It works reasonably well -- an electric clock designed for 50 Hz [i.e., a
metric-electric :-) ] run on a 60 Hz system [60/50=1.2000] measures in
micro-fortnights [14*24*60*60/1000000=1.2096] with just 0.8% error.
From: Tony Jeffree [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 6:22 PM
To: Jim Carlo
Subject: Re: Metric
I see that your note does not cover the metric-ization of time. I
understand thet the metric replacement for the second is the
micro-fortnight - is this correct? ;-)
At 17:12 22/10/99 -0500, Jim Carlo wrote:
>Note policy below:
> METRIC POLICY: After 1 Jan 2000, proposed new standards and revised
>standards submitted for approval will use metric units exclusively in the
>normative portions of the standard. Authoritative and detailed guidance for
>use of the metric system is found in IEEE/ASTM Standard SI 10.
> There are three exceptions allowed in the policy statement: (1)
>products that are specified in non-metric trade sizes, such as the AWG wire
>series or inch-based fasteners; (2) cases, such as plugs and sockets, where
>a mechanical fit to an inch-based product is required; and (3) metric
>products need not be substituted for inch-based products.
> According to Bruce Barrow, Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating
>Committee 14 (Quantities, Units, and Letter Symbols), this stage will
>transition as easily as Stage I (include metric units in standards) and
>Stage II (metric units given preferred status).
> For assistance, contact Barrow at "MailTo:firstname.lastname@example.org".
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