Monday, 15 July 2013

Singapore Tech Surprises

Only just arrived in Singapore and found a new surprising things while reading and looking at the tech scene here.

One - the internet at my temp hotel is fast!  Hit 45 Mbps download speed here (via, about 5-10x faster than my lousy TWC cable connection back in the states.  Fast!

How fast in practical terms?  Not sure...the other thing I found out, Singapore is a censored country.  They are one of the ultimate in big government telling you what to do.  After a bit of research, turns out things like certain YouTube videos are blocked, as is anything homosexuality related (being gay here is illegal apparently), amusingly enough - heterosexuality gets similar treatment as most things pornography is also banned.  The list goes on to include hate speech, anti-islam views, etc etc.  

Don't like it?  Tough.  Its a bit surprisingly to me actually.  While I expected things like this in China (checking gmail or facebook is a paaaain) or other places, didn't quite expect it in first class countries like Singapore.  Its a good reminder that free speech is not an universal right...

Oh and another thing...Singaporean Chili Crab is sorta overrated.

chilli crabs
I'm not as tasty as I may look!

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