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[2]: Good...
by rcsteiner on Mon 4th Mar 2013 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Good..."
rcsteiner
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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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RE[3]: Good...
by shmerl on Mon 4th Mar 2013 03:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

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

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by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 06:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
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2011-05-12

It's an island, they have an island mentality.

They drive on the left side of the road and still have their own currency.

If they switch to the metric system they will be the last to do so.

The metric system is the better system, but it will be very hard to switch for people personally. I know how much a mile, feet and inch are in the metric system, but I have no feeling with them. If something is 32 inches I have to mentally convert it to centimeters, while someone who is used to work with feet 'n' inches can guess the length by feeling.

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RE[4]: Good...
by M.Onty on Mon 4th Mar 2013 12:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

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


No longer. Until last decade there was a formal (albeit ignored) commitment to switch, recognised by both the UK and the EU. However since then various Uk governments have shut down the various bodies intended to complete the process, and the EU has formally announced that it no longer considers the UK's commitment to go full metric as relevant.

There was a ruling a few years ago that stated that merchants could list prices exclusively in imperial, so long as they were weighed and sold on metric scales.

Its actually still illegal to put up road signs in km, or serve draught beer in litres. People get raided by the police for the later.

Its generally seen as a bad state of affairs, which confused me. Nations like the Netherlands which are taught two languages are seen as linguistically progressive. Why is knowing two measurement systems not seen as mathematically progressive?

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RE[3]: Good...
by Soulbender on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

We probably will after the UK does


So....never?

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RE[3]: Good...
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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RE[4]: Good...
by unclefester on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

But IMO metric's advantages are not as amazing as they're made out to be.


Here's a simple example of how much easier metric is.

I want to truck some barrels of water. How many barrels can my truck hold?

Metric: truck capacity one tonne. Water density 1kg/litre. Barrel capacity 200 litres.

Answer 5 drums.

You simply fill five barrels and put them on the truck.


USA: truck capacity 2204 lbs. Water density 8.34 lbs/gallon. US fluid barrel capacity 31.5 gallons.

Answer: 2204/(8.34*31.5) = 8.39 barrels.

You need a calculator. A table of US weights and measures and a way of accurately measuring the water.

Edited 2013-03-04 10:56 UTC

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RE[4]: Good...
by Soulbender on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

But IMO metric's advantages are not as amazing as they're made out to be


At least it's based on, you know, science.

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