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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    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.
    Costs can be minimized with a slow and gradual phase in process. You don't have to replace existing stuff on day one, simply set standards for newly created items to be metric. There are also significant cost savings, not only in avoiding failure like the 125 million dollar probes, but in the overhead of having to do conversions and double checking to avoid said disaster. I am aware that even done right it will have costs, but its one a time investment that provides nothing but benefits in the future. Remember the idea that we should try to actually make the next generations lives better?

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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.
    Well ... no. The majority of large scale American manufacturing is already done in metric. Whether it's the auto industry, military/gov't contractors and even consumer goods. Already metricated in the later half of the 20th Century.

    Those who would be affected most are small scale manufacturers, who would (in any metrication plan) be given 10+ years to retool.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    i use the metric system in the lab every day. it definitely is easier and more effective, but i don't really see a formal transition to using it everywhere as a priority. it will probably happen more informally, with the metric system being used in areas that it wasn't before just because it works better. and if our car speedometers stay with MPH, no big deal. i actually prefer that one.

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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    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.
    Or actually Gardener, are you more familiar with construction? The construction, building materials, real estate, related industry are the metric laggards in the US. Almost every industry has moved toward metrication EXCEPT them. In fact they're the #1 culprits for keeping Canada only halfway metricated too. Canada imports a large portion of its building supplies from the US & thus they are forced to keep the Imperial units going.

    So if you're basing your thoughts off of them ... yeah, they're definitely the exceptions here.

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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...
    Yes, but not because the rest of the world uses it, but why the rest of the world uses it: http://www.metric4us.com/why.html

    We should be using a 28-day month, 13-month calendar too; and October should be 8th month, not the 10th.

    And get rid of daylight savings.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    It's been tried and we did give it a fair go against what was an overwhelming public reaction of "Hell NO!". People just refused. There is nothing that indicates the public has changed their minds in this regard. So no, it'd be a waste of time.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    It's been tried and we did give it a fair go against what was an overwhelming public reaction of "Hell NO!". People just refused. There is nothing that indicates the public has changed their minds in this regard. So no, it'd be a waste of time.
    We actually didn't give it a fair go. No supporting action plans, time schedules or success metrics were ever created. The bill that was signed by Ford simply asked the public to go metric and then did absolutely nothing to implement ANY remote effort to coordinate, and instead gave millions of dollars to the US Metric Board to run PSAs for the next 10 years.

    It's as if Kennedy decided to go to the moon, but never created NASA and instead gave $10 billion to PBS to run TV shows about the moon.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Why would the Chinaman, German, or any others buy a USA product that has all its parts made so his tools are all useless?

    What was that about DOUBLING USA exports? LMAO!!!!
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Since I tend to like acccuracy, just to make clear: the mars rover lost was not lost because NASA could not figure out metrics. It was lost because during the process of making the rover, one contractor thought the unit measurements where in English units, resulting in a mismatch.

    Edit: to quote from the source you linked in the post while I typed mine:



    That is not a failure to understand metrics.
    No, but if everyone was all-metric nobody would have ever used pounds of force in the first place.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    It's been tried and we did give it a fair go against what was an overwhelming public reaction of "Hell NO!". People just refused. There is nothing that indicates the public has changed their minds in this regard. So no, it'd be a waste of time.
    The public is stupid and wrong. The metric system is objectively superior and should be transitioned to.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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