15 December 2009
What was strikng when they first put the tabs up is the way they mentioned km/h as KPH in the tab, annd weather reports and forcasts.
As you know, at the moment it's an icebox in London, so I went on the BBC to check the weather... I discovered that now, in weather reports, wind speed is written km/h, rather than the ghastly KPH thing, however the button that one uses to toggle inbetween ... is still the same (see image below).
Thank God for small mercies... hopefully in future, they'll do away with mph and Fahrenheit...does anyone actually USE fahrenheit anyway?
27 October 2009
21 September 2009
2. The km/h sign is not stand-alone. It is below a sign stating the speed limit in MPH (15 MPH)
3. The km/h speed sign shows uses the horrible kph abbreviation, rather than the the standardised symbol (km/h)
07 August 2009
29 May 2009
But I don't care about miles per gallon...
in civilised terms, fuel consumption is measured in litres per 100 kilometres. (L/100km)
is this really practical?
Most British car adverts show fuel consumption in L/100km (unfortunately most times in brackets and in small print).
but why not kilometres per litre? (km/L)
personally, I think km/L is simpler to get to grips with, and more practical because you know that you'll drive y km using x L of petrol at a given fuel consumption.
(y/x km/L). eg. 6 km on 2 litres of petrol at 3km/L!
using L/100km is not as practical!
so why make life more difficult?
sure many people would rather switch to km/L rather than L/100km!
why not use km/L ?
...they do in Latin America and Japan!
23 May 2009
In the mean time i'll just moan about the notation of km/h again..
I was reading through one of my textbooks today and there was a question stating:
"suppose an advertisement for a new model of car states that it does an average of 12 kilometres per litre (kpl)at a speed of 80kph..."
You'd think that a university text book author at least would have the intellect to get it right?
Kilometres per litre, although not the most widely accepted metric form of measuring fuel consumptution (the more common one is L/100km) is a correct and accepted form, however why kpl?
quite clearly km/l (or km/L) clearly!
and again this kph rubbish... it's km/h for crying out loud!
maybe getting rid of rubbish like miles per gallon and miles per hour would help the situation?
speaking of which, who uses the gallon anyway?
01 April 2009
Why, Unlike the Rest of the Civilised World, has the United Kingdom not Adopted Metric Road Signs?
I'd also like to make a special thanks to Derek Pollard of the UKMA for providing me with information regarding this report!
25 March 2009
The question above, was one that i chose for one of the pieces of coursework, and i'm going to post it on the blog, hopefully by tomorrow, or even sooner if i can convert it to PDF format as soon as possible.
I think many of you may find it interesting!
11 March 2009
First sample from their article:
"Distances in kms rather than miles" - all sensible people should know by now that you never write kms. what crap is that? km! full stop... but it gets worse...
Sample # 2
"Speed limits in Kph rather than Mph" - Kph? Are you telling me that the Automobile Association are that incompetent that they don't know how to properly write kilometres per hour... km/h? [nobody cares how miles/h mph Mph M.P.H... or whatever you want to put is written]
But this one is the KILLER!
"Fuel consumption in Km/100litres"- the minor thing wrong with this is that it's km not Km obviously.. but I'm appauled bu the fact that the AA are saying that metric fuel consumption is measured in km/100L... This is a new level of stupid! We all know it's L/100km, so what the hell are the AA on about? I mean common sense... who's going to put 100L of petrol in their car in the first place?
How could the AA be so horribly wrong?
The imperial "system" really does make people stupid...
You can read the aricle here!
15 February 2009
or would mileage just be quoted in kilometres? "10 000 km annual mileage allowance"?
11 January 2009
If people don't understand the metre, let them learn!
We really don't need to 'dumb down' metric units for people, or there'll never be any progress in relation to full metrication! The best way to learn something is by full immersion.
(image taken from the UKMA website)
01 January 2009
a) Accuracy.. height in feet and inches is not as accurate as height in cm or(metres to two decimal places.) Also, weight in kg is more accurate because you can say,for example 72.3kg, but with stones and pounds, the smallest unit you can use is the pound.