Feeds

Google offers Adwords deals - but you can't trust their numbers

A load of balls from Mountain View's maths wizards

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

Google's Adwords platform has always been something of a mystery, to put it mildly - the only certainty about it is that it makes a lot of money for Google - but nobody has caught it out using numbers which are definitely, verifiably untrue.

Until now.

Simples

An eagle-eyed Reg reader has broken this long run of success. This individual recently received a snailmailshot in which the little bald men of Mountain View suggested that he might like to give them some money for a bit of Adwords magic. He adds:

The envelope says all the info you need [to sign up with Adwords] is on the outside. They are correct, it is.

Inside however is a card with a maze, riddles and a maths problem. The interesting thing is, Google got the answer to the maths problem wrong ...

And indeed they did:

Oh no it isn't!

As any fule kno, the answer should have been* 3/70, or about 4.3 per cent.

So it would seem wise to take any other numbers offered to you as a customer by the Adwords whiz-kids with a pinch of salt as well. ®

Bootnote

* Plainly nine balls are red, three each are blue and green. Therefore, the chance of the first ball being blue is three in fifteen and the chance of the second being green is three in fourteen. Thus we have:

3/15 x 3/14 = 9/210 = 3/70

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.