Re: Interesting programming description for bank selection

From: Gerrit Heitsch <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:55:12 +0200
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On 04/22/2014 08:16 PM, J. Alexander Jacocks wrote:
> That's not really a workable solution, as the NASA conversion hilarity
> proved.  Also, while I'm able to convert to metric, I'm not fast, or
> perfectly reliable at it, proving that even my skill is not where it
> should be.

You're not supposed to convert to metric, you're supposed to think in 
metric from the beginning. That isn't easy once you're older (can still 
be done), but if you teach it at school, it would be done quickly.

Once you're used to metric a lot of things become a lot easier.

> These things make it that much harder for Americans to cooperate on
> international projects, and increases the frequency of error.

At least you got the annoying AM/PM problem fixed where it counts and 
just use the 24hr scale. There are still some holdouts though...

When I was in the USA, I bought a SONY clock radio. Internally, it had a 
jumper for 50/60Hz and one for 12/24hr. Nice, I thought, switch that 
over to 24hr and be done with it. And then I found out that while the 
logic board could do it, the LED Display couldn't... Someone had decided 
that a 3 1/2 digit display was a few cents cheaper than a full 4 digit.


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