"You seem to think that this suggested change in rules would result in no (meaningful) change in behaviour."
Removing government interference into something that really isnt theirs to interfere with is meaningful. Government should be doing the few things we really need them for. And amusingly as I said the French president seems to agree with me.
"FWIW, I disagree that nothing would change"
Since you have a different interpretation of my comment than I intended we actually both agree there would be change. Instead of having some anal retentive using the weight of government to force sellers how to market their product it would be up to people to market their product as is useful in the market. Something that moves too quick for government (or anyone) to effectively control.
"it seems fairly evident that a certain category of seller would drop metric"
So what? If people dont trust/understand what they are buying they wont buy and the seller changes their ways (or loses out to others). So who cares?
"leaving at least 2 generations of people looking at their pricing and not knowing how much they're going to end up paying."
So you are claiming that 2 generations are too stupid to function in this world and should be wiped out by natural selection? So thick are these people that walking and breathing at the same time may cause injury or death? Amazingly there has been this glorious development called the internet where you can look stuff up, and a lot of people use it on their pocket sized phones!!!! Or shop somewhere you understand the measurement.
It is very insulting to claim people to be so incapable of functioning in this world. We cant bubble wrap people, they will suffocate in there.
"Entered into a computer, built on standards"
Yeah I see why you have a problem. The egg came before the chicken. And falls into a further problem, there can be standards without government weight to dictate them!
"The world is built and operates on standards"
And yet we are discussing some power freak dictating multiple standards must be displayed for their own self pleasure. An interference from government on the little day to day transaction over something that doesnt concern them.
"What you actually mean, is you don't like *this rule* because you associate it with the EU, so lets get rid of it and fuck anyone that didn't grow up with pounds and ounces."
No but it is funny to watch the toys leave the pram. I dont like the rule because its another stupid rule over something the gov shouldnt be enforcing. Yes the EU has form for doing so and also why we have such a dumb rule but the gov can make its own dumb rules too.
The amusement is watching people crying that they or others are too thick to function in this world without nanny government wiping their arses. That suddenly nobody will understand anything because big cuddly government isnt making the bad man convert something for them. Even as we already have a mixed system of imperial and metric which is foreign to those in a completely metric country.