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Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 144

No, you are still misunderstanding. Gross Domestic Income is equal to Gross Domestic Product by construction (definition). While the change in *my* paycheck may lag or lead changes in GDP, the aggregate income of everybody must exactly match those changes at the exact same time, by definition.

What you may be thinking of is that since the increases that I see in my paycheck are nominal, there is some portion of that change attributable to real growth in income and some portion attributable to inflation. But just like the real price of objects changes (e.g., apples could get more expensive and oranges get cheaper, even though overall inflation is zero, due to actual changes in apple/orange production or changing consumer taste), changes in the real value of my paycheck relative to the real income of others can occur that make it difficult to see what inflation is really doing. If there is overall inflation, and I am not seeing an increase in my paycheck, then somebody else must be seeing that increase in their paycheck/wages/income, or else GDP != GDI which is not possible.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 144

Good inflation is when the cost of goods and services rise, to match in increase of income of the consumers. Bad inflation is when the cost of goods and services rise, at a faster rate then the increase of income of the customers.

In an economic sense, "inflation" is actually only the first, because inflation is where there is a general rise in the cost of all goods and services. But income to a consumer is a cost of good or service to an employer (labor cost). If more people realized that "inflation" doesn't mean that a gallon of milk costs more, it means that you will see a nominal rise in your paycheck, it wouldn't be such a boogeyman.

The source of the confusion was from the 1970's, when you had inflation combined with an oil supply shock, such that the costs of everything was going up, at the same time that the economy became less productive. People think the bad thing was the costs of things going up, when the real problem was that real incomes declined because of the oil shocks - nominal incomes were relatively flat.

Comment Re:Android + QPython3 (Score 1) 207

I am having a lot of fun with pythonista for iOS. It sounds close to what you are talking about - it allows you to write scripts in python but it has its own libraries for the iPhone's display, input, etc. Sadly I don't know of any way to add additional non-standard libraries, but for what it is it's pretty cool.

Comment Re:Windows competitor (Score 1) 139

Chome OS is competition to Windows in the same way a bicycle is competition to an automobile.

What you say is true, but maybe it doesn't make the point that you want it to make. They are both valid means of transportation, so they are in competition. Perhaps you mean to say is that because an automobile is so much faster and can carry more passengers and stuff than a bicycle, that the automobile will win any competition between the two methods of transportation. But different people have different needs at different times. For example, while I use my automobile to go to the supermarket, I take my bike to the train station because there is no place to park.

And I would never let my 11 year old daughter drive a car to school (even if it were legal), but a bike is perfectly fine.

Comment Re:So far removed from anything useful for society (Score 1) 251

The nature of corporations and that they are the primary benefactors of a bad law is always relevant when you're talking about the law.

The kind of firms that engage in HFT could easily be (and often are) set up as partnerships. The firms that are hurt generally have to be set up as corporations. So a law restricting HFT would be a net help to corporations.

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 1) 400

Of course I read that part. However, I have read elsewhere there are problems with the potency of even the current versions of golden rice. So even though I do not believe what is in Wikipedia, I left in the last sentence because I felt that that would be potentially misleading, and not what the wikipedia writer would have wanted someone to quote.

So should I have taken that part out, and been accused of selective editing, or leave it in, and be accused of hypocrisy (or of not reading my own post)? I chose the latter. YMMV

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 2, Informative) 400

Actually it's not a slam dunk. The concentration of vitamin A in golden rice is not high enough in and of itself to solve vitamin A deficiency. From Wikipedia:

The research that led to golden rice was conducted with the goal of helping children who suffer from vitamin A deficiency (VAD). In 2005, 190 million children and 19 million pregnant women, in 122 countries, were estimated to be affected by VAD.[18] VAD is responsible for 1–2 million deaths, 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness and millions of cases of xerophthalmia annually.[19] Children and pregnant women are at highest risk. Vitamin A is supplemented orally and by injection in areas where the diet is deficient in vitamin A. As of 1999, there were 43 countries that had vitamin A supplementation programs for children under 5; in 10 of these countries, two high dose supplements are available per year, which, according to UNICEF, could effectively eliminate VAD.[20] However, UNICEF and a number of NGOs involved in supplementation note more frequent low-dose supplementation should be a goal where feasible.[21] Because many children in countries where there is a dietary deficiency in vitamin A rely on rice as a staple food, the genetic modification to make rice produce the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene is seen as a simple and less expensive alternative to vitamin supplements or an increase in the consumption of green vegetables or animal products. It can be considered as the genetically engineered equivalent of fluoridated water or iodized salt in that it helps to prevent disease, with the exception that fluoride is not an essential nutrient for survival.[22] Initial analyses of the potential nutritional benefits of golden rice suggested consumption of golden rice would not eliminate the problems of vitamin A deficiency, but should be seen as a complement to other methods of vitamin A supplementation.[23][24] Since then, improved strains of golden rice have been developed containing sufficient provitamin A to provide the entire dietary requirement of this nutrient to people who eat about 75g of golden rice per day.[4]

Comment Re:Oh, just great ... (Score 1) 247

Screw you and your cross marketing opportunities.

Well what do you expect with an operating system in the hands of an advertising company? Next up..."Alert: Doctor's appointment at 2:00. This reminder brought to you by Johnson and Johnson"

Comment Re:No one to blame but themselves (Score 1) 208

You are correct, I don't run a 501c3. But in another life I worked on the calculation of tax deductibility for (among other entities) several 501c9's so I have a pretty good idea about how complex tax rules for nfp's can be, and how someone whose business is something other than filling out IRS paperwork can fail to have the information necessary to fill out a 990. The "Oh crap, can you help us recreate the last 3 year's books?" scenario, while rare, does occasionally happen.

Comment Re: No one to blame but themselves (Score 1) 208

I'll drop the tinfoil hat when the government stops spying on me (oops, I mean collecting my metadata) and IRS employees enforce the rules evenhandedly to all types of organizations. 2 years ago I would have thought this position was crazy too, but given all of the stuff that has come out recently, I think that the a priori assumption should be that the government is abusing its power and it should have to show that it is not. For example, if the IRS came out with a statement that said "We looked at a sample of 10,000 registered 501c3's, and found that 53 of them had not filed a return in the last 2 years. We revoked the 501c3 status on 51 of them, and are looking into assertions by 2 of them that they did file and we [the IRS] must have lost them." I'd look upon this action a lot more favorably.

Comment Re:No one to blame but themselves (Score 1, Insightful) 208

The problem is that the rules are phenomenally complex. It's easy to say that they should have just followed the rules, but IRS rules are a serious PITA to satisfy. It is quite likely that no matter what Xorg had done, the IRS could have found some error in their compliance that would enable them to revoke 501c3 status.

So the real issue is that by making it so hard to comply with the rules, regulations, and laws, it raises the question of whether the government is using "selective enforcement" to punish people, organizations, and views that they don't like. Did this happen because of a general review of nonprofits, in which case this was a simple case of good enforcement, or are "hackers" being targeted by the government (for lots of reasons, e.g. resistance to NSA monitoring), and any one of a number of technical violations would have led to the IRS' actions? In that way it is similar to the Aaron Schwartz case, and is something that should be noted, if not actively resisted.

Comment Re:Don't wanna be first... (Score 1) 282

this isn't the grossest perversion of the language that I've seen.

The worst I know of is the fact that the prefix 'in-' means "not" or "the opposite of" and "flammable" means easily set on fire. So therefore, "inflammable" must mean "not easily set on fire." As in, "Don't worry about accidentally burning the house down, I coated the walls of the fireplace with inflammable material"

However, the "literally" thing is probably the most annoying perversion of the language.

Comment Re:A cynic's view (Score 1) 637

but since they weren't there when it was written nobody would prosecute them for it

...but if they authorize the re-write, they could be held responsible for getting it right (especially if they don't use HIPAA-compliant encryption TM). Kind of the epilogue to an "I'll be gone, you'll be gone" strategy. As you point out, the main position of the typical middle manager is CYA, whether warranted or not.

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