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

    20-30 years after you switch over I wont need my imperial tools anymore
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    See above. It wouldn't cost much.
    Do you know how much a nuclear aircraft carrier costs? We have about a dozen of them, either active or under construction. Not to mention the around 70 nuclear subs. Oh, and the hundreds of other ships that are mainly built using the American system.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Do you know how much a nuclear aircraft carrier costs? We have about a dozen of them, either active or under construction. Not to mention the around 70 nuclear subs. Oh, and the hundreds of other ships, that are mainly built using the American system.
    Don't have to rebuild them under metric you can just use both until they are scrapped
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Well I've already described a solution to this. Yes, it would be extremely expensive to switch right now cold turkey. We have to ease into it. We need to have two systems for a while. Declare SI the primary system of units, and imperial the secondary. Teach both, create new products in SI, grandfather old products in imperial. After a few decades it'll be gone entirely. Pain-free.



    See above. It wouldn't cost much.
    I suppose yet ordering 3.81 x 8.89 x 243.84 lumber might seem harder than ordering 2 x 4 x 8' lumber.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    Don't have to rebuild them under metric you can just use both until they are scrapped
    Which would take many more than 3 decades. It took over 50 years to scrap the Enterprise. That is my point. It could be done, but it simply won't be done in a decade or two, not without major costs. It would take many decades, possibly even up to a century.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Do you know how much a nuclear aircraft carrier costs? We have about a dozen of them, either active or under construction. Not to mention the around 70 nuclear subs. Oh, and the hundreds of other ships that are mainly built using the American system.
    Did you not read what I said? Teach sailors both systems, make all new ships in SI, keep all the legacy ships in imperial.

    That would cost next to nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    I suppose yet ordering 3.81 x 8.89 x 243.84 lumber might seem harder than ordering 2 x 4 x 8' lumber.
    So, keep both standards. Maybe a 4 x 9 x 244 metric standard alongside the 2 x 4 x 8 imperial standard. If there's legacy imperial lumper equipment, use imperial until the equipment is inevitably replaced by SI equipment.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Which would take many more than 3 decades. It took over 50 years to scrap the Enterprise. That is my point. It could be done, but it simply won't be done in a decade or two, not without major costs. It would take many decades, possibly even up to a century.
    An aircraft carrier is not in service for a century. In service is the only thing that matters.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Did you not read what I said? Teach sailors both systems, make all new ships in SI, keep all the legacy ships in imperial.

    That would cost next to nothing.

    So, keep both standards. Maybe a 4 x 9 x 244 metric standard alongside the 2 x 4 x 8 imperial standard. If there's legacy imperial lumper equipment, use imperial until the equipment is inevitably replaced by SI equipment.

    An aircraft carrier is not in service for a century. In service is the only thing that matters.
    We save money on ships by reusing some parts. I can't go much into it, but there are certain things on our ships and in our testing that have been in service for over half a century already, and still work.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    We save money on ships by reusing some parts. I can't go much into it, but there are certain things on our ships and in our testing that have been in service for over half a century already, and still work.
    If those parts aren't convertible, they should be retired and not implemented into a new ship. All in all, when you look at our entire economy and not recycled ship parts, the cost is near nothing to convert.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    It's a fundamental part of being an adult to understand the system of measurements of the society around you. Most Americans couldn't tell you how many ounces are in a pound either.

    It's really time for us to get rid of this crap. We need to ease into it though, just start teaching both systems, and making all new devices and signs in SI. All previous devices can be grandfathered in. Eventually it'll be gone.

    There is absolutely zero benefit to keeping the imperial system. In fact, it's screwing us in a lot of ways. For instance, the Mars Climate Orbiter, a satellite we launched to orbit Mars, ended up crashing into the surface because a bit of software was written in imperial units instead of SI.


    Well there's a reason everyone's doing it: it's simply superior in every way.

    We have structured our society to be a base 10 society. It is only natural that our system of measurements is also base 10. Imperial isn't base anything, each unit is completely arbitrary. 12 inches to a foot, 16 oz to a lb, 5,280 feet to a mile.
    They already teach both.... You will create more problems by getting rid of it, trust me.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    They already teach both.... You will create more problems by getting rid of it, trust me.
    Depends on the school. I was taught both in college, but SI was primary.

    What problems? Detail them for me please. What problems could possibly arise by simply not making new devices in imperial? We let the imperial devices slowly retire out. This is what most of the world has already done, and it worked.
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