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[6]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 11:57 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good..."
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Apparently the metric system was allowed to be used since 1864 in the UK, but the empirical system is still used a lot. I suspect the common citizen will use feet and inches before meters, primarily because they know by feeling how long these are.

In The Netherlands people still use the "pond" (pound), which is 500 grams, while it was dropped in 1869 and again officially canned in 1937.

(I'm cheating with Wikipedia)

It's one thing to switch systems, but it's another to get the population to accept it and use it.

We switched from guilders to euro's in 2002, but I'm still doing the mental calculation to convert back to guilders. I don't really have to, but if we were to switch from meters to yards I MUST convert them back to meters, because I would have no idea mentally how much x yards is. If my GPS unit says to take a turn in 300 meters I can instantly judge it. I don't think I would ever be able to do so with yards or feet.

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RE[7]: Good...
by M.Onty on Mon 4th Mar 2013 15:14 in reply to "RE[6]: Good..."
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Apparently the metric system was allowed to be used since 1864 in the UK, but the empirical system is still used a lot.


(Pedantry ahoy!) Formal metrication started in Britain in 1969, and the alternate system is called Imperial. Though I suppose both systems are inherently empirical ...

... I would have no idea mentally how much x yards is. If my GPS unit says to take a turn in 300 meters I can instantly judge it. I don't think I would ever be able to do so with yards or feet.


You'd do OK as a yard is around 90cm. People tend to use the words interchangeably to describe the same distances.

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RE[7]: Good...
by henderson101 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 15:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Good..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Apparently the metric system was allowed to be used since 1864 in the UK, but the empirical system is still used a lot. I suspect the common citizen will use feet and inches before meters, primarily because they know by feeling how long these are.


It's mixed. I was never taught Imperial (that's the correct name) at school. We were taught in metric. Most products are now sold in metric units. Baby's when they are born are weighed in metric (then everyone goes crazy trying to work out the Imperial.) Shoes are sold in Imperial, clothes are a mixed bag, but most trousers quote both inches and cm's for waist size. We still talk about "pints" when referring to drinking Beer and buying Milk. Most people weigh themselves in Stones and pounds (which is what the US system is kind of based on, except then don't use the Stones.) Most measure height in Feet and Inches.

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RE[8]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 16:50 in reply to "RE[7]: Good..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Did you have a typical education?

Because I used to watch a lot of English tv and only recently have I noticed metric units popping up, which each time surprises me.

To me it seemed imperial (thanks for the correction) was always the primary system of the English and metric a very recent alternate.

Edited 2013-03-04 16:51 UTC

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