A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor


A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor

The internet is all about the free flow of ideas, right? Collaboration! Discourse! Sharing! The day to day reality of what we do online may not always be quite so idealistic and ideologically motivated, but the open underpinnings are there. Except, of course, when they’re not at all. This visualization, published by Sebastian Sadowski, uses Google’s transparency data to visualize all the things the company has been asked to censor.

The governments of many countries routinely ask Google to suppress content across sites like Google Search and YouTube. Reasons range from national security, to suicide promotion, and government criticism. There are also categories for “other” and “reason unspecified.” It’s interesting to see which countries are better or worse than you thought they would be. And check out that little chunk of mint green “reason unspecified” censorship on the U.S. chart. You can get the gist below, but because of the interactivity you really have to explore on to see what’s going on. Even though Google’s data are openly available, a chart like this allows you to take everything in quickly because someone did the processing work for you. So no excuses. [Digg]

A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013 news No Comments

Here’s The Truth About That Gallup Poll That Shows A Huge Lead For Mitt Romney


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Worried Obama fans will be happy to read Nate Silver’s latest post about Gallup, the polling firm that has Mitt Romney with a shocking 7 point lead among likely voters.

Silver’s post is broken down into two parts. The first is a technical discussion of how Gallup fits into his own model (which still gives Obama a 70% chance of winning the election). The second part talks about Gallup’s reliability.

The basic gist is two fold. One, when Gallup is far apart form other polls, Gallup is usually wrong. The second is that Gallup’s history of Presidential tracking is very odd, and prone to huge swings that don’t show up in the results of other pollsters.

Here are a few examples he cites:

  • In 2008, Gallup put Obama 11 points ahead of McCain on election eve. Other polls averaged an Obama lead of 7 points. The other polls were correct.
  • In 2000, Gallup put George W. Bush a stunning 16 points ahead of Al Gore in August.
  • Then later in 2000, in September, it put Al Gore up by 10 points.
  • Then in October 2000, George W. Bush was back up by 13 points. No other pollster had swings remotely this wild.
  • In 1996 at one point, Bill Clinton was up by 25 points over Bob Dole. And that was just 4 days apart from Clinton’s 9-point lead. A ridiculous swing.

Bottom line: Gallup swings wildly and it frequently has results not in line with other pollsters.

Click here to read Nate’s full post >

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 news No Comments

An Apple Chart That’s Been Going DOWN For 10 Years


From Reuters Scotty Barber, one of the only possible Apple charts you can make that doesn’t go up.

It’s a look at the company’s PE ratio vs. that of the S&P 500.

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Note that this is the “forward PE”, so at the moment it’s based on estimated earnings, but the gist would be the same even if you used trailing PE.

Of course, this chart makes Apple investors pull their hair out, since the ‘E’ has been growing so fast, they don’t understand why it’s converged with the general market like this. In theory, fast growing earnings should cause higher multiples.

On the other hand, as fast as it’s growing, we don’t think there are too many companies out there that have reversed such a big secular trend of PE compression.

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