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Comment: Re:What a wonderful unit! (Score 1) 332

by jpapon (#49457425) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
Actually it's even worse than that 178 gallons per capita per day ~ 670 liters. A lot of that is probably due to watering lawns though, something you don't need to do much in the UK I imagine. Swimming pool evaporation is another one you don't have much of.

I wonder where the rest of the difference goes? Less efficient clothes and dish washing machines maybe?

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 2) 173

get back to being a government, not a sociology project.

What does this even mean? Isn't any government a sociology project?

we all see government waste every single day, why would anyone want to give them more money?

Waste is everywhere. In fact, Americans in general are the moste wasteful people in the world. Just look at their energy consumption and refuse production per capita. Just because government is wasteful doesn't mean that we should just abandon it completely. Many of our government services (protection, education, utilities, law enforcement...) we don't have a more efficient alternative for. Yes, you can privatize them, but only at the expense of losing control over them.

Also, private doesn't necessarily mean more efficient. Just look at the US's health care system. It is far less cost-efficient than the public systems of Europe.

Comment: Re:Less Hedonic ahttp://slashdot.orgnd Imputed GDP (Score 1) 417

by jpapon (#49315069) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

Indeed, the reason hedonic and imputed values are added to the GDP - together about $6 trillion - or a spare Japan - is to keep the debt/GDP near 100%.

Or maybe it's because (in the case of imputed) we need to quantify the value of someone owning their home and living in it. Consider that if everyone owned a home, but rented it to someone else (and rented a home for themselves with the proceeds) , you would have the exact same situation as if everyone just lived in their own home. Except that without imputed value the latter would contribute nothing to GDP, while the former would contribute massively.

To remove the (artificial) fluctuations from people switching from ownership to renting, we just calculate it as if everyone was renting.

In the end all that really matters is that you calculate GDP consistently from year to year - and including hedonic and imputed values makes our measurements more consistent. All that matters is the trend.

Comment: Re:Or maybe... (Score 4, Informative) 417

by jpapon (#49313225) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

Of course, given that the US economy is in about as bad a shape as that of Greece (scaled by the population) and for similar reasons, you may be exactly right.

You can't be serious. Greece's debt to gdp ratio is 175% - the USA's is 100%. USA unemployment is 5.5%, Greece's unemployment is 26%. TWENTY SIX PERCENT.

The USA has some economic issues, sure, but comparing them to Greece is just idiotic. Extremely idiotic.

Comment: Re:I don't see how this delivery model can scale.. (Score 3, Informative) 110

by jpapon (#49299805) Attached to: Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service In Baltimore and Miami

1. If I place seven orders a day, I alone have monopolized a driver and his vehicle for an entire work shift if the distribution center is 30 minutes away from me. That's the labor cost and vehicle cost for an entire day that my orders must pay for in "shipping".

Only if there are no other deliveries to be made anywhere near you.

Comment: Re:And when the "default" is the preferred option? (Score 4, Interesting) 127

by jpapon (#49274737) Attached to: Analysis: People Who Use Firefox Or Chrome Make Better Employees
You're missing the point of the analysis (as is this Housman fellow). Which browser is the better choice is irrelevant. The analysis shows that better employees are currently more likely to use Chrome or Firefox. Whether or not Firefox/Chrome are better doesn't matter, all that matters is that, on average, better people use them (according to their measures).

Comment: Re:If this works, everything will change. (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by jpapon (#49256331) Attached to: Self-Driving Car Will Make Trip From San Francisco To New York City

This is consistent with the overall American trend of replacing solid blue-collar jobs with entry-level service type jobs.

I fail to see how trucker is a "solid blue-collar job" while "gas station refueler" is somehow an "entry-level service type job". They're both pretty typical blue collar jobs.

I would say adding a full-service attendant at every truck stop gas station is probably the least complicated and easiest-to-implement part of an automated nation-wide self-driving truck shipping system. You're really focusing on the simplest part of the problem.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann