Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 16:30 UTC
In the News "So sprawling is Samsung's modern-day empire that some South Koreans say it has become possible to live a Samsung-only life: You can use a Samsung credit card to buy a Samsung TV for the living room of your Samsung-made apartment on which you'll watch the Samsung-owned pro baseball team. Samsung is South Korea's greatest economic success, and, more recently, the subject of major controversy. Economists, owners of small- and medium-size businesses, and some politicians say Samsung no longer merely powers the country but overpowers it, wielding influence that nearly matches that of the government." Campaign contributions, moles in political offices and chambers, this Samsung stuff - this is what happens when companies are left unchecked. It's cute if you think this only happens in Korea. Much of it all is legal, but that doesn't make it right.
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RE[2]: Comment by neticspace
by zima on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by neticspace"
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Free Software is the Hangul of today in that it allows ordinary people to be literate, not just the elite who can learn Chinese or afford expensive and closed programming environments such as those from Microsoft.

Yeah, the horrors of gratis MS Visual Studio Express or XNA... or how the Wintel ecosystems brought powerful & inexpensive hardware, to be used in your *nix workstation.
(plus, people most likely pirate MS Windows more than they use open source operating systems ...people want Windows)

The Korean people have a lot of potential - I mean they've just unleashed "Psy' and 'Gangnam Style' - if only they could do something similar in software..

OK, now we know you joke...

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