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

    @lmlloyd said:

    I doubt it will change anyone's mind, it never seems to, but let me just try to interject something here. I find it odd that anyone who sees themselves as a skeptic, would discount anyone's position on anything, just because they don't like their conclusions. For example, right now I'm slogging my way through a book that is basically a neo-luddite manifesto. It is hard going, because I so fundamentally disagree with practically everything the author has to say, but I think it is important to read his arguments, and think long and hard about them, because the alternative is to lose all perspective to confirmation bias, and only being told what I want to hear.

    I think that a very modern disease of social media, is we've all become far too enamoured, even dependant, on being able to click a button, and make dissenting views just vanish, at which point we pat ourselves on the back for being the smart ones, and make up stories about how stupid anyone who disagrees with us is. It is dangerous, and does not promote healthy skepticism and discourse. There is no idea mankind has every created, that is so sacrosanct that it deserves to be unchallenged.

    FYI--This is probably my favourite forum post of the year. I know I'm guilty. I think it applies to a vast majority of internet discourse.

  • MAGZine commented on Spam is out of hand

    I've cleaned up the threads today.

    If you see spam that isn't in it's own thread (i.e. video replies, spam in existing threads), please flag it because it'll be nearly impossible for me to find.

    Thanks, guys!

  • MAGZine commented on Heavy troll traffic

    Hey guys,

    I apologize for all of this. Unfortunately, Whalerock does not have significant resources to equip us with better tools. AFAIK, I'm the only active moderator besides staff--and even then, calling me active is a bit of a misnomer. I try to remember to stop by at least once in the morning/evening to cleanup spam.

    I'll set a reminder in my phone to remind me to take a better look. I've been here since the beginning--I'll try to do better.

    I have noticed the spam choking legitimate activity. Tested is very aware of the problem.

  • 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,


  • 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


  • 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.



    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. :)