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Powerless

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Have Work

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Data Point

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In general you should only include your single best data point in the paper. The rest of the data can go in the supplementary materials.
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In general you should only include your single best data point in the paper. The rest of the data can go in the supplementary materials.
shacktoms
46 days ago
The "best" data point being the least explicable outlier? Reframing science as a cry for help?

So Much to Do

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Feature Comparison

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Below the Web, and the Dark Web, a shadowy parallel world of Cybiko users trade messages on the Translucent Neon Plastic Web.
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bja888
78 days ago
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I think I still have my cybiko in storage somewhere.
jlvanderzwan
79 days ago
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Wow, TIL. I guess this was not a thing in Europe?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38VEBOseAzM

That looks like a very capable device for its price point tbh (back in the early 2000s I mean)
rraszews
79 days ago
It wasn't exactly a "thing" stateside either.
jlvanderzwan
79 days ago
No, I guess not, but it got some media attention at least
GaryBIshop
79 days ago
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great!
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Below the Web, and the Dark Web, a shadowy parallel world of Cybiko users trade messages on the Translucent Neon Plastic Web.

Historical Dates

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Evidence suggests the 1899 transactions occurred as part of a global event centered around a deity associated with the lotus flower.
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JayM
133 days ago
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Hahaha. Yep.
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Screwtape
133 days ago
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An explanation, for those as puzzled as I was:

Unix-based systems traditionally represent timestamps as "seconds since 1970-01-01". If some program requires a modification timestamp for some file and no accurate value is available, it will commonly use the value 0 as a default. When other systems carefully preserve that value, it leads to files with 1970-01-01 timestamp.

Spreadsheets traditionally represent timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1900-01-01". In the same way, asking for a timestamp when no valid information is available will often get the value 0 as a default. Since businesses run on Excel, there's a lot of transaction records with a 0 timestamp in Excel spreadsheets out there.

One last wrinkle: The first wildly popular spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3, had a bug: it assumed that the year 1900 was a leap year, so it assumed 1900-02-29 existed, and so every date timestamp after that point was off by one. When Microsoft created Excel, they carefully reimplemented that bug for compatibility's sake, but if you're a historian looking at the data, you might reasonable assume that spreadsheets stored timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1899-12-31". If you're storing timestamps in some different format, it might not be obvious that those are zero dates - you might assume there's just a lot of transactions processed on that day.
martinbaum
133 days ago
Staggeringly thorough, thank you!
rraszews
131 days ago
I knew the 1970 thing but didn't understand the provenance of the 1899 one; I assumed it had something to do with the Y2K bug (as a colleage of mine put it, "1899 and 1999 were two very different years, but they had one thing in common: the next year would be 1900")
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