Ok before we start this TL;DR, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, Simon changed his hairstyle You can tell, it’s different. I look cute now. So, for todays TL;DR we’re gonna talk about The Korean internet because, Even though a lot of people know The Korean internet is one of the Fastest in the world, If not THE fastest in the world It’s also one of the most broken internets in the world. Like really badly broken in many ways. And if you don’t live in Korea, You don’t experience a day to day life Of being on the internet, but If you’re just visiting, you’re like ”Wow, the internet is so fast, it’s the greatest!” Well let me tell you guys, there’s Ish ish use We got some things to talk about So first let’s talk about the positive things, Yes, the internet here is incredibly fast, If you want to download a movie illegally Because I know some of you do, Then you can download it in a minute or so. Seriously, I press download and I walk to the bathroom And I came back, and it was all downloaded. If you use instagram in Korea, it is actually Insta-gram. It’s instant gram but I remember when we were in Australia, it was like delayed gram, or non existent gram. Yeah. It just couldn’t load. It was really weird. We were like ”What is it broken? What’s happening here, is it broken? My hands seems like it’s broken.” ”There’s a swirly thing?” If I press refresh, pictures pop up like ‘that’. If I wanna load a website in Korea it loads just instantly loads, and when we go back home again We become tiny spoiled children who Don’t know how to function. However, despite the fast internet speeds, Let’s say that you live here and you open up A bank account and you wanna do online banking Or like online shopping, should be easy right? Anything involving money. Incorrect.You’ve just been activexed Let me explain what Activex is. It’s a set of tools of some secutiry softwares Developed by Microsoft in the 1990’s and a lot of Korean internet websites Base themselves of Activex So in order for you to actually do any online banking Or online shopping, you have to download And install this Activex on your computer. Problem number 1 is, it’s really really old and bloated software The software’s so old that we had to go And buy a Windows computer to do our online banking But Windows eight was to far ahead of it to run. You have to get back to internet explorer 6 and internet explorer 7 if you wanna use it. And this is for our bank, that’s a bit concerning that
You’re not updating yourself with the times. Like whaaaa? Problem number 2 is Activex is Windows stuff So if you have a mac then you can’t install Acitvex
On your computer and you can’t do a lot Of basic stuff on the Korean internet. This may not have been a problem for Korean People maybe several years ago, but There’s been a boom of Mac technology in Korea There are Mac stores and iPhones are like crazy, they’re everywhere Right. So now the problem is that now that A lot of people in Korea are using mac technology They find ”Oh I can’t do my banking on my phone, or I can’t internet shop, What?” And it’s just not Activex that you have to install on the computer A lot of different banks and different websites give you Additional hardware software that you have to Install on your computer, and the problem is that you Wind up installing so many different programs like I remember we tried to use a Farbank There’s like 8 different programs we had to install And they slow you down, Just imagine installing Norton Antivirus 10 TIMES On your computer. Just so you can use a bank, it’s a mess. And we’re technologically savvy, imagine if You try to help out your parents, your grandparents to use the internet.
Oh man. But ok, some of you might be arguing The security is important (it’s a good thing) It keeps people from hacking for online banking. Information can remain safe because of this, Really? Because recently Korea had over 20 million People’s IDs and information stolen, from their banks. Including me by the way! Martina’s got conned And then, just today: KT which is arguably the biggest cellphone company in Korea, just mailed me this today. Hey Simon, all of your information has been conned and stolen. They just gave this information today, But people have been hacking them from FEBRUARY 2013! For 13months this has been going on And I just found out today. That’s nice. So all the information where we live and our ID numbers And our banks, our Alien registration number, Our like how many transactions, how much we pay All of that information’s out there now. It’s all out there! Activex, you’re so good! Really good at your job right? You’re good Activex! Obviously it’s working, don’t you think? Going back to Apple and Mac technology, A lot of people have iPhones but you find that You can’t actually use Apple maps here or You can’t even use Google maps, Because the security of Map software in Korea’s So strict as well none of those things really work here in Korea. You go over to Japan and you ask it for directions And it shows you the buildings (3D) But if you try to zoom in anywhere in Korea it’s all modelled and fuzzy Because you’re not allowed to use that here. I think one of the big things that I’ve noticed with Korea is that They have their own sphere where they do things So for example if you use Naver and Daum maps, Ok, no problem! Fantastic! You can get all the visible streets, but it’s in Korean So yeah we can read it and we can understand it But then if I try to send it to someone who’s like let’s say visiting, they don’t know what’s going on. So if you wanna use Daum and Naver stuff, You got all access to it, but google and Apple Are very much kind of pushed out of Korea, They don’t want them to be doing stuff here. In fact even if you wanna use Youtube here You’ll find that it’s severely throttled and I know A lot of people talk about Net neutrality and whatnot But try to watch Youtube videos here, They load a lot slower than they actually do in Canada! And Canada’s internet is like Flintstone era internet. Aw, poor Canada! It’s better than some other countries. But you can actually watch that but here in Korea You really have to, it just keeps on buffering and pausing. Because it’s actually throbbed here So a lot of people keep on saying to us ”That’s really weird, why is Youtube so slow in Korea I thought It would be faster?” That’s because they don’t want people using Youtube. Don’t use Youtube… They’re trying to push people to use other Korean businesses. I think a good way understanding Korean internet Is that it’s great within its little equal system of Korea If you’re Korean then all the things work very well But if you’re an outsider trying to do other things Or an international website then you might find That things here aren’t all too friendly for you. I’d have to disagree with that, the reason why Is that Sozee said that, yes she understands Activex and that she has to install it, But it annoys her. And that now when she switched to mac She couldn’t even register for her school program. So you think that it’s just effecting people Who are visiting but I think it’s affecting Korean people as well. So let’s move onto unintuitive website design Very simple example here, if you wanna order from Like Domino’s pizza in Korea. So you can actually go to Domino’s the website You can put in your ID whether it’s Korean or Foreign And then you have to make an account And then you can actually order online and have pizza sent to your house. That sounds super awesome. That’s brilliant! I know a lot of countries don’t actually have that. So that’s a good thing. Except, a lot of the log informs for these places have been so there’s like a maximum of like 3 characters. Because most names are like last name and then two first names. Kim Soo Zee, that’s all you need. Yeah. Except, I have some Korean friends whose first names are like Ma-Ri-Ah, that’s just their first name If you don’t enter your exact ID from your card because Korea is very tight when it comes to security then you can’t log in. But if your name is longer than three characters you can’t log in either. So for us, we can’t even begin to Because my last name on my Alien card Has already passed the zone. Who thought of this as a design? Like a maximum of three Why would you do that? It’s not just screwing over foreigners It’s screwing over Koreans with different names! But I don’t even know why you would build a website And be like ”Hold on hold on, no one can be longer than 3 characters.” So that kind of stuff I find very frustrating. And the last thing that I wanna talk about, If you are a foreigner in Korea and you Wanna capitalize on the amazing internet speed You’re gonna find that a lot of the services That you’re used to, you can’t use anymore Netflix for example, Hulu for example, and pornography for example Are all blocked here in Korea. The first two Netflix and Hulu aren’t necessarily blocked They just don’t offer international services Porn on the other hand is many times blocked, And if you do some online gaming for example I bought Final Fantasy XIV cause I really wanna play it Because I love Final Fantasy is blocked as well I can’t play it. Chocobo? Final Fantasy XIV is an online game
You can’t play it offline you have to be connected online And you just, it’s blocked here But why would they block it? Because Fuuuk you that’s why. I’m just curious like I think it’s because Korea is really trying To track down on teenagers that are Gamin online a bit too much. Didn’t they make a law that you Can’t stay on past 12 o’ clock? Yeah, so there’s like a lot of control measures That are put in there now, and since SONY can’t comply with those measures Because it’s not only catering stuff for the Korean audience but international audience Korea say: You can’t play by our rules, You can’t play in our country That’s so sad, you’re like a man who wants To play a video game who has been told that he can’t Stop nannying me Korea! Let me me play my video games And let people I know wanna watch porn! Also, outside of porn I know a lot of people say They like watching Korean dramas And when they come to Korea they can’t Watch them anymore so it’s also blocked. So, good luck with that guys. VPN! VPN WOOP WOOP VPN IN THE HOUSE! That copy style of working VPN So we’re gonna talk a little bit more of The restrictions of Korean internet on our website So make sure you click on the link here to read more about it. So I’ve got a whole bunch of questions for you guys. If you’re Korean and living in Korea how do you Feel about the internet, does Antivex bother you? Or if you’re outside of Korea what issues does The internet have in your country? Apart as not being as fast as ours. What what~ Fastest internet in the world, What you got Japan? What’s you got? Japan’s got porn. I was gonna say Japan’s got porn And Final fantasy. For last TL;DR we wound up talking about Yellow dust in Korea and what that actually does to you And when we wound up asking you for your inputs And some of your comments were extremely awesome Like for example ’HolyWarriorFury’ that said That in their country they get ”haboobs” Which are dust storms but the name is Haboobs… That’s such a cute name for something terrible. Does anyone else find that name amazing? Question: Can you get on the water during a haboob? Because then you would be motorboating in a haboob. Get it?I like your like ”I was thinking about something funny So I twitched” ’Exo Kai’ thanks for watching Kai, Says they’re from Malaysia and they get crushed From haze they said it’s so bad that when You’re driving it looks like something from Silent Hill. That’s crazy! That’s creepy… I don’t know like I think it’s very different Than what we have from yellow dust I don’t think it’s really dusty I think it’s more of a Pollutiony? I’m not too sure about haze. But I know that a lot of people in The comments were complaining about the haze there. The user ’Zelle13HallyuForever9’ Like obviously the best name ever, showed us a picture from the Philippines of a bus Shitting in your mouth. It’s sooo.. Okay you’re making it so They’re on a motorcycle and the bus was like BZUU A bus just unloaded a big cloudy turd In your mouth it is terrifying supposedly this Kind of stuff happens often Really? Yes. They should get checked for their…. I’ve never experienced that? I know that whenever we’re on our scooter In korea we always try to stay away from the buses Because we always hear the like Poooooof So I know that the buses are farting But just not big black turds.. And then the big black turd came!