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Comment: Re:times smaller,,, (Score 1) 60

by WillKemp (#49558725) Attached to: Cosmologists Find Eleven Runaway Galaxies

"Times smaller", "times less" and their ilk are terrible phrases.

I agree - but if i ever express that, nobody understands the problem. I'm glad i'm not the only weird one!

The issue is how small is it to start with? We can easily express how large something is - there are units for that - but there are no units for smallness. So if thing A is 10 times smaller than thing B, how small is thing B? You can tell me how big it is, but you can't tell me how small it is.

Yeah, we all know what it means - but that doesn't make the illogicalness of it grate any less.

Comment: Re:Correctly incorrect units (Score 1) 172

by WillKemp (#49548449) Attached to: I spend most of my time ...

I just got back from a vacation in Australia, and was annoyed that the in-flight display thingy insisted
on displaying everything in "correct" units.

Really? Every intercontinental flight i've ever been on (quite a few, but none in the last 5 years) has shown altitude, speed, etc, in both normal and retarded units. Switching entirely to metric must be new - and is a welcome change, because it was mildly irritating waiting for the miles to change to kilometers.

Comment: Re:Feet? (Score 1) 172

by WillKemp (#49548363) Attached to: I spend most of my time ...

It's the 21st. Fortunately we stopped Napoleon at Waterloo, so the french system of units didn't take over the civilised (English speaking) world.

By "civilised" world, i assume you mean the USA - because as far as i can tell, all the rest of the English speaking world use metric. Even the backward Brits use it for most things - except beer and babies.

Comment: Re:Broadband speed and cost vs other countries (Score 0) 142

by WillKemp (#49476073) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?

We can offer 6-18mbps down and 1mbps up, on a single line.

Fuck, you're all at it! The symbol for mega is "M", not "m". "m" is the symbol for "milli" – i.e., 1000th. "1mbps" means one millibit per second, i.e., one bit every thousand seconds. Remind me not to get an account with your ISP.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie