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Lesson in simple arithmetic needed

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Lesson in simple arithmetic needed

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/10/03/yahoo-slashes-staff-numbers
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According to Silicon Alley Insider the figure will be about one in five employees which is about half a decimation. [A decimation is what they used to do to Roman legionaries when they had misbehaved. It involved killing one in ten soldiers chosen by lot. Ed]
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craigyoung
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Re: Lesson in simple arithmetic needed

They'd have been so much luckier if all of them had been sacked.  I guess that would have only been a tenth of a decimation.  Grin
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Re: Lesson in simple arithmetic needed

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about one in five employees which is about half a decimation.

Nope, that's a double decimation, i.e. one decimation followed by another.
(and if you're a really pedantic mathematician like me that's actually a 19% reduction)  Grin
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Re: Lesson in simple arithmetic needed

HPsauce.... I`m inclined to agree with you.... !  Cheesy