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What is it I actually do for a living?

I'm an administrator at an ISP. I'm not sure if I'm data entry or if I'm gaining transferrable skills. Inside are a list of tasks I perform on a daily/weekly basis... [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on May 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Annual physical checkup: what if one wants to opt out for privacy

A similar question to this one, w/ a different country context. How does one officially "refuse" their annual physical if the checkup and data sharing appears more mandatory than voluntary? [more inside]
posted by macbookair on May 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Cubicle Denizen Dilemma: the name for an “average” if the data are weird

Our company has decided to measure the jobs we do by assigning points to tasks. The problem here is that departments don’t do the same thing, or the same amount of things. What concerns me is that the company wants to publish a company-wide average, against which members in each department will be compared. [more inside]
posted by Prof Iterole on Apr 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Historical data on ad spending by medium

I'm having some trouble finding historical data on (overall) ad spending by medium. What I would really like, is a single graph or at least table, with some numbers going back ~30 years (or more is fine) that goes up to the present (~2014 let's say). I am uninterested in forecasts, and I'm uninterested in data sets with shorter time windows; my search results are just getting swamped by organizations that (i) are selling something, usually forecasting, and (ii) aren't focused on anything older than a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by advil on Apr 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Give me the information. All of it!

For various reasons, I've been considering going back to school for information sciences. To aid me in this I've arranged to volunteer for the Texas Library Association's annual conference happening this week, which also means I get to see the exhibitions and go to networking stuff. Hooray! But now I'm getting overwhelmed. So much vocab I don't know! Out of all of the libraries in all of the places in all of the world, Mefites, what sorts of programs should I be talking to? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Name our data consultancy business.

I'm setting up a data consultancy with an ex-work colleague. Our core business will be to provide analysis relating to children's services in local government, advice on what services should be monitoring, trends and benchmarking, setting up performance frameworks and so on. We are having difficulty finding a business name. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Apr 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Sending large files for free

Somebody is trying to send me a 500 mb file from across the pond. Looking for the fastest free service. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun on Apr 12, 2015 - 9 answers

How To Host a Focus Group For Kids + Parents

How does one organize a focus group for parents and kids? Are there any standardized guidelines for product testing and data collection, or better yet, groups that will perform this service for a small fee? I am in charge of getting a kids product out in front of 100+ kids and their parents and I have no idea how to do this so that a) it's not a huge mess and b) the feedback we collect is actually useful. I'm in California. Target age for kids is 4-6.
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 4, 2015 - 9 answers

What to do with ridiculously fast Internet?

Gigabit Internet has come to where I live. For the first time in a long time, I finally have an upload of more than 10Mbps and no data transfer cap. What are some ideas to actually do with it? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Apr 1, 2015 - 11 answers

To-do / notes app with export, simple design?

I like to journal using lists / task applications - right now I'm using GoogleTasks which with over 1k lines is getting clunky and hard to use, e.g. I'll copy from one list and paste to another the cursor'll jump up to the top of the list just before I hit paste - drives me bonkers! [more inside]
posted by ethel on Mar 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for spacecraft/radiosonde data sounds

I collect radio sounds, with the eventual intention of publishing a curated list and, possibly, making music based around that collection. I have a fair amount of space-based sounds, but I'd really like to find the 'actual sound' of spacecraft radio - in other words, what you'd hear if you could listen to the baseband after AM or FM demodulation (even if they're not AM/FM signals) but before decoding. [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Mar 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Excel 2013 - Using data from two columns to identify a row in a third

I have data on one sheet of an Excel document with three columns. I want to extract this for use on another sheet as follows: If a row in Column A contains X (text string) and a row in column B contains Y (also a text string) then what does the row in column C (always a value) which matches these two criteria contain? With the data I have, this will always return a single result. [more inside]
posted by Len on Mar 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Technical Approaches for paper-based data collection

I'm looking for suggestions on how to gather data using paper-forms which can then be digitized, to compliment a web-based surveying system. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 2, 2015 - 0 answers

Ting/Sprint data service in Maryland, esp Rockville/Gaithersburg

I’m looking for info on the quality of Sprint/Ting data service in my area [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Mar 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Cleaning up timestamp information in Metafilter Infodump

Probably pretty simple, but I would like to clean up the Metafilter Infodump timestamp, help? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 26, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I get an entry-level job as a Data Analyst in NYC, ASAP?

How can I get into data analysis with little-to-no data or programming experience? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Feb 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Computer science machine language help! If-then-otherwise statements

We are working on simple machine language in computer science for data manipulation. All the other problems I have gotten through but this last one. Here is the problem: "Write a short program in machine language to perform requested activity. Assume the program is placed in memory starting at address 00- -If the value stored in memory location 44 is 00, then place the value 01 in memory location 46; otherwise, put the value FF in memory location 46." Lots of questions inside DX Working with very basic Op-code and Operand setups. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Feb 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Tell me about a career/degree in information science...

I currently work in an administrative support job and I'm trying to move into a new career area. I think I might be interested in pursuing Information Science for a BA or Masters, and career. My questions are basically: 1) Is information science the right field for me? 2) which classes should I be focusing on to jump start my career path? 3) what careers besides systems analyst sound right for me? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 5, 2015 - 6 answers

In search of historical California commodity prices

This is a two-part question about commodity prices in California in the 1860s. Part 1: How is this newspaper report of "current" (1862) prices read? The @s throw me off. (My best guess is that those are price ranges.) Part two... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 5, 2015 - 2 answers

inside Arlanda airport: micro SIMs for sale?

At ARN, will I definitely be able to buy a micro SIM (ideally Comviq, based on these options, but if not, any similar brand)? Surprisingly hard to google a clear answer here. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Is there a UK equivalent to factual.com?

Factual.com has data about cosmetic products and their ingredients, and it would be just what I need, except that the vast majority of the products listed are North American. I'm in the UK, and have tried searching for 65 products by UPC code; I found only 6 of them. Does anybody know of an equivalent site with data for UK products, that has an API for automated queries? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Jan 27, 2015 - 1 answer

Master Data Me

How can I better track specific parts of my life with an app or spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jan 25, 2015 - 8 answers

When is a last name left lowercase?

I'm writing a piece of software to go through a very large database and format last names in their correct casing (i.e., smith or SMITH or sMith to Smith.) However, I'm obviously aware some names should be kept as lowercase—but what names? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Unusual wage question

I'm getting paid per unit rather than per hour and I think I need to re-negotiate the terms. But what do I need to ask for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Open-ended survey data, short time frame: help me brainstorm!

I've been handed a massive chunk of open-ended survey data. I have a short time frame to work with it--just a few days--and I would appreciate advice on ways to analyze or mine what I have beyond the most basic approach I know for this kind of thing. Exciting details inside! [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel on Jan 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Excel Question: VLOOKUP and beyond?

How can I combine these two tabs of data in Excel using VLOOKUP and/or some other function? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Be the "data guy" my current boss needs (and future bosses want)?

I'm in academia. Two related questions: 1) Can you recommend readings, forums, programs, and tools under the broad heading, "data analysis?" 2) And, what's the next job I should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Sock on Jan 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Best data rescue software?

The SSD in my Macbook Pro seems to have completely failed. I managed to install OS X onto an external drive and attempted to run DiskWarrior on it. It took almost 24 hours and in the end was not able to repair the disk. It did allow me to mount the disk as read-only, but I'm not able to copy and save 90% of the files. Is there some Windows or Linux based software I could try that might be more thorough or effective? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Help Transition out of Education Into Data Analytics and Computer Scienc

I am currently a public high school teacher teaching science and would very much like to transition into data and policy analytics, with a particular bent on computer programming and economic analysis. What are ways I can transition into these fields. One thing I have found that is a fellowship program from Education Pioneers. Are there other resources like this? What routes would you advise that I take? More information inside [more inside]
posted by caudal on Dec 19, 2014 - 2 answers

USPS mail volume data

Is it possible to get monthly or yearly data on the volume of incoming and outgoing mail from each US post office? [more inside]
posted by molla on Dec 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Did I lose all my data on my iPhone during iOS upgrade?

I plugged my iPhone in to my computer and it says you need to upgrade your software. So the phone was updating to iOS 8.1.1 and it errored out. It says upgrading failed, you need to restore to factory setting and you will lose all the data. So I tried to upgrade again and it failed again. I took it to the geniuses at the apple store and they said there is no hope of recovering my data. Does the hive mind know of a way??
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Empirical data of flight delays to and fro DEN vs SFO around December?

Just booked my int'l flight by way of Denver a little under 24 hours ago. Could anyone help me get empirical data (at least a prior probability) of flights to and fro DEN cancelled or severely delayed, compared against ones in and out of SFO around this time of year? I'm slightly concerned about my flight into DEN potentially snowed in, and wanted to get a better sense if it's worth switching to an alternative flight to the same destination via SFO on the ~same day. Thanks a lot!
posted by macbookair on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Data geeks, need some help with SAS

I am working on SAS and the National Survey of Children's Health. I am trying to look at data just for the state of Massachusetts, and even after looking in the codebook I cannot figure out what the variable is to stratify by MA. I do not have SAS on my home computer and am looking to download this, any experience, is it just like the regular SAS? thanks http://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition.html
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me quantify extra hours, please, please, a please please.

I need help with gmail functionality. I need to figure out how many(ish) extra hours I generally work. I think an easy way to capture part of this is to check out the volume of email sent outside of my working hours. Is there a reasonably easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Dec 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Datafilter

Help maximize my small data allowance! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

What's the current state of laptops through customs returning to the US?

Going on a loooong boat trip on one of the cruise lines in a few months. What's the current deal for taking my electronics through the inspections? [Previously from 2009] [more inside]
posted by Buttons Bellbottom on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Tool for visualizing network activity over time

I'm looking for a tool to visualize activity in a network (e.g. people sending emails to each other or planes moving between airports). [more inside]
posted by snownoid on Nov 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Internet mystery: what on earth is postherald.com?

post-herald.com looks sort of like a newspaper site but has only one story, about Mike Tyson. The same domain hosts thousands of thousands of stories like "Kathleen Herald misses out on Powerball prize." Change the numbers in the URL and you'll see different people's names and cities of residence. I assume these names and cities are scraped from a database somewhere. But why do this? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Nov 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Looking for an online traffic counter I can query with curl

I am searching for a live traffic flow counter which is on the net and reachable by http, or some webpage that displays hourly or cumulative vehicle statistics. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 28, 2014 - 4 answers

How to grab an RSS feed and format it for a nice looking email

I'm helping an admin figure out how to grab links from an RSS feed that she can then repackage into an email, along with other content she'll add. What's the best way to do this? Skill level: novice [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Oct 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Sliding hierarchy? Hypercube? How do I structure this data?

I have some data, it happens to be medically-oriented but that's probably not too important. How can I structure it? It appears to be intrinsically hierarchical, but the hierarchy can be organised in various ways. Is there a design pattern for this problem? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Sep 30, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I get a city and state out of a list of latitude/longitude pairs?

I've found a lot of folks that promise the opposite. What I want to do is take a csv of lat/long pairs and get back something pairing them with the corresponding city and state. (I'd even take zip codes if it came to that bit that would be somewhat less useful). Is this something easily done?
posted by Karmakaze on Sep 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Archiving *everything* from Facebook (including tagged pics & comments.)

Facebook has a way to archive/download your data. However, last time I did that, I noticed that it didn't include any comments that friends had made on my posts or any of the pictures I was tagged in (that had been posted by other people), and probably a few other things in a similar vein. Is there an automated way to save those things? Perhaps a third-party product or app of some sort?
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Why does my 4g on my note3 keep disconnecting until I reset it?

I have 4g data on my note 3 here in Australia, using yatango as my service provider. After about 20 minutes of usage of browsing web on my phone, the 4g stops working (the download signal of data stops lighting up and nothing loads) and the only way to fix it is for me to "turn off mobile data" then turn it back on, fixes it every time. Why does it stop working and how can I fix it so I don't have to turn off and then back on mobile data every 20 minutes?
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

EPI writing about numbers and data for the non-mathematically minded

This is my first year in public health. I am writing a report describing data trends and prevalence rates regarding maternal and child health issues. I am trying to be a little creative in my writing. I feel as though I keep restating the same phrases, "the rate was", "a higher percentage of Asian women" , etc. Any tips on writing about data? For example, one in 4 children, one in ten women, etc. Any resources you can point me to in this type of writing? Basically, writing about numbers and data for the non-mathematically minded :)
posted by TRUELOTUS on Sep 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Confused about the best iPhone 6 plans for AT&T

My wife has an iPhone 4 on a market rate plan. I have an iPhone 5 with both a grandfathered unlimited plan and a discount through my employer. Together, we fight crime. No, wait, we look for bargains on our cell plans. Can you help us figure out what's the best plan or combination of plans for us, and how actually to upgrade to iPhone 6? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 11, 2014 - 11 answers

wiz khalifa sings about what?

Is there an online resource that reports on lyrical content for popular music? [more inside]
posted by grateful on Sep 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Finding my ideal climate

I'm trying to find all the areas of the US that have my ideal climate, and I'd like to do so by playing with data. Is there an app, site, or method that can help? (Or can you?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Explain why email is an insecure form of data transmission.

Let's say I need to send some personal data (e.g., full name, DOB, SSN, address history, etc.). I already know I should never transmit that information via email, but why? What are the risks, and where and when do they occur? At what point(s) during transmission is the info in that email in danger? Hit me with every worse-case scenario you can think of. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jul 30, 2014 - 19 answers

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