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#41 Vagabond

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 01:01 PM

It's very like people who've never had a bet!! 

They don't understand "Odds"

Now I am not a betting man, precisely because I DO understand odds !!

 

We had a self-opinionated and self-righteous RI teacher at school who threatened us with hellfire and eternal damnation if we ever dared go near a bookie.  Now I have a nose for empty threats, and left to this twerp I might have become a life-long punter.**

 

However, our maths teacher got bored with quadratic equations one morning, and as a diversion led us through the mathematics of "making a book".   That was utterly convincing and I have never wasted money in supporting the life-style of William Hill and his ilk.

 

** After one of his diatribes, I was so annoyed that I found out his home address, and sent him an unstamped letter which read "Bet you tuppence-ha'penny this will cost you fivepence"     (Postage due in those days was double the value of the missing stamps)


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:06 PM

All, 

 

Does anyone but me remember this?  """"NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency's team used the more conventional metric system."""""

 

I'll get to you later Ayjay.

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:22 PM

All,

 

On the meter thing. I thought a gallon of water = 3.79 liters? (= means "approximately equal to" [for Martin]).  My whole life I have used the US customary units of weights and measures.  I no doubt error-ed with my "1.3".  Anyone who didn't understand didn't give a rats arce anyway. 

 

I can't help it if the UK has jacked up both the metric system and the imperial system all at the same time.  Makes sense to me.  How much is a pound sterling?

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:55 PM

All,
 
On the meter thing. I thought a gallon of water = 3.79 liters? (= means "approximately equal to" [for Martin]).  My whole life I have used the US customary units of weights and measures.  I no doubt error-ed with my "1.3".  Anyone who didn't understand didn't give a rats arce anyway. 
 
I can't help it if the UK has jacked up both the metric system and the imperial system all at the same time.  Makes sense to me.  How much is a pound sterling?
 
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A pound sterling is a £ to you mebbe less
Your gallons are smaller than ours so we get more metrics in it

Believe NOTHING anyones says or writes unless you witness  it yourself and even then your eyes can deceive you

 

There is only one opinion i listen to ,its mine and its ALWAYS right even when its wrong

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:57 PM

All,
 
On the meter thing. I thought a gallon of water = 3.79 liters? (= means "approximately equal to" [for Martin]).  My whole life I have used the US customary units of weights and measures.  I no doubt error-ed with my "1.3".  Anyone who didn't understand didn't give a rats arce anyway. 
 
I can't help it if the UK has jacked up both the metric system and the imperial system all at the same time.  Makes sense to me.  How much is a pound sterling?
 
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A pound sterling is a £ to you mebbe less
Your gallons are smaller than ours so we get more metrics in it

And yes i left out the . earlier

Believe NOTHING anyones says or writes unless you witness  it yourself and even then your eyes can deceive you

 

There is only one opinion i listen to ,its mine and its ALWAYS right even when its wrong

 

Its far easier to curse the darkness than light one candle

 

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 12:43 AM

All,

 

Weights and measures, for me, a non-arithmetic person, are impossible.  I will agree with whatever you want to say.

 

1 U.S. fluid ounce = 1.041 British fluid ounces 1 British fluid ounce = 0.961 U.S. fluid ounce 1 U.S. gallon = 0.833 British Imperial gallon 1 British Imperial gallon = 1.201 U.S. gallons.  What the 'ell??

 

Then we divide our $ into 100 parts.  Of course, we have a half and a quarter dollar just to keep chit confused.

 

Chesters1,

 

I thought a pound sterling was a ton (2000 lbs)

 

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edit:  Martin,  Architects, and associated trades use 1/64 - 1/32 - 1/16 - 1/8 - etc.  Engineers and associated trades use 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - etc.  Even that is not all that easy.   


Edited by Phone, 01 April 2017 - 12:48 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 03:08 PM

Yes Phone - we Engineers also use 1/64 - 1/32 - 1/16 - 1/8 - etc. but only for open tolerances. 

 

Tighter tolerances of the above are expressed as a decimal for instance, 0.125" (1/8") +/- 0.001 eg.  (or very often even tighter - 0.0002" (two tenths of a thou' - 0.005 mm or 5 microns for short)


Edited by Martin56, 01 April 2017 - 03:12 PM.

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