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  1. Comment on Landlords across America are bracing for a wave of rent defaults in ~life

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    Do you have numbers on that? Because Vacancy Rates in Cities in the industrialized world that also have high rents are usually lower than 2%, making the claim "rents are up because people leave...

    like New York, where the vacancy rate on commercial properties was super high because the landlords weren't willing to sign leases at rates that businesses could function

    Do you have numbers on that? Because Vacancy Rates in Cities in the industrialized world that also have high rents are usually lower than 2%, making the claim "rents are up because people leave their units empty" not very likely to be true

  2. Comment on Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing in ~tech

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    Well, whats wrong with "decentralized approach"?

    Well, whats wrong with "decentralized approach"?

  3. Comment on Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing in ~tech

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    Apple-Google approach is a bit misleading since it implies that they provide the system. They just provide the Interface to exchange the messages that are needed for most decentralized systems,...

    Apple-Google approach is a bit misleading since it implies that they provide the system.
    They just provide the Interface to exchange the messages that are needed for most decentralized systems, the implementation and the details are still up to the government.

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  4. Comment on India and Pakistan: a continuing story in ~humanities

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    I'm pretty amazed to see, that a channel, that I had written off as another channel of the alt-right a couple of years ago, started to produce reasonably well researched videos and applies the...

    I'm pretty amazed to see, that a channel, that I had written off as another channel of the alt-right a couple of years ago, started to produce reasonably well researched videos and applies the same principles, upon which he criticized islam and SJWs, to the alt-right and other areas.

    I'm pretty glad I was wrong, although I think that being doxxed by other alt-right Youtubers kinda makes you reflect a bit more about who you want to appeal to.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's the education system like in your country? in ~talk

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    Very good explanation, but I'd add that education is mostly a responsibility of the state, so there are quite a lot of variations regarding the structure of the primary education. In some states...

    Very good explanation, but I'd add that education is mostly a responsibility of the state, so there are quite a lot of variations regarding the structure of the primary education. In some states like Berlin Gymnasium/Realschule etc. start with grade 7, in some states gymnasium is always till 13, in some only till 12, and if you look at the dual education system it gets even messier with many people getting their qualification for university as part of their trade school program.

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  6. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    lmao, non of these are assumptions that are actually held in academic econ. They might be teached in econ 101 classes because it makes some things easier to understand, in some cases it might be a...

    lmao, non of these are assumptions that are actually held in academic econ.
    They might be teached in econ 101 classes because it makes some things easier to understand, in some cases it might be a acceptable approximation, but it's definitely not what is actually believed to be true.

    Conflation of money with utility and then utility with welfare is an especially pernicious one.

    Where did you get this one?

    Rational actor assumption

    You've ever heard of game theory? Or microeconomics in general?
    The rational actor assumption is one of the dumbest strawmens about econ

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    lol robert skidelsky is a historian. Writing a three part biography about Keynes isn't an academic qualification. This dude has never written a scientific paper in his whole life, not even in any...

    lol robert skidelsky is a historian. Writing a three part biography about Keynes isn't an academic qualification. This dude has never written a scientific paper in his whole life, not even in any other social science.

    graeber is well respected for his work in anthropology, but I've never seen him being credited as a good economist by any other redeemed figure in academic econ

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    For example?

    lousy with lazy assumptions

    For example?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    No one has a problem with alternating views on society or econ. Krugman is a well respected economist. But If you come up with a new theory of gravity you have to show real world data making it...

    No one has a problem with alternating views on society or econ. Krugman is a well respected economist. But If you come up with a new theory of gravity you have to show real world data making it likely that your model is superior than the already existing ones. And MMTlers don't do that, the just insist that they are right and 150 years of research are wrong

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  10. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    Well, they do. Have you ever read an econ paper? I mean, how am I supposed to prove you wrong? Link you a batch of econ papers? Also, do you even know what scientific methods are? Experiments are...

    Well, they do.
    Have you ever read an econ paper?
    I mean, how am I supposed to prove you wrong? Link you a batch of econ papers?
    Also, do you even know what scientific methods are?
    Experiments are definitely one method viable to biologist or chemists, but for fields like psychology, epidemiology or econ. You can't simply create to separate countries with separate economies, give them different starting parameters and then examine what happens.
    You rather have to make case studies, examine data already present and try to find correlations that are likely to be true under the given data set.

    ALL statements in econ are only true with a certain probability, like all other statements in other sciences.
    I get that people often forget that, and for sure, some economists take themselves a bit to serious, but that's it. Just because sciences advances, scientific consensus shifts, old ideas that were believed to be definitely true turn out to be false (like the idea that Minimum wage lowers employment levels ), doesn't mean you should replace an entire science with bullshit backed up by nothing but hot air and wild dreams.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    While I agree with you, I feel heavily insulted by the shear stupidity that some people put out into the public with the assertiveness of a nobel price winner. I have by no means an academic...

    While I agree with you, I feel heavily insulted by the shear stupidity that some people put out into the public with the assertiveness of a nobel price winner. I have by no means an academic background in econ, but before I spill out something into the public, I at least try do to some research. And if I don't know enough about something, I keep my mouth shut so that people that know more than me can have a more constructive dialog.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    There lies the problem. He's probably a great anthropologist, but he's as good in econ as most economists are good in anthropology. Also, being a professor at a university that has "economics" in...

    Professor of Anthropology

    There lies the problem. He's probably a great anthropologist, but he's as good in econ as most economists are good in anthropology. Also, being a professor at a university that has "economics" in it's name doesn't mean you understand economics.

    Also, MMT has been thoroughly debunked by numerous economists, I'll just leave this Link here.
    MMT at best makes simplified, trivial statements, at worst, it's just wrong.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Against Economics in ~finance

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    WTF, the whole first paragraph does not make any sense and is complete garbage: Money supply includes both the money created by the central bank and private banks. This is the definition of the...

    WTF, the whole first paragraph does not make any sense and is complete garbage: Money supply includes both the money created by the central bank and private banks. This is the definition of the term "Money supply" that you will in fact find in every econ textbook. This is an A-Class Strawmen, build to win over people who maybe managed to read the first 10 pages of an econ textbook and than gave up because they were confused by the terms (Which either the author exploits or is one of).
    Also, no one follows Monetarism 100% since like every Idea in a science, some parts are outdated. And no central bank in the world strictly follows Monetarism but they still use some of the findings from friedmann (there's a reason he's got a econ nobel prize, oh sorry, it's "Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences").
    But what did the FED and ECB do during the 2008/9 Recession? Quantitative Easing, a term the author probably didn't even heard before.

    government borrowing didn’t divert funds from the private sector; it created entirely new money that had not existed before.

    Doesn't mean that you don't have to pay it back. And either this guy's arguing for more borrowing from the private sector, which just increases the amount of money that the state has to pay to not be viewed as bankrupt (and future governments can't spend) or for creating new central bank money, which would in fact increase inflation (most likely, depending on the circumstances, like everything in econ).

    politicians continued to be grilled about where they would find the cash for social programs.

    How the hell did we get from "private banks create money" to this?

    Who the **** is this dude arguing against? His college econ-prof that he didn't get along with and let him fail class (apparently with a good reason) ?
    This dude doesn't understand money creation, money supply, the responsibilities of central banks and the tools they have and therefore doesn't have the slightest cue what "monetarism" even means. He probably only heard that it was invented by friedman, and friedman=Pinochet=bad, therefor monetarism=bad.

    btw. I'm not generally arguing against government spending, social security, etc. .
    I'm arguing against stupid arguments. If we as a society decide to increase our social programs, that it is necessary that everyone knows in what way it will affect different things and also to implement it the most efficient way.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Buying a Car in ~life

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    Why not a plugin-hybrid? You've got the option to use gas to drive for a long distance but you can profit from electricity being the main power source

    Why not a plugin-hybrid? You've got the option to use gas to drive for a long distance but you can profit from electricity being the main power source

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap? in ~enviro

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    well, it would certainly help to build integrated, properly insulated and therefor more efficient AC Systems, instead of just hanging some ACs on the outside use more renewable energy.

    well, it would certainly help to

    1. build integrated, properly insulated and therefor more efficient AC Systems, instead of just hanging some ACs on the outside
    2. use more renewable energy.
    4 votes
  16. Comment on Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole in ~misc

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    Empathy != Sympathy. We are confronted with the problem that those kinds of people exist. They express their opinion and vote. No ones going to change them by yelling at them. Yes, of course their...

    Empathy != Sympathy.
    We are confronted with the problem that those kinds of people exist. They express their opinion and vote.
    No ones going to change them by yelling at them.

    Yes, of course their believes are from pretty much every even modestly rational point of view bad (e.g. immigration massively benefits the economy and also improves the situation of not-so-well-of folks), but being right doesn't mean anything when no one cares.

    Think about it this way: Are you more inclined to talk to a salesman when he is friendly and tries show you options on how to solve things you have problems with or an agent that is yelling at you, demanding that you buy their stuff. The quality of the product he offers might be superior to what you already use, but you'll still walk away.

    18 votes
  17. Comment on I have college coming up and one thing I have always dreaded was group projects/peer reviews. in ~talk

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    As long as the peer review doesn't directly impact your grade (which it shouldn't), solely view it as a way to either get information about what you could improve, or if you are giving the...

    As long as the peer review doesn't directly impact your grade (which it shouldn't), solely view it as a way to either get information about what you could improve, or if you are giving the feedback, where someone else could improve in your opinion.

    Don't justify yourself if you get feedback, in the end it is you who decides whether or not you will use the feedback to change something, so there's no reason "give feedback on the feedback". Take it or leave it. (maybe their Feedback was BS, so there would be no reason to change at all).

    And when giving feedback, try to be a bit overly picky, but say it in a way that doesn't offend the other person.
    The goal is not to crush the other one, but to give him the option to improve, even if it is just a little bit (that's why you can be a bit picky, because those things might be the things that he'll actually improve). If he don't think that your feedback makes sense, than that's fine. If he thinks that you are a dick for giving him detailed feedback, then f*** him, not being able to accept that no one's perfect will be a problem for him, not you, in the future.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What is your least favourite window manager or desktop environment and why? in ~comp

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    tldr of this thread: All Software sucks, with awfulness being proportional to the number of it's users. I use i3 btw.

    tldr of this thread: All Software sucks, with awfulness being proportional to the number of it's users.
    I use i3 btw.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Reddit's 'manosphere' and the challenge of quantifying hate in ~tech

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    equating fascists and anti-fascists and seeing mental disorder ist not centrism, it's right wing extremism.

    equating fascists and anti-fascists and seeing mental disorder ist not centrism, it's right wing extremism.

    13 votes
  20. Comment on How to speak Silicon Valley: 53 essential tech-bro terms explained in ~tech

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    lmao

    gentrifier (n) – A relatively affluent newcomer to a historically poor or working-class neighborhood whose arrival portends increased policing, pricier restaurants and the eviction or displacement of longtime residents. Often used by gentrifiers as a general epithet for anyone who arrived in their neighborhood after they did.

    lmao

    1 vote