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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I believe, in their heads, is a device which, in a form or another brings them some pocket money or free round trips around the world...
Trust me, solid word-of-mouth, been working in and close to many public services.

Deciders have no clue of what they're dealing with, but they shove things down the pocket and nod with a wide smile before signing contracts. I shouldn't be so naive, that's how some places work in this crazy world...

But we where ahead on putting public services on FOSS:
The "Gendarmerie", military institution in charge of public safety (~half of police forces), was full OpenOffice with lots of Linux, until, "Hoho! AFNIC (Fr's Standardization org) drop it's pants at the ISO commission and let OOXML live it's life, now let's all go back to MS-Office/Windows" with the extra training costs and licences...

I have friends in key positions who have a contractual obligation to install MS Products everywhere... hopefully, they secretly install a couple of Debians around to get things working again.

A relative was leading the IT dept. in a very big cultural/educational institution in Paris... they "unfortunately" got a 10 year contract (NT4 at the time), and boom, weeks of TV headlines "The ultra-modern library is bugging and totally unusable"

oops, getting OT again, 2AM effect... I'm not anti-MS, not really I mean, I have a VM lying around just in case, but they have very good sales teams.

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