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KAIST Boss tired of Korean professors’ sense of entitlement

June 27th, 2012 . by Errol

I’m trying to change such culture,” Suh Nam-pyo (Boss of KAIST) said. “My predecessor Robert Laughlin had to quit early amid a struggle with disgruntled professors. Such an unfortunate thing should not happen again.”

The Korea Times, June 27, 2012

The weltschmertz of it all.

Boy King fails to get his rockets off

April 13th, 2012 . by Errol

Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

Korea becoming destination for medical tourism

March 11th, 2012 . by Errol

“We hope medical tourism will help create a new Korean wave,” said Jung Ho-won, director of the ministry’s Health Industry Policy Division.

The ministry estimated that the total number of foreign patients who visited Korea for medical treatment surpassed 110,000 last year, up from 81,789 in 2010.

The Korea Times, March 11, 2012

Expect Wave of Transgender Bars

March 11th, 2012 . by Errol

Actress Choi Han-bit plays a transgender bartender in Itaewon in the soap opera: “Saving Mrs. Go Bong-sil”.

Choi Han-bit also appeared in the KBS TV drama “The Princess’ Man” last year.

Choi stated, “I’m learning a lot from the veteran actors that I’m working with.”

The Chosun Ilbo, March 10, 2012

The Power of the Korean Wave

March 5th, 2012 . by Errol

More powerful than Michael Stipe.

An Egyptian Islamist MP has resigned from the radical Al-Nour party and from parliament after claiming he had been attacked by gunmen to cover up for plastic surgery to his nose, the party says.

Plastic surgery is considered forbidden by ultra-conservative Salafists.

Trying to keep up with the wave.

Shin Eun-kyung no longer fearsome gangster wife.

November 2nd, 2011 . by Errol

Shin Eun-kyung of My Wife is a Gangster fame has slimmed down her jawline to look like …

Shin Eun-kyung from gangster to girls generation

Shin Eun-kyung from gangster to girls' generation

Korean National Intelligence Service packet tapping Gmail

September 16th, 2011 . by Errol

“Unlike normal communication tapping methods, packet tapping is a technology that allows a real-time view of all content coming and going via the Internet. It opens all packets of a designated user that are transmitted via the Internet.”

“The NIS itself disclosed that Gmail tapping was taking place in the process of responding to a constitutional appeal filed by 52-year-old former teacher Kim Hyeong-geun, who was the object of packet tapping, in March (2011).”

The Hankyoreh, Sep.16,2011

Kolon Loses $920 Million Verdict to DuPont in Trial Over Kevlar

September 16th, 2011 . by Errol

Kolon “Looses” $920 Million Verdict to DuPont in Trial Over Kevlar?

Kolon is not a Korean laxative company but a chemical company found guilty by a jury “in federal court in Richmond, Virginia, (which) deliberated about 10 hours over two days before finding Gyeonggi, South Korea-based Kolon and its U.S. unit wrongfully obtained DuPont’s proprietary information about Kevlar by hiring some of the company’s former engineers and marketers.”

Bloomberg, September 15, 2011

“The second they give you an excuse for not being able to give you a cash receipt, you got them,” said Kim.

July 19th, 2011 . by Errol

Kim, works at a paparazzi school in Gangnam. According to Moon Seoung-ok, executive managing director at the school, the future of citizen reporting looks bright as reward programs are continually being added by both the government and corporations.

Currently there are 336 different infractions that citizens can report to both government agencies and corporations, offering up to 3 billion won.

Programs vary from reporting dropped cigarette butts and illegal trash disposal to unlicensed clinical practitioners and prostitution.

Adult video game parlors, usually gambling facilities run by crime gangs, are illegal, but can be extremely dangerous to paparazzi if caught by the wrong people during a sting.

According to Moon, the fact that police are sometimes found tipping off criminals motivates him to exclude officers from the equation and report parlors to higher authorities.

“We are doing what the police won’t, cut the problem at its roots,” said Moon.

Aside from possible beatings, there is so much money to be made, it is no wonder hopeful housewives, students and the jobless are attracted to the thought of catching someone red-handed.

Citizens make big money reporting violations

Top Women Cops and Young Korean Man catching Korean Bad Guys

April 30th, 2011 . by Errol

Park Mi-ok, 43, is the chief of the violent crime unit and Song Eun-ju, 44, is a police sergeant.

Park is a legend in the violent crime unit. For the past 10 years, Park has repeatedly received promotions in recognition of her achievements and recently became the chief of the unit.

Both women are highly skilled at judo and kendo and take boxing classes as well as participate in marathons.

The two recently teamed up for the case of a doctor suspected of killing his eight-month pregnant wife in Seoul. They carefully put together the pieces of the puzzle and found enough evidence to have the husband arrested.

Two women earn ‘Top Cops’ honour

Park Chan-am, 22, chief of security technology analysis at Softforum, a computer security software company is cynical about the recent hacking incidents at Nonghyup Bank. He says that only after a company is hacked does it make a fuss about reinforcing its security system.

“Korean companies try to hide problems and only hold security personnel responsible after hacking incidents occur,” said Park, who is considered one of the top five experts in security software based on the Unix and Linux systems.

“Companies often spend billions of won in buying equipment (with the associated kickbacks), but are reluctant to invest in the personnel necessary to operate it,” said Park. “The most economic solution is to invest in skilled personnel.”

Joongang Ilbo April 30, 2011

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