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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Yea lets change our language too. We can still speak English but it has to be like how the rest of the world speaks English. And we can all watch Soccer instead. Oh wait its called football because they use their feet. See it makes much more sense. Dont worry about that culture thing only other countries have culture.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    I'm a pharmacist. It's often life and death situations.

    And sometimes it's ml, sometimes it's tsp, sometimes it's tbsp.

    That causes overdoses and underdoses. I would guess it does it every single day in kids.
    Then someone is being irresponsible, either the pharmacist or the doctor or the parent with looking into the actual dosages and making sure the person has the right measuring spoon/injector. I always made sure to check and go off of what the dosage said. Plus, I've never gotten children's medicine measuring instruments that didn't have both metric and standard on them.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Then someone is being irresponsible, either the pharmacist or the doctor or the parent with looking into the actual dosages and making sure the person has the right measuring spoon/injector. I always made sure to check and go off of what the dosage said. Plus, I've never gotten children's medicine measuring instruments that didn't have both metric and standard on them.
    It's just confusion among parents, mostly.

    But it happens a lot. And it's just another very clear reason why changing makes sense, despite your repeated claims that its 'no problem'.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    It's just confusion among parents, mostly.

    But it happens a lot. And it's just another very clear reason why changing makes sense, despite your repeated claims that its 'no problem'.
    It really isn't a relatively large problem, but in the case of medicine, I have no issue if people change and I doubt it would cost that much, if anything, to switch over medicine amounts to mL, as I've said, many doctors are already doing (even some hospitals specify what it is in both). It won't get rid of all the issues though with incorrect dosing of children's medicine because there will always be parents who take shortcuts or get too busy to actually read/pay attention.

    I'm not saying people should hold on to the standard system just because. I'm saying that for most industries, it is way too costly to do right now, or even in the near future. Machinery and parts, along with tools would all have to be changed out, a very expensive and time consuming operation. It simply is not feasible, especially in a way that will likely get enough public support to actually be effective. And it should not be mandatory to do.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    Would be a great way to improve domestic infrastructure and manufacturing.
    How so?

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    It really isn't a relatively large problem, but in the case of medicine, I have no issue if people change and I doubt it would cost that much, if anything, to switch over medicine amounts to mL, as I've said, many doctors are already doing (even some hospitals specify what it is in both). It won't get rid of all the issues though with incorrect dosing of children's medicine because there will always be parents who take shortcuts or get too busy to actually read/pay attention.

    I'm not saying people should hold on to the standard system just because. I'm saying that for most industries, it is way too costly to do right now, or even in the near future. Machinery and parts, along with tools would all have to be changed out, a very expensive and time consuming operation. It simply is not feasible, especially in a way that will likely get enough public support to actually be effective. And it should not be mandatory to do.
    Its extremely feasible, and not that costly at all - in fact, I bet with the potential for better trade, its probably going to make money.

    Tooling is not that much of an issue for most - most auto mechanics, for example, have both metric and standard tools now (remember when they all whined that they couldnt afford to change in the 70s because they had to buy new tools? Now they have TWO sets of tools and have replaced both sets over 40 years!).
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Multiply by 1.8 and add 32.

    Thanks, I know. Thing is I have to do the conversion in my head still. I don't THINK in C. I can think in meters, kilometers and liters.


    I imagine I'd get used to it eventually...

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Well, 1ml of water weighs 1gram. It also measures 1cc.

    How much does a liter of milk weigh? ~1 kg. How about a half gallon? Don't know...get a scale!

    You can do a lot with that- volume, weight and area are all proportional and easily multipled and divided.
    I was asking SlevinKelevra because he seemed to think that the Imperial/English system (the system of measurement used in the USA) has "units that have fundamental definitions based on real scientific properties."

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Its extremely feasible, and not that costly at all - in fact, I bet with the potential for better trade, its probably going to make money.

    Tooling is not that much of an issue for most - most auto mechanics, for example, have both metric and standard tools now (remember when they all whined that they couldnt afford to change in the 70s because they had to buy new tools? Now they have TWO sets of tools and have replaced both sets over 40 years!).
    I worked on one aircraft carrier. We have hundreds of ships with equipment that is almost entirely standard size. All of our tools (with only a few exceptions) are standard (to fit our equipment). These ships each cost billions to make. They would cost just as much to retrofit with metric size equipment and fasteners. Each would have to be done. Then there is the paperwork and other equipment. The military doesn't have the money now. Where is it supposed to come from to do this? Then there is all the other industries, especially those handled by the government. We are pretty broke right now, but this absolutely would cost money to do, a lot of money. And there simply isn't that many people dedicated to doing it, especially if they knew the amount of money it would take.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I worked on one aircraft carrier. We have hundreds of ships with equipment that is almost entirely standard size. All of our tools (with only a few exceptions) are standard (to fit our equipment). These ships each cost billions to make. They would cost just as much to retrofit with metric size equipment and fasteners. Each would have to be done. Then there is the paperwork and other equipment. The military doesn't have the money now. Where is it supposed to come from to do this? Then there is all the other industries, especially those handled by the government. We are pretty broke right now, but this absolutely would cost money to do, a lot of money. And there simply isn't that many people dedicated to doing it, especially if they knew the amount of money it would take.
    Yes... our poor underfunded military.

    Heres a clue... you still will be using those tools, since the ship is made of all the same stuff in Imperial units.

    I wonder what the total cost of tools are on that billion dollar ship?
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