Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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Fun figures

I write quite a lot of 'big number' pieces - pick a few interesting statistics and splash the numbers around - so I collect figures as I go along. Looking back at my notes from the Intel Developer Forum the one that still makes me laugh is that a baby accumulates 16" of documentation in 6 weeks in the US health system. Rather more depressing is that the last 20% of our lives generates 80% of our medcal needs and costs (80:20 seems to be a fractal principle of life). Also scary: 34% of families in the US take a laptop on holiday and 50% would consider it. Before they used visualisations, 80% of the times Halliburton drilled a $100 million hole they wouldn't find oil; now they jet 70% of the time (insert political comment about efficiency vs invasion). During the development of Centrino, Intel found 3,000 bugs in the way systems connected to wireless access points. With most WiFi 30-50% of the data rate is used up for addressing. (That's enough figures - Ed)
Tags: geek, numbers, technology

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