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Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 764

by MightyYar (#48039767) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

It's just about impossible to compare prices in the US because it switches between oz and gallons or oz and lbs.

It's pretty unusual to have the same product measured in two different units. It's also pretty unusual these days for the grocery store not to have a price-per-unit sticker. Finally, it is unusual not to have metric printed on the same label, right next to the standard units. Milk gallons have 3.78 L printed on them (or stamped into the plastic). If you end up here again, just remember that it's 16 oz to lbs or pints. 2 pints to a quart. 2 quarts to a half-gallon.

I'll admit to breaking out the calculator from time to time, but usually because the amounts are an odd amount (e.g. 333g or 11.75 oz). The price can also be any weird decimal, which can make the mental math difficult.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 764

by MightyYar (#48037083) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

If that is your criteria, then most products in the US are already "metric". Almost every product label has both units. It's just that most of the standard units are simple and the metric are odd: 1 pint (473ml). To call the US "metric", I'd need to start seeing half-liter tubs instead of pint tubs, even though they are almost the same thing. Oddly, some products are metric - like soda, for instance. But only bulk soda - cans are still usually 12oz.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 764

by MightyYar (#48034911) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

For all that is Good and Holy, only put ONE NUMBER for the speed limit on the road. If you want to convert to KPH, do it once and do it as quickly as possible. Do not make me try to squint at the units on the signs and do not put two numbers up. There's no compelling reason to convert roadways to metric, but please do it right if you really must.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 2, Interesting) 764

by MightyYar (#48034883) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Staying with national specific units is just retarded.

It's only retarded if trade is your primary concern. While I would prefer that the US were a little more metric, I can hardly blame the milk manufacturers for not abandoning their equipment just to make the 1 gallon milk jug round off nicely to 3 or 4 liters. And road signs - there really is no compelling reason to go towards km on the roads. It only becomes an issue for the minority who cross into Canada and Mexico, and those people are quite capable of reading the "km/h" letters on their speedometer.

Engineering is another matter - in the vast majority of cases there really is no excuse to be using anything but metric. We have a certain failed Mars probe to prove the case. It drives me crazy that I need both a metric and a standard set of socket wrenches and hex keys. A small matter, but still quite strange. Many (most?) of the appliances that I have are assembled with standard-unit nuts, bolts, and screws. Now, I'm sure there aren't a lot of American appliances exported overseas, but it still seems insane... Whirlpool must replace their drill bits and driver bits fairly often - it's not clear to me why they stick with standard sized consumables.

Comment: Re:That's the market system... (Score 0) 161

by pushing-robot (#48030701) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Yes, the system is so horrible these days. Why don't you go to your grandfather and say "Record companies are so unfair now! They let me listen to any song I want at the push of a button, but I have to listen to an ad every fifteen minutes or else pay them money!"

Actually, make sure your grandpa has his cane before you say that.

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