I think it's also important to consider that satisfaction surveys tend to suffer from a sort of selection bias. You're only getting feedback from people who feel compelled to give feedback.
I worked for a big, big global company for a number of years. IT was run from call centres around the world, so that anybody working anywhere would always find somebody in a convenient timezone to work on the problem for at least a few hours, even if the ticket was submitted at the end of the business day for the person with the problem.
And if the IT people fixed the problem quickly, there was always a request to complete a satisfaction survey.
Curiously, if they didn't fix the problem quickly, there was no such request.
This kind of situation is not limited to customer surveys, it applies to all manner of Key Performance Metrics and other measurements.
Where I live right now, there is a straight section of road through a residential area.
There were complaints to the town police about cars being driven at excessive speeds, and requests for traffic calming measures. The town opposed the expenditure.
To prove that the measures were not necessary, a few police officers were given the task of measuring average speeds along the road. Of course, being deployed along a public road they had be be safe, so they wore high-visibility jackets at they pointed radar speed-detection guns at oncoming vehicles. And guess what? Not a single vehicle exceeded the limit during the operation. Ergo, no need to install expensive traffic calming measures.
It should not be called autopilot
"Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution" should give RASIR.
Which illiterate philistine came up with "RAISR"?
As of September 2016, two EpiPens cost around $100 in France and around $200 in Germany.
As of September 2016, two Jext autoinjectors cost about £8.5 in Britain, and the National Health Service pays around £48 (US$73.33) in order to make them available; that price was about 17 percent less than 2013. US
In October 2016 the CEO of Mylan testified to Congress that Pfizer/King charged Mylan about $34.50 for one EpiPen. The devices deliver about $1 worth of drug. In September 2016, a Silicon Valley engineering consultancy performed a teardown analysis of the EpiPen and estimated the manufacturing and packaging costs at about $10 for a two-pack.
The EpiPen, manufactured by King, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and marketed by Mylan, has dominated the market. In 2007 when Mylan acquired the rights to market the product, annual sales of all epinephrine autoinjectors were about $200M and EpiPen had around 90% of the market; in 2015 the market size was around $1.5B and Mylan still had about 90% of the market. Mylan raised the price from around $100 for a package of two EpiPens in 2007 to around $600 in 2016. In the United Kingdom, an EpiPen costs £26.45 as of 2015. In Canada they are about 120 CAD each.
So, making them available at $50 each, CVS is not cutting any corners, just charging a similar price to what commercial suppliers in Europe are charging, and if those suppliers in Europe were not making an acceptable profit, they would abandon the business.
If Mylan is paying about $34.50 to its suppliers, it can charge $50 and be making $16 a piece on them. Let's say Mylan sold them at $60 a pop, that's $24, or almost a 70% mark-up, and still much less than the current price.
X or X's eve is the night before X.
X night follows X day.
So if New Year's Day is on 1 January, that means that New Year's Eve is the night before, i.e. 31 December, and New Year's Night is the night from 1 January to 2 January.
I seem to remember from a while back (maybe a couple of years) some research that addressed this.
Researchers in Australia looked at ethnically Chinese kids in Australia and in Singapore, so genetically almost identical populations. The kids in Singapore spent much more time indoors, whereas the kids in Australia spent at least two (IIRR) hours per day at school outdoors.
It seems that exposure to natural light, most likely to UV spectrum, signals to the eye when to stop growing. In the absence of this signal, a kid's eyes continue to grow after the skull has stopped growing. The result is that the eye bulges, increasing the distance between the lens and the retina, giving rise to myopia.
The eyes of the kids in Australia were getting enough light to stop growing, the eyes of the kids in Singapore were not getting enough light and continue to grow.
But doesn't the exchange simply reverse the trades once it is discovered that there was some manipulation like this?
There's little point in trying to push a stock into a nose dive like that. The billions you make will last for seconds before they evaporate.
On the other hand, I see little point to "Syrian Electronic Barmy Army Woz 'Ere" type graffiti
If you really cannot find a pattern in your problem's data, then reframe the problem until you can find a pattern. And write your program in such a way that data falling outside the pattern is handled elegantly.
"My supervisor is the entity of Apple as a whole and therefore, I am here to help you directly. I am the end of the line for this matter."
"no further information pertaining to the issue is available, I do apologize however any further correspondence regarding the issue will not be addressed."
And just to put a cherry on top, she ends with this.
"Your experience is very important to us and we truly appreciate your continued devotion to the iTunes Store. Have a wonderful day."
Apple's left hand (iTunes store) apparently cannot talk to its right hand (the iPad and Mac store), even though the left hand and right hand need each other.
What I'm asking for here on Slashdot is for any advice on how to proceed, or for examples or links to stories about people having successfully persuaded Apple or another big corporation to take a more customer-friendly approach.
Pavement is the material itself, such as asphalt, concrete, etc. The word "pave" means to cover a surface. Sidewalk, road, driveway, and such refer to the use of the paved area. You don't typically call your house "bricks" or "wood" or whatever it may be constructed from, so why call a sidewalk "pavement".
In British English, the terms "pavement" and "paved" also tend to have a strong sense of a surface being covered with "paving stones" as opposed to being covered by a continuously poured material such as tarmac, asphalt or concrete, a process known as "metalling". So the pavements are paved, and the roadway is metalled.
We adopted metalling for the roadway long before using it on the pavements, and it is still very common to find pavements that are flagged (i.e., covered with big flagstones) .
But we also use "footpath" and sometimes "causeway" (pronounced kz.i in some areas) for the bit reserved for pedestrians.
To look at the car example, it would be like saying that we are going to take cars away from everybody except those who do hit and runs. We'll let them keep their cars and give them more targets when people start walking in the road since nobody else has cars, so they don't expect to be hit. Oh, and we'll also remove all stoplights and speed limits. See how well it works out for society.
The idea that you take the [cars|guns] away from reasonable people and expressly allow the unreasonable people to keep their [cars|guns], and to furthermore remove all restrictions on the use of those [cars|guns] is just ridiculous, and not at all what understood from errandum's post.
You already have gun control, and have the legal mechanisms:
This is just like the mechanisms that you have in place to try to prevent people from driving cars when should not do so
But your legal system does not have the practical means to enforce the legal mechanisms.
Fix your gun control system first: take the guns out of the hands of the unreasonable people.
Not only that, but I find that using those programs is really useful for planning.
What you really don't want, when showing constellations to kids, is to spend ages looking around for something interesting in the sky. A few in the class might have the patience for it, but not the rest. And if you can'tshow them the Plough, Cassiopeia and Orion quickly enough, they'll start shouting to see Uranus.
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce