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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jaxx
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2006-10-18

(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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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

France was self-centered for centuries, and placed French in large and remote colonies, why deal with another language when everyone spoke ours.

So do several english-speaking natives now...

Kochise

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jaxx Member since:
2006-10-18

So do several english-speaking natives now...


True, and sad...


Gotta open my Russian lessons, tough!

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