Archive for the ‘Factoids’ Category

“…KAOS, the terrorist organization in the Get Smart! TV show of the 1960s, was incorporated in Delaware.”

March 29, 2018

Lindberg, Van. Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code (Kindle Locations 5956-5957). O’Reilly Media. Kindle Edition.

“Ride-hailing services in the rich world currently cost around $2.50 per mile, compared with about $1.20 per mile to own and operate a private car (see chart). But the driver accounts for about 60% of the cost of ride-hailing. UBS, an investment bank, reckons that automation, competition and electrification (which makes cars more expensive to buy but much cheaper to run) will cut the cost of ride-hailing by 70%, to about $0.70 per mile. So a typical Western household driving 10,000 miles a year could ditch its car, use robotaxis and save $5,000 a year.”

March 13, 2018

https://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21737418-driverless-vehicles-will-change-world-just-cars-did-them-what-went-wrong

“A cotton tote bag must be used 131 times before its carbon footprint improves on that of a throwaway carrier bag.”

March 3, 2018

https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21737502-eight-out-top-ten-polluters-are-developing-asia-dont-bin-plastic-solve-polymer

“…America…has about five times as much mall space per person as Britain…”

December 19, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/business/21732568-many-retail-properties-will-slump-others-have-brighter-prospects-global-property

“France to ban mobile phones in schools from September – – Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks.”

December 12, 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/france-to-ban-mobile-phones-in-schools-from-september