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North Korean Flash Games For Export 211

linzeal writes: "Despite it being pretty-much closed off to the world, North Korea is the next boom place for IT and tech outsourcing, PC World has reported. Flash games are being developed there for outside publishers, largely thanks to the home-grown talent. Does this mean that the the cartoon company that makes The Simpsons might use North Korea as well? Well it looks like they already have started."
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North Korean Flash Games For Export

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  • Pyongyang (Score:5, Interesting)

    by conner_bw ( 120497 ) * on Sunday June 13, 2010 @02:17PM (#32557976) Journal

    There's a great graphic novel called Pyongyang [] which documents the author's experiences in the capital of North Korea; where he stayed for two months as the liaison of a French cartoon production house. This was in the late 90's so the phenomena of outsourcing to North Korea is not really that new.

    For bonus points, try to find a copy of Pulgarasi [], a giant-monster film directed by a man who was by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, the director of said film.

  • Re:agreed (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Darkness404 ( 1287218 ) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:18PM (#32558354)

    attempting to make libertarianism work in reality results in domination of society by corporations. corporations who can do no wrong (while they do plenty wrong)

    You are confusing libertarianism with Republican conservatism. If you really look at Libertarianism, you'd see that corporations would lose a lot of the protections of assets and greater liability and fewer government handouts.

  • by Darkness404 ( 1287218 ) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:54PM (#32558524)

    wow, this is an awesome form of libertarianism. so, dear libertarian, who is going to enforce this liability? answer: some form of centralized government bureaucracy... oops, we destroyed them

    Hm, perhaps you should actually read the party platform.

    We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

    If a corporation uses force or fraud, it is regulated. The majority of libertarians oppose a centralized government bureaucracy but support state governments to do the majority of enforcement of the laws like how the constitution was written. A small federal government making sure that state laws agree with the US constitution, and a few other duties expressed in the constitution.

    libertarians don't understand that when you weaken the government, there is only one power left in the room: corporations. at that point, nothing stops them from corrupting and controlling every remaining government function you hold dear

    But there is. I have the power to A) Sue (remember, the government still exists to prevent force and fraud) B) Not choose to use the corporation C) Form my own company (remember, with reductions in government powers comes the reduction of Copyright/Patents)

    All these three rights are pretty much absent from anything that the government does. Yes, you can sue the government in some cases, but your chances of winning are slim. If I decide to not support my government I get thrown in jail for not paying my taxes. And I'm unable to choose not to use government services in most cases and not pay taxes. For example, if I choose to send my children to private school in most cases, I still have to pay taxes that go to public schools even though I'm not using the facilities. If I choose to not subscribe to a magazine, the magazine company can't charge me for not receiving a magazine.

    libertarians have plenty of things to hate in government. what they should do is work at REFORMING government, not destroying it

    They do want to reform it. They want to reform it to a smaller government that respects its citizens rights. Libertarian != anarchist. We simply believe, like many of the founding fathers, that the government has two and only two roles, protect their citizens from force (things like murder, rape, invasion, theft, etc) and fraud (food poisoning, unsafe drugs, misleading contracts, etc). In no way are they "destroying" government, they are simply reforming it to a more constitutional, more free, smaller, government. Does that mean that you have to cut some "functions" that our ever-present government has? Yes. Does that mean government is destroyed, absolutely not.

    reality: you get THE SAME LIST OF ABUSES, plus A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW ONES, SOME FAR WORSE, being committed by corporations. that really is the truth. please recognize that

    No you don't. With government if I don't like what they do, I have no legal choice to not support them. If I oppose imperialistic wars like the war in Iraq, I can't legally decide not to pay my taxes. On the other hand, if I don't like a certain company, say I don't like Apple, I choose not to buy iPods, iPads, Macs, etc. and Apple is deprived of the money they could have gotten from me and thus suffers a bit. If Apple pisses off enough customers, they start to lose money and go bankrupt. They can't borrow money infinitely or create money out of nothing like the US government believes they can.

    you NEED big government to hold the corporations in check. but to the extent that big government is entwined with corporations, WORK TO REMOVE THAT CORRUPTION. don't work to remove the only thing holding corporate power in check!


  • by FuckingNickName ( 1362625 ) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @06:09PM (#32559212) Journal

    People who protest in the United States usually seem to get arrested and beaten after they start smashing shop windows and cars (none of which belong to the government), so I would say they deserve what they get.

    I'm just going to highlight this as pretty much reflecting the tone of your whole argument: "when a government I like takes away your freedom, it's surely because you were doing something bad".

    In NK, you get arrested for whispering. In China, you get arrested for talking. In America, you get arrested for shouting. In each case, the government makes sure that not enough people hear you; it's just that some countries silence you earlier on, as they're not yet sophisticated enough to know the sweet spot which keeps people quiet enough while making them think they're free. The only reason I can say without significant repercussion what I'm saying right now in the West is that not enough people are listening to me.

  • by FuckingNickName ( 1362625 ) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @07:25PM (#32559692) Journal

    I've entered the US dozens of times, pre and post 9/11 and I've never been interrogated.

    So you've never been asked whether you were a Nazi, whether you are a Communist, what your purpose is in the US, where you're staying, how you got to know those in the US you're meeting, etc.? I know some of these questions won't be asked to /everyone/, but some are on the standard ex-INS visa waiver form. Or maybe since this is usually done with checkboxes and a smiling man who mostly keeps his gun in his holster, you're misled into thinking an interrogation is just a friendly chat.

    (Or maybe you're Canadian. They're exempted from most of this shit.)

    You can however move around the US without handlers.

    If a government can and does track activities without a warrant, why do you feel any more at ease that they don't have a human physically and ostensibly following you around? That's just a threatre of freedom.

    Had you lived in the DPRK, being that critical of the DPRK would have resulted in the imprisonment of you, your family, your parents and grandparents.

    I don't have evidence that all that would happen. The world suffers a lack of neutral reports about DPRK - it's like Cuban exile sites showing the "awful" condition of some Cuban buildings, each picture making me think "wow, that reminds me of X on the East Coast / Y in England".

    But I did hit your link and stop reading at "the guide wouldn't allow you to keep your passport?" since you'd have to be the least travelled tourist in the world not to recognise the number of countries where the government directs hotels to hold your passport during your stay (and copy information).

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