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Subject: Some interesting things...
From Fudzilla:
A man named Benjamin Wayne says that Youtube is a "Technicolor cataract of skateboarding dogs, lip-synching college students, political punditry, and porn" that needs an astronomical $9.48 of revenue for every video served.  Nearly ten bucks!?  That doesn't make sense by any measure I can imagine.  In fact, it sounds completely absurd, the kind of that a man might say if he had a financial interest in proving a point...  Oh, he does.  Mr. Wayne runs video sharing site fliqz.com (I'd never heard of it either).  Yeah, he's probably a reliable source for Youtube info. 

From Der Spiegel:
I love North Korea.  It's like a totalitarian Disneyland, with tourists and everything.  They're also idiots, with some of the most ham-handed propoganda I've ever seen.  I love this vote count: "It was a session at which Kim was reappointed for a third term as North Korea's supreme leader. The vote on whether Kim should continue at the helm was 687 to 0"  It's totally believable that there were no contrary votes.  Totally.  I also think it's totally hilarious that thousands of people turned up (to watch Pyongyang's only TV?) to celebrate lies about the success of their recent rocket launch.  A rocket which, by most accounts, ended up in sea synchronous orbit.  And you know what these retards claim their satellite is doing?  Broadcasting 'revolutionary songs' about the current lunatic leader, and his dead father.  Comedy gold.

From Techdirt:
South Korea is trying to up the repression ante: sites with more than 100,000 registered users must confirm their user's ID before allowing them to post comments or upload content.  To their credit, Youtube simply turned these options off for Korea, rather than comply.

From the Atlantic:
The US is having trouble raising the money for a USA pavilion for China's 2010 World Expo.  I imagine it's a matter of justifying the expense more than actually affording it.  Don't want to spend the money, don't want to miss the party.  "But if, for whatever reason, the State Department’s authorized team can’t raise the money, the U.S. will be faced with two unpalatable, and equally symbolic choices: a Chinese-funded pavilion, or no pavilion at all."

The world's a funny place.
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This post was edited on 2009-04-14, 11:00 by NFG.
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