Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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Math is hard
by kelvin on Thu 18th Feb 2010 08:28 UTC

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2005-07-06

As of writing, there are 1631 comments on the ReadWriteWeb story, and Facebook has "more than" 400 million users. [...] about 0.04% of Facebook users.

@Thom: I never graduated college, but I'm pretty sure that your percentages are off by a factor of 100.

1631/400million = 0,000004 = 0,0004%
163100/400million = 0,04%

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RE: Math is hard
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 18th Feb 2010 09:41 in reply to "Math is hard"
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2005-06-29

@Thom: I never graduated college, but I'm pretty sure that your percentages are off by a factor of 100.

1631/400million = 0,000004 = 0,0004%
163100/400million = 0,04%

You indeed need to go back to college, as the formula for calculating percentages goes like this:

(a/b)×100=x

Where a is the number you want to know the percentage of, b is the total, and x is the percentage. In other words:

(1631/4000000)×100=0.04%.

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RE[2]: Math is hard
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 18th Feb 2010 10:13 in reply to "RE: Math is hard"
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2005-06-29

Holy crap, I totally suck! I'm a friggin' moron. The original poster was totally right, my numbers are way off because for some weird reason I'm making the calculation with 4 million instead of 400 million!

Heh, this is what we call the backflip FAIL. Fixin' the numbers right away. D'OH!

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