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Comment: Re:Krugman is not an economist. (Score 1) 601

by JebusIsLord (#37355736) Attached to: Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

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.

Comment: Re:Krugman is not an economist. (Score 1) 601

by JebusIsLord (#37346628) Attached to: Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

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.

Comment: Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (Score 1) 383

by JebusIsLord (#28520031) Attached to: Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

*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.

Comment: Re:BMI Is not a Good Measure (Score 1) 383

by JebusIsLord (#28519817) Attached to: Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

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.

Comment: Re:marijuana legalization issue was Painful to Wat (Score 2, Informative) 709

by JebusIsLord (#28196777) Attached to: Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

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.

Comment: Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (Score 1) 821

by JebusIsLord (#27862111) Attached to: Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

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.

Comment: Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (Score 1) 821

by JebusIsLord (#27861993) Attached to: Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

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.

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