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

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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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

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.

You have a very interesting view of Unemployment Insurance in the US. Since the UI fund is explicitly paid into by business for that purpose, there is no shame at all in using those funds if needed.

I was laid off from my airline IT job as a direct result of 9/11, and I had no qualms at all about taking unemployment until I found work again. That is what those funds are intended for, and they can be used for no other purpose.

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

I don't have that opinion, but it's a widely held sentiment in the US.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Oh my God, this is hilarious ;)

there's a massive shortage of doctors

No.

long waiting lists

Sure, there are long waiting lists sometimes but it's not like the U.S system doesn't have them.

and "death panels"

Ok, wait, hold on. Seriously???
Death Panels?? For real?
Are you sure you're not living in North Korea? Did the Berlin wall just relocate to the Canada/U.S border?

Edited 2013-03-04 03:04 UTC

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

I'm pretty sure I am living in North Korea.

There's very little difference between radical Corporatism and radical Communism.

The US is a radical Corporatist state.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

There a lot of rubbish said about the NHS in the USA.

They even claimed that Stephen Hawking would be dead if he was being taken care of by the NHS.

Hawking actually called bullshit himself on it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6017878/...

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