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

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

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RE[4]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 06:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
MOS6510 Member since:
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[5]: Good...
by unclefester on Mon 4th Mar 2013 11:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Good..."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


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


Britain switched decades ago. The USA s the only non-metric country in the world.

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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[5]: Good...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Mar 2013 12:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Good..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Nations like the Netherlands which are taught two languages are seen as linguistically progressive.


It's actually four languages: Dutch, English, French, and German. Or, if you go to Latin/Greek school like I did, you also get Latin and Greek.

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