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

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I say no.The US is one of the most prosperous countries in the world.So we do not need to change how we do measurements. I like using feet,inches, yards and so on.
    I say you would be even more successful if you use a rational, sound mind system of units, like SI.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    This is one of those things I point to when I say the US is a very conservative nation.
    Makes you wonder where all those liberals came from.

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

    Absolutely. We should also convert everybody to the same language, the same food, and every circumstance should be similar for everybody. In an oddity though, my foot happens to be a foot long. That measure has some reference to the real world. A meter means nothing. Units? Now that's real descriptive. WTF is "unit". I like the current system, and I'll continue to use it regardless of what convention may dictate.

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

    The US uses metric system for most things already. NASA uses metric. Most food labels come with metric. Our firearms (ammo) come in metric. My jewelry comes in metric carats. We use it for drugs (the illegal kind and sometimes the legal kind). We use metric a lot more than we give ourselves credit for.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Yes. Im a chemist and we have to use Liters and meters when measuring things. It makes it much easier to convert from ml to L when making solutions.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Yeah, I think we should switch. The SI system makes so much more sense.

    I doubt that we will though, because imperial units are what everyone is used to. It's the same reason we still use Qwerty keyboards when there are much better types available.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    We should also do d/m/y instead of m/d/y
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Our firearms (ammo) come in metric.
    Actually ammo calibers come in a mix of metric and imperial, depending on when and where the round was invented. Yes, we have 9mm and 10mm, but we also have .380 auto, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, etc.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    We should also do d/m/y instead of m/d/y
    No we shouldn't. That's actually the least useful way of organizing a date. Yes, the increments are in order from smallest to largest, but that's the only thing it's got going for it.

    The m/d/y system we currently use is quicker and easier to say. 'July twenty-second twenty-thirteen' is quicker than 'the twenty-second of july twenty-thirteen'. The second version has a couple extra words stuck in there.

    If we want to be more logical, it makes far more sense to write dates y/m/d, since that way, the numbers that make up the date will always increment.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Actually ammo calibers come in a mix of metric and imperial, depending on when and where the round was invented. Yes, we have 9mm and 10mm, but we also have .380 auto, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, etc.
    You're right. The point was mostly that there are a wide range of industries which use metric.
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