@ilikemovies: special effects are the best way to do this, really. there are all sorts of tutorials that can help you.
If you're dedicated to a practical effect, then you may have to resort to fire, though not a lot of it. Look into smoke pellets.
Suspending a bunch of these in a pie tin beneath the car may be your best bet, but if you plan to do it with moving with any sort of speed, but I'd guess that you'd best do some visual trickery to make it look like the car is moving when it isn't (or, greenscreen/roto it, but that, again, hard when dark). Slow moving vehicle would be fine.
Apparently military grade smoke bombs put out a lot of smoke, last about a minute and don't get hot.
All of this information came from a friend close to the movie biz, so I can't guarentee the accuracy of it, but should help you get going in the right direction.
@stenchlord: @CouchPotatoTalk: @StephenWestervelt: thanks for the flags, guys.
Depending on when I go to bed, I sometimes will clean up the spam that arrives around midnight PST, but have been trying to make it a habit of grabbing it when I wake up.
@noren: @will: should be able to help.
There was an email address once upon a time ago, I'm not sure if it's still monitored for issues like this however.
@Tashi: Nice work!
I'm not sure there is much that lives under the office from the look of the building, but I've never visited so I couldn't say for sure.
We are working on something to help tackle the spam problem, just going to need sometime.
Right now, we do have mods in at least two different timezones. Lane I think is eastern, and lt. squigs is now west coast, though they have both been pretty quiet lately. I'm west coast North America, and I could be wrong but Rallier is something like France.
Honestly, I feel adding more moderators is a bandaid solution. That's not to say it won't work in the short term, but unfortunately adding people as moderators tends to turn doing something fun into work. I'm not saying that people will pickup their bags and leave immediately, but cleaning spam really isn't much fun.
The only thing I can say for certain is that I'm still going to try and prevent spam from building up over time.
@will: it's sort of like a zombie shooter, on horde mode.
I've been on vacation, will try to resume checking it when I wake up, as the spammers seem to hit 1-6 AM PST (i.e. when I'm asleep).
No guarentees--twitter is still the best way to contact me.
@YoThatLimp: I don't think that exists.
For everyone, feel free to @reply me on twitter after flagging the spam, and I'll come and clean everything up if it's bad. :)
Just chiming in here.
As a software engineer, I am all too familiar with the challenges of spam filtering. What's worse is that spam detecting becomes an arms race when you have people either actively tweaking their posts or bots to bypass your filters.
As a moderator, to our members, please continue to flag posts. By flagging posts, they go into a neat control panel which makes handling that spam an order of magnitude easier. We can clean it up faster, and more eyes means that we'll clean up a greater portion of it.
I know that I have been the most active, and I feel guilty from time to time because of it. I'm trying to work on it!
@stenchlord: I think that we can all agree that people who have something to share shouldn't be discouraged from doing so. @will: and I from day one have taken mature discourse as our number one priority in crafting the atmosphere of the Tested forums, and to cordon off discussion to those who have paid doesn't make a lot of sense. The more discussion the better, and so by making visible posting a member's-only benefit, you segregate a community.
If there is a lot of spam on the forums, feel free to flag it as spam, and then send me an @reply on twitter (@MAGZine), and I'll take care of it when I have a moment. :)
Personally, I really like the Surface's hardware. The screen is goregous, the touch screen is great. Very portable. The real hang-up for me, as a software developer, is that I love to have OSX's BSD development at my fingertips.
The upside of the rMBP is the arguably better typing experience and more storage. It really depends what you want to do with it! If you like to draw or anything like that, I think the SP wins bigtime.
@Nscafe: I feel bad I missed this! How about I leave the thread open, and if you feel the need to try and share again, then you are free to bump your thread? :)
Community building is always welcome. The more we get together, the happier we'll be, right?
By the way, this thread is awesome. I revisit it a few times a year to look back on people's favourites for book suggestions.
So, definitely bump. If you have some (new?) favourites, feel free to share them!
@lane: Thanks a lot for this guide! On my Asus Z77 (P8Z77-V), first I had to enable AHCI to enable hotswap, then disable AHCI (=set BIOS to IDE), make sure the SATA connector to the disk was disconnected during boot and connect it during MHDDs SCSI prompt. I could then lock the drive with PWD just as described. My SSD is now back to normal. I hope this helps if anyone else is getting the Failed message during PWD.
Glad that you got your drive back up and running!
Welcome to Tested! I'm delighted that you've made the jump to being a poster and that Tested has inspired your inner-creative self ;)
On the headphones, I know nothing about them, but I would be skeptical due to the lack of reviews. The whole wood thing kinda sounds like bunk to me, too.
I'm all over the place with my listening.
I subscribe to Rdio, and that's where a lot of my listening takes place. However, I also do have a small collection of FLAC that I maintain (~30Gb). HOWEVER, that ends up on Google Music (i.e. converted to 320) since my mobile devices do not have the bandwidth, storage, nor hardware to appreciate FLAC.
Actually, my desktop doesn't have the hardware to appreciate FLAC either, since I'm using a gaming headset which are typically renowned for their mediocre sound quality. They're on par with the ear-buds I carry with me--Sennheiser MM70s.
Genre-wise I'm all over the place. One day it's EDM, next day its folk, next day alt-rock, next day country. I have pretty broad listening tastes but usually shy away from any sort of metal.
@AtomicEdge: I feel that's what a lot of people have found, and it's the reason why the iPad Mini is so incredibly popular as well.
Glad that you're enjoying Android so far!
@zgryphon: The knife will last you forever. There's a surprising amount of science/work that goes into knives!
Happy thanksgiving, folks! Hopefully some people got some sweet black-friday deals this morning.
The Nexus 5 sounds great, and the Nexus 4 may be due for a re-release.
HTC One is a great phone, though already getting bit old at this point.
Also worth checking out is the Moto X, which is The Wirecutter's (friends of Tested! actually written by Nathan Edwards, who has written for Tested and MPC) favourite phone.