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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Melicerte
Member since:
2006-08-29

No, You're not French. French don't speak/write English as you do.

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jaxx Member since:
2006-10-18

Well... officially, I am. Tourists in Paris never believe me until I pop out my ID card :-) Secret is, I grew up in Florida (and a bit of Africa before that)

I take that as a compliment, so thanks for the day-long smile I'll be wearing ;-)

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

I second how good your English is. It's good to see some people hang onto a language once-learned.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I would suspect that you are French. There is also just a smidgen of " not native speaker" sprinkled through out.
"shortcut is easy, but there it is"
"it's snap easy ";
"I'm stealing anyone"


But, I also spent a couple years teaching English as a second language to native French speakers. I also leaned a bit heavy on automatic translation to get me through that semester of French (I'd write something in French and translate it back to English to see if it was close)

If you want to talk about a great language skills amongst non native speakers that hang out here, you'd have to tip your hat to Thom. If he just spelled it Tom Howard, I'd never know the difference.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Is there a way to show you that I'm french also ? Show you my blue-white-red colored peter ? Seriously, you really believes that since you cannot master foreign languages, so do foreigners about your native tongue ? Grow up a little, I was told french are arrogant pricks, beside that's your kind of people that drew me into this false idea...

Kochise

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Melicerte Member since:
2006-08-29

Excuse me but... are you talking to me? If yes, than I'm sorry but I don't understand what you mean.

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jaxx Member since:
2006-10-18

Relax, I don't believe the remark was ment to be read in a bad way after all...

And I have to admit that French, from my POV, aren't that good in foreign languages... Though my thoughts are totally biaised because of a special childhood. And until "state" teacher positions where opened to all european citizens, all we got were French natives with a severly flawed accents :-) Besides that, we had a good educational system... there are other issues to complain about now :-)

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

I have a Norwegian friend. Her parents are Chinese. She also speaks flawless American-accented English. When she says she is from Norway people think she's lying - until she begins speaking in Norwegian.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Well, Norwegian's who speak proper English and have made no effort to hide their accent sound... Minnesotan.

Seriously, if I go 'up north' there's little difference in accent, though most Norwegians have better diction...

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