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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

downwa Respect for both history and progress (942 comments)

My vote would be for teaching the metric system in math and science classes, and teaching the imperial units in history and social studies classes. We should not scrap knowledge of the past. We can respect the fact that the mile and furlong go back to ancient Rome, and make sure children know the history. But at the same time, it would be nice to have a system that is logical.

The problem with converting everything to the metric system is, not everything can be expressed in it using whole numbers. As was pointed out above, a tall person is over 6 feet tall. Maybe people just need to increase their size to an average of 2 meters :-)

about 3 months ago
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Linspire's CNR Goes Multi-Distro

downwa Re:Finally (171 comments)

Actually, the good news is Linspire doesn't remove "both kinds of free in order to make it happen" for software that is Open Source. Their new CnR is now free to use, as well as having an Open Source client which is free to modify and improve. The only thing you have to pay for is proprietary software, but now you can at least get much of it in one place (and hopefully they can increase that as well).

Good news all around.

more than 7 years ago

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