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Comment: Re:taught not use (Score 2) 453

by Chrisq (#48034733) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

He said taught, not use. There is a massive difference. Personally don't see the harm in that at all.

He was responding to the point that "Schools should teach pupils mainly in imperial and not metric measurements". I have nothing against teaching arcane units, in fact I find it interesting - but to stop teaching metric is just plain stupid

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 453

by Chrisq (#48034403) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Well . . . the UK did manage to switch to the "New Pence", and get away from shillings, farthings and half-crowns. If anyone even knew what they were worth.

A shilling was 1/20th of a pound or 5p in decimal
A farthing was a quarter of an old penny. There were 240 old pennies in a pound so a farthing was 1/960 of a pound or just over a tenth of a new penny
A half-crown was two shillings and six pence, or an 8th of a pound, so 12.5p

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 2) 453

by Chrisq (#48034151) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

while "1 cup" and "1/2 cup" do. So when a recipe calls for 1 cup of anything, you can measure that quickly.

You rarely see this in UK measurements, for one thing in the UK cup sizes are not standard. My wife (from the USA) found it confusing at first that things were either given in capacity or weight (fluid ounces and pints/pounds and ounces in traditional UK books) and not various cups or spoon sizes.

Comment: Simple answer (Score 5, Informative) 453

by Chrisq (#48034127) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Is this because he hasn't a clue about science or because he is catering to a particular political base?

Both.

Mostly though because so many conservatives have a "we have always done it that way" attitude. Many of them don't have a clue that imperial measures are very different from US customary ones (we have 20 fluid ounces to a pint, and the US has 16). Many also don't know their pecks from their bushels, or their furlongs from their rod, poll, or perch, but think the system must be good "because its traditional".

Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 363

by Chrisq (#47993187) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

If you incorrectly believe that _everyone_ pays the US 35% corporate tax sure, the US has the highest corporate tax rate. You would have to be extremely ignorant or gullible to believe that anyone pays the base rate.

A lot of people do. They are the hard working local stores, builders, mom & pop hotels, and so on. Its only the big guys get exemptions.

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