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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Everything in IT is metric. The same is true for all the sciences. Metric is superior to the Imperial System in every way.
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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 of course and its should have been down decades ago.

    its a no brainier and of course this cant simply be done over night with so much still present in the old but yes it needs phased out just like it has already been done by some industries.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    Are you being facetious?
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    To return OT, can I point out to the forecasters of doom, that societies such as the UK and Australia made the transition to metrication with little or no problems? The metric system is incomparably more logical (multiples of tens) than any quasi-imperial (the USA never used the Imperial system and still does not) system, involving as it does, innumerable variations of measure (12 inches to a foot - 3 feet to a yard - 1,760 yards to a mile) all of which have to be memorised. It is only metaphorical dinosaurs, who haven't the intellect, or experience of anything outside their national borders, who are afraid of metrication. As for the Canadians, they have allowed themselves to become so culturally US dominated, that they appear incapable of independent thought.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    With the United States being a nation of nearly 320 million people, it would just be something else for most people to not have any idea what the Hell anyone is talking about. The time has passed. Obviously this is the worst sort of blasphemy for the Liberal elites, but Americans simply don't feel a burning desire to change systems.

    Most people have no idea how big a liter of wine is right now. Tell a driver that he is going 45 kph and he will say How fast is that? How tall are you? 188.82 centimeters. How tall is that? Nobody knows. Your new baby weighs 3.62 kilograms, sir. Damn, I wonder how big he is.

    Forget it. It's not going to happen. In a nation besieged by problems right now, it's too big a pain in the wazoo.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    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?
    That's not a good comparison. We'd pay the same for gas as we do now, it would just be in liter's instead of gallons. In your scenario we'd pay like $1.2 per liter, which would equal out to the same.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reaganite View Post
    Nope. A gallon of gas is more than a liter. You get less gas when you use metric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    That's not a good comparison. We'd pay the same for gas as we do now, it would just be in liter's instead of gallons. In your scenario we'd pay like $1.2 per liter, which would equal out to the same.
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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 tried teaching it to us in school back in the 70's but the US never adopted it fully, because of the cost of changing everything into metric. Scales, product packaging, measuring systems, software, pricing etc.
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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...

    The change should be voluntary. It is already transitioning slowly. Eventually we will get there. Making it mandatory just makes people resist the change that much harder.
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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.
    Actually we could do it with fairly little cost. It'll take a while to transition, but we should just continue teaching kids SI and phasing out old equipment over time. For a long while we would have to use both.

    It has to be done eventually. We're the only serious country in the world that uses the ridiculousness that is the Imperial system.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Everything in IT is metric. The same is true for all the sciences. Metric is superior to the Imperial System in every way.
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