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Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User 195

jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC with a Dell monitor. However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac. Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers both Koreas, tweeted out a fresh image of little Kim using a MacBook Pro inside an aircraft. There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac. That same year, the South Korean newspaper Chosun published a photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which features an Apple iMac. This might also explain why the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X.
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Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User

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  • by grub ( 11606 ) <slashdot@grub.net> on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:26PM (#51491097) Homepage Journal
    I had no idea he was gay.
    • by justcauseisjustthat ( 1150803 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:28PM (#51491113)
      Have you seen his hair?
      • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:39PM (#51491207)
        Or how much he loves Katy Perry?
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Have you seen his hair?

        And he does seem to have a crush on Dennis Rodman.

      • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

        by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Overall that fellow looks pretty ill, check the hands where they forgot to put make up, overindulging much. Let's hope next time he leaves the country, they stop dicking about and simply arrest the ass hat for crimes against humanity and be done with it, same for the rest of the North Korean leadership. No more talks, just total isolation and arrest and prosecution at first opportunity. Just make North Korea China's problem in every way possible and make them deal with the resource and economic drain. Much

        • Re:Interesting. (Score:4, Informative)

          by rednip ( 186217 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @08:59PM (#51491697) Journal
          Yea, no way that could go wrong says the guy who clearly doesn't live in Seoul, South Korea with their family and all their assets within marching distance from over a million North Korean soldiers.
          • by dj245 ( 732906 )

            Yea, no way that could go wrong says the guy who clearly doesn't live in Seoul, South Korea with their family and all their assets within marching distance from over a million North Korean soldiers.

            Are you speaking from personal experience? Are you genuinely afraid? I have been to North Korea and the idea that they are a serious threat to the southern part of the peninsula is laughable. They face not one, but two powerful armies on the same border. Their military is woefully out of date, and despite their pride, they do recognize that they don't stand much of a chance in a fight against the combined South Korean and US militaries. China does NOT have their back on almost any issue. The China-DPRK

        • Re:Interesting. (Score:5, Interesting)

          by cavreader ( 1903280 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @09:11PM (#51491767)

          It's surprising that China has not been more forceful with NK. China's leadership are all closet capitalists and are very pragmatic. Every move NK makes only increases the size of the US military footprint in the region. Japan and SK are requesting the US to deploy missile defense batteries in the region. Missile defense systems that could very easily be used to degrade China's offensive and defensive missile forces. That is the last thing China wants to see.

          • Re:Interesting. (Score:4, Insightful)

            by Jeremi ( 14640 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @11:37PM (#51492289) Homepage

            Conventional wisdom is that China props up the North Korean government because if it collapses, China will have 25 million starving refugees at their doorstep (not that they don't already, but for now at least they aren't China's problem).

            What actions China considers the best ones to accomplish that goal, and whether they are correct about the efficacy of their approach, is way above my pay grade.

            • If the NK government collapses I think you might see a lot of Chinese citizens and other countries rushing into NK looking for fresh business opportunities. The deciding factor would be how the government collapsed and what is replacing it. Right now I think China is in a bind. I think they are afraid if they took a harder line and started issuing ultimatums NK would tell them to get bent and do so very publicly. China would end up looking like the US in dealing with Syria.

              • by Bongo ( 13261 )

                As George W. Bush said in an early interview, "I just don't believe in nation building." (words to that effect), a point he vastly demonstrated in Iraq.

                Whatever China does, it probably won't resemble anything USA would do, so perhaps they are doing something, just not in a way the West understands.

                • Whatever China does, it probably won't resemble anything USA would do, so perhaps they are doing something, just not in a way the West understands.

                  China doesn't have access to some secret mystery of the East when it comes to politics, or anything else in fact.

            • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

              China supports NK because the US supports SK. China doesn't want to end up with a country heavily supported (in military terms) by the US on its border.

              It's a tricky situation to resolve. SK and Japan are both somewhat reliant on the US for weapons and protection. If the US could withdraw it might be possible for the two halves of Korea to start negotiating a proper peace, but it won't because SK and to a less extent Japan want it there. That means NK will keep developing nuclear weapons and long range miss

          • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

            China doesn't do much because as it currently stands it can not, too many fingers in the pie and too many demands placed upon what will happen. It is pretty much up to everyone else to wash their hands of North Korea and let it fester on China's doorstep and then they can and will do something about it. How the reuniting goes with South Korea some number of years or even decades occurs, is another question, as long as the current mess is solved, the future one can be tackled at a future date, as long as th

          • by dj245 ( 732906 )

            It's surprising that China has not been more forceful with NK. China's leadership are all closet capitalists and are very pragmatic. Every move NK makes only increases the size of the US military footprint in the region. Japan and SK are requesting the US to deploy missile defense batteries in the region. Missile defense systems that could very easily be used to degrade China's offensive and defensive missile forces. That is the last thing China wants to see.

            I have been to both countries and talked with average citizens of both. The west vastly overestimates China's influence over the DPRK. North Korea might have been China's puppet 60 years ago, but that is not the case now. China is the DPRK's biggest trade partner, they know it, and they abuse that situation at every opportunity.

            China has the longest land border of any country, and they border with 14 sovereign states (tied with Russia). They don't want any more adversaries on their doorstep, especia

          • I'm pretty sure that China doesn't like the current situation either, but they view it as preferable to any of the alternatives. Hence their somewhat tepid support of North Korea. If I was North Korea I'd be careful though. If China decides they'd be better off without North Korea, it won't be good for Kim Jong-Un.

      • Have you seen his hair?

        I had no idea he was gay.

        Depends what one means by "gay" or "gay hair".

        I guess that technically you could say Kim Jong-Un's hair appears "homosexual" to me, but only in the sense that it always reminded me of a lesbian hairstyle more than anything...!

        What exactly this says about a *man* wearing such a hairstyle, I have absolutely no bloody idea.

    • I had no idea he was gay.

      Is your Gaydar offline today?

    • The "walled garden" reminds him of home.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Now have to deal with this cognitive dissonance. Yuck.

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      Err... Why? Who gives a shit who else uses your OS? It's not a lifestyle choice, it's a fucking operating system. There's a bunch of them. Pick which ever one you like best and run with it. Pick the one that gives you the ability to accomplish the tasks you wish to accomplish, with the least hassles, and with the fewest compromises that you need to make in order to do so safely, peacefully, and with the greatest amount of ease possible.

      It doesn't matter if it's Windows, OS X, BSD, MINIX, Linux, or whatever

      • Err... Why? Who gives a shit who else uses your OS? It's not a lifestyle choice, it's a fucking operating system.

        True, but it's been marketed (and bought) as if it *were* a lifestyle product, so it's not entirely surprising.

        Also, was "his personal preference is Mac" in the summary actually meant to be a Penny Arcade reference [penny-arcade.com] or was it just me that thought of that...?!

      • Err... Why? Who gives a shit who else uses your OS?.

        Depends. Are you a hacker?

  • by avandesande ( 143899 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:27PM (#51491107) Journal
    Not surprised at all
    • Not surprised at all

      I am. Not that he uses a Mac, but that Apple has a legit reason to have the 'weapons of mass destruction' clause in their EULA!

  • by justcauseisjustthat ( 1150803 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:27PM (#51491109)
    I thought you couldn't ship Apple stuff (Mac, iPhone , etc) to North Korea, so they must have smuggled it in from South Korea or China.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 11, 2016 @08:53PM (#51491669)

      The Pyongyang Apple store has 1 big customer. He certainly thinks different.

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      I thought you couldn't ship Apple stuff (Mac, iPhone , etc) to North Korea, so they must have smuggled it in from South Korea or China.

      I be he's raffing at your silly restrictions as we speak.

      Right after he finished the Lobster Thermidor with French Champaign served to him by a starving farm girl.

    • by radish ( 98371 )

      It's not really smuggling when you're the government.

    • by Bert64 ( 520050 )

      Trade sanctions only hurt the average people, those with money and power can get everything they want via the black market.
      Infact trade sanctions only help the rulers of north korea, as it becomes much easier for them to restrict the flow of information.

    • by bentcd ( 690786 )

      I thought you couldn't ship Apple stuff (Mac, iPhone , etc) to North Korea, so they must have smuggled it in from South Korea or China.

      What do you mean "ship"? Kim Jong-Un built it himself, overnight, using nothing but a screwdriver and a piece of patriotic Korean timber.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Their ambassadors and embassy staff just buy stuff in China and ship it home. Sometimes NK tourists / sports teams do the same. NK isn't as closed as people think.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Apple is for control freak mad dictators.

    What's more like North Korea than the Apple store ? /s...

  • by Adriax ( 746043 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:29PM (#51491123)

    Thank god. Can you imagine how quickly the nukes would fly if Un had a PC and could play actual games? 10 minutes online and WW3 would start with the phrase "I'll nuclear launch detected you!"

    • by armanox ( 826486 )

      Except StarCraft has always been one of those Mac friendly games (I know I played it on System 7)! We're in trouble!

  • by NotInHere ( 3654617 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:30PM (#51491137)

    Seems he and his dad and granddad implemented that slogan a bit too literally.

    • Like, really! Most despots just shoot folks who have fallen out of favor with them. Kim Jong-un kills them with mortar and anti-aircraft fire.

      This is one endorsement that I doubt Apple will pick up on:

      "Apple: Our technology helped bring North Korean ICBMs and H-Bombs to your front door in America!"

      • I was mostly hinting at NK's isolated diplomatic position. Somebody that isolated most certainly thinks different.

  • Finally! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Applehu Akbar ( 2968043 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:32PM (#51491147)

    Slashdotters now concur on nuking North Korea.

  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:35PM (#51491169)
    software incompatibility.
  • Claims to hate the West and everything it stands for
    Sure likes all our stuff though

    • Yeah, that crazy megalomaniac dictator who wants to keep all the good stuff for himself is a hypocrite. Sure, keep telling yourself that.

      You know, I'm pretty sure no matter the rhetoric, pisspot dictators have surrounded themselves in luxury trappings from the West to show themselves how awesome they are. You think he eschews status symbols and has the same shit as the rest of the plebes? Or do you think he surrounds himself with wealth and opulence to show he's the boss.

      I don't see anything hypocritical

  • by lecithin ( 745575 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @07:45PM (#51491241)

    Macs are still the best platform for manipulating photos and videos, right?

    • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

      ...only if you're targeting other Mac users. Since everyone else in North Korea is using PCs, Kim might not be using the right tool for the job.

      Of course some people think Macs are great status symbols. Kim probably thinks that he's the envy of all his Generals. They probably just think it's a big and intolerable dufus with this whole Apple think just being the tip of the iceberg.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What's to comment on this story other than to make a bunch of jokes? There might be a slight increase in Apple hacks as people want to hack his system? But the government probably has known this for awhile, assuming they cared about it.

    It was more important that Jerry Seinfeld had a Mac.

  • The official North Korean "Red Star OS" is a Mac clone Linux distro. There are YouTube videos of it in action.
    • The official North Korean "Red Star OS" is a Mac clone Linux distro. There are YouTube videos of it in action.

      Yeah, just like Linus T., Kimmy-Boy actually uses Linux on his Mac.

  • ...that Apple isn't cool, nothing will.
  • As used by all your favourite tyrants. Buy one now...
  • Truth in advertising?

  • I'll bet be uses an iPhone too. Damn liberals!
  • the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X

    Well, once Apple's lawyers hear about this, it's game over for North Korea.

    Unleash the hounds^W lawyers!

  • systemd (Score:5, Funny)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @08:37PM (#51491595) Journal

    To be fair, before he got a Mac, Kim had a Linux machine. He gave up when he couldn't get the audio drivers to work. I heard on the news that he had a bunch of his kernels executed.

  • by aralin ( 107264 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @08:47PM (#51491639)

    Hitler was driving Mercedes. Rich dictator fucks like expensive stuff. News at 11.

    • But Hitlers power base wasn't based on not working with capitalist enterprises.
      • No. He went more with: personally extort 10% of every contract as a kickback and if they squawk, expropriate everything.

        Hitler was the richest man in history and never worked an honest day. All government work. Germany was just bigger. More alike than different.

    • by vux984 ( 928602 )

      Mercedes was a both german company and a military supplier to the german army. The parent company Daimler-Benz also produced aircraft, tanks, and submarine engines.

      Hitler driving a Mercedes isn't really the same thing at all.

      • Yeah, it's not like Hitler was driving a Renault or a Morris. Now what would have been really funny is if Kim was seen using a Samsung or a LG computer.

    • Hitler also started Volkswagen [wikipedia.org]. See, Hitler came to power via a democratic election. So he still had to please the population to stay in power. And one of the ways he did it was by commissioning the design and construction of a small, affordable automobile which could transport a typical German family (Volkswagen literally means "people's car").

      Kim Jong Un doesn't have to worry about pesky elections, so you won't be seeing any similar overtures to the North Korean people. Kinda sad when Hitler actual
  • by Anonymous Coward

    He also poops like the rest of us.
    I gotta tweet about this.

  • by danbob999 ( 2490674 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @09:17PM (#51491797)

    He hates freedom and his a control freak.

  • Seems reasonable (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Thursday February 11, 2016 @09:46PM (#51491927) Journal
    The guy is absolute ruler and head of a cult of personality in one of the most insular walled, er, 'gardens' on earth; so why wouldn't he be a Mac user?
  • In North Korea.. Kim Jong-Un signs on as YOU!
  • The format wars lead to real deaths.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl... [bbc.co.uk]

    • For all we know it's yet another general that has retired and since South Koreans have noticed he's not around anymore, here is a canned news story that he was executed. The guy will spend the next 20 years with his wife, somewhere far enough from the camera field. Sometimes you can just fire somebody, rather than fire anti-tank rounds at somebody.

      News story : Apple spies report that Microsoft had Steve Ballmer executed.

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