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[4]: Good...
by unclefester on Mon 4th Mar 2013 10:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
unclefester
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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[6]: Good...
by unclefester on Mon 4th Mar 2013 13:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Good..."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

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


You still have to convert pints to barrels - unless you are transporting milk.

If you do something more complicated such as designing an aircraft the US system becomes nightmarish. How many ounces does a square foot of 16 gauge aluminium weigh? What is the density of air in lbs per cubic yard at -32 Fahrenheit? etc etc

One of my as biochemical engineering lecturers worked in the USA for 20 years. He told me they did all their design calculations in SI units (metric) and converted to US units afterwards. To do otherwise was far too difficult.

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