25 March 2006

Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité

Bad France #1

French President Jacques Chirac showed his temper at the EU summit when a French business leader addressed delegates in English.

He's crazy. English is the language to use when there is a pan-European audience and anywhere else. The French seriously have to get over this mentality that their language has to be imposed everywhere. What if the Chinese started something like that? They have a right to, with 1/6th of the world speaking Chinese as a 1st language. Or how about hindi, with 1/12th of the world speaking it as a 1st language? Seriously... there was a time when French could have been the language of choice in the international arena... that time has gone. Now it's english, they should live with it. He he he English is the 'lingua franca.' Hey at some point it was sanskrit, then greek, then latin, arabic... it changes. Just live with it. Wonder if Chirac would have got as mad if it was somebody from Togo addressing the audience in English? Probably would not have been politically correct.

Bad France #2
This whole law of banning religious symbols that kids wear to school. As much as I dislike it, people take religion seriously. They want to show off their religious symbols and get angry enough to start wars if they are not allowed to express themselves. I understand that the law is meant to target muslim girls from being forced to wear the hijab, but what if it is their choice? In a multicultural society you cannot marginalise one group. Doesn't work. I think the education should be geared towards producing adults with a scientific mentality, that at least they think about something that people tell them before blindly believing it. Nobody likes being forced to change their basic belief system, and they will fight against it.

Good France

French law could break iTunes, Microsoft DRM

A proposed French law ostensibly designed to fight piracy and promote legal music downloads could force Apple and Microsoft to open their respective DRM standards to competitors -- or allow consumers to break the DRM if they don't.

If they do enact this - and I'm sure they are under a lot of pressure from companies to not - then vive la France because this is a great victory for consumers. If I buy music, I would like to use it where, when and how I want to use it, not how the company I buy it from wants me to use it. Is that so difficult for the major music sellers to understand? These companies are basically restricting what people can do with the music they buy because they feel that the same customers will steal the music otherwise. Since when does buying a hammer mean that I'm going to hit the head of sony with it? That's actually funny, the companies want you to buy the music, but if you actually buy the music then you are treated with suspicion of copying and uploading to the internet. Therefore, customer = suspicious person. I hope France does enact this law, maybe then the companies will realise that criminalising their customers is not quite the way to go.

1 comment:

lova said...

Ah ! La "grandeur de La France" is again challenged on their own playground (Europe)... it reminds me of a Seinfeld joke: "How insecure are you if you have to keep reminding yourself how great you use to be ? " I sort of enjoy this...Schadenfreude anyone ?