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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: Mike McMullin <mwmcmlln@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 18:10:41 -0400
  • Message-id: <1146348643.11541.4.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, 2006-04-29 at 14:15 +0200, Anders Johansson wrote:
> On Saturday 29 April 2006 14:11, 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.
>
> My favourite is the Canadian incident, where they ordered the amount of fuel
> in kilos but received it in pounds, so they went flying with half a tank

Brand new Air Canada B-757 they had to glide into a landing because of
that snafu.


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