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Comment: Re:Less Hedonic ahttp://slashdot.orgnd Imputed GDP (Score 1) 413

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) 413

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.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 609

by jpapon (#49234539) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

It would settle the issue very quickly. What is the problem? That some investigator will see her talking about personal matters? What could possibly be that private?

Are you joking? Think about how heavily scrutinized her personal emails would be. Anyone running against her could take comments completely out of context and absolutely destroy her in attack ads.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 609

by jpapon (#49233539) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

Given that there are gaps of MONTHS in the records she provided there is no way that she didn't unless she didn't send a government email despite being the head of the state department for months.

This actually isn't that unlikely. Many politicians don't use email at all for government business, exactly for this reason (it all gets preserved).

Honestly, this preserving all emails is rather stupid to begin with. We don't preserve other communication media completely, I see no reason why email should somehow be special. It just forces politicians to use private accounts or not use email at all.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 609

by jpapon (#49233479) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

Because she self hosted her own email there is no such third party and we have to "trust" that she didn't delete government emails.

Not really. If she sent them to someone else's government email address, then they would still be preserved. Of course, if she sent an email to someones private email address then that would be lost... but I don't think you would have access to that email anyway, as it would just be an email between two private email accounts.

With your bare hands?!?