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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    I don't want to be crass, so I'll just say that men who like the metric system tend to dislike vagina.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Yes, but not because the rest of the world uses it, but why the rest of the world uses it: Metric 4 US - Why Metric is the Better System

    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.
    ... That actually would be a nightmare for the economic sector.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Everything in IT is binary, you either understand that, or you don't :P
    Everything is metric as well. Bytes - Kilobytes - Megabytes - Gigabytes - Terabytes (yes they are not exactly 1 then 10 then 100 (its multiples of 1024) but its always by 10).

    *Not to be confused with Metrics in regards to Network Routes.
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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...
    We lost one drone to technical error after several other rovers of ours have successfully landed and explored the surface of Mars. It's not because of the metric system, it was because **** happens.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Everything is metric as well.
    As a Chem/Physics teacher, the most important feature by far of the SI/Metric is the base/derived unit concept.
    With only seven base units, and mass as the only actual material object defined as a kilogram,
    the other six base units can be reproduced anywhere in our Universe.
    meter, second, mole, Kelvin, Ampere, candela--

    Then all of the derived units, such as the Newton of force, are Algebraic combinations of the basic units.
    A Newton being a kg.m/s2 from F = ma.

    English units are simply not used for most undergrad majors,
    there are too many units per quantity,
    and no prefixes to make the base unit larger or smaller by a factor of ten.

    And yes there are BTUs along with their programmable calculators depending on their engineering.
    My job was to make algebraic equations of the natural world come alive with the Metric System .
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I'd suggest a walk through your local Home Depot or Lowes to get an idea of all that would have to be changed.
    Nothing would have to be changed. Simply label the exact same item in meters instead of feet/inches. Instead of having a 2x4, you could have a 5x10 (cm). It wouldn't be entirely accurate, but then neither is 2x4.

    Personally, I say yes, make the switch. The metric system is better in pretty much every way.
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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    We lost one drone to technical error after several other rovers of ours have successfully landed and explored the surface of Mars. It's not because of the metric system, it was because **** happens.
    Apart from the Mars Orbiter destruction, there have been any number of air crashes, and air emergencies, due to Americans not understanding metric units. The principle danger comes about by confusing pounds with kilograms, and by mistakes when converting fuel loads. Weight is a critical factor with aircraft, and this danger arises, not because **** happens, but because of ignorance and a lack of appropriate knowledge.
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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...
    Learning to calculate stuff non-metrically is great practice for the brain.

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    Re: Should the US adopt the Metric System?

    Am I the only person that voted no but has a practical reason? It's really what I always thought the standard system was for.

    10 can only be divided by 5 and 2. 12 can be divided by 2,3,4 and 6 without a decimal or faction. Being that I imagine land surveyors used these types of measurements long before anybody else out would have come in handy to Debbie divide in half, third, forfth and sixth.

    Density measurements the same 16 ounces =a pound. Easy to divide by 2,4,8

    But hey, practical usage for the every day person, I don't think it matters.
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