"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Math-stupid = Free yogurt.

< bda> I am stupid. If I want to know how much of an increase we've
managed to coax out of mail throughput, do I: $old / $new * 100 =
% (gives me what % old is of new; is that the same thing as "how
much faster"?)
< rjbs> are old and new speeds?
< bda> Yea.
< bda> Well, they are msgs/day.
< rjbs> "how much faster" is: (new - old) / old
< rjbs> old/new is obviously equaly useful, but has no simple name, afaik
< rjbs> new/old*100 would be "new speed in terms of old" like 154% the
old speed
< rjbs> as opposed to "a 54% increase"
< bda> This is totally something that needs to be in a freaking
< bda> These numbers look like "increase your ejaculate volume" spam.
< rjbs> ...
* rjbs puts down his breakfast yogurt.
< bda> Yoink.

December 12, 2006 8:41 AM