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Aldi vs. Lowes Foods

I had the opportunity to shop at the new Aldi grocery store that just opened across the street from our neighborhood Lowes Foods last week (at the corner of Timber and Aversboro for you locals), and the prices were so noticeably lower I thought I’d do a direct comparison. I bought a total of 34 items at Aldi, and found suitable matches for 32 of them at Lowes. Since most of the items I bought were Aldi...

Virgin Mobile call history data stinks

My wife and I have both had Virgin Mobile cell phones and phone plans for several years now, and for the most part have been pretty pleased with them.  There are no contracts involved, phones and plans are both reasonably priced, and they have decent customer service on the rare occasion that one of us needs to call and talk to a human. They also provide access to your call history data via your online account, and...

Dilbert notes a problem with the survey methodology

Fox News mangles stats, denies error

A recent series of events at Fox News involved not only a mistake in reporting survey data, but a subsequent refusal to acknowledge the mistake, even after it was pointed out.  The timeline of events is as follows: On November 23, 2009, after a “series of [on-screen] mistakes,” Fox News implemented a zero-tolerance policy for on-screen errors. On December 1-2, 2009, Rasmussen Reports, a well-known...

Book Review – The Drunkard’s Walk

Just wanted to send a quick shout out for The Drunkard’s Walk, a really neat book on “how randomness rules our lives,” written by Leonard Mlodinow, a physicist at Caltech and a collaborator with Stephen Hawking on the book A Briefer History of Time. When I write a review of a math-related book, I generally assume that it will be largely ignored by anyone’s who’s not a math geek.  While...

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