From: Walter Banks on


Bill Graham wrote:

> > The month was originally based upon the lunar cycle which is
> > about 29.5 days.
>
> Ah! - That explains it.....12 X 29.5 is 354 which is fairly close to a
> year....But, since nobody really cares about the moon anymore,

Except close to half the world that still uses calendars based
on the lunar cycle. The whole middle east moslem and jews.

w..



From: J. Clarke on
Walter Banks wrote:
> Bill Graham wrote:
>
>>> The month was originally based upon the lunar cycle which is
>>> about 29.5 days.
>>
>> Ah! - That explains it.....12 X 29.5 is 354 which is fairly close to
>> a year....But, since nobody really cares about the moon anymore,
>
> Except close to half the world that still uses calendars based
> on the lunar cycle. The whole middle east moslem and jews.

Not to mention every sailor on the planet. Time and tide wait for no man.


From: R. Mark Clayton on

"Neil Harrington" <secret(a)illumnati.net> wrote in message
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> "R. Mark Clayton" <nospamclayton(a)btinternet.com> wrote in message
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SNIP

>>> And go metric, you mean? There'd be no point to it. Metric is silly for
>>> most ordinary purposes, and it would cost billions to change everything.
>>
>> Well what about the cost of not changing it?
>>
>> Item 1 Mars Climate Orbiter crashes and burns*
>> $327,600,000.00c
>>
>> So that's about one dollar per citizen - bad start!
>
> What has that to do with English vs. metric?
>

Er because they mixed up the metric and imperial (well US) units and it
dodn't decelerate enough resulting in burn up...



did you follow the link given?

http://www.google.co.uk/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter%23The_metric.2Fimperial_mix-up&usg=AFQjCNHBbstCpB4S2gxZe2bJ9jJJGEClxw&ei=WH39SrDYMoWNjAeqmKWUCw&sa=X&oi=section_link&resnum=2&ct=legacy&ved=0CAwQygQ


"The metric/imperial mix-up
The metric/imperial mix-up that destroyed the craft was caused by a software
error back on Earth. The thrusters on the spacecraft, which were intended to
control its rate of rotation, were controlled by a computer that
underestimated the effect of the thrusters by a factor of 4.45. This is the
ratio between a pound force - the standard unit of force in the imperial
system - and a newton, the standard unit in the metric system. The software
was working in pounds force, while the spacecraft expected figures in
newtons; 1 pound force equals approximately 4.45 newtons.

The software had been adapted from use on the earlier Mars Climate Orbiter,
and was not adequately tested before launch. The navigation data provided by
this software was also not cross-checked while in flight. The Mars Climate
Orbiter thus drifted off course during its voyage and entered a much lower
orbit than planned, and was destroyed by atmospheric friction.

"


From: Chris H on
In message <-LWdnXfW8qDH8WrXnZ2dnUVZ_qSdnZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Bill Graham
<weg9(a)comcast.net> writes
>This has exacly what to do with photography and why would anybody with
>a new 50000 car be changing and disposing of oil. What bs
>
>I'll tell you why. I bought a new Hyundai around 20 years ago. Before I
>went on a 1200 mile trip with it, I had the local Chrysler dealer (who
>serviced them then) change the transmission oil. They forgot to refill
>the oil in the manual transmission, and I drove the car 600 miles the
>next day on a "dry" transmission. If failed the next morning when I
>backed it out of my friends driveway. If you want it done right, you
>have to do it yourself, (or, at least supervise it yourself) especially
>when you are dealing with American, (big three) auto mechanics.

So you are saying you can't trust American car dealers?

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From: Chris H on
In message <W8-dnQ16jqYTl2fXnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d(a)giganews.com>, Neil
Harrington <secret(a)illumnati.net> writes
>> Even though the Yanks left the Empire they still won't join the rest of
>> the world.
>
>And go metric, you mean? There'd be no point to it.

You may have no choice... In many places I see Global standards that are
used the whole world over except in the USA. Eventually the US is going
to have to fit in with the rest of the world.


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