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charlieg wrote:
I'm thinking of the Mars Climate Orbiter that lawn darted due to a units conversion issue.
A less known story of a similar kind: In its infancy in the late 1960s, the Norwegian computer manufacturer Norsk Data started buying standard 19" power supplies, and tried to build their own 19" racks. They ended up as being rather roomy, the power supplies almost fell down.

It was tracked down to the mechanics having calculated the metric equivalent of 19" on the old Norwegian inch of 25.6 mm, rather than the American 25.4 mm inch. 19 times 0.2 mm = 3.8 mm. Not terribly much extra, but enough to require some extra care for the power supplies to be securely fastened.

(According to Wikipedia, the SI inch definition of 25.4 mm was almost ten years old at the time, but it takes much more than ten years to change tooling and conversion factors. (And I am not going to bring up metrication in the US of A to prove my point.))
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