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

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    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.


    First, you assume that people know the imperial system (I know it is easy, and you do) but not everyone knows it. How will you re-educate the entire country?

    2nd. If you phase it out completely on new devices you are going to have compatibility issues, and people will have to do conversions and won't know what to do.

    I have no problem with puting SI as primary on everything, but I don't think it is wise to remove imperial since that is what people know.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Before choosing International Relations/Government/PoliSci as a major in undergrad, I initially wanted to be a physics major; the school I went to (at the time) offered no such major. But in prepping for it, I found the SI system intuitive, simple, and common-sense. Should we adopt it? I would not be opposed, and I think children introduced to it would likely understand it much better than imperial. At the same time, learn the mathematical conversions until we do. It certainly is not complicated.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    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.
    I don't have an actual issue with converting, I just don't think it is going to happen soon. It will cost money to implement and, like or not, illogical or not, many Americans just don't really see the necessity in spending that money to make the conversion.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I don't have an actual issue with converting, I just don't think it is going to happen soon. It will cost money to implement and, like or not, illogical or not, many Americans just don't really see the necessity in spending that money to make the conversion.
    I agree, it won't happen soon, but it SHOULD. As for the money, I think for the most part either the costs would be negligable, or it would pay for itself in the long run.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    First, you assume that people know the imperial system (I know it is easy, and you do) but not everyone knows it. How will you re-educate the entire country?

    2nd. If you phase it out completely on new devices you are going to have compatibility issues, and people will have to do conversions and won't know what to do.

    I have no problem with puting SI as primary on everything, but I don't think it is wise to remove imperial since that is what people know.
    It won't be removed, it would be run along SI until the grandfathered devices went out of service. Most schools already teach SI and imperial. You could learn SI in about 10 minutes. It's really that easy. You're making it a big deal when it's not.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I agree, it won't happen soon, but it SHOULD. As for the money, I think for the most part either the costs would be negligable, or it would pay for itself in the long run.
    I don't disagree. I just don't think that most people care as much about the long run as they do about how much something will cost them right now. If we cared about the long run, we would definitely have much more efficient equipment overall and most things would have been upgraded to operate so much better (possibly even at a cheaper cost).

    It's kinda like the energy efficient light bulbs. Everyone should use them considering their efficiency and cost savings, but most won't.

    But there really isn't much cost savings overall in just converting to metric. There would be savings in doing it to update equipment (but then again, I was in charge of maintenance of that equipment I was talking about earlier and it sucked, there is no way that was more cost efficient than the old ones we had).
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    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.
    Wont take a century unless you are talking about 99% of everything being metric. 10 years roughly and most stuff is replaced with metric. Not many things last longer than that nowadays. Aircraft carriers are the exception not the rule
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    Wont take a century unless you are talking about 99% of everything being metric. 10 years roughly and most stuff is replaced with metric. Not many things last longer than that nowadays. Aircraft carriers are the exception not the rule
    Aircraft carriers are an expensive exception. But they aren't the only ones. We don't replace any of our ships that fast. We have ships still in duty from WWII.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Aircraft carriers are an expensive exception. But they aren't the only ones. We don't replace any of our ships that fast. We have ships still in duty from WWII.
    Yes but they are the exceptions most things don't last more than 10 years nowadays
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Another good thing about the metric length measurement kilometer is that there are two ways to pronounce it. We can use one for the measurement and the other for velocity. I would prefer kil-O-me-ter for distance and ki-LO-ma-ter for velocity.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    Yes it sounds quaint to hear my American Friends describe things as 'yards'
    Then you might think it quaint to hear my uncles use links when referring to surveying their farmland.
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