French politicians want to tax tablets for not running Windows
dougpol1 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 4 00:21:23 UTC 2011
On 01/03/2011 05:53 PM, Nathan Bahn wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Doug Pollard <dougpol1 at verizon.net
> <mailto:dougpol1 at verizon.net>> wrote:
> On 01/03/2011 02:38 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> Nathan Bahn wrote:
> Attention all--
> I can't help but get the impression that French
> legislators and M$
> lobbyists are joined at the hip. I could be wrong, of
> I'm reminded of the advice to not ascribe to malice that which may
> explained by incompetence.
> It's worth noting, too, that the distinction is between mobile
> operating system and 'PC' operating system. That is, Windows 7
> is as
> taxable as OSX or, say, Ubuntu. It's Windows Mobile 7 that's
> not deemed
> taxable (being a mobile system) and I'd imagine iOS is similarly
> The distinction is, obviously, harder to draw with Linux which
> is so
> portable by design, and has no need for a distinction between
> and 'PC' editions.
> I've not yet seen anything that refrains from sensationalism
> by enough
> to really understand what's going on here, though. Just a lot of
> exclamation that the French government is out to destroy Linux or
> I am skeptical of the whole thing. Most of the time Governments
> pick out the underdog and take from the wealthy for the poor to
> garner votes. Why would they side with big bad Microsoft, there
> is no glory in that. Sounds like one more Internet cry of wolf at
> the door. Doug
> Please tell me that you're joking; irony doesn't translate very well
> to the written word.
> Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
> See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html
Sorry guys this was about Mobile an Pc and I am off again on my opinions
about basic politics. I'll try to keep my opinions out of this.
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