Nope, kitten fucked with the metric (with my wholehearted approval) because some people are BAD and get what APPEAR to be good results from it. Somehow I doubt daki or mailland care to much about this update.
I'm not sure where you got the idea that anyone is truly responsible for it's care, it's a volunteer position that pays only in shit sandwiches and headaches. Anyone who uses it is being well cared for, those who misused it are being fucked with RIGHT NOW.
Good on ya about work in the applied math sector though, it's a good solid field. I think if you do well to try to deepen your appreciation for the tenuous relationship between numbers and the realities they attempt to describe, because fundamentally that's what's gone wrong with you (plural, general) and WN8