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 M.Onty on Mon 4th Mar 2013 12:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good..."
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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..."
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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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RE[6]: Good...
by MOS6510 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 12:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Good..."
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French and German are only taught for a short while, after that you can drop them in favor of other classes. Most people are pretty crap at French and German.

I had French for a few years, but we never got to the past tense for example. It was all basic stuff and I have forgotten most. My pronunciation is pretty good so I can still fool people I can speak French. I even fooled some real French, which is a bad idea because they'll start to talk French very fast assuming I understand it.

The other poster mentioned learning 2 systems. I don't think it's a good idea, because the metric system is logical, easy and everybody knows it. Why learn a second system nobody uses and is very difficult to use? If I mention any empirical unit the first thing people will ask me is to translate it in to metric.

It has its charm I guess, but nobody has any feeling with it, nor does anyone use it.

Well, we do use it when it comes to computer screens. But when someone says he has a 22" screen and you have a 21" you know his is bigger, but you have no idea how much or how big your screen is in centimeters.

A while ago someone told me she has a 30" screen and I thought, WOW! That's big! How big? I have no idea.

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