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post #76 of 102
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Originally Posted by Nicola View Post
You do know the Empire uses the Imperial system?

The Americans use US Standard. Or whatever the hell it's called. The Americans haven't used Imperial in over 200 years.

Hate the pussy american pints, UK pints are where it's at

Canada changed to the metric system almost 40 years ago, but because most of what we buy is made for the american market, we often have fucked-up sizing (591 ml bottles, 341ml cans, etc). And products are still mainly labelled on a per pound price at the supermarket (with the per kilo in small), same for construction materials so Canadians have to be well versed in both systems
post #77 of 102
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post
The only thing that would be better than switching to the metric system would be if we could switch to a base 8 or base 12 numbering system and then use the equivalent of the metric system.
Base 8 or Octal has to be the best, everyone has 8 fingers. Then one's thumbs are free for carries or other 'flags'.
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Base 10 sucks.
Base 10 also sucks for computers as well. Computers have no problems with Octal. Octal....People are happy. Computers are happy.
post #78 of 102
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post
I love the metric system.

but I have no fucking clue as to instantly know what 86kilos weighs, or 200kilometers is how far.

The only stuff I really have a grasp on is temperature in Celsius (but only body temperature ranges) and Millimeters and liters. This is just because of medical measurements that I've been forced to learn over the years.

sure I can do the quick approximate conversion but it still cumbersome and prone to error.

I know what 50lbs feels like instantly... I know how far 5miles is instantly... I know that my car has a 16gallon tank... but to figure that shit out in metric... I'm lazy and clueless...

I'm sure 280,000,000 other americans are kinda in the same boat.

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post #79 of 102
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post
Base 8 or Octal has to be the best, everyone has 8 fingers. Then one's thumbs are free for carries or other 'flags'.



Base 10 also sucks for computers as well. Computers have no problems with Octal.

Octal....People are happy. Computers are happy.

Better yet, use the 4 fingers as 4 bits to to make up a hexadecimal digit - a finger down is a 0 bit, up is a 1. (ordering two beers might be a bit of a problem though)
post #80 of 102
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post
Rubish, only pretentious gits drink pints in Australia.

where i live its either pints or mids

you must come from one of those whacky states which has schooners?
post #81 of 102
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Originally Posted by Mr Herbert View Post
where i live its either pints or mids

you must come from one of those whacky states which has schooners?

Schooners and pints in QLD, if you're going to have a beer there's no point buying a schooner.
post #82 of 102
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post

IIRC Japanese builders are dropping metric for "traditional" measurements for the same reasons.

I can imagine tsubo and jou measurements, but bring up square meters and I am totally lost. My loft is 11 jou (5.5 tsubo) of livable space and 6 jou (3 tsubo) of kitchen, shower, laundry, and toilet. If I heard square meters/feet I would be very
post #83 of 102
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Originally Posted by Naka View Post
Schooners and pints in QLD, if you're going to have a beer there's no point buying a schooner.

Wow. English is really diverging, huh? I have no idea what this sentence means, other than it's something about the size of peer servings in Queensland (?).
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post
Wow. English is really diverging, huh? I have no idea what this sentence means, other than it's something about the size of peer servings in Queensland (?).

I'm so happy i'm not the only one that didn't understand what this means...
post #85 of 102
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Originally Posted by Naka View Post
Schooners and pints in QLD, if you're going to have a beer there's no point buying a schooner.

Shit, how have you not been killed as a blue spy? Schooners? Ya fuckn cockroach, scuttle back south of the border.

Just kidding of course, you must be a youngster because back in the day Qld pubs only carried 7 and 10 ounce glasses, a Beer and a Pot respectively. The theory was that it is too hot in Qld to drink out of big glasses as the beer goes warm. A few pubs carried NSW sized Schooners but no one ordered them except Mexican tourists. I don't think I saw a Pint glass until the mid to late 80s and then you would only order pints of Guinness.
post #86 of 102
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post
Wow. English is really diverging, huh? I have no idea what this sentence means, other than it's something about the size of peer servings in Queensland (?).
Nah. A schooner of beer is still understandable in Wisconsin.
post #87 of 102
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Originally Posted by CDFS View Post
But I do live here. And in your earlier post you spoke off base twelve and sixteen, thus conceivably some high denominators. Anyway, I now deduce that American builders are only 2/3th as accurate as 'metric' ones. 2/Anyway, depending on the figure behind the comma the denominator is always the same for all the fractions: 10, 100, 1000.
Conceivably, but never in practice. and no, American builders are .6666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 as accurate as "metric" ones. and That's why I can't stand metric.
post #88 of 102
is that really necessary?
post #89 of 102
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
Conceivably, but never in practice. and no, American builders are .6666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666
as accurate as "metric" ones.

and That's why I can't stand metric.


By the way, here you can use fractions too...
post #90 of 102
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
Nah. A schooner of beer is still understandable in Wisconsin.

Fine. WTF does it mean?
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