In the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, how much does my Garmin GPS know about traffic conditions and how does it know?
My understanding is that some traffic data comes from sensors mounted on gantries a d posts looking over the road.But and here is the clever part a lot of the data comes from the mobile phones of people driving along, its crowd sourced. Some via the apps themselves like Google maps and some via the mobile phone companies.
Can the 390 Duke 2017 be used to commute in Bangalore? How is a heating issue handled in heavy traffic? Can the heat be tolerated in heavy traffic? What’s a trick to handle the heat?
The Duke 390 like all other engines is designed to run at a specific temperature range. Even when I ride the bike in single digit temperatures, the 390 temperature indicator will rise to about 90 Deg C and above even before the fan comes on. Bangalore traffic is not a problem but in stop and go traffic where the bike is constantly in first gear and de-clutched, the engine can heat up. If your commute can be managed on roads and at times when this stop- go traffic is minimal or reduced, you should be fine , as I was when I used to ride in Bangalore.A high output engine will heat up and if you use the power, this heat will be copious. There are no tricks to reduce the heat. The newer models of the 390 have an upgraded radiator and fans and should be able to handle the heat. The only solution to the heat is to ride in the higher gears to ensure adequate airflow around your legs.
How effective are traffic speeding cameras at night (or in adverse weather conditions) compared to daytime?
I have been a radar operator and instructor for over 20 years. I am answering this question using an example of manned radar and will explain further.Let me answer the simple one first. Weather does affect radar and not in a good way. Rain can block or reflect the signal and even fog or snow will do the same thing.Night has no effect on radar.As far a speed cameras I don't believe in them at all because radar is not meant to be operated in that manner.Operating radar requires the operator to estimate the speed of the vehicle first then verify it with the radar. To put it simply, I am on an interstate running stationary radar and I see two vehicles coming. Unless they are the exact same vehicle make I will get two readings, fluctuating back and forth between the two speeds. I will also get an audible tone from the radar. The higher the pitch the higher the speed.Car no 1 passes and I had estimated his speed at 70 and got a reading fluctuating between 70 and 72. That is because the radar is picking up both vehicles. So after the 1st vehicle passes the radar jumps from 70 to 72. Then I have my choice of either vehicle.Now lets say the same thing is happening but I am getting the two readings of 70 and now 85. The first vehicle is a car and the second vehicle is a semi 1/4 mile down the road. The first car passes and the 70 goes up to 85. Now I know I am picking up the truck down the road.Radar does not always pick up the first vehicle. It may, but in this case it is picking up both as the radar picks up the vehicle with the greatest size and mass.Back to the speed camera. Since there is no one there verifying speeds the speed cameras are not accurate at all. You could be ticketed for a truck 1/4 mile behind you and you are getting cited for the wrong vehicle.This is why I am totally opposed to speed cameras. There is not human there to prove it. You may have gone through school zones or constructions sites where there are speed sensors set up. These are there just as a reminder to slow down. I am sure everyone has noticed that when approaching one of these things the speeds are constantly changing. That is how speed cameras work and why I am opposed to them.
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.