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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 816

by Quantum gravity (#46764801) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
According to the Democracy Index which attempts to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, Norway comes up on top as the most democratic country in the world, followed by Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. Australia is in 6th place and the US comes in at 21. North Korea is (no surprise here) at the bottom and Russia was recently downgraded to an authoritarian regime.

Comment: Agree (Score 2) 237

I agree. The consequence of odd fonts and excessive padding is less information per page, and you end up scrolling a lot more than with the old design. Another con:
- I find gray text slightly harder to read. Why is text gray and not black? Probably to distinguish a comment from its title which is black.

Comment: Re:I wish they'd stop fucking with the layout (Score 1) 153

by Quantum gravity (#45378197) Attached to: Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release
You do realize that you can close the find bar by pressing the Esc key, and that search next/previous is available as F3/shift-F3 or ctrl-G/shift-ctrl-G. It's a matter of taste, but I think the new search bar is an improvement. And that the find bar is now local for a single tab is more logical, IMHO.

Comment: Just my 2 cents. (Score 1) 1191

by Quantum gravity (#45008471) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
There are some nice improvements but I prefer to be able to view all recent stories on the main page by scrolling a little bit, which works great with old design because it doesn't have a fixed width. Also I don't like the new fonts because the appear to take more space. And I miss the ability to filter the comments. Previously one could filter to only see, for instance, the insightful comments, or easily decide to view the -1 comments or not. Those controls are no longer available. Please remove the fixed width and bring back the old fonts. And consider making the images on the front page somewhat smaller.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 238

by Quantum gravity (#44317801) Attached to: The CIA Wants To Know How To Control the Climate
Sherry piking? Sure, but I was replying to the parent's message "Western European Country with the lowest population density". And yes its hard to make simple comparisons. For instance I think that transportation is just responsible for about 30% of the total energy consumption in the EU, and then one should probably factor in differences in climate and so on.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 238

by Quantum gravity (#44316775) Attached to: The CIA Wants To Know How To Control the Climate
You have a point in that Europe has a higher population density than the US, but some European countries are less actually less dens.

Country Density Carbon efficiency
- - - - -
USA 35 pop/km2 1.77 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Sweden 23 pop/km2 0.7 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Norway 16 pop/km2 0.74 CO2 emissions/$ GDP

That said Sweden and Norway probably have an advantage in having plenty of waterpower.

Comment: Re:First Time (Score 1) 639

The problem is that is does not get paid back.

Sure it can be. The debt as a percentage of GDP decreased under both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. I don't live in the US anymore, though I did, but in my country of residence the national dept was near 80% in 1995. At the end 2010 it had been reduced to about 35%.

I think Keynesian economics is a whole lots snake oil myself but I will concede we don't have a good test lab for it.

It is the dominant economic theory today. "We are all Keynesians now." -- Milton Friedman

The root of all inflation really is government debt.

Inflation can be caused by an overly large money supply, but is more commonly caused a larger demand than supply for goods and services.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson