Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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by martini on Sat 1st Dec 2012 12:22 UTC
martini
Member since:
2006-01-23

I also like a lot USA and the people there are very nice. The only complain I got about them is that they do not use the metric system.

I was told that the older generation thought that the metric system was communist ;)

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by Bobthearch on Sat 1st Dec 2012 17:21 in reply to "..but.."
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

It is weird how we use a kooky mix of metric and imperial. Scientists use the metric system, of course. And everyone knows what a liter is since sodas have been sold in liter and 2-liter jugs for some time.

But gas and milk, gallons only. Traveling distance is miles, nothing else. And all construction (that I've seen) is inches and feet.

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by henderson101 on Wed 5th Dec 2012 14:32 in reply to "RE: ..but.."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

UK is weirder. Most stuff is metric. Very little is sold by Imperial (what the Americans based their system on.) But Milk is sold in both metric and imperial. People still talk about buying "pints" of milk, (a pint being 1/8 of a imperial gallon, but slightly more than a US pint), so much so that "a couple of pints of milk" often equates to a litre, even though that's less than 2 pints in reality. Beer is always sold in pints too, but spirits are metric. Weight is almost universally measured in metric, except for human weight. That is measured in Stones (a Stone being 14 pounds - this confuses many Americans, we tend to use the phrase "9 stone weakling" where as the US use something like 100 pounds IIRC). Height is almost always metric with anyone under 40, but human height is feet and inches. Distance is always Imperial.

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by TechGeek on Sat 1st Dec 2012 23:53 in reply to "..but.."
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2006-01-14

"My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I like it."

I don't have any reason why we don't use the metric system other than tradition.

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by bentoo on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 16:40 in reply to "..but.."
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

I also like a lot USA and the people there are very nice. The only complain I got about them is that they do not use the metric system.


Funny, that's the only thing we don't like about the rest of the world. Oh, that and "football." ;)

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by zima on Thu 6th Dec 2012 15:27 in reply to "RE: ..but.."
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2005-07-06