It's something of a pattern among communist countries that they pursue strength in certain industries with little regard for the likelihood of success. For example, they might try to build a domestic steel industry without access to the necessary iron ore. The latest example is that Fidel Castro wants to develop a "formidable software industry" (via Hit & Run) even though Cuba's inhabitants have little to no access to the internet. What's funny is that developing skills in IT isn't such a terrible idea for the nation; though it's easy to enforce an embargo on goods like cigars, it'd be much harder to shut out digital goods and services. But without access to what's going on online, there's little hope that the country could develop valuable skills in the area. Like everything else in Cuba, it looks like the Silicon Sugar Farm will have to wait until Castro's gone.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Newest Leak Shows NSA, GCHQ Infiltrated World Of Warcraft, Second Life
- Prenda's Paul Duffy Claims To Be 'Too Devastated' By Nelson Mandela's Death To Comment
- Police Chief To Be Paid In Bitcoin, But Mostly As A Publicity Stunt Gimmick
- Finally, We Have Proof That The Washington Redskins Are Run By Replicants
- DailyDirt: Solar System Factoids