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Should I buy the OnePlus One X? I'm in the US.

I just got an invite for the new OnePlus One X phone, and I have three days to decide. Per this article, the phone uses AT&T's HSPA network, which results in slower downloads and uploads than LTE. However, I use Cricket Wireless which is slow anyway. Would I notice the difference?
posted by onecircleaday on Nov 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking to digitize my book library, but worried about corrupted PDFs

I have a rather extensive (read: physically burdensome) library of books I'd collected over the years that I'd like to digitize to take with me as I move on to my next adventure. I'm wondering what the best (most efficient, reliable, and economically efficient) way is to digitally preserve a large library of books as PDFs. I'm especially concerned to prevent files from becoming corrupted over time. [more inside]
posted by scriptible on Nov 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Do I need to crash a high school stats class?

Where do English majors go to learn key principles behind deriving mathematically sound meaning from data? I worked for years as a digital editor. Now I'm a "content strategist," which means I'm responsible for proving my new strategy increases reader engagement via different metrics like UVs, shares, attention time, average story finish rate, etc. I'm very familiar with platforms like Google Analytics and Chartbeat. But I want to learn how to see patterns in them there numbers, and I NEED to make sure my insights are mathematically accurate. How can I most efficiently do that without getting a brain transplant? (Example below.) [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Nov 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Quick Data Collection Problem

I have a CSV with one column that contains User IDs. I need to make another CSV that counts how many times each User ID appears in the document, and output it to another CSV That has something like UID1 >> 3; UID4 >> 1; UID20 >> 0. There are thousands of User IDs, so I need to be able to set up a range for it to scan for. Is this possible with free software and not much programming expertise? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 10, 2015 - 8 answers

When did data caps for home internet become a thing? Is that legal?

How much wired data does a family of two adults and two teenagers use? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Reliable demographic information on tertiary students globally

I need to find out accurate information showing the quantity of university/tertiary/higher education students and lecturers, by age, for Australia and internationally. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Centering histogram labels in Google Sheets

How do I get the x-axis labels on my Google Sheets-generated histogram to be centered under the bars? [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Nov 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me limit automatic downloads in iOS

Other than disabling Google Drive and software updates, how do I limit downloads to only the stuff I want? [more inside]
posted by Tenzing_Norgay on Oct 25, 2015 - 6 answers

What Do I Do With All This Data?

I have a research project involving about ~90 subjects in two (self-selected) groups. I have collected a number of variables about these subjects (from public sources), and now I would like to do some statistical tests to say whether these variables are significantly correlated with membership in one group or the other. How do I do this? I have a basic knowledge of R and access to Stata 14. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Website scraping vs TOS

I'm working on a personal project to teach myself a new programming skill, specifically scraping website data. The project will analyze some data that I can get from a publically available website, and I think others in my industry would be interested in the results. Before I get too far into this, I want to make sure I'm not violating any of he site's terms of service, or find out if this is a generally acceptable practice. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Using a Canadian Moto G in the UK -- poor data speeds

Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Oct 14, 2015 - 10 answers


What are these data:application... items ABP is reporting? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find big data and predictive analysis classes in NYC/NJ region

Help me find big data and predictive analysis classes in NYC/NJ region. It can be a weekday or weekend class, anytime of day.
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 - 1 answer

What’s Google know about me? How?

I’ve got questions about Google searches and results. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for specific BLS data

Does the U.S. government publish data about economic growth by sector AND by metro area? I am trying to compile some data for the economic outlook of a city/metro area. Essentially I want something like the BLS's job outlook numbers for different career fields, but localized to specific metro areas. Does this exist somewhere? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

What phone and plan do I want?

The iPhone (2010-2015, RIP) in my pocket has finally perished and I have to look for a replacement. I am in southern Ontario and have been dealing with Fido mostly problem-free for fifteen years, but I am open to other suggestions. I am all over Canada frequently for work so coverage, it is a thing. Data is less important - my current plan has the lowest possible amount and I think I have exceeded the cap two or three times in five years. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

How can a physics postdoc transition to climate science?

Asking for a friend: I am currently a postdoc who researches black holes, but I'm interested in changing fields. In particular, I'd like to do something in climate science. How can I go about this? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy on Sep 8, 2015 - 5 answers

The most entertaining low-data websites

Though I use it heavily, for reasons of excellent value I have a relatively austere data plan on my mobile phone. I have found the premier sites for low-investment entertainment (your Tumblrs, Cracked, et al) to be increasingly image and video-heavy, which tends to suck up data; and nearly everywhere has slick formatting and flashy ads. So what are your favourite text-heavy/low-formatting/BBS-like websites? (Aggregators like Metafilter are okay, but only if they have something going for them by themselves - they'll link to a lot of videos by their nature.) [more inside]
posted by solarion on Sep 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Waze Eats All My Cell Data

Ouch. My iPhone used 5gb of cell data this month. AT&T is throttling me. The culprit is Waze. I live in NYC, drive a lot, and need bleeding-edge traffic data (I don't use it for the maps). Any tips for making Waze use less data? I'd pause it for stretches where there are no route alternatives, but can't think of a convenient way. E.g. does simply turning off (not powering down) iPhone stop data influx to Waze? Any other tips for reducing Waze's data hunger?
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Documenting my physical transition from female to male

I'm finally starting my physical transition from female to male and I'd like ideas on how to document changes. Selfies, obviously, but what are best practices for photo-a-day type projects? What kind of dataviz things could I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers

nvAlt-ernative? I want to take WYSIWYG notes

Is there any good note taking/note management software like nvAlt but with real WYSIWYG and command keys for formatting? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Getting stuff via HTTP POST for the semi-n3wb

The good news: I've been granted access to a vast wonderland of streaming data that will make all my dreams come true. The bad news: I don't know how to access it. HTTP POST and JSON details inside... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Aug 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me save my data!

I need help restoring data from a hard drive I accidentally wiped [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Aug 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Data Residency Legislation

I am trying to compile any legislation that specifies where and how (geographically speaking) organizations may store data. Where can I find some? What should I search for? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 10, 2015 - 4 answers

How do you stack?

Where can someone learn about modern technology stacks / enterprise computing? Is there an equivalent to How Computers Work but for corporate computing? If I wanted to see how CRM, ERP, PaaS, ETL, ESP, DMZ, NoSQL, and GitHub might be used together at Walmart / Acme Co., where would I go? Is What is Code the closest I will get?
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 28, 2015 - 4 answers

What ate my data?

According to my carrier, my iphone 5S had two registered data usages at 12:00am on the 15th for a total of 575MB. The problem is, I was asleep at the time, and the phone should have been accessing our wireless connection. So what ate the last of my data? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Databases and reporting, the non-technical person's guide

I'm looking for suggestions for databases and reporting tools that can deal with relatively small amounts of data, don't cost loads of money, and don't require super technical expertise. Details beyond. [more inside]
posted by theseldomseenkid on Jul 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Horoscope Library?

I've got an idea involving data-mining Horoscopes. Problem is... it seems really hard to find horoscopes online other than Today's and Yesterday's. Are there any free resources I can use to look at past daily/weekly horoscopes? [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Jul 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How does one know if things are getting better or worse?

If you were to measure whether things are getting better or worse in a country, what metrics would you use?
posted by scottso17 on Jun 24, 2015 - 17 answers

How Long Until They Knew Who Won The Battles?

I'm interested in better understanding the rate at which data transmission has increased through human history. I would like to graph this to understand better how to compare ancient events with modern based on how long it would take an idea to filter through a population at a given time. I know this is a tall order, and so I've settled on one variable that I think will be useful for me: the speed at which the results of a battle were relayed back to the relevant parties. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Where can I find data?

Where can I just find spreadsheets of interesting data? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jun 7, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I supercharge Excel's Data Validation tool?

(Background at the top; question at the bottom) I work for a tech company and clients routinely send us their data for us to process. These are quasi-employee records, including the employee's department, location, age, etc. They give us all of the valid selections for each of these fields as part of their initial account setup and we can change them at any time. These are the selections they've chosen and most often match what is in their HRIS. But, they often send us mismatching data... [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Jun 3, 2015 - 3 answers

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

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