Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Mar 2013 13:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless At TechCrunch, Jolla's CEO Marc Dillon explains why his company will focus on China, Finland, and the rest of Europe first, ignoring the US. "The US market is not on the radar as yet, as he says the patent landscape there 'raises a barrier' of entry to newcomers (he's especially critical of overly aggressive use of design patents)." Considering the patent mess in the US is only getting worse, expect to see more of this in the future. Jolla is making a wise decision by ignoring the US - as a young technology company, you're far better off focusing your attention elsewhere.
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We've been told that in countries with socialized healthcare, there's a massive shortage of doctors, long waiting lists, and "death panels" that determine whether it's economically sound to continue treatment of a severely ill patient.

Never mind that they're actually describing the US - in some areas, most doctors refuse new patients, you might have a shorter waiting list for a procedure but you have a much longer waiting period for the procedure to be APPROVED before you can get on the list, and death panels definitely exist in our corporate healthcare system.

And, while we do have toll roads in the US, we pay very little tax on our fuel, and very little tax on cars. Most road funds come from the general fund... but nowhere near enough does, which means that in many areas, the roads are decaying.

And, unemployment compensation exists in the US as well, but it's considered to be one of the lowest things you can do as a person to take it (and the systems are designed very poorly) - the only lower things you can do, as far as public opinion is concerned, tend to be murder, rape of an adult, taking money to assist with childcare, and rape of a child, in the order going from less bad to more bad.

Edited 2013-03-03 17:52 UTC

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