Factualities for November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018

Fake news or real news? Often tough to say when numbers are thrown around without explanations of the sample, method, and analytic approach. Believe these data or not, particularly when nice round numbers are offered as solid data:

  • 10 million miles a day. The number of miles a Google Waymo vehicle drives in a virtual world. Source: Technology Review
  • 500,000. The number of Google users’ data exposed in a recent Google security lapse. Source: Ars Technica
  • 5,000. The number of faces a human can recognize. Source: Discover Magazine
  • 19. The number of people who fall off a cruise ship each year. Source: Lifehacker
  • 108 months. The prison sentence for Dark Web drug dealer “NoStress.” Source: US Department of Justice
  • $1,400,000. Amount paid for Banksy painting which self destructed in front of the buyer. Source: Slashgear
  • 20 percent in five years. The decline in US share of global venture capital funding. Source: VentureBeat

Stephen E Arnold, November 28, 2018


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