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  •  It is not just that metric is easier to use (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, BYw, kyril

    We can't only use inches or only use pounds. Too much is in metric for that system to be avoided.

    •  Metric isn't easier to use (2+ / 0-)
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      elfling, badscience

      actually the old measures based on unit fractions have all kinds of neat tools incorporated into them to do things like double a cube, square a circle, or trisect an angle. You can't do that with the metric system because its added rules that set conditions specifically designed to make it impossible. Here's what you get from an architect at Saquara trying to tell an illiterate carpenter or mason how to construct a circular arch c 3000 BC

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed May 29, 2013 at 03:22:44 PM PDT

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