If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from our assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia.This week's quibble comes from the Oct. 21, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Where the action is @." TechRepublic member gwcarter nicked me for invoking death where only mere finance was involved, as when I spoke of actuarial matters:
"Actuaries are fundamentally statisticians, concerned with mortality and liability, as in INSURANCE COMPANIES! "10 units @ $1" is something an accountant would be concerned with."
Right you are, dear reader. I cited actuaries where accountants where rightfully name-checked. In compensation, I offer this reminder of just how great and terrible actuarial science can be. Thanks for the quibble, and keep them coming!
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