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 UltraZelda64 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good..."
UltraZelda64
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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[5]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Good..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

This may be the first time ever I agree with anything you have ever written.

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RE[5]: Good...
by M.Onty on Mon 4th Mar 2013 12:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Good..."
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Metric is often far simpler, but that was a forced example.

Truck capacity 1 ton = 2,000lb. Water density 1pt/1lb. Truck capacity 2,000pts.

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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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RE[5]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Good..."
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2011-05-12