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From James Knott <>
Subject Re: [Calc] Feature request: Change default cell width from 2,27cm to 2,50cm
Date Mon, 04 Jun 2012 01:47:35 GMT
John Hart wrote:
> The Metric system is just as idiotic as the English. Metric 
> measurement is good for people limited to thinking terms of ten, but 
> it's hard for the eye to divide and a millstone around the neck of 
> carpenters not using CNC.  So What!  Please keep the left wing 
> political rants off the list! 

Why is it harder for an eye to divide than imperial?  Most of those who 
rant about the metric system are those who've never bothered to learn 
it.  I was also opposed to it, when I first came across it in high 
school science classes, but having worked with it for many years, it's 
superiority is clear.  In the old "imperial" measures, there are a few 
different ounces.  An imperial gallon is larger than a U.S. but a U.S. 
ounce is larger than imperial.  And a U.S. gallon is 128 oz, but 
imperial 160.  Does that make sense???  It's also a lot easier to scale 
from, for example, centimetres to kilometres, than inches to miles.  In 
metric, that's a simply multiplication by 10,000, but inches to miles 
is  × 12 × 5280.  Or do you prefer × 36 × 1760?  Power of 10 conversions 
make is a heck of a lot easier to do mental calculations than 
multiplying all sorts of different numbers for the various units.  
Lessee now, it's 12 inches to a foot, but 3 feet to a yard and 1760 
yards to a mile.  Or 8 ounces to a cup and 4 cups to a quart.  Or is 
that 5 cups to a quart?  Yeah, that makes for real easy mental arithmetic.

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