Tips for installing windows and freeBSD both.. anyone??

David Brodbeck gull at
Sat Nov 13 00:37:49 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM, Peter A. Giessel <pgiessel at> wrote:
> On 2010/11/12 at 10:33, rfarmer at (Rob Farmer) wrote:
>> it is better for real/serious work, but the general public doesn't see
>> it as new or valuable - its just a stupid change in the way everything
>> has always been done.

I'd say that's because for most people it offers no particular
advantages in exchange for the work of learning it.  Most people don't
do unit conversions as frequently as scientists do, so the relative
difficulty of converting from inches to miles instead of centimeters
to kilometers doesn't affect them.

Even countries that have ostensibly converted to SI on an official
basis still have people using non-SI units on a day-to-day basis.
Talk to someone from the UK and they'll probably give you their weight
in stone and distances in miles.

> It depends on what you mean by "real serious work".  Try ordering a
> cubic meter of concrete or a #25 rebar in the U.S. and see how far you
> get.

The construction field offers a particular problem because so many
standard items come in inch-based sizes.  Who wants to  mess around
with asking for a 122 cm x 244 cm piece of plywood?  4x8 feet is so
much easier. ;)

On the other hand, manufacturing has largely switched over.  Look at a
modern American car and you'll find mostly metric fasteners.

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