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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RE: Good...
by shmerl on Mon 4th Mar 2013 01:06 UTC in reply to "Good..."
shmerl
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2010-06-08

I'm still waiting for US to switch to the metric system proper...

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by rcsteiner on Mon 4th Mar 2013 01:29 in reply to "RE: Good..."
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2005-07-12

We probably will after the UK does. Both countries still use miles for distance on roadsways and MPH to measure road speeds.

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by shmerl on Mon 4th Mar 2013 03:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
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2010-06-08

Isn't UK switching to it as part of EU?

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by Soulbender on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
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2005-08-18

We probably will after the UK does


So....never?

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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

When talking such huge distances as miles, I don't see the metric system's primary advantage (easy conversion between metric units) as too much of a big deal... I mean, when you're talking 25 miles, who gives a damn how many feet or inches that is? Similarly, I couldn't care less how many of a similar unit that would be with the same distance in the metric system...

Of course, there are some situations where this is very useful, especially with similar units and when measuring volume and area (and probably some others). But IMO metric's advantages are not as amazing as they're made out to be. I will continue to use whatever is common myself, a mix of both. But admittedly I do mostly use the customary system, but also with some imperial pints of beer mixed in.

If you want to use metric exclusively, have at it. No one's taking it away from you.

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by bansal98 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:25 in reply to "RE: Good..."
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2006-09-06

Kilometers does not sound as romantic as miles!

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by unclefester on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
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2007-01-13

Kilometers does not sound as romantic as miles!


It does if you're French. Kee-lomm-ee-terz!

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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:41 in reply to "RE: Good..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

You're comparing basic right and wrong to unit of measurement preference. Just because the metric system is not the officially-recognized government standard doesn't mean you can't use it yourself. On the other hand, these patents seriously limit startup companies from succeeding. There is a big difference there.

I think there are far more important issues than measurement units; if you want to play at that game of trying to enforce better standards onto people, why not push for everyone to switch to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard? I have (using it since early December last year), it's a hell of a lot better than the standard layout, and it's even less heard of than the metric system...

But, if you are only hinting that the U.S. government is slow as all hell at getting anything done, then I fully agree with you. I even hinted at that at the end of my previous post.

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by shmerl on Mon 4th Mar 2013 05:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
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2010-06-08

Yes, my point was the slowness of positive changes.

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by zima on Sun 10th Mar 2013 23:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

if you want to play at that game of trying to enforce better standards onto people, why not push for everyone to switch to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard? I have (using it since early December last year), it's a hell of a lot better than the standard layout, and it's even less heard of than the metric system...

It's debatable if Dvorak would be better ...first, the research comparing it with QWERTY (when they have the same amount of training and motivation) is inconclusive. Secondly (and more importantly), Dvorak is a group of language-specific layouts - and that simply doesn't fit well with our interconnected global village of today, it's horrible in the context of the common metric system. Dvorak(s) would bring more chaos when you're visiting a different country and such.

My first language doesn't even have a settled Dvorak layout yet. My second language has... two different ones.

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