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Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Calski » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:17 pm UTC

Google translate can translate a whole web page from one language to another. I want something that dose the same for measurements. It takes a web page in imperial and "translates" it into metric. I have searched some on the net but been unable to find a program that dose this. Why? Is it harder to do than translate languages? Have no one else felt a need for this type of service?
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby kaimason1 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

There are fairly simple conversion calculators online, and translate functions for something that specific would have to be much more complicated than g translate and a conversion calculator combined. It's not that hard to do it semi-manually by just plugging the numbers into a calculator, so there isn't any demand for something like that.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Kang » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:51 pm UTC

Generally everyone who has a use for that can probably just do it by him- or herself. If you can't be bothered you can also just enter it into the normal google search bar (e.g.: «200 m in ft»).
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Fighting Lettuce » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

Stop using imperial units, dammit!
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Soralin » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:22 pm UTC

Yeah, a naive translator might end up with a few problems, like "I have 2 feet and 2 hands" becoming "I have 0.6096 meters and 0.2302 meters". Or stuff that would end up seeming overly precise like "give them an inch and they'll take a mile" becoming "Give them 25.4 mm and they'll take 1.609344 km".
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Ptolom » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:00 pm UTC

And stop using decimal units while you're at it. Cool people measure their journeys in Kibimetres.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Kang » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:32 pm UTC

Fighting Lettuce wrote:Stop using imperial units, dammit!

I deliberately use them at times. Just to annoy people.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby kaimason1 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:44 pm UTC

Kang wrote:
Fighting Lettuce wrote:Stop using imperial units, dammit!

I deliberately use them at times. Just to annoy people.

Listen: I hate you. If only because I am extremely annoyed by imperial units
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby mercutio_stencil » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:33 am UTC

How do you feel about Avoirdupois units? No unit is quite as cool as a dram.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby 2.71828183 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:31 am UTC

I had a Firefox add-on that did that once upon a time. (Sorry, don't remember what it's called.) I quit using it because it was pretty spotty in what it would actually detect, and it's typically easier just to type the conversion I'm interested in into the Google bar and hit enter. I'm sure you could find it if you searched Firefox add-ons, though.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:49 am UTC

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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:54 am UTC

Possibly?

As a test, I punched in 17 feet to both Wolfie and the Googles. Google just spit back "17 feet = 5.1816 meters" and then the usual crapload of results I haven't even looked at.

Wolfie though about it and took 2-3 seconds to give me - among other things - 3 different unit conversions : Yards, Meters, and cm. Meters and cm is... pretty damn redundant.

That said, 17 feet is easy. Other things may not be.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:09 am UTC

Fighting Lettuce wrote:Stop using imperial units, dammit!


No, because 100 mph is awesome and a pint of beer is the perfect unit amount.

100 kph is just boring, slow highway speeds, and a liter of beer is too much, as it gets warm before you finish it. And then a second liter makes you just have to piss all night long.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:11 am UTC

.....

I'm flabbergasted. 15.7 cu. liters of flabber that's been gasted.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:13 am UTC

gorcee wrote:
Fighting Lettuce wrote:Stop using imperial units, dammit!


No, because 100 mph is awesome and a pint of beer is the perfect unit amount.

100 kph is just boring, slow highway speeds, and a liter of beer is too much, as it gets warm before you finish it. And then a second liter makes you just have to piss all night long.


Ah, but the SI is m/s, and 100 m/s is much faster than 100 mph.

SecondTalon wrote:.....

I'm flabbergasted. 15.7 cu. liters of flabber that's been gasted.


Cubic litres? What did you do to get that?!
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:16 am UTC

yurell wrote:
gorcee wrote:
Fighting Lettuce wrote:Stop using imperial units, dammit!


No, because 100 mph is awesome and a pint of beer is the perfect unit amount.

100 kph is just boring, slow highway speeds, and a liter of beer is too much, as it gets warm before you finish it. And then a second liter makes you just have to piss all night long.


Ah, but the SI is m/s, and 100 m/s is much faster than 100 mph.


Yes but ordinary people don't use m/s for very many everyday life things.

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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:19 am UTC

yurell wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:.....

I'm flabbergasted. 15.7 cu. liters of flabber that's been gasted.


Cubic litres? What did you do to get that?!
I read the post before it.

Mixing measurements like that, as if they're equivelent.. like bitching that you'd rather drink 100 cl of fluid because a gallon is too much, and that 50kph is a reasonable speed in a neighborhood but Mach 1 is goddamn dangerous.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:23 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
yurell wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:.....

I'm flabbergasted. 15.7 cu. liters of flabber that's been gasted.


Cubic litres? What did you do to get that?!
I read the post before it.

Mixing measurements like that, as if they're equivelent.. like bitching that you'd rather drink 100 cl of fluid because a gallon is too much, and that 50kph is a reasonable speed in a neighborhood but Mach 1 is goddamn dangerous.


1.) I don't follow
2.) Mach is dimensionless. It's a multiplier.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:23 am UTC

gorcee, I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek, as I gathered you were since such comparisons are otherwise silly ^_-

SecondTalon, mean culpa, I just got rather mixed up because of abbreviations, I thought cu. meant 'cubic' (cubic litres being volume in nine spatial dimensions)

gorcee wrote:2.) Mach is dimensionless. It's a multiplier.


Mach 1 is a speed, kph is a speed, I believe that's the comparison she's making.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:27 am UTC

100 of one scale is not going to be 100 of a different scale as that's the entire point of there being two different scales.

Discounting one because it's nice numbers don't fit like the do on another scale gasts my flabber.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:27 am UTC

yurell wrote:gorcee, I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek, as I gathered you were since such comparisons are otherwise silly ^_-

SexyTalon, mean culpa, I just got rather mixed up because of abbreviations, I thought cu. meant 'cubic' (cubic litres being volume in nine spatial dimensions)

gorcee wrote:2.) Mach is dimensionless. It's a multiplier.


Mach 1 is a speed, kph is a speed, I believe that's the comparison she's making.


Yeah, I was being silly a bit. I just had no idea what the cu. liters thing was in reference to. Or the followup post, as it were.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:33 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:100 of one scale is not going to be 100 of a different scale as that's the entire point of there being two different scales.

Discounting one because it's nice numbers don't fit like the do on another scale gasts my flabber.


Why wouldn't it? Units aren't just used by specialists.

A pint has survived as a thing not just because it's an eighth of a gallon, but also because by itself it's a pretty useful quantity. As in, for beer, at a pub.

Our experiences have formed to standards that were established before us. So, go ahead, and switch to all metric if you'd like. People aren't going to start ordering 0.47 liters of beer. And they're not going to start saying "man, I bet I can get this car up to 160.9 kph!"

I'm not saying that we should discount metric. I'm just saying that we're not gonna stop using Imperial, simply because of cultural factors like those.

(though, we could probably transition to half-liters of beer no problem).
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:39 am UTC

gorcee wrote:Our experiences have formed to standards that were established before us. So, go ahead, and switch to all metric if you'd like. People aren't going to start ordering 0.47 liters of beer. And they're not going to start saying "man, I bet I can get this car up to 160.9 kph!"


You do realise we have standard glass sizes, right? And that there exist units for measuring volume other than litres (the one most common used is mL)?
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Essah » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:00 am UTC

google has a built in translater thats really simple to use, works for both valuta as well as measurement units. simple type it into the search bar in the correct syntax
syntax is:

[amount] [unit] in [amount] [unit]

for example

100 m in nm / 100 meters in nautical miles

300 € in £ / 300 euro in gbp
700 dkk in $ / 700 dkk in usd

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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Steax » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:40 am UTC

gorcee wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:100 of one scale is not going to be 100 of a different scale as that's the entire point of there being two different scales.

Discounting one because it's nice numbers don't fit like the do on another scale gasts my flabber.


Why wouldn't it? Units aren't just used by specialists.

A pint has survived as a thing not just because it's an eighth of a gallon, but also because by itself it's a pretty useful quantity. As in, for beer, at a pub.

Our experiences have formed to standards that were established before us. So, go ahead, and switch to all metric if you'd like. People aren't going to start ordering 0.47 liters of beer. And they're not going to start saying "man, I bet I can get this car up to 160.9 kph!"

I'm not saying that we should discount metric. I'm just saying that we're not gonna stop using Imperial, simply because of cultural factors like those.

(though, we could probably transition to half-liters of beer no problem).


I can't help but feel you're cherrypicking here. People will never order 0.47 liters of beer in the same way they don't order 1.21 pints of it. It'll transition to half a beer, like you said. 160.9kph will just go to 160kph.

And since I'm a water-drinker and not a beer-drinker, the standard 1,5 liter bottle size is perfectly fine. Just saying that it's, indeed, purely cultural.

To answer the question, yes, go use normal google search.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby fizzgig » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:09 am UTC

Personally, I quite regularly order 0.29L or 0.43L of beer. Only I call it a pot or a schooner. I have no idea if either of those words is actually a standard measurement, and I actually had to look up how big they were.

And I run into trouble whenever I order a pot in Canberra though, because apparently they're called middies here, so I usually just call it the size of beer that means I can still drive my car after I drink it.

In the spirit of fairness though, I also order beer in pints. But it's pretty meaningless as a measurement to me for anything other than beer.

And I never drive my car at 100mph or 160km/hr.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:17 am UTC

fizzgig wrote:Personally, I quite regularly order 0.29L or 0.43L of beer. Only I call it a pot or a schooner. I have no idea if either of those words is actually a standard measurement, and I actually had to look up how big they were.


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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby M.C. » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:24 am UTC

Ptolom wrote:And stop using decimal units while you're at it. Cool people measure their journeys in Kibimetres.


I find it hilarious that this post is now the fourth hit on Google for "Kibimetres".
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:42 pm UTC

yurell wrote:
gorcee wrote:Our experiences have formed to standards that were established before us. So, go ahead, and switch to all metric if you'd like. People aren't going to start ordering 0.47 liters of beer. And they're not going to start saying "man, I bet I can get this car up to 160.9 kph!"


You do realise we have standard glass sizes, right? And that there exist units for measuring volume other than litres (the one most common used is mL)?


Yes, like pint glasses!

Perfect, perfect pint glasses for delivering tasty beer.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:04 pm UTC

1 US pint = 0.473176473 litres

1 Pint glass = 0.57 litres (2mL more than an Imperial Pint, though)

So not at all the same.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Obby » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:54 pm UTC

yurell wrote:1 US pint = 0.473176473 litres

1 Pint glass = 0.57 litres (2mL more than an Imperial Pint, though)

So not at all the same.


All that means to me is more beer in my belly.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:03 pm UTC

yurell wrote:1 US pint = 0.473176473 litres

1 Pint glass = 0.57 litres (2mL more than an Imperial Pint, though)

So not at all the same.


Ah, but your beerology fails.

A proper pint glass is larger than a pint to accommodate the head.

Also, corollary to this, glassmakers have apparently forgotten this, and it is actually exceedingly difficult to find proper pint glasses these days. Everything is sized for just about exactly 16 fl oz.

You can tell by popping a can of cheap beer and pouring it poorly. If it, a 12oz can, with head, fills the glass, it's not a proper pint glass.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby yurell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:10 pm UTC

2mL does not a head make.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:18 pm UTC

gorcee wrote:
yurell wrote:1 US pint = 0.473176473 litres

1 Pint glass = 0.57 litres (2mL more than an Imperial Pint, though)

So not at all the same.


Ah, but your beerology fails.

A proper pint glass is larger than a pint to accommodate the head.

Also, corollary to this, glassmakers have apparently forgotten this, and it is actually exceedingly difficult to find proper pint glasses these days. Everything is sized for just about exactly 16 fl oz.

You can tell by popping a can of cheap beer and pouring it poorly. If it, a 12oz can, with head, fills the glass, it's not a proper pint glass.
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So what you're telling me is that there's not two, but THREE different pints.

Yeah, that's way more sensible than liters.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:22 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
gorcee wrote:
yurell wrote:1 US pint = 0.473176473 litres

1 Pint glass = 0.57 litres (2mL more than an Imperial Pint, though)

So not at all the same.


Ah, but your beerology fails.

A proper pint glass is larger than a pint to accommodate the head.

Also, corollary to this, glassmakers have apparently forgotten this, and it is actually exceedingly difficult to find proper pint glasses these days. Everything is sized for just about exactly 16 fl oz.

You can tell by popping a can of cheap beer and pouring it poorly. If it, a 12oz can, with head, fills the glass, it's not a proper pint glass.
...
So what you're telling me is that there's not two, but THREE different pints.

Yeah, that's way more sensible than liters.


No, there's one pint.

And a different pint for people with hats.

And then a pint glass, which is not a pint, and is sized to accommodate a proper pint of beer plus head. Or, just beer without head, for people with hats.

(the actual difference is more closely related to the difference between US and Imperial Fluid Ounces).
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:27 pm UTC

It all makes more sense once you've had a couple pints.

Our a couple and a half of the other pints.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Steax » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:46 pm UTC

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I think I lost my faith in Google.

Okay, what is it with those freakish fluid ounces? Also, these weird imperial units leave me uneasy whenever doing conversions. I saw this sign for a bag of take-as-many-as-you-want gummy bears saying "$1 per ounce", and then separate, pre-packaged bags with a net weight of "1.5 oz" and costs "30 cents". (Currency converted to dollars, roughly.) The difference made me do a double-take and wondered about how many ounces that would actually mean.

I now see why google hasn't always implemented these properly.

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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:35 pm UTC

gorcee wrote:I'm just saying that we're not gonna stop using Imperial, simply because of cultural factors like those.
Exactly. Which is why you surely know your weight in drams, right? Also, you know how many drams are in an ounce of fluid? And you could tell me how many leagues and furlongs between you and the nearest apothecary?

I mean, I also think the USCS and imperial systems (which aren't quite the same) have their charms, and will occasionally use them in discussions like this out of spite (kind of like how I'll say "I could care less" precisely because people are likely to complain). But that doesn't mean I'll overlook someone making *bad* arguments in their favor.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby Kang » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:41 pm UTC

The point is: when people around you know them and they happen to be useful for the questions at hand there is no harm in using them at all.
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Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Postby gorcee » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:54 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
gorcee wrote:I'm just saying that we're not gonna stop using Imperial, simply because of cultural factors like those.
Exactly. Which is why you surely know your weight in drams, right? Also, you know how many drams are in an ounce of fluid? And you could tell me how many leagues and furlongs between you and the nearest apothecary?

I mean, I also think the USCS and imperial systems (which aren't quite the same) have their charms, and will occasionally use them in discussions like this out of spite (kind of like how I'll say "I could care less" precisely because people are likely to complain). But that doesn't mean I'll overlook someone making *bad* arguments in their favor.


No but I know it in pounds, and I know the distance in miles. Committing to one set of units for some situations does not compel you to using every available unit in the system.
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