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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    The first question that comes to my mind is who will be paying for the conversion of all that machinery currently calibrated in inches and feet?
    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.
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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?
    The metric system is for people who can't do fractions.
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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?
    Who has the strongest economy in the World? Who has the strongest military in the world? etc, etc. Why the hell would we want to copy the less successful. Let the less successful copy us.
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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?
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    No way.
    I think we should stand with our courageous allies, Burma and Liberia, against this hideous homogenization.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The metric system is for people who can't do fractions.
    Oh yeah, I'm sure you do your physics work in imperial units. How many ounces of propane do you need to combust to put out 20000 british thermal units?

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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?
    Yes, we should.

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

    I'd like to know why we don't use it already.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I'd like to know why we don't use it already.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post


    How about three units? Why does it have to be so complicated?
    Hey, I was just in Franklin Park 30 minutes ago! My internship site is there. Freaky, considering that you're half a world away and it was just a random picture presumably grabbed on a google search.

    Anyway, using that one can, we could figure out conversions for all three different systems of volume measurement. And we can make ourselves aware of the difference so that we could think in three different units of measurement.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Maybe we should start putting our steering wheels on the other side of our cars too.

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