[time-nuts] Standards for units
Dr Bruce Griffiths
bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz
Tue Apr 3 19:48:21 EDT 2007
Palfreyman, Jim L wrote:
> Are there actually US people on this list who actually continue to
> advocate the use of non-metric units in their country? Speak up!
> Well the USA ever go metric?
> As an Australian, why would I care, you may ask?
> Well because of the dominance of the US market, some things can be sold
> here using imperial units. My biggest beef is televisions. Some (mainly
> CRTs) are sold in cm. Others (plasmas and LCDs) are marketed in inches.
> You walk into a shop and you a greeted with dual units. It is terrible!
> The key to making metric work is to completely chuck out the use of
> non-metric units. Having to convert is the hard bit. We've been metric
> for 35 years and still having to convert from inches to cm because of
> the United States is so annoying!
> I find it hard to understand why a country as advanced as the US sticks
> with such an antiquated system. I don't get it.
> Jim Palfreyman
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The US has been metric since 1988, however the continued use of
customary units during the indefinitely long transition time is the problem.
Fundamentally it seems there is a lack of political will to place a
definite cutoff date on the use of customary units.
With the supposed current emphasis on SI units in the education system
hopefully the use of customary units will vanish with a generation or two.
One would have thought that with the advent of computers using the
"survey inch" and related units for new surveys would have vanished by now.
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