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dylancatlow
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3/29/2013 9:38:57 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The metric system is superior in nearly every regard to the imperial system currently used, but that's not to say it's necessary for the average person. Anyone who uses measurement systems on a daily basis has already adopted the metric system, so the people who would benefit most from switching to the metric system have already switched over. Most people don't convert measurements in their daily lives, and when they do, it's not important. For instance, people say things like "It's 5 miles that way," or "It weighs 3 pounds." This is the extent to which most people currently use measurements. There is no benefit to switching to the metric system for things like this, because there is no conversion happening. Essentially, if you haven't already converted to the metric system out of necessity, you probably don't need it.
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3/31/2013 10:32:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 3/29/2013 9:38:57 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
The metric system is superior in nearly every regard to the imperial system currently used, but that's not to say it's necessary for the average person. Anyone who uses measurement systems on a daily basis has already adopted the metric system, so the people who would benefit most from switching to the metric system have already switched over. Most people don't convert measurements in their daily lives, and when they do, it's not important. For instance, people say things like "It's 5 miles that way," or "It weighs 3 pounds." This is the extent to which most people currently use measurements. There is no benefit to switching to the metric system for things like this, because there is no conversion happening. Essentially, if you haven't already converted to the metric system out of necessity, you probably don't need it.

All I do is measuring, The reason we haven't switched to the metric system believe it or not is because it is to complicated and people don't understand it. Americans can't fathom what a centimeter is, but they know what an inch is. Go figure. Plus the entire construction industry refuses to switch, so all related suppliers must stay the same. Centimeter, milliliter it's all Greek to the average person. Tell a person a milliliter is 1/1000 of a liter and their eyes glaze over.
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3/31/2013 10:53:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Oh, we are going to have a powwow.

Do you have any idea how much trouble it causes any sort of scientist when normal people are too stubborn to switch to a system which is, by your own admission, superior? Do you know how much extra calculation is involved when some moron sends me spray bottles labelled in ounces instead of milliliters? When we are working with small concentrations we must convert units, round them often, and end up with a slightly off number when dealing with things which should never be slightly off. It's beyond infuriating. So not only do scientists have to remember metric, we have to remember the idiotic, ill-conceived imperial system and we have to keep track of which clients require which. Meanwhile, the average person, who insists upon using this revolting abortion of a measurement system, has no need to be familiar with a conversion scheme which can only be described as the incoherent ravings of a terminally syphilitic brain.
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3/31/2013 10:57:45 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 3/31/2013 10:53:24 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
Oh, we are going to have a powwow.

Do you have any idea how much trouble it causes any sort of scientist when normal people are too stubborn to switch to a system which is, by your own admission, superior? Do you know how much extra calculation is involved when some moron sends me spray bottles labelled in ounces instead of milliliters? When we are working with small concentrations we must convert units, round them often, and end up with a slightly off number when dealing with things which should never be slightly off. It's beyond infuriating. So not only do scientists have to remember metric, we have to remember the idiotic, ill-conceived imperial system and we have to keep track of which clients require which. Meanwhile, the average person, who insists upon using this revolting abortion of a measurement system, has no need to be familiar with a conversion scheme which can only be described as the incoherent ravings of a terminally syphilitic brain.

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3/31/2013 11:02:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
16 and 24 inches on center. 18, 30 and 34 inches from the floor. That aint never gonna change and that is why we will never convert. And lets not forget the 2x4x6 the 2x4x8 and the 2x4x12 that are realy not those dimensions. LOL
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dylancatlow
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3/31/2013 11:07:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 3/31/2013 10:53:24 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
Oh, we are going to have a powwow.

Do you have any idea how much trouble it causes any sort of scientist when normal people are too stubborn to switch to a system which is, by your own admission, superior? Do you know how much extra calculation is involved when some moron sends me spray bottles labelled in ounces instead of milliliters? When we are working with small concentrations we must convert units, round them often, and end up with a slightly off number when dealing with things which should never be slightly off. It's beyond infuriating. So not only do scientists have to remember metric, we have to remember the idiotic, ill-conceived imperial system and we have to keep track of which clients require which. Meanwhile, the average person, who insists upon using this revolting abortion of a measurement system, has no need to be familiar with a conversion scheme which can only be described as the incoherent ravings of a terminally syphilitic brain.

Hmm, you may have changed my mind.
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3/31/2013 11:33:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 3/31/2013 11:07:05 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 3/31/2013 10:53:24 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
Oh, we are going to have a powwow.

Do you have any idea how much trouble it causes any sort of scientist when normal people are too stubborn to switch to a system which is, by your own admission, superior? Do you know how much extra calculation is involved when some moron sends me spray bottles labelled in ounces instead of milliliters? When we are working with small concentrations we must convert units, round them often, and end up with a slightly off number when dealing with things which should never be slightly off. It's beyond infuriating. So not only do scientists have to remember metric, we have to remember the idiotic, ill-conceived imperial system and we have to keep track of which clients require which. Meanwhile, the average person, who insists upon using this revolting abortion of a measurement system, has no need to be familiar with a conversion scheme which can only be described as the incoherent ravings of a terminally syphilitic brain.

Hmm, you may have changed my mind.

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4/1/2013 12:08:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 3/31/2013 10:32:09 PM, sadolite wrote:
At 3/29/2013 9:38:57 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
The metric system is superior in nearly every regard to the imperial system currently used, but that's not to say it's necessary for the average person. Anyone who uses measurement systems on a daily basis has already adopted the metric system, so the people who would benefit most from switching to the metric system have already switched over. Most people don't convert measurements in their daily lives, and when they do, it's not important. For instance, people say things like "It's 5 miles that way," or "It weighs 3 pounds." This is the extent to which most people currently use measurements. There is no benefit to switching to the metric system for things like this, because there is no conversion happening. Essentially, if you haven't already converted to the metric system out of necessity, you probably don't need it.

All I do is measuring, The reason we haven't switched to the metric system believe it or not is because it is to complicated and people don't understand it. Americans can't fathom what a centimeter is, but they know what an inch is. Go figure. Plus the entire construction industry refuses to switch, so all related suppliers must stay the same. Centimeter, milliliter it's all Greek to the average person. Tell a person a milliliter is 1/1000 of a liter and their eyes glaze over.

Complicated? Complicated? What is so complicated about a system where everything is built in units of 10? And where one gram of water is one milliliter of water? And where one milliliter is one cubic centimeter? You can't do that with the imperial system. The metric system is only 'complicated' because it is unfamiliar to us. When we know it, however, it is elegantly simple.
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4/1/2013 4:31:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/1/2013 12:08:51 PM, drhead wrote:
At 3/31/2013 10:32:09 PM, sadolite wrote:
At 3/29/2013 9:38:57 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
The metric system is superior in nearly every regard to the imperial system currently used, but that's not to say it's necessary for the average person. Anyone who uses measurement systems on a daily basis has already adopted the metric system, so the people who would benefit most from switching to the metric system have already switched over. Most people don't convert measurements in their daily lives, and when they do, it's not important. For instance, people say things like "It's 5 miles that way," or "It weighs 3 pounds." This is the extent to which most people currently use measurements. There is no benefit to switching to the metric system for things like this, because there is no conversion happening. Essentially, if you haven't already converted to the metric system out of necessity, you probably don't need it.

All I do is measuring, The reason we haven't switched to the metric system believe it or not is because it is to complicated and people don't understand it. Americans can't fathom what a centimeter is, but they know what an inch is. Go figure. Plus the entire construction industry refuses to switch, so all related suppliers must stay the same. Centimeter, milliliter it's all Greek to the average person. Tell a person a milliliter is 1/1000 of a liter and their eyes glaze over.

Complicated? Complicated? What is so complicated about a system where everything is built in units of 10? And where one gram of water is one milliliter of water? And where one milliliter is one cubic centimeter? You can't do that with the imperial system. The metric system is only 'complicated' because it is unfamiliar to us. When we know it, however, it is elegantly simple.

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4/1/2013 5:32:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Driving in the US is a nightmare. My speedometer has miles in increments of 20, so if it weren't for my GPS converting the speed limit to km, I wouldn't know how fast I'm supposed to be driving :/

And the gallon/ounce/ whatever else is soo confusing to convert within its own system, let alone between systems.
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