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There is nothing in the article about France trying to kill diesel. The purpose of those measures are to get rid of OLD DIESEL CARS that are well known source of pollution (for the particules).
No. The plan is to get rid of old diesel cars indeed, but also to incentivize people to acquire gasoline rather than diesel cars. This will be done by applying some kind of malus on new diesel cars, and also by progressively aligning the price of diesel fuel with the price of gasoline (diesel fuel has been significantly cheaper than gasoline in France).
The French do tend towards language chauvinism.
No, sorry but that's simply not true. The French language nowadays includes a lot of foreign words. Of course we have the French Academy which tries to impose French words for everything but really, these (generally old) guys are representative of themselves only, and have nearly no relevance. For instance, they tried to impose "couriel" instead of "email" (and a whole bunch of other ridiculous words) but hey, who would have guessed, it never picked up
I believe French-speaking Canadians, OTOH, tend to be much more protective towards the original language.
Scilab is far better and always had native 3D graphics, a GUI and a simulation engine: scicos/xcos. It atonishes me that it is systematically ignored. Is it because is french?
Personally, I find Scilab pretty awful (and for the record, I'm french).
It depends on if he knew about it. If he did then he's obviosly responsible. If he didn't then that's of course also bad. Either way is not good for him.
If he knows, he's responsible. If he doesn't, he's incompetent. Which do you prefer ?
(Re-)learn how to play (we have great softwares and books/CD for this, nowadays) and learn by listening to the masters. Learn also some theory.
At some point, get out and find yourself a band, suited to your skills (a bit better, ideally) and taste. At the very least, you'll have fun but you could even end up being a good musician. Depends on the time you want to spend on it.
The pedal orientation is not switched in RHD cars.
I for one find this cartoon incredibly insightful and disturbing (and I do use google services, although I wish I wasn't).