You start out with 5 GB and pay $0.05/MB over that.
So $1000 in fees plus 5 GB plan equals about 25,000 MB
So if they were watching Youtube at 300kbs (and I didn't feel like doing the math, link) so:
300kbs / 8 = 37.5KB/s
37.5KB/s * 60 = 2250KB/m
2250KB/m * 60 = 135000KB/h
135000 / 1024 = 131.8MB per hour
25,000 MB divided by 131.8 MB equals 189 hours 41 minutes of videos in one month.
Wow, really must be in the middle of nowhere.
Cryptonomicon by Niel Stephenson.
I've used the example of mapping the US vs Europe by placing lights on the tops of people's heads and mapping when they go up and down (off of sidewalks) to explain statistical analysis to MBAs way more successfully than anything else.
I currently work with the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education and we have the OSHER life long learning institute (with about 120 other OSHER subsidiaries) and are always looking for competent, well meaning, volunteers.
There are a ton of other areas where you could volunteer your time and energy, but the simple fact is that the number of people with technical skills is significantly smaller than the number of projects that would benefit (HUGELY) from a couple of hours of your time.
Seriously, how long would it take the average
Can we have a study where one group plays violent video games and the other drives in rush hour traffic?
Then we can compare which group has an elevated level of aggression and which one wants to kill all humans.
Support bacteria -- it's the only culture some people have!