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  • MAGZine commented on 11/23 Behind the Myths - Warner Theater, DC - Free Tickets

    Locked as per claimed.

    Thanks for imac's generosity!

  • MAGZine commented on Tested: The Show — Rebecca Watson on Women in Geek Culture

    Hello Testees,

    just stopping in to say a couple things:

    • thank you for being so mature and polite in this discussion. seriously awesome that we can have an open discourse on topics like this. as a reminder, ad hominem attacks are not permitted. Attack the argument, not the person. Tested forum post quality remains supreme.
    • as a moderator, i'm not here to filter opinions on a topic. all opinions are allowed. If you disagree with someone's position, feel free to express that disagreement with a well-reasoned, fallacy-free argument. also, feel free to agree to disagree. It sometimes happens that people hold incompatible stances on topics. this is OK, expected, and a part of normal, healthy discourse.
    • in light of the point above, blatantly ad hominem, misogynistic (according to the definition), or other posts of poor quality will be removed.
    • don't make posts when not on an even-keel. Threads will be locked in the event of things getting out of control.

    Test on,

    Magz

  • MAGZine commented on Tech question: The 'magic' technology behind Sending SMS on Imac

    @FortYTw0: are you able to receive texts from non-SMS users while the phone is off? Sending messages is straight-forward, receiving them is the tricky part. Without the phone being on to relay messages to Apple, I have no idea how else your Mac could receive messages from non-iMessage users.

  • MAGZine commented on Minecraft!: The Tested.com Community Minecraft Server Thread HD Perfect

    @Tashi said:

    Hey @coopdegra,@evil_gordita,@zmaster, and everyone else: speaking of forever ago: check out what I found on The youtube.

    (Way before my time)

    I actually really dig the tunes.

    Hey, is there a way we can get an official anniversary date? I feel we should do something special for our annual/biannual anniversaries.

    I'm a bit bummed, I would've definitely have showed up to an anniversary! That video brings back a lot. I remember constructing a lot of the initial area including the spawn point and the initial 'subway' station/line. That lava bit right by the platform? It was used to dispose of stacks of cobble/dirt/sand from the initial excavation, and was never cleaned up. :)

  • MAGZine commented on Worth Watching: The Largest Glacier Calving Ever Filmed

    @will: @Rallier: "IT'S STARTING! COME BACK! COOOMMMEEE BAAAACCCKKK"

  • MAGZine commented on Windows laptops or MacBooks?

    I've used a macbook air for university for the last three years and it's been awesome. handles all the tasks I throw at it, long battery life, and it's super light (probably the single best aspect of it).

    There's some good information in here. I think a 256GB 13" MBA with a 8GB RAM upgrade is what I would buy if I were looking for a notebook right now. The only thing is, the gaming performance is a bit lackluster, but it tends to at least play most.

  • MAGZine commented on Watch Premium on TV

    I came in here with guns ablazing thinking

    a ha! Spammer, I've caught you now!

    Surprisingly, the title deceived me. Anyhow, I'm not really sure that there is a good way to do that, since the premium stuff is paywalled. Perhaps pull the video up on your phone/notebook, and then share out to the TV via chromecast?

  • MAGZine commented on $0.99 Only Store Storage System.

    That's a great idea! If you could find another shelf, or fashion one yourself, then you could probably fit two even rows of toolboxes in the space of one shelf!

  • MAGZine commented on Smoke Spray

    @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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd9Kr7RemG4

    http://superiorsignal.com/smoke-products/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.

  • MAGZine commented on More Mods to Tackle Spam?

    @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.

  • MAGZine commented on Can't pay for premium

    @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.

  • MAGZine commented on Question about the Tested Office, and M5

    @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.

  • MAGZine commented on More Mods to Tackle Spam?

    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.

  • MAGZine commented on More Mods to Tackle Spam?

    @will: it's sort of like a zombie shooter, on horde mode.

  • MAGZine commented on More Mods to Tackle Spam?

    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.

  • MAGZine commented on T8 Spider

    hmm...@will: ?

  • MAGZine commented on More Mods to Tackle Spam?

    @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. :)

  • MAGZine commented on No active mods?

    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. :)

  • MAGZine commented on Surface Pro 2 (base model) vs Macbook Pro Retina (base model)

    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.

  • MAGZine commented on Thursday morning needs music

    @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?