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

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Maybe we should start putting our steering wheels on the other side of our cars too.
    well actually ... I think that driving on your side is more closely aligned to the metric system .... both are associated with Napoleon to some extent.

    I drive on the left because ....

    Why do some countries drive on the right and others on the left ?
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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?

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    So, what do you think?
    Changing a whole measuring system just because the majority of the worlds countries are doing it is about as smart as jumping off the Grand Canyon Cliff without a parachute because someone else did it. Both systems are valid to use and just as accurate as the other.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Changing a whole measuring system just because the majority of the worlds countries are doing it is about as smart as jumping off the Grand Canyon Cliff without a parachute because someone else did it. Both systems are valid to use and just as accurate as the other.
    Well, all but 3 countries have adopted it.
    It would be good to have one global system of units and leave the confusion behind.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Changing a whole measuring system just because the majority of the worlds countries are doing it is about as smart as jumping off the Grand Canyon Cliff without a parachute because someone else did it. Both systems are valid to use and just as accurate as the other.
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    if the whole world used the same system this kind of stuff wouldn't happen
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    I think the world should adapt to the US.
    Well... that's not going to happen. The scientific community is using metric. The commonfolk should too. If the smart people in labs use it, lets follow their example.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Well, all but 3 countries have adopted it.
    It would be good to have one global system of units and leave the confusion behind.
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    Mars Climate Orbiter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    if the whole world used the same system this kind of stuff wouldn't happen
    I think you two missed the point of my post.

    As for the Mars Orbiter...crap happens.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    well actually ... I think that driving on your side is more closely aligned to the metric system .... both are associated with Napoleon to some extent.

    I drive on the left because ....

    Why do some countries drive on the right and others on the left ?
    Interesting and informative link, thanks.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I think you two missed the point of my post.

    As for the Mars Orbiter...crap happens.
    there are advantages to each system. For instance in aviation altitude is usually in feet, this is because due to a unique coincidence 1 inch of mercury = 1000' altitude change (well thereabouts when at lower altitudes) Also for long distance (terrestrial) navigation a nautical mile has its advantages over a KM or regular mile.
    for most calculations metric works better. for most every day usage as in distances, weights, volumes it makes little difference but having more than one system makes about as much sense as having several different systems for the calendar. The judeo Christian calendar with this being the year 2013 is pretty much universal now but image if every country kept its own system it would promote confusion at no benefit to anyone
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    there are advantages to each system. For instance in aviation altitude is usually in feet, this is because due to a unique coincidence 1 inch of mercury = 1000' altitude change (well thereabouts when at lower altitudes) Also for long distance (terrestrial) navigation a nautical mile has its advantages over a KM or regular mile.
    for most calculations metric works better. for most every day usage as in distances, weights, volumes it makes little difference but having more than one system makes about as much sense as having several different systems for the calendar. The judeo Christian calendar with this being the year 2013 is pretty much universal now but image if every country kept its own system it would promote confusion at no benefit to anyone
    Of course there are advantages and disadvantages to both systems. Thats the way it is with anything and everything.

    As for the calander thing...did you know that even our calenders are used differently by different cultures? In some cultures a persons birthday starts on the day they were concieved, in others it starts on the day you come out of the woman.

    My whole point really is that you use what works best FOR YOU and what YOU are doing. Not what works best for every one else.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    In some cultures a persons birthday starts on the day they were concieved...
    And how do you know when you're conceived?

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