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12:22 AM
I was hoping for a happy Burrito Hour, but there are still enough students around to form a line at Chipotle. Jimmy John's it is, then.
 
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Perfect! This is what I am looking for, zaq! May I have your brain? — Mario Essig 22 mins ago
 
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That's one creepy way to say "thanks".
 
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Looks fancy
 
6:24 AM
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6:37 AM
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8:26 AM
@zaq yeah, well ... didn't they dissect Einstein's brain? That was way after his dead IIRC. So if people want your brain you could see that as an honor...
 
 
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user202362
10:51 AM
 
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11:49 AM
I wonder what would happen if we keep on thrusting cockroaches into the space
 
user202362
11:59 AM
or better still - cockroach eggs
 
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My experience of freezing fruit flies is this: a few minutes at -20°C (normal household freezer temp) is usually survivable, although it takes them a few minutes more to wake up (this is probably what a magician would do). An hour at -20°C? Dead.
 
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A Fly Larva that tolerates Dehydration and Temperatures of −270° to +102° C.
 
user202362
2:13 PM
So you might ask, why not sending fly larva into space instead? Because cockroaches eat wider varieties of food. Once I witnessed one devouring a piece of soap. Not just any soap, a piece of honey oatmeal soap
 
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also stop making soap looking so delicious
 
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I mean, am I the only one look at this and think of fudge?
 
user340193
4:22 PM
can I lock a question so no new answers/ votes /comments can be added?
 
4:33 PM
@Oded And historical locks...
 
@Telkitty yes
@Oded huh? That's wrong. Any kind of lock prevents voting.
(that's ordinary lock, not historical. The only difference with historical is that there are no vote arrows at all, plus one can't even flag.)
Hey what happened to @Undo's bounty on the sandbox?
oh, Shog removed it.
 
4:56 PM
I was probably thinking about protecting.
@MarkYisri so, only moderators can lock posts. See:
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Q: What is a "locked" post?

Justin StandardA post can be locked. What does it mean to lock a post? Who can lock a post? When should a post be locked? Return to FAQ index

 
@ShadowWizard A lot.
 
5:20 PM
@Undo TL;DR?
@Oded oh. Fair enough. :)
@Oded whoa..... Big bug! Onebox showing avatar of deleted question author.
(Justin Standard)
 
Guys, do we have a precedence for crowd-sourcing data from users?
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Q: I want to crowd-source data on MAF readings at idle. Should I make the request on the main site, meta or in chat?

ZaidI think it would be possible to answer a question like this if sufficient data was collected about various vehicles: Is there a rule of thumb for estimating volumetric efficiency? I am quite comfortable asking the question, but where should I ask it?: The main site would be ideal... ... sinc...

@JasonC ?
 
user315433
5:41 PM
Generally, polls are not allowed. But if the question is phrased as "What are the possible/typical MAF readings at idle", it may be an on-topic question.
 
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One problem with polls is that they are very much dysfunctional when posted as questions: you get a dozen random responses before everyone gets sick of the question being bumped and closes it or something. And the data you've collected by then is pretty much worthless.
 
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The purpose of Meta is up to the users running the site. Photography have contests choosing the best photo of the week. Arqade decide what movie to watch next. Mathematics collect catalogs of typical questions and answers.
 
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If the matter is important and mods are okay with this, you could have a meta post with a Google Form for collecting data, titled like "Collecting MAF readings at idle", and a mod would make it featured so it's in the sidebar of the main site.
 
6:06 PM
@Zaid I don't know if anything like that exists but I will look around.
I could certainly throw together a web site where folks could upload sensor logs.
It might be a fun idea for an app that reads bluetooth/wifi sensors and automatically collects and shares peoples readings.
Also hi, lol. Don't see you in these parts too often.
 
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It's been almost four years since xkcd.com/1179 but it doesn't seem to have an effect on people...
 
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I want to import MotoGP calendar into my Google Sheets. The calendar comes from Europe so it uses dd/mm format, motogp.com/en/news/2016/12/07/2017-motogp-calendar-updated/…
 
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Sheets interpret half of the dates incorrectly, and leave the rest as text. So I change the locale to Germany, and now I have correct dates in Tabellenblatt4. sigh
 
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Like, why would a user ever import a webpage (importhtml) with a convention different from his own locale? Not going to happen.
 
@zaq Because that way sucks too, lol. (Well OK, except for filenames).
I'm all about 2013-Feb-27
Sorts poorly, but no ambiguity in text.
 
user315433
6:20 PM
And then, your data source is in Russia and they have the same bright idea except it's now 2013-Феб-27...
 
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We should just switch to hexadecimal globally. Then the month is 1 digit, day is 2 digits, no ambiguity.
 
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Until someone leaves off the leading zero in the day number, that is.
 
Well you could encode the entire thing in 4 bytes.
3 bytes.
0 to 9999*12*31
Gets us up to 0x38C1CC, lol.
 
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Then the Long Now Foundation will be unhappy.
 
@JasonC hello :)
 
6:26 PM
@zaq Or rather: 8ÁÌ
I'd tell you my birthday but... control characters.
^KA^Z, a special day to me.
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@Zaid I don't remember where it is, but there used to be (maybe still) a site where people would run performance tests on their computers and upload them along with their configuration. Then you could browse all the data and compare.
Something like that might be interesting for OBD logs, if you could somehow leverage people's competitive / bragging nature for upload motivation.
If you can think of a way to transform OBD stats into something that car people could use to impress other car people, you'd have a data collection gold mine.
 
@JasonC just you so you know, I'm not asking for logs. Just a few tidbits of information
Stuff like engine displacement, NA or forced-induction, idle RPM, MAF readout, MAF condition (new, original, unknown)
 
I know. But I'm thinking maybe too-bigger-picture. You make it easy for people to upload logs, so they don't have to look at numbers, do averages in their head, and type. You make people want to give you data. Then you have a recipe for all sorts of fun stats.
Nevermind.
 
lol, I was waiting with abated breath
 
Well if you want simple, I'd just ask on forums.
Haha sorry.
I was thinking along the lines of proper random sample surveys.
And was going to look online to see if there was a good service for it.
 
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6:37 PM
But then I thought it'd probably be quicker to just ask on car forums.
As for meta
I say screw it, just post it, lol.
Worst that can happen is it gets downvoted to hell or Paulster or somebody goes "sigh".
Posting it is the easiest way to find out if the community is open to it.
 
Kind of makes the Meta post moot if I don't wait for input, doesn't it?
 
@Zaid Oh hey why don't you set up a Google form?
 
Because I want the information to be accessible to the site
 
People can fill it out, you'll have a nice spreadsheet, you'll keep the answers clean.
Yeah but you can share a view-only link to the spreadsheet publicly, Google lets you do that.
 
Let me think about it
 
6:41 PM
@Zaid And yeah it does make it moot. Easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission, heh. But since you've already done the latter now you've gotta politely wait.
@Zaid Check it out. Seconds: goo.gl/forms/WlX3sU32oyLKTfi42
 
@JasonC make a site that generates leaderboards for arbitrary stats and then try to get the guy who makes Torque on board.
 
@Shog9 Now you're talking.
 
@JasonC you're so kind. Except that the Marcellus Wallace question may be slightly biased :P
(whoever he is)
 
"Competition is fierce in the Top 3 O2 Sensor Values category."
@Zaid Pulp Fiction
A movie worth watching.
 
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user315433
6:53 PM
Great success: I now have imported all 2017 MotoGP events in my Google Calendar, and thus answered a question on Web Apps. Next: how to delete them, given I don't follow MotoGP.
 
user315433
7:07 PM
I wouldn't mind an easily-importable Formula 1 calendar, though.
 
Wow
So my ISP usually has great customer service.
Today I tried calling them with a question about an overdue bill, which I don't intend to pay until after I talk to them.
And I found out that when you owe money on your bill their automated phone system only provides paths to pay the bill. I went through every path. There is no way to do anything else, and no way to talk to a person. And their chat server is down.
That
Is f**king frustrating.
 
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7:52 PM
@JasonC well, it's smart strategy... surely it makes people pay.
 
 
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user315433
9:15 PM
!!/hats
 
@zaq WE LOVE HATS! Winter Bash will begin in 1 day, 2 hours, 44 minutes, and 50 seconds.
 
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@Quill-the-former-hat-maniac isn't even pingable now. Looks like there will be a nice hat champion this year.
 
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Internet of Things is a pretty weak beta, but at least they do have a site topic, so will probably survive.
 
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@zaq s/nice/new/ ... no offense to Quill was meant
 
9:59 PM
@E.P. not if Peter Mortensen have a hand in it...
 
 
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11:28 PM
 
user315433
10617 micrometers per hour? Why per hour and not per second, if you're into SI units?
 
Usually people do it per hour. Per second wouldn't be all that useful.
 
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Yeah, and micrometers are common in household use too.
 
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2.949 μm/s, a number of nice magnitude, easier to think about than 10617
 
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An intuitive approximation: the width of human hair is about 50 μm, so it takes about 17 seconds to get one hairwidth of rain.
 
user315433
11:39 PM
Go figure if this is drizzle or heavy rain. :)
 

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