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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You don't have to look too deeply into this story to realize that France's (the minister of IT?) governmint is being paid in some way by M$haft for something, somewhere and without M$ software installed they won't get the tariff or kickback. This covers their butt, particularly on a major emerging market of users. Sad day for France, and mo-money for the offshore coffers of the M$ giant.

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