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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Yes...

    The metric system is the best. Dammit, even the British , the ones that invented the imperial system, switched to it.
    Not entirely they didn't. You buy your gasoline in litres, but judge the economy of your car in MPG and count distance travelled in miles, not in Km. People weigh themselves in stones and pounds, but the doctor does it in Kg. People measure their height in feet and inches, but the doctor does it in cm. The UK has half adopted metric; the worst of all solutions.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    Yes. Im a chemist and we have to use Liters and meters when measuring things.
    Maybe you do, but before you adopt it wholesale, you need to know that a meter is a physical, tangible measuring instrument, and a metre is a measurement of length. Litres are just litres, and liters don't exist, except when discussing baby kittens with a dyslexic.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Only if we start driving on the left side o f the road, which not many metric using counteries do.
    Do what they do here in Spain. Doesn't matter which side of the car the steering wheel's on, everyone drives in the middle of the road and dares the on-coming driver not to give way.

    I believe the world is split about two-thirds in favour of driving on the right. Although Sweden managed to switch from left- to right-hand drive back in the Fifties, it would be impossible to do that now virtually anywhere, and there's really no need. As someone who drives on both sides regularly, it takes an average of about 15 minutes to reorient yourself to the change.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Not entirely they didn't. You buy your gasoline in litres, but judge the economy of your car in MPG and count distance travelled in miles, not in Km. People weigh themselves in stones and pounds, but the doctor does it in Kg. People measure their height in feet and inches, but the doctor does it in cm. The UK has half adopted metric; the worst of all solutions.
    Well they still have a way to go, but they'll get there. It's a long process, as I said. Not done overnight. And the British only really started turning towards the metric system 30-35 years ago. I think they did rather well so far. Still, long way to go.
    Also, the british auto industry has been rather silly for a long time. Making cars that drive on the wrong side of the road. Once it gets reformed properly we'll have kmph and liters per 100km consumption as the rest of the normal blokes do.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Well they still have a way to go, but they'll get there. It's a long process, as I said. Not done overnight. And the British only really started turning towards the metric system 30-35 years ago.
    They started, then they got cold feet and turned back.

    At school in the late-60s and '70s we were taught exclusively in metric to the point that I couldn't use Imperial if I tried. My 20-year-old nephew was taught both systems! The political will to switch wholesale to metric was swamped by the xenophobia of the Thatcher era and hence left the UK dangling in limbo.

    Making cars that drive on the wrong side of the road.
    Yeah, that must be where the Japanese went wrong too.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    Another problem with m/d/y is that suppose you want to say july 13th. You would right do 07/13 right? Well is that july 13th or july 2013. If you did d/m/y it would be 13/7 and it would make sense to someone reading it.
    Context will tell you whether someone is giving you a m/y or a d/m date. And the problem isn't unique to the m/d/y system. Besides, it only matters 12 days a year, 31 years out of 100 when the day number matches the year number. That's not that great an argument.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    You are right about y/m/d but only a few countries use it. The whole world uses d/m/y and i dont know why some americans think we are special and not conform to the rest of the world.
    Who cares what the rest of the world does? If we're going to change the way we do something, it should be because the system we're changing to is better than the one we're using. y/m/d is the most logical way to write dates.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    They started, then they got cold feet and turned back.

    At school in the late-60s and '70s we were taught exclusively in metric to the point that I couldn't use Imperial if I tried. My 20-year-old nephew was taught both systems! The political will to switch wholesale to metric was swamped by the xenophobia of the Thatcher era and hence left the UK dangling in limbo.

    Yeah, that must be where the Japanese went wrong too.
    Well the Thatcher era, mainly, the thatcherist brand of conservatism which is to some extent felt even today in Camerons' administration, is not really xenophobic. It's just not as pro-EU as say, the liberals or the labor party is. And it's that sniff of anti-EU-ism which is what can be interpreted as "cold feet" and lead this semi-integration into the metric system.

    Now while the anti-EU sentiment is not condemnable, the fact that the metric system had to be lured into this squabble as a political chesspiece is bad. Bad news all round. But it's not like one must worry. The metric system has, by design, captured all the areas which it should capture. It is the only existing system employed in any scientific, engineering, physics, research, arhitecture, astronomy or any other serious field where people need to work with exact and precise figures and values.

    It's just not fully integrated into colloquial society.


    And there are a lot of things wrong with Japanesse people. What's up with their wierd anime porn for instance... Jesus.

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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.
    Money. It's expensive to switch over.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    m/d/y is the stupidest way to do it and makes absolutely no sense. And ive been to countries where the use d/m/y and no one ever says twenty second of july. The would say twenty two july. Another problem with m/d/y is that suppose you want to say july 13th. You would right do 07/13 right? Well is that july 13th or july 2013. If you did d/m/y it would be 13/7 and it would make sense to someone reading it. You are right about y/m/d but only a few countries use it. The whole world uses d/m/y and i dont know why some americans think we are special and not conform to the rest of the world.
    I'm for using yyyymmdd.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Who has the strongest economy in the World?
    Oh, oh, I know this one! It's the EU!

    Wait a second.

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