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Old 2014-06-16, 16:07   #7
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Originally Posted by Prime95 View Post
I'm so tired of the "you must first dial a 1 before calling this number".
I had to look up why one would have to do that. There is something useful to learn from this. In Europe, where there are 40+ interdependent nations with about that many languages (Have you ever seen a quick start guide in Europe? It is 80 pages, 2 pages for each language.) they often design a coherent system that works across the continent. In the US they end up with a number of independent competing standards that won't interoperate or only at great costs.
I attribute it to the people in Europe having to consider working across cultures, governments and languages up front. In the US the line of thinking seems to be creating competing standards to create competition first and consider interoperability only as an afterthought.

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