour.
The latest major setback on the Korean peninsula, though thankfully one which doesn’t involve threats of nuclear war (for now). The South Korean government has pledged financial support for companies affected by the closure; however, the shutdown could have a sharp impact on North Korea’s already weak economy.
14:52 // 11 months ago
Psy’s new music video “Gentleman” is not only breaking YouTube records, hitting more than 145 million views in less than a week, it just got banned by his home country’s biggest TV broadcaster.
South Korea’s KBS, a state-funded broadcaster, said Thursday it was banning the video because it shows Psy kicking a traffic cone with a “no parking” sign on it. The TV network says it has a policy prohibiting the showing of videos that abuse public property.
That traffic cone totally deserved it.
16:24 // 1 year ago
knivesandcoffee says: But isn't that graphic useless without some context? I mean what is the size of North Korea's military compared to the South or to the US?
» SFB says: I think that’s a fair point (and it’s one a lot of people in the comments on that link have raised), but I think it also shows that the country has enough firepower that it could do something. As the article itself puts it: “While North Korean arms are mostly antiquated, much of it dating back half a century, what they lack in modernity they make up for in both volume and location.” Now, whether or not the graphic was particularly useful because it was designed to be never-ending is another question entirely (it could use some compare/contrast), but just because the size of the military may perhaps be smaller than the United States or South Korea, if they’re the first to launch an attack, does it really matter? — Ernie @ SFB
11:11 // 1 year ago