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Microsoft to suspend XBox Live service to minors from Nov 27

According to, Microsoft Korea sent out an email yesterday telling folk that from Nov 27, it would no longer provide XBox Live Service to those under 18 living in Korea.

That means no more online gaming or downloading content on the XBox.

On a positive note, it also means no longer getting pawned by Korean middle school kids in COD.

Microsoft Korea is saying this is because of Korea’s computer gaming law that bans those under 16 from playing online games past midnight. Microsoft Korea said it would be too difficult to implemented a system that would suspend service to minors at specific times of the day, or block minors at the request of their parents in a worldwide service.

Local game services are following the law, but global services like XBox Live are not. Anyway, terminating service for minors was the best option to keep XBox Live alive in Korea, Microsoft Korea explained.

Even non-minor users of XBox Live in Korea will need to undergo I-Pin verification through XBox’s homepage.

Blotter notes the irony of the gaming law, namely, that it does not apply to offline gaming.

In June, Sony “temporarily” suspended service of its PS Store in Korea because of the gaming law. It has yet to be reopened.

Marmot’s Note: Government regulators in the Most Wired Nation on Earth score another own goal. Still, it’s an own goal I stand to benefit from, so good job, I say.

On a related note, making my way slowly through Black Ops II’s campaign. Like what I see so far. And I sort of missed Manuel Noriega.

Korea’s Microsoft Dependency (and Fixing the Font Glitch with Korean Open Office in Ubuntu)

Ye Olde Chosun columnist Kim Ki-cheon blasts Koreans’ dependence on Microsoft Windoze and ActiveX (HT to Matt):

Whenever Microsoft releases a new operating system, such as Windows Vista, or a new version of Explorer, only in Korea is there a fuss about previous versions not working. The country’s closed and outdated computing environment is overly dependent on ActiveX.

The following is from a post earlier this month on a blog maintained by British freelance IT experts: “Korea’s excellent Internet infrastructure may be useless as long as its software programs are adopting outdated technologies.” Korea is like an oxcart going along a highway.

And on that note, I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 yesterday, and I’m liking what I’m seeing. My only real bitch — and this isn’t Ubuntu’s fault — is that since Amarok went to 2.x, I can’t find a decent podcast management program. UPDATE: OK, now Rhythmbox is beginning to grow on me.

Ubuntu 9.10

One bug with the Korean version of Ubuntu, however, is that the fonts on Open Office look like shit. This bug is easily corrected, however, using the instructions found here.

Oh, and if you haven’t tried the development version of Chrome for Linux, get it — it really does fly.

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