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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    I think US should use metric system in science, because I do remember how silly it was to convert all the figures into metric system and then back to the imperial system.

    But for personal use, let people use what they want. If people want to switch, then let them do so by free will.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Howdy,

    I was thinking, wouldn't it be better if the USA finally adopted the International System of Units?

    Because...



    So, what do you think?
    I think the Europeans should adopt the Imperial System, that's what I think.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    We did convert almost 40 years ago

    Metric Conversion Act of 1975
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    I guarantee all the Americans that voted "yes" are the flaming liberals who, in general, love nothing more than to apologize for America.

    Some people can't handle being awesome, they feel the need to apologize and capitulate as a result. And those people are ALWAYS libs. Meh.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    i use the metric system at work every day, as the imperial system doesn't work as well in science.

    however, when i leave work, i'm emotionally attached to imperial measurements because i'm programmed to be. if my morning weight was in kg, the speedometer read kmh, etc, it would really annoy me for a while.

    i don't see it happening any time soon due to inertia. should it happen? probably. do i want it to? for logical reasons, i guess, but i definitely won't be annoyed if it isn't changed.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    No; women, in America, are conditioned to think in terms of inches. I do not want to tell some babe I'm sporting 177.8mm and have her stare back at me like a deer in headlights.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    That has always been the big hurdle for switching to metric.

    Most things have to fit together with something else so they have to change over at near the same time or things go south. For example, in housing the length of studs would have to change to accommodate the change from 4x8' sheets of plywood and sheet-rock to 1200x1800 mm. Coming up 3/4" different just wouldn't work or would cost a lot of money cutting off the excess 3/4" (~19 mm) of material, whichever side the excess is. There are also engineering problems where old designs won't easily convert. For machine designs some bolts have to fit within 1/8" (~3 mm) or less of tolerance. A 1" long bolt is almost 5 mm shorter than a 30 cm bolt and a little over 5 mm longer. Anything with these issues would not only require retooling but redesigning as well.
    You think liberals (who comprise of the unemployed, students, and ivory tower academics) are EVER going to understand this? Of course not, they've never spent a day at an actual business in their entire lives!

    Besides, they're too busy kissing French ass and apologizing for our success in the world.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    You think liberals (who comprise of the unemployed, students, and ivory tower academics) are EVER going to understand this? Of course not, they've never spent a day at an actual business in their entire lives!

    Besides, they're too busy kissing French ass and apologizing for our success in the world.
    No kidding!!! Those pinheaded business-inept Liberals, like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, are so ignorant of how business and the economy actually work that what they really need to do is log onto this site and get schooled by Peter Grimm!!!

    +1 Petey!!!

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Of course there are advantages and disadvantages to both systems. Thats the way it is with anything and everything.

    As for the calander thing...did you know that even our calenders are used differently by different cultures? In some cultures a persons birthday starts on the day they were concieved, in others it starts on the day you come out of the woman.

    My whole point really is that you use what works best FOR YOU and what YOU are doing. Not what works best for every one else.
    How is that relevant to your remark that switching to the metric system because the rest of the world is doing it is the same as jumping off a cliff cause someone else does? Switching to metric is nothing like jumping off a cliff in general it just simplifies life. Having everyone on the same system works best for everyone.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    The Imperial system is abhorrent and ridiculous. It needs to go immediately.

    SI is rational and makes sense. Go ask a random person on the street how many feet are in a mile, 95% will not be able to tell you. Ask someone from any other country how many meters are in a kilometer. The difference is redonkulous.

    Besides, most types of engineers and scientists already have switched to SI.
    Because we so often need to know how many feet are in a mile....... I do know that answer by the way
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