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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 18:28:12 -0400
  • Message-id: <4453E87C.5030100@xxxxxxxxxx>
kai wrote:
> On Saturday 29 April 2006 05:35 am, James Knott wrote:
>> Carlos E. R. wrote:
>>> The Saturday 2006-04-29 at 13:32 +0200, Theo v. Werkhoven wrote:
>>>>>> Well..... A4 is the international ISO stadard for paper size. Now you
>>>>>> know the frustration for 5 billion other people on earth who try to
>>>>>> use pretty much any software/OS that defaults to US Letter..
>>>>> Not to mention all the engineers in the 21th century who have to
>>>>> have to revert to 18th century measurement "standards" when they try
>>>>> to speak with their US collegues.
>>> And that was the cause of the failure of one (two?) NASA missions to
>>> Mars: wrong unit conversions.
>> It's amazing that Americans are still so backward as to stick with the
>> Imperial measures.
>
> Unfortuntately, the government decided to get involved in our "conversion"
> back in the '70s. That said, you see the results. :)

IIRC, Peanut Carter had started the switch and Reagan was stupid enough
to cancel it.

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