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by torgos
Sun May 15, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 13875

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

This has always bothered me: if economics is a scientific and mathematical field, why are we not reaching a consensus on things? Why is there such a divide on nearly every issue? There isn't a huge divide on 'nearly every issue'; it may seem that way because economists' (often personal) disagreemen...
by torgos
Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Places to learn math on the net
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Places to learn math on the net

http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

I found his math tutorials quite useful.
by torgos
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8062

Re: Deficit reduction problem

they make a billion times more because our Highlander-style market freedom allows them to steamroll any would-be competitors. [evidence needed]. And no, a few anecdotes won't work; I'll also surely be able to come up with examples of newer, smaller firms usurping market shares of entrenched, larger...
by torgos
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 902858

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

http://sc2ranks.com/stats/league/all/1/all Above Gold Terran is the least used race, not Zerg. I was assuming the guy was in bronze. Yeah, Bronze... and immediately after posting that I played against 2 zerg in a row. One I beat with hellions, the other beat me with ZERGLING+BANELING SPAM YEAHRER! ...
by torgos
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8062

Re: Deficit reduction problem

When you say "everyone's long term real income", you surely mean aggregate growth? As that's generally what advocates of "trickle down economics" wheel out in arguments. Most measures of economcis growth and indeed of average income are aggregations. You see, the reason people c...
by torgos
Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deficit reduction problem
Replies: 63
Views: 8062

Re: Deficit reduction problem

If nothing else, the consistently widening income gap is proof that trickle down theories don't work-- wealth accrues in pockets and moves more slowly, as any behaviorist would expect. Moreover, the deficit is only one indicator of economic prosperity and far from a nation's main concern. If increa...
by torgos
Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Majoring?
Replies: 22
Views: 3299

Re: Double Majoring?

I'm not saying that econometrics isn't useful- merely that it's very, very boring to learn.
by torgos
Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Majoring?
Replies: 22
Views: 3299

Re: Double Majoring?

TGARCH-M wrote:
or if you like econometrics (very interesting imo),


Now there's a rare sentiment!
by torgos
Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Higher Education Bubble
Replies: 23
Views: 3849

Re: Higher Education Bubble

I'm not sure I believe that many of the firms that require 'unnecessary' credentials require them simply to say that "x of our employees have y credential"; I again would suggest that these sorts of requirements are to easily 'cull' a surfeit of applicants, and will begin to disappear as t...
by torgos
Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jesse Jackson Jr. : Progress Bad
Replies: 56
Views: 4563

Re: Jesse Jackson Jr. : Progress Bad

Long live the Luddites!
by torgos
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Higher Education Bubble
Replies: 23
Views: 3849

Re: Higher Education Bubble

I've started thinking about this and I think the problem is that level of education is considered to be proportional to intelligence. Is it actually not a useful proxy for making assessments of an individual's general intelligence or competence? Yes, I've encountered imbecilic phds and perspicaciou...
by torgos
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Higher Education Bubble
Replies: 23
Views: 3849

Re: Higher Education Bubble

He thinks it’s fundamentally wrong for a society to pin people’s best hope for a better life on something that is by definition exclusionary. “If Harvard were really the best education, if it makes that much of a difference, why not franchise it so more people can attend? Why not create 100 Harvard...
by torgos
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Calc or Stats
Replies: 24
Views: 5540

Re: Calc or Stats

Why not have both? If you move algebra to 8th grade in place of whatever the hell math is taught in 8th grade now, there is plenty of time to take stats and calc in high school. It would certainly be nice to be able to teach both; this may not, however, be feasible. If they have to make a choice be...
by torgos
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Calc or Stats
Replies: 24
Views: 5540

Re: Calc or Stats

I feel that most of the 'general use' topics in statistics(e.g., identifying common, "low-level" fraudulent or misleading uses of statistics) could be effectively taught in a few weeks; after that, there's a quite steep learning curve towards acquiring a "deep" understanding of s...
by torgos
Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 1910's?
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: 1910's?

Highly dubious.
by torgos
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Majoring?
Replies: 22
Views: 3299

Re: Double Majoring?

If he can clear out most gen eds with AP credits, he'll have plenty of credits open to pull off a double major.
by torgos
Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Majoring?
Replies: 22
Views: 3299

Re: Double Majoring?

CS, physics, economics, engineering, statistics, some subsets of biology.
by torgos
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 375931

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

My "non-smart" cell phone has better graphics than the computers on the USS enterprise.
by torgos
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 8117

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

Age:24
Education level: BA economics, minor in mathematics.
Currently: In first year of economics phd; I wish my minor and major had been reversed.
by torgos
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 375931

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Robots that vacuum and wash your floors for you.
by torgos
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Unions Still Relevant?
Replies: 129
Views: 14750

Re: Are Unions Still Relevant?

Again - non-unionised workers drive wages down. Sure, for unionized workers. The existence of 'scabs' willing to work for less(or in worse conditions) suggests that the labor market isn't clearing; would the scabs be taking the jobs if doing so didn't raise their 'effective' wage? *There are plenty...
by torgos
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ sales
Replies: 94
Views: 10888

Re: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ s

This finishes to convince me that organ sale shouldn't be allowed. It would make people much less likely to accept that their organs be given away for free at death, and therefore decrease supply rather than increasing it. What? They can still give their organs away for free if they want to, and in...
by torgos
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ sales
Replies: 94
Views: 10888

Re: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ s

Iran has a legal kidney market; how has it worked out? Relevant paper(which I have not fully read through): http://gsme.sharif.edu/~ffatemi/Research/Kidney_Market-Farshad_Fatemi-11Jan2010.pdf A middle of the road option that sidesteps the usual qualms about selling kidneys is to create a Kidney matc...
by torgos
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gender of Authors
Replies: 60
Views: 7553

Re: Gender of Authors

Well, how many people have read Romeo and Juliet, or Pride and Prejudice, as opposed to seen Duck Soup or Nosferatu? Hell, how many people have even HEARD of Duck Soup or Nosferatu? Well, most people are essentially forced to read 'classic books', but not classic cinema or music. My book collection...
by torgos
Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6549

Re: The Price o' Taxing the Rich

I'm still rather skeptical. I might believe the thing about early retirement, but even then, I, at least, have never heard o' a non-fictional example o' people giving up the opportunity to make ballſweat because o' taxes. For some reason I can no longer find it, but I vaguely remember reading a pap...
by torgos
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Woman Jailed in UAE for Being Raped is Suing
Replies: 67
Views: 5808

Re: Australian Woman Jailed in UAE for Being Raped is Suing

While technically ... with it. This is not the first case of this happening in the UAE. I forget if they were considering newer laws, but boycotting the UAE in order to stop Thor tourism pesos and a goat is the most effective thing possible. That is if you can start the boycott). Instead of juſt di...
by torgos
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Eating healthy while flat broke
Replies: 38
Views: 7983

Re: Eating healthy while flat broke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigler_diet That was pretty interesting to say the least. Although I think that's a little too extreme even for me, it's something to keep in mind. Have to go to the store for a few things today, namely oatmeal, and flour(probably some yeast as well as I'm craving brea...
by torgos
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighing In on the Nolan chart
Replies: 145
Views: 17322

Re: Weighing In on the Nolan chart

But in addition to the politicians who always have agendas, whose arguments always need critical evidence-based examination, I've become suspicious of people like Von Mises. I've heard it said that Mises once stormed out of a forum with other economists after calling them all socialists. This story...
by torgos
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Public school vs Private school vs Home school
Replies: 94
Views: 17116

Re: Public school vs Private school vs Home school

I did a search and couldn't find a topic that covered this. I have read that quite a few people in xkcd would send their children to public school, even if private school were affordable and just as available to them. My question is, what type of school would you send your children to (or did send ...
by torgos
Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looting/civil unrest following a natural disaster
Replies: 37
Views: 6567

Re: Looting/civil unrest following a natural disaster

The following opinion piece takes it one step further and argues japanese social structure encourages and rewards good deeds as well as maintaining strict ordinal figures, which together act as fertile ground for social collectivism to prosper. I'd guess that lack of looting in Japan probably has m...
by torgos
Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 26819

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

Or are you saying that men actually did the jobs better when it was normal for women to earn a tiny fraction of what men did? No; I'm saying that there is no clear reason that changing the amount women are paid should change a company's perception(which may very well be incorrect) of the male emplo...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 274229

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

I generally dislike Hemingway; other than the Old Man and the Sea, all of his novels that I've read pretty much felt like the same novel.
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 274229

Re:

Except for Count of Monte Cristo. In all seriousness, I would call it the best novel ever written. What I remember about the Count of Monte Cristo was thinking about how many of the chapters seemed to only exist because Dumas was being paid by the chapter. And great, now I'm hungry and need to go t...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should I study math?
Replies: 22
Views: 4510

Re: Should I study math?

Thank you all for your post. @Quaternia: You are right! Hardy was very affected, but (un)fortunately he made disappointed me a bit. @greengiant: assumptions can be wrong 8) I am an international student, doing the IB and I have significant experience with number theory through competitions and pers...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 26819

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

I think that's a fairly narrow view. If a school employs five male teachers and five female teachers, to increase the wages of the female teachers it will either need a bigger budget (unlikely) or to reduce the wages of the male teachers. This doesn't have to be direct, they can simply lay-off the ...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 26819

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

and that is why such arguments are ridiculous. if homo-economicus was real then yes. that would work. but it doesn't. Your assumption seems to be the firms and individuals are baffling stupid; I guess you subscribe the "people always make systematically, persistent bad decisions in the face of...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 26819

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

not true, if the raise in women's (aggragate) wages is more than the decrease in men's (aggragate) wages, then the company ends up paying more out in wages as well as women's raises making men's wages decrease. Not that I'd mind that much, women should get paid more equally. Incorrect; any mildly c...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Rapture Will Be This May
Replies: 290
Views: 26542

Re: The Rapture Will Be This May

"It will come like a thief in the night".. Sure, but we've installed motion detectors, night vision cameras, biometric and password locks, minefields and automated gun turrets.... </sarcasm> I suppose the best response is "If it will come like a thief in the night, how is it you know...
by torgos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Rapture Will Be This May
Replies: 290
Views: 26542

Re: The Rapture Will Be This May

Not A Raptor wrote:So, how many times has the Rapture been predicted only to have it pass by unnoticed now?


It has already happened; you are still here to type on the internet because you were not among the chosen for salvation and are amongst the damned for all eterni-OH FUCK.

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