We hate math, say 4 in 10 — a majority of Americans

The following story shows up on facebook/twitter/somewhere every few months or so. I do enjoy such things, but also love scouring the tubes for history and reality. Sites like snopes.com and archive.org are useful tools. Here’s the image:

four in 10 equals majority

A few points:

  • Granted 4 is not a majority of 10, but more hate Math (according to this poll) than any other subject
  • This is an AP (Associated Press) story that was circulated by many outlets and organizations, and it appears one created this bogus title
  • I’m not sure if the bogus title was intentional (as a joke), or legitimately false — but will assume the former :)

See this article (with a different title) at CNN.com here if you’re curious.

Next task: find where the copy with this title originated, and optionally the intent of said title.

One way PHP may capitalize on its popularity

Today Rasmus mentioned that he received a $500 offer for the php.net domain name. Discussion ensued, which ultimately led to the indisputable belief that php.net is worth over 10 million US dollars. Therefore, let’s think about this further:

Languages by worth [1] (in USD):

  • php.net : $10,176,050
  • python.org : $4,088,792
  • perl.org : $246,064
  • ruby-lang.org : $219,624

Clearly PHP is #1. And PHP should sell this domain name and purchase the competitors, so here’s how that proposal works:

First, purchase the competitor domain names:

10,176,050 – (4,088,792 + 246,064 + 219,624) = 5,621,570

Next, purchase php.org for future use:

5,621,570 – 2,594 = 5,618,976

And lastly, distribute the remaining cash to the php.net account holders

5,618,976 / 1,568 = $3,583.53 checks for everyone

So if you want to be a part of this action, then be sure to apply for a SVN account within the next week. Here’s one way to do that:

  • Go to https://edit.php.net/
  • Or, use the [edit] links on the top right of every PHP manual page, and click them
  • Create a patch or three
  • Email phpdoc@lists.php.net about these patches/changes, and introduce yourself
  • Receive a php.net account (and your very own @php.net (soon to be @php.org!) email address) and start committing
  • And now wait for a large fat sack of cash in the mail, in the form of a check (signed by Rasmus, our BDFL)

How have we not done this already?!

And PHP is determining how best to take advantage of the haystack/needle confusion, but the increased site traffic from confused users can and should be taken advantage of. See, this was part of the master plan all along!

Solid reference: [1] http://domainvalues.com/

paul graham wrote an essay about stuff

Paul Graham has slowly become my hero. Or at least, I think he’s interesting and wise. The essay linked here is about stuff, and it touches on how the amount of stuff we [humans] collect has changed over time. It also talks about the value of stuff, and even eludes to the fact that stuff can own us. He explains it much better than I so have a read:


Warning: It contains a lot of words, and no pictures.