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Significant Digits For Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

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19 percent less bandwidth

Netflix has started letting users download shows and movies to view offline — which somehow uses less bandwidth than regular streaming. Part of this is how Netflix moves files around; the H.264/AVC High video encoding used for iPhone video downloading uses 19 percent less bandwidth on average compared to streaming. [Variety]


20 years

The Florida orange crop is less than a third of what is was 20 years ago, but appears poised for a comeback with agricultural innovations helping farmers beat a blight on their trees. [NPR]


60 percent

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his intention to resign after the failure of a referendum he proposed that would mitigate the power of the senate. He lost the vote 60 to 40. [Bloomberg]


93 percent

An annual U.K. survey asking people whom they trusted most found nurses absurdly credible, with 93 percent of people trusting them. [The Guardian]


Over 200

Von Miller, a linebacker for the Denver Broncos, has sent every player in the AFC West — starters and practice squads alike — a bottle of custom Cabernet Sauvignon and a thank you note. That’s well over 200 people. [The Denver Post]


517 companies

Number out of 887 companies that obtained a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which evaluates LGBT policies. That figure is up from 407 companies last year, with groups like Wal-Mart — which recently added insurance coverage for transgender employees — updating workplace policies since. Still, 8 percent of companies don’t have hiring and firing protections. [Bloomberg]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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