An Adobe employee gives numbers a whole new meaning...
Sometimes it can be fun to take things out of context and totally twist the data to meet your own needs.
Sometimes you just look like a fool when you try it.
John Dowell at Adobe did just that by running a test with 4500 consumers. Seriously John, i hope this was a joke? no?
John decided to make statistics work in a favourable way and decided that 4500 subjects to test could be extrapolated to represent the entire world...4500?? honestly John. Had you said 45000 or even 450.000 then you would have been closer..close, but no cigar.
Realworld HD H.264 support: In March, 4500 consumers were tested for viewing different types of media files. 2780 of them had already installed Adobe Flash Player 9.0.115. That's 62% of today's computers, supporting no-hassle high definition playback of H.264 video. Considering this browser plugin was released in December, and the audit was conducted in March, then it's an easy choice for realworld use today. (Same goes for the persistent framework caching in Flex 3, too.) [via Justin Everett-Church]
Of course, he didn't do this study all by himself but (imho) trusted the statistics that was generated by a third party.
What amazes me is that this wasn't a joke...no, John is 100% convinced that 4500 represents all consumers and that it's an accurate enough percentage to cover everything.
Here's a link to John's "report": JD on EP: Realworld HD H.264 support
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