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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bhtooefr
Member since:
2009-02-19

Keep in mind that the corporate powers that be own the mainstream media in the US. (Literally, even, above the table.)

And that that several US ISPs (most of which have connections to the content industry) have implemented six strikes on their own, and have monopolies on anything faster than dialup in many markets.

And, we already get propaganda through the mainstream media about how things in Europe are far, far worse than here. (Primarily about healthcare, but still...)

I wouldn't be surprised if our corporate masters won't ALLOW us to know that things are better in Europe with cell phones, just like they don't allow us to know that about healthcare (and punish the ones that do know it).

Basically, rabid corporatism is indistinguishable from Soviet-style communism, as far as the propaganda goes, and it may even be WORSE than Soviet-style communism as far as quality of life goes (because the Soviet system at least had to pretend to be fair, the corporatist system can say, "screw you, I've got mine").

So, don't expect improvement to come from within.

Edited 2013-03-03 16:14 UTC

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brostenen Member since:
2007-01-16

Yes.
Healthcare is better in us, that's for shure.
If anyone get sick in denmark, or get their finger cut off in an accident. Then we just call the ambulance.
No one get's to pay anything for the finger to get sewn back on, as we allready have payed through taxes.
No one need to buy health insurance, as the state takes care of that for us. We just pay more tax, that's the difference.
There is no road tax, except when we cross the biggest bridge. We do not pay to borrow books at the library.
If we have no job, we can get money from the state, indefinetely. We just have to show that we have applied for two jobs every week.

So yes.... Things are fare more better in Usa. That's for shure. My benefits in denmark makes me so much want to live in another country.

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

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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