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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Going metric sounds easy until you consider all the machinery that would need to be retooled in such a way as to calibrate in metric. The costs would be absolutely staggering. The housing collapse of a few years ago would look like a drop in the bucket in comparison.

    How about if all newly built machinery is done in metric and let the old stuff just die out over time?
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    How about if all newly built machinery is done in metric and let the old stuff just die out over time?
    So,how would this be accomplished,say, for lumber mills or metal hardware manufacturers?

    I'd suggest a walk through your local Home Depot or Lowes to get an idea of all that would have to be changed.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Of course America should.

    It's a far simpler and more logical system to use and remember.

    The only reason she doesn't is stubbornness, IMO.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Going metric sounds easy until you consider all the machinery that would need to be retooled in such a way as to calibrate in metric. The costs would be absolutely staggering. The housing collapse of a few years ago would look like a drop in the bucket in comparison.
    That is ridiculous. You wouldn't change everything overnight, you would gradually phase in the metric system. You don't even need to retool, just re-label your 5/8 wrench to 15.875mm.

    Its not like using imperial units is the end of the world, but its lack of efficiency does have costs in education and engineering.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    That is ridiculous. You wouldn't change everything overnight, you would gradually phase in the metric system. You don't even need to retool, just re-label your 5/8 wrench to 15.875mm.

    Its not like using imperial units is the end of the world, but its lack of efficiency does have costs in education and engineering.
    NASA has computed that it would cost 370 million dollars to convert to metric. That is just NASA.

    What a naive idea it is to think it would be effortless or inexpensive for the entire United States to follow suit.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    So,how would this be accomplished,say, for lumber mills or metal hardware manufacturers?

    I'd suggest a walk through your local Home Depot or Lowes to get an idea of all that would have to be changed.
    most things at Home Depot have metric options when it comes to tools. As for big machines, more and more are run by computer and they use metric a lot. This is a bad argument because transitions always happen.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    The rest of the world uses it. Medical professions use it. The sciences use it. NASA couldn't figure it out however and lost a Mars lander a decade ago though...
    They already have in a way. Almost every nut and bolt on American made cars are smetirc. Some mechanics own two sets of sockets for those emergencies of working on cars and trucks with both SAE & metrick. My odometer has MPH and KPH, we can't escape it. Which would you rather pay $3.89 for, a litre, or a gallon?

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Well Canada is really still in transition, since we import quite a lot form the U.S. in terms of building supplies but anything made here is in metric. So switch over so we can finish. While you are at it, ditch the Phillips head screw and adopt the Robertson.
    Last edited by Carjosse; 06-04-14 at 12:07 PM.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sababa View Post
    They should have 40 year ago
    Or 48 decayears.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    What Redress said-

    I've seen this happen with sad frequency in the IT world, big projects are divided up between teams. Each team worked their part on more or less independently. There are supposed to be coordinating meeting between team leaders but often they are nerd turf wars rather than team building exercises. The quality control is usually the smallest team trying to review millions of lines of code. What happens is 'management by exception' if the program doesn't 'blow-up' (abort) then it is good to go. Functionality is tested, not accuracy.

    This happens a lot in international coding. Europe does date as day/month/year (smart) and the USofA does month/day/year (derp). Throw in other differences like currency and how taxes are tracked- many a blown program. A major international corporation had trouble with their Argentinian office as the SA team pushed unusable data back to the states. The SA team claimed it was a 'legal requirement' to track the numbers this way so the USofA IT dept had to work a patch to fit the SA numbers in. (Later it was found out the SA team just didn't want to convert as many bean counters hate change)

    Many programmers are lazy, some older programmers are used to limited data storage and truncate. A HUGE problem was the millennium crisis. Remember the 'panic' that everything controlled by computers would fail in one huge collapse of civilization? That was all about the concept of the two digit space for year thinking 00 would be 1900 and not 2000 and fail to function. (If you could spell IT you made money programming!)

    For months programs aborted as it two digit year programs met 4 digit programs, but it was cha-ching overtime for programmers....

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