Re: Interesting programming description for bank selection

From: Gerrit Heitsch <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:00:51 +0200
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On 04/23/2014 08:07 AM, Jim Brain wrote:
>   * Cooking will probably never go metric in the US.  Sorry.

The problem with cooking is... The recipe calls for a cup of something. 
Well, if I look in my cupboard, I see lots of cups there, from 150ml or 
so to more than 300ml (coffee mugs). Which one? Same for Tablespoons and 
teaspoons, I have a number of different sizes.

By now I know that '1 cup' (in the USA) is about 235ml or 285 ml (in the 
UK), but why not state that in the recipe? And what do you do if you 
want to cook something from a cookbook printed in the UK?

>   * MPG and speed, not happening.

MPG is easy to convert though... To get the equivalent in l/100km (and 
back to MPG), you just divide 235 by one value and you get the other 
one. 235 is not exact, but close enough for everyday use.

   Though 100kph is neat, it's only
>     62MPH, and almost everyone in the US drives 70 and relies on the "5
>     over" rules in the road (most jurisdictions allow +5MPH on speed
>     limits due to tire wear, speedo miscalibration (which is rare
>     nowadays, but none of us drivers complain about this :-), etc.).  If
>     we went metric on the road, police departments and sheriffs would
>     not do 10kph over (which is more than 5MPH, if my math calcs hold),
>     so they will do 5kph rules, and motorists won't like that :-)  Also,
>     exits in 1mile gives you time to consider whether this exit or the
>     next should be taken (or check out the various food options at this
>     exit).  1 km before exit means you best be on the exit ramp NOW!
>     :-)  Not happening.

That's why they usually give you a hint about the exit with 2km to go 
here. Could also have something to do with higher speeds. And the 
tolerance for speed checks depends on the base speed. On the Autobahn 
10+ is usually OK, but don't try that in a city, there 5+ can get you a 


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