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[7]: Good...
by henderson101 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 15:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Good..."
henderson101
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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..."
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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.

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RE[9]: Good...
by henderson101 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 17:12 in reply to "RE[8]: Good..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Did you have a typical education?


Fairly. I left school in 1990. No one taught us imperial directly. Any imperial we knew was either via our parents or from the fact that society in general was still using Imperial.

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.


I think it depends on the people depicted. Older generation (45+) still learnt the old system mainly. They tend to also be stubborn about the situation. We always used Metric because it's a heck of a lot simpler. Do you know how many Chains there are in a Furlong? Me neither.

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


Yes. But in schools, it was pushed hard. I think it was originally because of the European directive, but it was also seen as an advantage to move away from the completely random and chaotic past systems.

People tend to know feet and inches (12 inches = 1 foot, but not how many feet there are in a mile, for example? No idea), probably have a vague understanding of pounds and ounces (apparently, 16 Ounces to 1 pound - I had to look that one up! But even on TV, it's normally grammes and kilos and we never, ever use fluid ounces like the US, always Litres and Millilitres or "pints".) And like I said, personal weight is always in stones and pounds(14 pounds = 1 stone.)

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