Factualities for January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019

Statistics, statistics—More plentiful than snowflakes. Believe these or not.

  • 8,600. The number of molly tabs a drug dealer in Tacoma, Washington, had in his possession. Source: The News Tribune
  • 16 million. The number of US households receiving over-the-air TV. Source: TechCrunch
  • $56 million. The amount of “dark net market” transactions in a single month. Source: Reuters
  • 77 million. The number of Americans who talk to their vehicles. Source: Recode
  • $500 million. The amount Microsoft is “providing” to address housing issues in Seattle. Source: Quartz
  • 773,000,000. Number of email addresses offered for sale. Source: Wired
  • $1 billion. The amount Disney lost in 12 months with its video streaming endeavors. Source: CNBC
  • 20 to 40 percent. The percentage price increase for Tesla recharges. Source: The Verge
  • 74 percent. The percentage of Facebook users in a Pew sample who did not know that Facebook keeps track of user interest and clicks in order to sell ads. Source: TechCrunch

Stephen E Arnold, January 23, 2019



Factualities for January 16, 2018

January 16, 2019

Data are everywhere. And we know that the information in nuggets is credible, accurate, and essential for making decisions quickly. What’s wrong with using factualities? Nothing. Absolutely solid gold in each item.

One hour. The lead time a pilot has when relying on IBM Watson to predict turbulence. Now for horse races. Source: Jim Harris

100,000. The number of times spyware is downloaded from the Google Play service. Source: Digit.in

$3.7 million. Amount generated by a hacking group using the Ryuk ransomware. Source: Ars Technica

100. The number of types of inappropriate content banned by Chinese authorities. Source: Financial Times with a pay wall to make the factoid more valuable.

244. Number of secret Netflix categories. Source: Netflix Codes

$11. Cost of a training program which will teach you to do well on a programming interview. Source: Next Web

$17,164 per hour. The cost to run 2.5 million AWS HPC Tasks using 40,000 EC2 Spot Instances for  8 hours. Source: Jeff Barr, Amazon guru

48 percent. In 96 months, the growth of people viewing television over-the-air. Source: Techcrunch

Ah, crunchy factualities. Good for the mobile decision maker. Tasty too.

Stephen E Arnold, January 16, 2019

Factualities for January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019

The New Year is off to a calculating start. Here are some factualities gathered when some people were watching balls dropped, corks popped, and snacks snacked.

20 percent. Percentage of Americans who think they have a food allergy. 10 percent do. Source: Neuro Science News

Four percent. Percentage of ride hailing users who take the service once a week. Source: Pew Research

75 percent. Percentage of venture capital firms with zero female partners. Source: Recode

1000 times bigger. The size of the virtual reality market compared to the augmented reality market. Evidence presented? None. Source: TechCrunch

5 million. Number of passport records Marriott lost to hackers. Source: Wall Street Journal pay wall

200 million. Number of smartphones Huawei shipped in 2018. Source: Android Central

100 million. Number of Amazon Alexa devices sold. In what interval, The Verge doesn’t include those data.

More than the GDP of Iceland. Amazon’s R&D spending for 2019. Source: Quartz

$22 million. Amount a seven year old made on YouTube in 2018. Source: Next Web

24 frames per hour. The speed of the very slow movie player. Source: Digital Reader

Looks like 2019 has numerical momentum.

Stephen E Arnold, January 9, 2019

Factualities, January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019

Anyone can create facts. How about these “factualities” for the second day of the new year?

1,000,000. The number of Web sites allegedly seized by the US government. The data suggest lawyers are often iffy in the math department. Source: TechDirt

58 million. The number of YouTube videos removed by Google in the third quarter of 2018. Engadget

101 million dollars. The amount Dataiku, a French outfit, has raised for its collaborative data science platform. Two points: That’s a hefty sum for French Silicon Valley type companies. And Dataiku has some Dassault Exalead alums. Source: Techcrunch

150+. The number of companies to which Facebook allegedly gave user data. Source: Slashdot

75 percent. The number of artists whose work is in US museums. Source: Technology Review

90 percent. Spam calls made in India by telecom companies. Source: Quartz

300 percent. The amount by which spam calls grew in 2018. Source: Verge

20 percent. The percentage of US adults who get their news from social media. Source: Pew Research

49 percent. The relative number of cloud databases which are online but not encrypted. Source: Dark Reading

46 percent. Percentage of organizations surveyed by Tata, an Indian services firm, which have implemented artificial intelligence. Source: Venture Beat

21. Number of Google self driving autos attacked in Arizona. Source: Business Insider

80 percent. The number of Bitcoin wallets which hold less than $100. Source: Next Web

I want to start the new year with a renewed commitment to believe almost everything I read on the Internet.

Stephen E Arnold, January 2, 2018

Factualities for December 26, 2018

December 26, 2018

Accurate data are everywhere on the Interwebs. Here’s a selection of rock solid factoids for your consideration. Believe ‘em or not.

1,700. Number of voice recording Amazon sent to a random person. Source: Threat Post

31. Number of major scandals in which Facebook was involved. Source: Buzzfeed

1. The number of requests from Slovakia’s government to Apple for help unlocking an Apple device. Source: Apple

1. Number of Microsoft products in wide use among Googlers. What’s the product? Visual Studio Code. Source: CNBC

11. Number of shirt buttons equipped as spying devices requested by the US embassy in Frankfurt, Germany. Source: Russia Today

1,000 dollars. The amount one would have to pay a Facebook user to quit the service. BoingBoing

Stephen E Arnold, December 26, 2018

Factualities for December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018

Real data are hard to come by. We have selected a handful of thrilling items of information which underscore the level of analytic excellence reported today.

One. The number of delivery robots which burst into flames on the
UC Berkeley campus. Source: Business Insider

60 billion. Number of chickens killed each year for food. Source: Metro

50 percent. Of the top 10 top apps in the Apple Apps Store, half are from China.
Source: Sensortower

$4.6 billion write off. Source: Bloomberg

100. Number of people Google has working on its Chinese search engine which is not really a thing yet. Source: Recode

$7532. Amount Google fined for its failure to comply with Russian law pertaining to search. Source Inquirer

168. Number of mules used to move counterfeit currency from Point A to Point B in Europe. Note: These are humans, not four legged beasties. Security Week

58 million. Number of videos YouTube removed for violating “community guidelines” in the last 12 weeks. 2018. Source: The Hill

Stephen E Arnold, December 18, 2018

Factualities for December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

Remember Statistics 101. I even kept my textbook. But in today’s zip line world where the trips are often controlled and surrounded by fluffy polystyrene, looking at hard “real” facts can be fun. Believe ‘em or not:

  • $1.25 million US. The amount Google pays a 14 year old developer who resides in India. Source: Rexcharles Blog
  • 70 percent cost reduction. Savings reported by FBI after moving its Counterterrorism Division data to Amazon Web Services. Source: Sociable.co
  • 2 to 1. The rate at which AMD cpus allegedly outsold Intel CPUs in Germany. Source: Inquirer
  • 100 million. Number of accounts at Quora (which has questions and answers about security) lost in security breach. Source: Quora
  • $22 million. How much a seven year old makes on YouTube.Source: BBC
  • Four. The number of currency counting machines broken during counting of $31 million in paper currency was seized from a Chinese home. Source: Lithub
  • 24 number of Amazon workers harmed when robot broke open a container of bear repellent. Source: Futurism
  • 87. the percentage of US corporations which have “immature” analytics. Source: Gartner (an outfit which is good with numbers most of the time)
  • 47.17. The percentage of Android devices with malware. Source: Express

Stephen E Arnold, December 12, 2018

Factualities for December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018

The word of the year is “misinformation.” With that in mind, believe these factualities or do not believe them. Your call.

  • 18 million. According to the Inquirer, “LinkedIn received a small slap on the wrist from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (IDPC) over its usage of 18 million email addresses belonging to non-members of the world’s biggest humblebrag website.” Ah, Microsoft LinkedIn.
  • 60 million. Number of people affected by the United States Post Office data leak. Source: Dark Reading
  • 500 million. Number of people affected by data leaks at Marriott Starwood. Source: Pymnts.com
  • 52. The number of times a day a person checks his or her mobile phone. Source: Ubergizmo
  • 175 zettabytes. How much data will be produced each year by humans and their systems. Source: the ever reliable IDC. See this link for information about their administrative expertise.
  • 4,829 percent. Revenue increase at Darktrace, a UK cyber security firm. Source: Compelo
  • 1,300. Number of photos of their children parents have posted online by the time the kids are 13. Source: Technology Review
  • 900 percent. Amount Facebook inflated its data related to its “ad watching”. Source: Slashdot

Stephen E Arnold, December 5, 2018

Factualities for October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Hey, hey, believe ‘em or not.

  • 33 percent of US adults hit with identity theft. Source: DarkReading
  • 45 out of 50 companies illegally void warranties for electronics. Source: Reddit.com
  • 000000. Kanye West’s iPhone pass code. Source: Graham Cluley
  • $50,000 per hour. Cost of Flying the F 35 fighter aircraft for one hour. Source: New York Times page A 19 October 12, 2018
  • 29 million people. Number of individuals probably affected by the September Facebook breach. Source: Facebook
  • 30 000. Number of US Department of Defense personnel records which may have been breached by hackers. Source: Cyberscoop

Beyond Search loves round numbers. So satisfyingly accurate-like.

Stephen E Arnold, October 17, 2018

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