Nepalese Man Realizing Internet Dreams

from the different-worlds dept

Mike Cassidy from the San Jose Mercury news has been exchanging emails with a guy in Nepal who has a website about his tiny mountainside village in Nepal. It took him quite a while to respond – but that’s only because he needs spend five hours walking down the mountain to the highway, and then another four hours on the bus to get to the nearest town that has an internet connection he can use. The guy has already built a school in Nepal, complete with a computer lab (powered by water from the nearest river). Among his many goals is to get internet access to the village. He’s hoping he’ll be able to figure out a wireless solution, and has been toying around with some WiFi equipment. Of course, all I could think of when I read this was I can’t imagine how much spam he needs to go through each time he finally gets to his email account.

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dorpus says:

The latest scam?

Who was it that spoke of sweetheart scams earlier today?

This sounds like your typical immigrant tall tale — the impoverished, persecuted soul who paddled 8,000 miles across the Pacific to get to America, the supposed heir of royalty who had a hundred servants back home.

But yeah, there are plenty of gullible fools here who will give all their life savings away to save the hypothetical starving baby in Africa. If you ask the peace corps crowd, they will tell you that they would not think twice of dying while trying to save the babies. So I like to fuck with them — I ask them what if they don’t die, but come back with their legs blown off from a land mine, with shrapnel in their brain that turns them into a slobbering retard.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: The latest scam?

Ahhh…. the sweet sounds of peace, goodwill, and enlightenment. Dorpus, I’m sorry for the mistreatment you had earlier in life, but please don’t take it out on others who are simply trying to improve the earth, even if their views don’t agree with yours or even if they fall victim to a scam as a result. You’re making a fool of yourself.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: The latest scam?

Yes, listen to your inner child for those sweet whimpers of peace, goodwill, and enlightenment. You provide a good living for third world criminals and make a good joke for us cynics.

I bet the guy is just a heroin-addicted rich kid from that smog-choked slum known as Kathmandu. But don’t tell that to the Westerners who go there expecting to meet the Dalai Lama or something. It could be that the pre-occupation Tibetans lived in a society just like the Taliban, where women had no rights and people were killed for religious infractions, but don’t tell that to the Hollywood stars who’ve adopted Tibetans as their pet race.

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