The other side of that coin is that it's easier to make mistakes lke dividing by a hundred instead of ten.

Well unless you're innumerate, it's easier to divide by a hundred and get the right answer than it is to divide by 5280 and get the right answer. And if you

*are* innumerate, it's

*still* easier to divide by a hundred and get the right answer than it is to divide by 5280 and get the right answer.

I teach kids on weekends, and it

*is* in fact easier to learn how to move the decimal point than to learn to divide by an arbitrary four-digit number. You're far more likely to screw up doing the latter. Or to forget which arbitrary four-digit number you're meant to be dividing by.

Simpler isn't necessarily better. Every year before Christmas and Father's Day, you see those commercials for supertools that can replace a whole toolbox full of conventional tools. The trouble is that a tool that can be used for everything is seldom really good at any of them.

Arguing by analogy is like using a giraffe as a can-opener.

*Edited by Dr Adequate, : No reason given.*

*Edited by Dr Adequate, : No reason given.*