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"North Korea's Internet user Kim Jung Un reported access is limited.  He was quoted as saying 'this is a serious problem, I can't even access Facebook to keep up with college buddies.  Of course this doesn't affect anyone else because no one else has access, but it's really stressing me out.  Do you guys even know what it's like to be the only Internet user?  I mean I'll see a great joke on Facebook and want to forward it then remember no one else has access, it's such a bummer.'"

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You guys might be surprised, but N. Korea not only has Internet, it also has outsourced/offshored businesses. US companies do not directly outsource/offshore there, but more neutral country companies do and there's no guarantee that US-outsourced work does not get re-outsourced to N. Korea.

 

Some info at http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/at-work/tech-careers/for-outsourcing-it-have-you-considered-north-korea

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The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’

 

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/north-korea/

 

Recommended documentaries

 

Crossing the line - available on Netflix streaming & youtube

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY0Wlk1BtXA

 

Money And Power in North Korea: Hidden Economy

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mmq3NW_FQg

 

For every USB drive I send across, there are perhaps 100 North Koreans who begin to question why they live this way. Why they’ve been put in a jar.

 

Korean activist

 

Two things work beautifully to ruin an aggregation of people. All the best people leave; that's a sure source of huge failure. Then you have the remainder under a total crazy bunch of people -- like say the nutcase that runs North Korea -- and of course that will ruin anybody. Do you see all those pictures of North Korea at night? It's dark! They have starvation in the Year of Our Lord 2010! They have people starving in the dark! That's what communism will do for you if you work at it hard enough.

 

Charles T. Munger - University of Michigan

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You guys might be surprised, but N. Korea not only has Internet, it also has outsourced/offshored businesses. US companies do not directly outsource/offshore there, but more neutral country companies do and there's no guarantee that US-outsourced work does not get re-outsourced to N. Korea.

 

Some info at http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/at-work/tech-careers/for-outsourcing-it-have-you-considered-north-korea

 

Very interesting, thanks for that link!

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This article is written by someone I know who has visited North Korea and smuggled a bunch of books out.

http://reason.com/archives/2013/07/23/my-week-in-north-korea

 

He wrote a book called "Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il", he calls it an "unauthorized autobiography", because he writes it as if he was Kim Jong Il writing his own autobiography.  Sort of an inside joke, because Malice ghost-writes celebrity autobiographies for a living.  Anyway he wrote it as if it was Kim Jong II writing for the North Korean people to read. It is all the history and propaganda that they are told and are supposed to believe.  It's an interesting book and well worth the read.

 

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