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DnD Central / Re: Finding the best system of economy
Last post by Frenzie -
The best thing about TED videos is you don't have to watch them.

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Seventy percent of the population didn't want this. [...] 70 percent of the population in Stockholm want to keep a price for something that used to be free. [...]

And the other question, who changed their mind? Who changed their opinion, and why? So we did another interview survey, tried to figure out why people changed their mind, and what type of group changed their minds? And after analyzing the answers, it turned out that more than half of them believe that they haven't changed their minds.

Let me get this straight... if 40 % of the population changed their minds from don't want to want then obviously more than half haven't changed their minds.
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DnD Central / Re: Finding the best system of economy
Last post by jax -
The psychology of money is a full topic of its own. We, our fellow primates, and presumably our antecessors, have an idea of earning money that is useful, but not very advanced. Among other things it can make us penny wise, dollar foolish.

That could be used for desired effects, nudges. Assuming you consider flowing traffic a good, a small fee can make you change your behaviour.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jonas_eliasson_how_to_solve_traffic_jams?language=en

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DnD Central / Re: Finding the best system of economy
Last post by ensbb3 -
my "get my hair cut as little as I think I can get away with" approach has nothing to do with money.
Right. And winter is coming so more hats. :whistle:

Yet I'm cheaper and healthier off by doing neither...
Yeah, there's no argument that you can cook it yourself and eat better cheaper. Maybe prep time and number of people are a factor too. I can cook lasagna, spaghetti, stew or whatever and eat for days. The kids aren't so big on leftovers, and the youngest is picky the way only the youngest child can be, doesn't make any sense he just doesn't eat 'new' things. Will turn down great food for junk basically. I'm the only one that can cook a burger he'll eat. I've cooked them every way possible so how it's cooked isn't a factor. As long as I cooked it he'll gobble it up. I'm not the world's greatest burger chef or anything. So with kids especially I don't see where it matters. I don't always want to police the "you need to try new things" philosophy. I don't eat much fast food myself, passed mozzarella sticks and a banana milkshake or the likes, but if I just want everybody fed and done I'll get him whatever passes for chicken from a burger joint. Economy be damned.

I'm sure I'm marginal on some things but if I've learned anything from this tangent It's how little the economy is involved in my decision making. Even when money is tight a few dollars here or there isn't enough to deviate from what works and not needing to save a dollar has never stopped me from not spending it. Results may very of course.     
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by Frenzie -
If you want to see the unveiled plaque, try this article: https://sageneavis.no/nyheter/dette-er-helt-i-sarklasse/19.2395
Thanks!

In other news, Opera is extending Opera Touch with a regular interface...?
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by jax -
If you want to see the unveiled plaque, try this article: https://sageneavis.no/nyheter/dette-er-helt-i-sarklasse/19.2395

(Was not there for the unveiling, Oslo is too far from Södertälje. The mentioned neighbouring hot dog kiosk has gotten its share of press attention, mainly because the other hot dog kiosks have disappeared during the last 20-25 years. Hotdog heaven on the streets of Oslo)
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by krake -
It is hard to imagine him sinking any lower, but given time he will surely find a way.
There's hope for better! :devil:



 
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DnD Central / Re: Finding the best system of economy
Last post by Frenzie -
2. Haircuts:
3. Dry-cleaning:
Those sound a lot more sensible, but my "get my hair cut as little as I think I can get away with" approach has nothing to do with money. It sounds more like an excuse really. Oh, I didn't get my hair cut because I'm saving money. Not at all because I didn't want to bother planning or going. ;)

The big difference with the underwear thing is that it's actually something you have to do every few weeks to months, as opposed to every few years. Plus I can literally buy years worth of underwear for the cost of one or two haircuts. Or one to two pairs of Björn Borg, but even then the gist of it holds up.

4. Fast food: Many analysts believe that during financial downturns, consumers are far more likely to purchase cheaper fast food options, while when the economy heads into an upswing, patrons are more likely to focus more on buying healthier food and eating in nicer restaurants.
Yet I'm cheaper and healthier off by doing neither... Maybe it's a cultural divide with Americans but I think most people cook their meals at home most of the time here. And fast food isn't nearly cheap enough to compete with reasonable quality TV dinners/salads in the first place. You can get decent to quite good ready-made meals/meal salads from about € 3 at the cheaper end to € 5-6 at the higher end.[1] Or you can cook for yourself and eat for something closer to € 1.50/portion while getting an experience superior to the € 6 option.

We always cook enough food for 2 or 3 days. It's hardly any more effort in order to significantly reduce the workload throughout the week.

Anyway, the tl;dr is that if you like the food at more expensive restaurants then you can get expensive ready-made meals for fast food prices. Switching to fast food makes zero sense unless you like fast food. It's a completely different category of food.
I just checked and you can get a 400 g premade vegetable lasagna with 185 grams of veggies and no added sugar for € 2.19 at AH. I don't know what it tastes like but it sure sounds a lot better than your average fast/junk food. And keep in mind that's the cheap option.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Last post by jax -
In 2017 Trump both-sided white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville.

In 2019 he both-sided the child rapists and torturers of IS.

It is hard to imagine him sinking any lower, but given time he will surely find a way.
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DnD Central / Re: Finding the best system of economy
Last post by ensbb3 -
So I was wondering why just men's underwear? I'm not even sure I was actually there for the purchase of my current batch in circulation. Pretty sure I'd have to get down to like three pair before laundry day wouldn't keep up and I'd notice. Nevertheless the answer to my question seems a bit sexist. At least the articles I Googled up are aware of it, then proceed to overstate women's vanity. Mine were purchased by a woman. Not sure what that proves, but I'm pretty sure the answer to that is nothing. Or at least nothing meaningful to the economy. 

Critics of this theory suggest that it may be inaccurate for several reasons, including the frequency with which women purchase underwear for men, and an assumed tendency for men not to purchase underwear until it is threadbare regardless of the performance of the economy.

(...)

Some other Unconventional Economic Indicators that have been promoted include:

1. Hemlines: First suggested in 1925 by George Taylor of the Wharton School of Business, the Hemline Index proposes that skirt hemlines are higher when the economy is performing better. For instance, short skirts were in vogue in the 1990s when the tech bubble was increasing.
2. Haircuts: Paul Mitchell founder John Paul Dejoria suggests that during good economic times, customers will visit salons for haircuts every six weeks, while in bad times, haircut frequencies drop to every eight weeks.
3. Dry-cleaning: Another favorite Greenspan theory, this indicator suggests that dry cleaning drops during bad economic times, as people only take clothes to the cleaners when they absolutely need to when budgets are tight.
4. Fast food: Many analysts believe that during financial downturns, consumers are far more likely to purchase cheaper fast food options, while when the economy heads into an upswing, patrons are more likely to focus more on buying healthier food and eating in nicer restaurants.

I just spent 20mins googling people's underwear buying habits. This kind of stuff is why I keep coming back. :)
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by Frenzie -
Didn't read yet, but looks like it might be interesting: https://blogs.opera.com/news/2019/10/world-browser-day-oct-16-oslo-plaque/