[time-nuts] Standards for units
hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Tue Apr 3 20:14:50 EDT 2007
> 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.
I have friends who work in the auto industry. They reported (over 10 years
ago?) that all new designs are metric.
I wonder how much it would help if GSA gave a serious preference to things
that were metric?
What's 8.5x11 in metric? Do we have to convert to A4 too?
For real fun, look at bicycle parts. I remember seeing one part that had
25.4 threads per inch.
What fraction of the military is metric? Do they buy potatoes in kilos or
> One would have thought that with the advent of computers using the
> "survey inch" and related units for new surveys would have vanished by
There is probably a lot of legal baggage there. I'll bet they will be one of
the last holdouts.
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