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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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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Guess what my mother-tongue is?

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(Pure OT, was ~taking your defence btw :-) )

French, but guessing you're from Belgium, I believe you fell into multilingualism easier than France did... Better: the Flemish community being less understood by other places naturally jumped in bi/trilingualism quicker than others. It's all about being to communicate with those that people deal with.
You have an advantage on us :-)

France was self-centered for centuries, and placed French in large and remote colonies, why deal with another language when everyone spoke ours. Not counting it was the lingua franca of diplomacy until WWII.

History held us back, and all we say about rude waiters and french lacking english knowledge will fade away with the next generation or so as long as the current govt doesn't focus on making a new breed of uneducated workers to fill factories ;-)

Again, that's just my little opinion, I'm no linguist, just a techie who grew up on three continents

Edited 2010-12-29 14:27 UTC

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