Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Dec 2010 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Every now and then (or, actually, rather often) you come across a story which once again exemplifies why governments should keep their paws off anything remotely related to technology. It seems that not knowing anything about technology is one of the prime reasons why governments the world over fail so spectacularly when it comes to technology-related lawmaking. The latest in the series? France. My southern neighbours (I never acknowledged Belgian independence) are thinking about extending their piracy levy, normally found on CD-Rs and mp3-players and such, to cover tablet computers as well. However, tablet computers running Windows are exempt.
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What the fucking fuck?

Since when does a mobile OS on a non-standard computing device have fuck-all to do with "piracy"? This truly stinks. And I thought this batshit crazy kind of thinking only went on in my own government.

Again, sorry for the language but this has truly pissed me off to new levels. And I don't usually let things that don't directly affect me anger me like this.

This makes me want to buy an Archos tablet, install Ubuntu on it and shove it up the ass of the nearest bought-and-paid-for French lawmaker. Sideways. With no lube.

God damn it all.

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