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I was remarkably difficult to persuade into this, I have to say. I must have resisted and argued for ... ooo ... no, I didn't. Not even slightly.
Sometimes, even though you know it's evil; it's bad for you; it's fat, and salt, and gawd knows what meat; the food equivelant of VB; you just gotta have one ... and it's been so long. YES!
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That started me down the rabbit hole.
So, will the Kilogram actually weigh a different value in relation to the pound then?
Not much info out there and I'm totally confused. I had committed to memory that there are about 2.2 lbs in 1 kilo so I guess that will be wasted memory space.
. I had committed to memory that there are about 2.2 lbs in 1 kilo
That's always been a problem with converting a country from one unit to another.
When you buy something it has a size - period. Why do you need to convert it? After all, a 750ml bottle of Single Malt Scotch is very close to a fifth (of a gallon). Why do you need to convert it all all, though? As the say, but here it actually applies "It Is What It Is". Trying to get people to memorize long list of conversions was doomed from the start.
The imperial system is not decimal. There are 36 inches in a yard, 12 inches in a foot, 16 ounces in a pound. It's very arbitrary. Even it's creators saw it's a bad idea and switched to metric. The US is still clinching to the old for some inexplicable reason.
Those sound very "english" - Furlong time, now, they've made a mess of things (like two flavors of gallon). They also abandoned their system - but didn't finish the job. You can discuss it over a Pint.
BS. When you add and subtract, do you do it in binary or hexadecimal logic or imperial? How about binary perCENTages? It's actually a problem to add 2 inches to a foot and then express it in a percentage or in decimal feet. I actually convert it to centimeters to do stuff like that.
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You have it all ass-backwards. Since most everything numeric is done directly and indirectly by computer, it is that system which we must accommodate. For the simpleton's, there once was something called BCD[^], q.v.
But using the metric values - you cannot help but have errors. Accumulating errors.
Get with the program - it's the age of the computer. Many people on this site actually have been known to use them - just ask around.
Regular everyday business people do not calculate as computers in binary bits. Nobody does. EVerybody conducts business in the decimal system. Next time when you order carpet try to write down the measurements in bits. See how it goes.
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You have it all ass-backwards. Since most everything numeric is done directly and indirectly by computer, it is that system which we must accommodate.
Didn't y'all blow up a space shuttle or some other spacecraft in recent memory cause the imperial system the Yank muppets used was wrong?
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Um, can we bear in mind that all measurement systems are arbitrary? Even the Kelvin? Even numbers themselves, to a large degree?
I actually did a great talk on this, once (back before the days of Ted, so the only records of it are my own notes, which may or may not be in a format recognisable by IBM PCs), where I got the audience to create entirely new systems of measurement for speed, acceleration, mass, torque, etc, all revolving around the calculation requirements for bicycle rides.
It was a lot of fun, and I'm pretty sure that no-one who attended was ever again fooled by most of the "Gosh!" numbers*, because the arbitrariness of measuring systems was clearly shown to be, well, arbitrary -- and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if at least one of them has since created a new measurement thingummy or constant, to suit the precise needs of the calculations that they've had to perform.
* A prime example of a Gosh! number is minus forty, in temperature. Is it Fahrenheit or Centigrade? Gosh!**
** The truth is that, as with most Gosh! numbers, it's not something to say Gosh! about. If you have two measurement systems to enumerate the same thing, they're bound to intersect somewhere. The fact that 40 is a "round number", according to our arbitrary numbering system, is pretty much irrelevant.
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Again how many yards is one yard plus two feet plus two inches? IN metric it's trivial you know.
For better or for worse we do conduct business in a decimal system. The imperial system is ill suited for these types of calculations.
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