I'm a big honkin' geek, and I would like to figure out an Excel formula I could reuse from year to year to space out my vacation day choices -- but including holidays, which would prevent even distribution. How can I still get as close as possible? More inside. [more inside]
Do you know of a technology tool that would allow us to write a single newsletter, and then generate different versions of it to send only relevant articles to specific audiences? Full details inside... [more inside]
I would like to get married soon but there's one thing I'm worried about: my SO has been unemployed for the large part of a year, and I'm not certain he'd have a job when we would want to get married. I live in a equitable distribution state. I'm worried I could get really screwed over if we divorce and am looking for anecdotes/advice (not legal) on how to handle this. [more inside]
I conduct interviews and want the best distribution for them. They are occasionally broadcast on KBOO in Portland. I also have access to the Public Radio Exchange as well as Pacifica's "audioport". With those, I can offer these interviews for rebroadcast through affiliated radio stations throughout the country. [more inside]
I need to send out a distribution of a PDF file, such as a lesson series. Each subscriber to the lessons gets the next article in the series each week. New articles are regularly added to the bottom of the list, keeping the series going. But newly added subscribers need to start at the top of the list of lessons. [more inside]
In the USA, are we required by the IRS to distribute funds raised for a non-profit's group trip equally among all participants? [more inside]
I'm wondering if there's a specific distro that will breathe new life into my spare aging Dell WinXP machine... [more inside]
What's the best approach to digital music publishing? The only approach I have used thus far is CDBaby, but that requires physical product and UPS codes, right? [more inside]
What percentage of English words have three syllables?
How might I distribute approximately 750MB of DRM free audio to paying customers? [more inside]
I have settled on the brand and model. OK, grab the keys, let's go get it. But where?! [more inside]
I'm researching the market for sports uniforms, e.g., those snazzy football and soccer uniforms worn by high school athletes, etc. I mainly want to understand the sales process. [more inside]
Is it true? Are film distributors on the whole pretty much... scum? [more inside]
What is a suitable Linux distribution for a text-only system? [more inside]
Had a medical procedure that cost $3100. Paid for it in full with money in my HSA. Provider will now bill insurance for me and according to benefits schedule I will get a check back for $1000 from insurance company. I would have been perfectly happy to have only paid out $2100 and have left the $1000 to accrue tax-deferred. But the provider insisted on payment in full at time of service. Can I put this money back in the HSA? I see that there is an entity called a "Mistaken Distribution" for instances when you use your HSA debit card by accident. The language surrounding this "mistaken distribution" warns of potential tax consequences. But in my instance I did not make a mistake. I already contribute maximally to the account so I can't go over. What should I do?
Abundance or Scarcity: Is current global aggregate production of consumable 'necessities' sufficient for current global population? Or are food shortages and starvation due to insufficient aggregate production? [more inside]
I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
Are bitmapped fonts still not copyrightable? How have you used bitmapped fonts in your work? [more inside]
Is there a minimum sample size required to use the bell curve for performance management? I was wondering if small teams (3-5) can use the normal curve / bell curve for categorizing employees by performance? I have a feeling that the sample size needs to be much larger than that (3-5) for the bell curve to apply. Anybody know if there is a minimum? If possible please share link to supporting evidence.
Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
Sphere packing problem: for a distribution of sphere sizes? [more inside]
Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them?
Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them? [more inside]
Looking for a web-based self-serve tool to manage existing distribution lists that will work with Exchange 2003 and 2010. [more inside]
I run a couple of django-based websites/webapps. What OS should I use for my VPS? The most important thing is security and easy installation of packages (including dependencies). I also prefer a system that is easy to maintain. Security is more important, but if all else is equal I would specifically love something with easy to make init-scripts. I know I can install third party packages to do just about anything, but I prefer a batteries-included approach if it exists. [more inside]
I have until noon tomorrow to prove to my company that switching out our proprietary CMS system to Wordpress is a terrible idea. Difficulty: I know nothing about Wordpress. Help! [more inside]
Help me navigate the IP landmine field that is the world of font-embedding. [more inside]
My next task at work is to turn one of our existing web applications into an iPad app. Help me get to the point where I know where to start. [more inside]
Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
Developers and content curators: Help me with some market research. I am trying to find an off-the-shelf solution or to spec out how to develop a solution to the following problem. My organization is looking to setup an internal collection, curation, and distribution system to push multimedia content to hundreds of social media accounts (in dozens of languages) with potentially hundreds of users. Ability to enable push-button publishing via Facebook, Twitter, and other APIs through a plug-in architecture. Sound interesting? Read on. [more inside]
How would I find a function that transforms random variables from an non-normal probability distribution to a normal distribution? [more inside]
Email Distribution Lists: we set up a bunch of distribution lists at work and guess what? They started off real useful, and now they've spiraled out of control and their effectiveness has been eclipsed by users receiving excessive amounts of email traffic. How do we get out of this? Shut them down? Police them? Re-train? [more inside]
What is the best way to get music on iTunes and Amazon? CDBaby offers this as a service, as does ReverbNation and WATunes. Would you recommend one service over another and why?
In the U.S.: Do you use a press release distribution service that you would recommend? This is for a small business (with a relatively small budget) that at the moment mainly needs coverage in a metropolitan area, but which may soon expand to online sales so it would be good to establish as much visibility as possible. More details inside... [more inside]
I am sitting here drinking coffee from a Crate & Barrel jumbo mug (ie reasonably specialist item), made in China. What journey did it take from its origin in China to get to my kitchen? I'm particularly interested here in how freight & distribution of specialist items works - ie if you're shipping rice, I'm guessing you just fill an ISO container with rice and send it off, but if you've got lots of weird little things, how is the contents, packing, count, destination etc of a container determined?
Need help solving a zip archive timestamp & GNU make interaction problem on Linux, MacOSX, and other systems.
We ran into the following conundrum while distributing source code for some open-source software we produce. Our code is pretty straightforward C++ stuff with makefiles designed for GNU make. We distribute the package as a zip archive. Works on most systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD and others). Now, zip stores and unzip restores the file timestamps. Problem is, if someone downloads the archive in an earlier time zone than the one in which it was produced, the unarchived files have a timestamp in the future. [more inside]
Beyond Film Distribution for Dummies: What do I need to know about distributing my feature-length grassroots documentary film? (specific q's inside) [more inside]
What do I check if some one-variable data fits a distribution? In this case, I plotted my data in excel and it looks like a gamma distribution. How do I check "goodness of fit" like you can with the linear/polynomial/power/exponential regressions that excel has? I also have mathematica at my disposal.
MagazineDistributionFilter: I used to buy the videogame magazine GameInformer at my local bookstores and magazine shops. I live in Montreal, Canada. I did this for years, going out during my lunchbreak and picking it up, then reading it on the bus home after work. Then, all of a sudden this past January, all the stores stopped getting it. I looked everywhere. All the big bookstores, all the magazine store chains. It was frankly, bizarre. The only place that still seemed to get it was EB Games, and they only got a few copies. I now subscribe to the magazine, but the question of why they would suddenly stop distributing to newsstands here has plagued me. Does anyone know?
I want to determine the difference between distributions. When would I use kl-divergence and when would I use rmse? It seems like both equations reduce deviation to a single number, but couldn't find a comparison between them.
How do free alt-weeklies and zines get access to their distribution points? Is it as simple as asking or do they pay rent/barter some ad space in return for a place to put their magazine?
Is there a good single online resource to keep up-to-date in trends for online/mobile content distribution? [more inside]
How was print produced and distributed during the early Medieval period? [more inside]
I'm considering a slight career change into the online retail sector and I'd like to know more about distribution models, purchasing from distributors and manufacturers, and how product prices are calculated. [more inside]
How does a third party logistics provider typically charge their customers? [more inside]
I'm about to move one of my computers to Linux, but I don't know much about the various distributions. Can you recommend resources that compare the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions, so that I can assess any relevant tradeoffs? [more inside]
How do I best encode the intended audience of a photo inside a JPG file?How do I best encode the intended audience of a photo inside a JPG file?
How do I best encode the intended audience of a photograph inside a JPG file? [more inside]
Tunecore or CDBaby? [more inside]
I have a bucket containing N marbles: M white marbles and N-M black marbles. I need to grab a handful of marbles (n) and figure out the probability of having picked up m white marbles. [more inside]
How to get theatrical distribution for an indie? [more inside]
What should I negotiate for the use of my song on a compilation? [more inside]
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