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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

JebusIsLord Re:Krugman is not an economist. (601 comments)

nothing mysterious - there is no conspiracy here. Economists moved to "core inflation" because things like energy and food are extremely volatile. Inflation should refer to sticky prices, ie things that tend to resist going down again once they go up (or vice versa). Wages are extremely sticky, then things like cars and houses.

Wages are currently flat or even decreasing, while housing prices have clearly decreased. Car prices are pretty flat. There is no significant inflation going on here.

more than 3 years ago
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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

JebusIsLord Re:Krugman is not an economist. (601 comments)

the government doesn't lie about the inflation rate. It is caculated by a multitude of different organizations, both private and public. The reason prices haven't risen despite a 300% rise in monetary base is that we're stuck in a liquidity trap. A bit of inflation would actually be a good thing, because the current malaise is a result of debt (both private and public), and inflation lowers the value of said debt, prompting people and corporations to spend again.

more than 3 years ago
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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

JebusIsLord Re:Krugman is not an economist. (601 comments)

implying that Krugman advocates war or tragedy either illustrates profound stupidity or an intentional misinterpretation of the concepts he was trying to illustrate. Maybe you've been mislabeled a troll simply because your posts are unbelievably naive?

more than 3 years ago
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LoTR Lawsuit Threatens Hobbit Production

JebusIsLord Re:Damn leeches (427 comments)

I am. Inheritence is bullshit. It just perpetuates a lazy aristocracy. I've told my parents to die broke, and I will do the same.

more than 5 years ago
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LoTR Lawsuit Threatens Hobbit Production

JebusIsLord Re:Damn leeches (427 comments)

that's my thought... Christopher could have lent all sorts of help on the first 3 flicks, but instead he just spent his time trying to derail them. Copyright should expire on or shortly after the artist's death. Intellectual property inheritence is even bigger bullshit than intellectual property patents.

more than 5 years ago
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Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

JebusIsLord Re:within the rules doesnt mean its within the rul (895 comments)

So you don't appreciate the social aspects of an MMO. Why exactly are games not an appropriate place for socializing? Clearly you appreciate the social aspects of slashdot.

more than 5 years ago
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Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

JebusIsLord Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (383 comments)

For a populational average, BMI is a valid indicator of body fat percentage because the edge cases should cancel out. For individuals it is not.

They could do a study specifically on body builders though, and compare the results with this study.

more than 5 years ago
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Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

JebusIsLord Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (383 comments)

*sigh* BMI is not "broken". It just measures something other than what you are personally interested in. For a populational average, it is an excellent and accurage measure of relative weight. This study examined mortality in slightly overWEIGHT people. These people will however on average also be over-fat (edge cases cancelling eachother out), so the results are applicable.

more than 5 years ago
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Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

JebusIsLord Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (383 comments)

Exactly. BMI is a perfectly acceptable measure for the purposes of this study. On average, persons with a large BMI are "overweight" (have a high body fat percentage). There are always edge cases (bodybuilders, weaklings) but the result is valid and useful information: Those with a BMI between 25 and 30 live longer.

Those afformentioned body builders and weaklings may want additional research into specifically body fat percentage and mortality rates. This study was only interested in relative weight.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

JebusIsLord Re:marijuana legalization issue was Painful to Wat (709 comments)

I'm not sure why this is flamebait... it is well known that THC reduces your response time. If/when I have driven stoned, i've been real careful, but once I tried to turn into a bus stop which I thought was a driveway.

I don't think legalizing will make the problem worse, however, and I don't think it is nearly the issue that alcohol is.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

JebusIsLord Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (821 comments)

technically devices don't reserve memory, they reserve memory addresses. There are 2^32 addresses in a 32-bit system, which equates to 4GB. Video RAM will take up address space too, so if you have 4GB of RAM in your system some of it will not be addressable. It isn't in USE per se, its just off the map.

That's why moving to 64-bit Windows shows all 4GB.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

JebusIsLord Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (821 comments)

Vista runs fine on a 4 year old machine WITH 4GB of RAM. Its a cheap upgrade.

Shame on MS though for not being honest with the system requirements... if they just sold the 64-bit version by default and said "4GB or more memory recommended" on the box, people would have been a lot happier.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

JebusIsLord Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (821 comments)

I've been evaluating the Win7 RC here at work for a week now, and I can tell yo that I am pretty excited for this release.

Vista suffered from being a major architecture overhaul with few bullet-point features. Windows 7 adds those features, many of which take advantage of the underlying changes from Vista.

XP mode looks to me like it will help us transition our existing (2000+) deployment packages to Win7 slowly, rather than requiring a complete re-certification process. (I'm not 100 on this yet, but so far so good).

Vista improved OS deployment via the WIM format significantly, and Windows 7 adds all sorts of usability tweaks that I think are highly inspired by the iPhone and gestures. It also adds codecs, while stripping out useless cruft like Windows Mail and DVD creator.

Discussing the speed of it in relation to XP is sort of disingenuous... it runs great on modern hardware, and does a lot of things XP will never do.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Rejects Nine Inch Nails iPhone App

JebusIsLord Re:What the hell?! (397 comments)

Great album, but if you're going to quote lyrics, go for the really shocking ones:

I am a big man
(yes I am)
and I have a big gun
got me a big old Dick and I
I like to have fun
held against your forehead
I'll make you suck it
maybe I'll put a hole in your head
you know, just for the fuck of it
I can reduce you if I want
I can devour
I'm hard as fucking steel, and Iâ(TM)ve got the power
I'm every inch a man, and I'll show you somehow
me and my fucking gun
nothing can stop me now
shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot
I'm going to come all over you
me and my fucking gun
me and my fucking gun

Regarding the topic at hand, Apple says they will be taking resubmissions soon, once the app store implements content ratings.

more than 5 years ago
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Classic Books of Science?

JebusIsLord Re:One Resource (451 comments)

They didn't need myths, of course - the church was very busy at the time telling us the earth was the center of the universe, and having anyone who disagreed burned as heretics.

I think the flat-earth thing is a modern meme that spreads simply because it is more entertaining than the truth. "they were sooo stupid back then!"

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

JebusIsLord Re:Hahaha, good one. (1124 comments)

"socialism" doesn't mean what the bulk of americans (ie "you") think it means. Most of Europe, Canada and South America are "socialist". We say "socialism" and you hear "communist dictatorship" which is something completely, completely different.

Sort of like how "liberal" is slanderous to you guys... so weird.

Stop thinking in black & white, flush the cold-war era propaganda from your mind, and you'll find there are some excellent lessons to be learned from a system not driven wholy by greed.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers As They Look Forward To Windows 8

JebusIsLord Re:Yet another new version (386 comments)

A computer guy who doesn't like change, huh? We have a name for you people around the office... Unemployed.

more than 5 years ago

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