[LEAPSECS] Consensus building?

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Feb 2 13:22:35 EST 2011

On 02/02/2011 10:56, Steve Allen wrote:

> On Wed 2011-02-02T10:47:38 -0700, Warner Losh hath writ:

>> the US system is metric based, with an inch being defined as 2.54cm exactly.

> That is not true for a survey inch.

> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_%28unit%29#International_foot


> It's very Pythonesque -- what do you mean, Commonwealth or Mendenhall?

Correct. That's the problem when you have multiple things overloading a
term. You get things like international inch, surveyer's inch (which
differs by 2ppm) and all the approximate things we used back before
things were standardized.

Hmmm, isn't that just what we're talking about with the overloaded term


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