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Left aligned 12 28.57%
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Old June 6th, 2005, 09:21 PM   #61
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metric system will dominate one day in the US. otherwise it just doesn't make any sense!
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Old June 6th, 2005, 09:54 PM   #62
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I had a situation only yesterday when I gave the density of a development in terms of residential units per hectare. The client emailed me back requesting it in square feet per acre
I very nearly replied pointing out that the number of square feet per acre is a constant
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Old June 6th, 2005, 11:13 PM   #63
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metric system will dominate one day in the US. otherwise it just doesn't make any sense!
It will probably happen a week after Soccer is voted America's pastime.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 05:33 PM   #64
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I like the U.S. Customary measurements better for our highways and everything else. Screw the Metric system.
yeah right. You think US measurement system is the best only because you aren't familiar with the metric system. You are used to it, but believe me, the metric system makes much more sense. It's the same with england where the driverseat is on the right, while the rest of the world has the driverseat on the left. I doens't make sense, but the UK just likes to be different and doesn't give a **** about compatibility with the rest of the world. same story goes with their currency. most countries over here have the euro except for the UK.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #65
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metric system will dominate one day in the US. otherwise it just doesn't make any sense!
probably. good thing is that already use the second as their time unit . Would suck if the UK and the US would maintain an other time unit than the rest of the world
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Old June 8th, 2005, 02:54 AM   #66
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i personally am familiar w/ both systems and find the metric system easier to use, but i wouldnt like it if the US changed systems mostly because people are used to it, why change it if it isnt causing any problems?
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Old June 8th, 2005, 08:50 AM   #67
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I move that metric time should be introduced worldwide:
http://zapatopi.net/metrictime.html
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Old June 8th, 2005, 09:01 PM   #68
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It will probably happen a week after Soccer is voted America's pastime.
That shouldn't be too far off - isn't it already the biggest sport at child level in terms of numbers of participants?
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Old June 9th, 2005, 03:26 AM   #69
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That shouldn't be too far off - isn't it already the biggest sport at child level in terms of numbers of participants?
It is, but only because the lawyers have deemed baseball and football (american) too dangerous for kids. Too big of a chance of a liability lawsuit. On a pro level, there are very few people interested in soccer. When the world cup was here in 94, people didnt even know about it. Baseball and Amer Football will always rule in the US.

Until you convince the average person to switch, it will never happen. People here acknowledge the merits of the metric system, but they wont give up their imperial units. Afterall, they have gotten this far in life without it, why would they change?

Alas, I believe we are now talking in circles.
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Old June 25th, 2005, 11:49 PM   #70
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I HATE METRIC
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Old June 26th, 2005, 02:40 AM   #71
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Metric is a logical system and I hope the U.S. will switch over one day. Even NASA uses metric system in the U.S., well pretty much the whole world. All calculations at a University where I was were done in the metric system.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 04:59 AM   #72
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Old June 26th, 2005, 05:08 AM   #73
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Old July 1st, 2005, 12:26 PM   #74
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I HATE METRIC
The metric system is the tool of the devil!
My car gets 42 rods to the hogshead and thats the way I likes it!

Damn backwards hick
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Old July 1st, 2005, 08:04 PM   #75
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Alabama used to have metric "mile" markers on all interestate, US, and state highways. They put these up in anticipation of the Atlanta Olympics (Birmingham was a soccer venue) and had them up for a few years. Unfortunately, they took them down a few years later (which was a waste of money, IMO)
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The metric system is the tool of the devil!
My car gets 42 rods to the hogshead and thats the way I likes it!

Damn backwards hick

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Old July 1st, 2005, 08:52 PM   #77
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I HATE METRIC
Do you wan't to come up with a better system?

The US system makes no sense. What the hell is a mile? 1,760 Yards, Whats a yard 3 feet, a foot is 12inches you cant messure closer then that.

Metric is easy to understand. 1km = 1000meters, 1 meter = 100cm, 1cm = 10milimeters.
Tempature is even easier. 0 is freezing not 32, what the hell is that 32 where did that come from?

Any way the USA should change to metric, since they are currently the only major country that doesn't use it.
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 02:24 AM   #78
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...what the hell is that 32 where did that come from?
The German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) developed precice thermometers, invented the Mercury-thermometer and in 1924 he proposed his mathematical exact defined temperature scale.

There are different versions how Fahrenheit came to the 0-point:

- adoption of the scale of Ole Christensen RÝmer in Cobenhagen, at which water freezes at 7.5 degrees, and multiplying the value by 4 in order to eliminate the fractions.

- the melting temperature of an equal mixture of ice and salt he used for calibration.

- the lowest temperature in Winter 1808/09 in Fahrenheit's home city Danzig (today Gdansk/Poland).

The second value for calibration he took from his own body temperature. First his scale had only 12 equal subdivisions between the two reference points. Later he subdivided each division into 8 equal degrees ending up with 96. He then observed that water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees.
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 07:10 PM   #79
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Adjusting miles to kilometers is not exactly rocket science - 1km=1.6mi. Adjusting Kilo's to Pounds is not either, 1kg=~2.2lbs.
People living in metric nations typically know the breakdown
Actually people in metric countries usually don't know what the breakdowns for imperial to metrics are. We don't use imperial in our every day life.
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 02:57 PM   #80
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i personally am familiar w/ both systems and find the metric system easier to use, but i wouldnt like it if the US changed systems mostly because people are used to it, why change it if it isnt causing any problems?
Well it is causing big issues. Just ask NASA. Since the science community needs to use a system based on logic, they use metric but some nut at NASA forgot that one day when they were going into an entry orbit for a MARS probe which fatally came in at a trajectory, oh about a ratio 1:0.609 out because some employee still thought in imperial. That probe came in hot and burnt up. True story. That cost over 100mill.
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