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North Korea sets BoingBoing up the bomb. All their base are belong to BoingBoing. via joi ito.
posted by loquacious (43 comments total)

 
Thank you and have a nice day.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:51 AM on March 7, 2005


Boing Boing by way of Joi Ito. I feel defeated.
posted by NickDouglas at 6:18 AM on March 7, 2005


Apparently the North Korea government's bandwidth limit for the month has been exceeded.
posted by spock at 6:20 AM on March 7, 2005


Images from the animation: Anyone care to explain this picture? How about javelin throwing while facing a large audience? I also thought the picture of the guards facing off was quite interesting.
posted by zsazsa at 6:46 AM on March 7, 2005


This kind of careless linking to high-profile sites is typical of the internet where people no longer respect that such links could make free content less available.

The DPRK discovers the Tragedy of the Commons. Can a capitalist North Korea be far behind?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:54 AM on March 7, 2005


While the "oh we're so cool and hip and interwebbed" clique birthed at HotWired and moving to BB with Cory "I act like a petulant child when attacked" and Xeni and Joi and some spooky scifi writer and all the rest -- woah -- while they usually give me a really huge migraine, this is a fascinating post, thanks hipsters.

and OMG, I think BB has been bandwidthed!
posted by cavalier at 7:01 AM on March 7, 2005


I hear they have a version of Apache that runs off punch cards.
posted by Thoth at 7:07 AM on March 7, 2005


Anyone care to explain this picture?

As the filename implies, it's obviously a dork race. Does it really need more expl... oh.
posted by rafter at 7:08 AM on March 7, 2005


Dammit, rafter, you beat me to it. *shakes fist*
Deeply weird.
posted by everichon at 7:23 AM on March 7, 2005


uh, not sure what's so bad about not wanting your bandwidth raped.
posted by lotsofno at 7:40 AM on March 7, 2005


Come on you killjoys, this is good.

Bandwidth limits: The soft underbelly of the Axis of Evil?
posted by nyterrant at 7:43 AM on March 7, 2005


In any case BB complied by putting up a copy.

Best part of the story is North Korea exploring the Bittorrent option.

In North Korea, the creepy tourism videos download YOU.
posted by NickDouglas at 7:47 AM on March 7, 2005


North Korea promotes vacations with wacky Flash movie
Yes, the video is wacked, “service unavailable”…any available mirrored link?
posted by thomcatspike at 7:54 AM on March 7, 2005


Torrent page
posted by loquacious at 7:58 AM on March 7, 2005


OinkOink.
posted by quonsar at 8:04 AM on March 7, 2005


Oops, I messed up the second link: How about javelin throwing while facing a large audience?
posted by zsazsa at 8:17 AM on March 7, 2005


The best part is that the page was created by North Korea fanboys. I wonder what they did on their North Korea trips that made them want to go back and encourage others to make the journey. Maybe they just think dear leader is a sexy bitch.
posted by mikeh at 8:23 AM on March 7, 2005


Maybe this is a good time to plug that MAKE magazine again.
posted by crunchland at 8:26 AM on March 7, 2005


Mentioned here previously. Mentioned everywhere else previously. So the news here is... someone added Flash and Xeni Jardin got it slashdotted?
posted by pascal at 8:27 AM on March 7, 2005


No, the news here is that Kim Jong-Il (and his cabal) made a video available on the internet, then got all pissy when someone actually steered traffic their way.

Kim's DPRK is pretty schizophrenic that way.
posted by clevershark at 8:34 AM on March 7, 2005


How about javelin throwing while facing a large audience?

That looks like a large audience of children! So one must assume there are no frivolous javelin accident lawsuits in NK.
posted by R. Mutt at 8:39 AM on March 7, 2005


So one must assume there are no frivolous javelin accident lawsuits in NK.

Thanks to Dear Leader's tort reform, pretty soon there will be no frivolous javelin accident lawsuits in the US either.
posted by junkbox at 8:53 AM on March 7, 2005


clevershark: the site is built by a spaniard and hosted in spain. People have been writing about this nutter for over 3 years (my second link.) It's actually kind of hilarious that XJ is treating this like a big scoop, like bloggers are going to take down the DPRK by quoting copyright law. Someone call Lessig!
posted by pascal at 9:01 AM on March 7, 2005


pascal: The fact that you've just now folded SeaLand into the mix doesn't help prevent the coming meta-singularity.
posted by loquacious at 9:03 AM on March 7, 2005


hilarious that XJ is treating this like a big scoop

my next blog band name is so going to be 'anal gash & the trotts'.
posted by quonsar at 9:12 AM on March 7, 2005


Funny, if slightly misleading. Isn't this like getting into a fight with Sean Hannity's cousin, and then proclaiming "I fought FOX News and I won!!!"?

How about javelin throwing while facing a large audience?

I've done my share of silly "fun" picnic games and exercises while growing up in South Korea, but I've never seen a javelin throw competition. Weird.

I also thought the picture of the guards facing off was quite interesting.

It's standard procedure at the DMZ, JSA, etc. If you do a Google image search for "jsa", you'll see similar pics of soldiers from both sides patrolling the blue buildings used for negotiations. I'll also plug an excellent Korean film that uses a similar photo of soldiers as a stunning coda: JSA by Park Chan-Wook, director of Oldboy.
posted by shortfuse at 9:15 AM on March 7, 2005


And oh yeah, what is this bullshit with putting a creative commons license on the torrent? It's not yours, you didn't make it, STFU noob.
posted by cavalier at 11:35 AM on March 7, 2005


(Err, my "your" was not addressed to loquacious, but rather, the wingnut at BB)
posted by cavalier at 11:36 AM on March 7, 2005


Hi, cavalier -- actually, the stupid CC license thing is a design limitation on prodigem, the torrent-hosting site I dumped the swf file on. They won't let you upload anything unless you choose a "yes" answer to the question "do you want to slap a creative commons license on this." The only workaround I could think of at the time was to select "require attribution = no" from that mandatory CC license sub-menu, because of course BoingBoing isn't the author of the file in the first place (duh, that's the whole point -- last thing I'd want to do is claim ownership). --XJ
posted by xeni-jardin at 11:46 AM on March 7, 2005


So what you're saying is that you not only disavowed the copyright of the original makers of the flash file, but you abused the torrent site which is apparenlty set up to host only non-copyrighted material, all for a 3 year old meme?
posted by crunchland at 12:32 PM on March 7, 2005


Heh -- well, if you read the KFA's original cranky note to BoingBoing, they *encouraged* people to host copies on other webservers, and later said they thought torrenting the video was a good idea. So, the rights holders don't have a problem with it, and neither do the folks at prodigem, as I checked with them prior to posting. Sorry, crunchland!
posted by xeni-jardin at 12:35 PM on March 7, 2005


Curses! Foiled again!

Say, have you heard about this new magazine called MAKE? ...it's not really a magazine, really... it's more like a book... but not really...
posted by crunchland at 12:47 PM on March 7, 2005


mook-mook.
posted by xeni-jardin at 12:52 PM on March 7, 2005


How about javelin throwing while facing a large audience?

The other team won the coin toss and choose to receive. There are no pussies in NK.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:07 PM on March 7, 2005


Is it just me. Or did XJ just... join... MetaFilter?
posted by Count Ziggurat at 3:23 PM on March 7, 2005



Is it just me. Or did XJ just... join... MetaFilter?


I think the streams just got crossed.
posted by LairBob at 3:25 PM on March 7, 2005


How about that.

The scifi author has an account too.

MeFi -is- popular with the celebrities, isn't it.
posted by Count Ziggurat at 3:41 PM on March 7, 2005


Did someone say Boing-boing?

Cool! Disney! Mash-up! Cool! Creative Commons! Disney! Mash-up! Mash-up! Cool! Disney! Creative Commons! Disney! Cool!
posted by Ayn Marx at 4:09 PM on March 7, 2005


Ayn - You love beating up Cory up don't you? You forgot Larry Lessig love-in, how the RIAA, MPAA and DRM will make you sterile.

Fine by me, they never post my suggestions anymore. BIG JERKS, except you Xeni. I can't say anything bad about you because David will kick my ass and Scott will shut off my hosting {self}, as they depend on BB for cheap publicity
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 5:02 PM on March 7, 2005


This thread has left me scared and confused.

Hold me?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:31 PM on March 7, 2005


*loquacious holds stavrosthewonderchicken*

Wanna balloon, Georgie? They float! They all float down here!
posted by loquacious at 4:12 AM on March 8, 2005


I'll hold you...
posted by tommyc at 5:09 AM on March 8, 2005


Uh, what in the hell is that self-deflating blinky orange thing?
posted by loquacious at 1:31 PM on March 8, 2005


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