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  • MAGZine commented on Tested app

    limited engineering budget confirmed. Though, I'm not sure we'd ever get an mobile app anyhow--i'm just not sure there's an audience to justify the cost!

  • MAGZine commented on NFC vs. Bluetooth

    If I had to guess, the NFC is just being used as a way to pair the phone to the speaker fast/easily. streaming music would be very questionable as it isn't a very high-bandwidth (or even reliable) link.

  • MAGZine commented on If Your Account Was Flagged as Spam, but You Aren't a Spammer Post Here

    @gptreb_2: @will: can handle that.

    I've seen some weird flags going on (posts that people disagree with or something?) but (to the best of my knowledge), I've been pretty careful about what I'm flagging. There is a chance it happened though.

    Generally, don't be a dick. Don't flame people. No ad hominem attacks. those are really the only guidelines.

  • MAGZine commented on Apartment "workshop," can I do it?

    @cm1165: Have you checked your lease? Sometimes the explicitly allow or disallow these things.

    For example, I had a coworker who's place allowed him to do things such a distilling liquor, woodworking, etc. If it doesn't say you can't, you should probably be OK in the permission area, but of course, be mindful of your neighbours :)

  • MAGZine commented on Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @TheBigBad: as I posted in the other thread, it's unlikely. Usually you end up getting banned straight away. There are some new filters on Tested I think--I haven't really been briefed on them. Perhaps @will can give you a definitive answer...

  • MAGZine commented on If Your Account Was Flagged as Spam, but You Aren't a Spammer Post Here

    @TheBigBad: likely not. I usually take my time going through the spammers to make sure I don't ban anyone accidentally. Anyhow, if that was the case, you would've lost access to your account.

    Did the post go through and disappear, or did the site eat it immediately? Sorry for your frustration, I'd be lying if I said Tested didn't eat a few of my larger posts. It's a bit disheartening. I usually ctrl-a + ctrl-c before I submit, just in case.

  • MAGZine commented on Geeky things to do in San Fran. & Los Angeles

    @Flibster: you're in a great area! Definitely check out sightglass if you like coffee (warning on price). There's also a great icecreamery (Bi-Rite) like right across from dolores park on 18th street. it's definitely a local favourite--I mean, dem ratings (4.5 stars on Yelp)

  • MAGZine commented on Super sculpey

    I think the Macbook air is a fine machine if you're travelling. When I went to Europe a couple months ago, I brought my DSLR and my macbook air with me. The camera weighed more than the notebook, but the real beauty comes in the long battery life and portability. It's so light you can just take it with you wherever you go, and the battery should pull through A-OK. Built in SD card reader may or may not be a big thing, depending on what camera you shoot with.

  • MAGZine commented on Super sculpey

    test

  • MAGZine commented on Need Help Finding a Laptop for Photo Editing

    test

  • MAGZine commented on Nice, long review didn't post...

    @kev011 said:

    I wrote a nice, long review of my Discount Filters experience and it didn't post. Doing this one to see if it goes through

    There has to be some sort of law revolving around long posts are doomed to get swallowed by some anonymous internet error. I know I've had it before on Tested, and other sites.

    Thanks for the review!

  • MAGZine commented on Geeky things to do in San Fran. & Los Angeles

    @kim_a: i'm totally going to be sure to check some of those out while i'm around.

  • kim_a mentioned you in Geeky things to do in San Fran. & Los Angeles

    @MAGZine: How could I forget Beer (!) : 21st Amendment is solid and local, Rogue is great but not an SF brewery. Southern Pacific isn't that great in my experience.

    I'd also suggest checking out Cellarmaker, its a couple of blocks away from Civic Center BART and their offerings are awesome, especially if you like belgian styles. Another block south is City Beer Store which is worth a visit if you want to stock up or feel in the mood for some epic caramel popcorn. Its also worth checking out Mikkeller which is right on the edge of the Tenderloin by Powell BART and the Powell St. cable car, they've got an amazing rotating selection on tap and a great bottle-list, including some unique brews by Mikkeller named after the neighbourhood. The food is also great, go for the sausages. :)

  • MAGZine commented on Tested.com Premium on Kodi (XBMC) ?

    I don't think there is a way currently to stream the premium stuff to [insert media device]. At least not yet. Sorry!

  • MAGZine commented on I call upon the great collective Mac knowledge of the tested community. PLEASE HELP

    Cool Cars.

    Some of the things I use that you might find useful:

    • TweetBot--Mac Twitter Client
    • Flux, for adaptive screen reddening
    • 1Password--cross-platform password management
    • Familiarize yourself with the trackpad gestures, customize them perhaps. These are what really tie OSX together in a sensible fashion IMO. Back, forward, Mission Control, definitions. Get familiar with virtual desktops. They're built in and really easy to use.
    • I actually use OSX's built in sticky-notes
    • Homebrew, for installing command-line apps (OSX version of yum or apt)
    • In that vein, Zsh if you spend a lot of time in the terminal.

    All said and done, I think OSes are becoming increasingly well-tooled, and you probably don't need a laundry-list of applications to make it serviceable. It's a good thing.

  • MAGZine commented on Geeky things to do in San Fran. & Los Angeles

    If you're planning on alcatraz, definitely buy tickets now if they're still available. The rest of the summer has been sold out for a few weeks now.

    Here are some ideas for SF:

    • California Academy of Science
    • Flower Conservatory - I found it cool, YMMV. GG park, costs $7.
    • Exploratorium After Dark - http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark
    • Coffee: Phillz if you want something different, Sightglass for regular coffee
    • Beer: 21st Amendment Brewery, Rogue Ale Public House, South Pacific Brewery (in that order)
    • Burritos: America's best 'rito: La Taqueria https://www.facebook.com/LaTaqSF
    • Fisherman's Warf, Coit Tower if you like being a tourist
    • Dolores park with a couple of beers if you like being a local. Maybe hike up to Kite Hill if you're in the area--cool view.
    • Epic Roasthouse ($$) for a nice patio + view of bay bridge + bottomless mimosas
    • Tons of shopping in soma/around market. Westfield has all the shopping you desire. there's a uniqlo if you geek out about cheap clothing, and timbuk2 has their HQ here if you like messenger bags.
    • There are street fairs happening every weekend in SF. Lots of music, people, food, art. Depending when you go, there might be something google "sf street fair" or similar, you'll find what's going on.
    • There's great hiking in Sausalito (if you're going through that way)
    • There's a Six Flags in Vallejo (if you're going through that way)
    • There are daily wine tours that'll take you through Napa (if that's your thing. hop on a bus, come back later in the day)
  • will mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine: I'd rather keep deleting the users manually, since the user database is relatively clean right now. If you just delete the posts, we'll have a bunch of active users who are bad, with no way of knowing who they are. If you can give me a list of the people you delete every night, I'd be ok with you mashing the ban button on them. But only if you can generate a list.

  • andy.fancher mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine Is there any way to flag a post without going into the actual thread? Or possibly flagging a user who is a spammer? I try to flag some of the spam I see each night, but it is so time consuming to do it that way.

  • MantaBase mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine: So, you want feedback....

    First, it's really good to see any forward movement on this.

    Second, I think a trial period is certainly in order if you go the proposed route. I basically never got my posts back (as far as I know) from the last time I was accidentally banned (Thanks Will! lol). Not that I was seriously attached to them, but I was in the middle of a thread or two when it happened. So I would want to know (if I were in your place) in advance exactly how many false positive it's looking like.

    Third, I am sorry that the system doesn't allow other options - since I think much of the spam could be curbed/managed by the suggestions some have made (including Will's comments). Restrictions on new users, proxy banning, etc....

    And lastly, looking at the TOS for that service, it looks like we (well, Tested) would be legit even if it had to be the $50 month one which could be covered by premium memberships (12 of them).

    Anyways, that's my feedback. I hope it is useful somehow. You certainly know more than I about the underpinnings of this forum operation.

  • andy.fancher mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine @will Whatever you guys end up implementing, we appreciate it immensely. This is a community I'm proud to be part of, and that starts from the top and filters down to us.

  • will mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine: Check your PMs ;)

  • andy.fancher mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine Is there any way to keep the flag system for abusive behavior, or will that render your idea useless?

    I realize that you all need to be sure before you implement anything, to prevent account deletion that isn't warranted. Can you or the powers that be implement something in the meantime to help slow the bleeding? A measure that's not perfect, but a way you can tweak it to see what would be the best from experience?

  • andy.fancher mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine As a new user, I wouldn't have a problem with what you propose at all. I love the forums here, more-so than anything on reddit or another social network platform. It is elegant in its simplicity. Subjects on the left, topics in the middle, easy to navigate and there is a good mix of what you want to see and nuggets of interesting I've found searching for other things.

    I am willing to accept that if I start a topic, if it is deemed spam by your program, then it will be deleted. The responsibility to make a thread topic meet the requirements falls squarely on our shoulders as users. I love this forum, and the community is one of the best I've experienced in my time surfing the web. I'd hate to see it go because a group of people constantly drown it in a deluge of skin care and shaman curses.

    Being a software maker is awesome. You may not have physical representations of projects like more traditional makers do, but this kind of things takes serious knowledge and an ability to apply it. You have some serious chops if you can manage all that. I wish I could do something like that to directly help all the people who visit this site.

  • Andy3E mentioned you in Request for Feedback: Spam, possible solutions, and a bit about you

    @MAGZine: It sounds like that will help deal with the spam problem or at least mitigate it somewhat to allow people to come to understand that there is more on the forum than spam (the other day i had to go through 4 pages to find actual content!) but i don't think it addresses the underlying issue of the forums lack of usability and features, the tested forums are like something from 1995, theres no FB or Twitter integration, no inbuilt search, it just seems really clunky.

    I really don't want to come across as being down on the whole thing, honestly there is a great community here it just needs the tools to allow it to grow and to express itself, personally I'm not a huge fan of reddits i much prefer forum based communities, or failing that FB Groups.

    Im assuming a large part of the problem is the current forum software is integrated into the tested website meaning we use the same accounts for comments on posts and managing subscriptions? I used to run a large XenForo forum (50,000 members, 16 million posts) But we never tried integration and just focused on running the forums as a stand alone entity but i know lots of other sites which allow integration, maybe something to look at if/when you look to give the site a facelift?

    In the meantime however i full heartedly agree that anything to limit the amount of spam is worthwhile

  • Nscafe mentioned you in Spam gambling threada

    @MAGZine: They'll be the envy of their peers for weeks to come and encourage others to strive to achieve the same greatness.We need a party.

  • StephenWestervelt mentioned you in Spam gambling threada

    @MAGZine: hahahahahaha that made my night.... thanks for all your hard work

  • wvc mentioned you in Can we please stop with the hating of the South?
    @MAGZine:  I'll only say that part of the point I've been trying to make (alas, in vain) is that there is indeed a difference between "hating" on something vice making fun of something. Also, I've tried to make it clear that I do not see into the minds of Will or Jeremy or Adam or any of these folks, nor do I claim that Will harbors any negative feelings about the South (he may or may not, I have no idea). However, his actions on the website/podcasts/videos are actions made in public, and I am free to point out the effect those words/actions have. Consistent references to the South as Dirty, as a place where people are dumb, as a place where any legitimate connection with it must be either explained or excused have, objectively, the impact of painting a derogatory picture of that place and its people.

    Finally, I'm not arguing against stereotypes. Far from it. Not belaboring that point any more.
  • will mentioned you in Who let the spam bots in here?

    @MAGZine said:

    @General Desire said:

    I do think lately more real people are finding the forums as well, which is a good thing. The prostitute-bots come in waves, but generally the forums are clean around 6PM GMT, so someone is doing some nice active clean-up. Can't wait for a decent behind-the systems thing to come in effect though, but yes, they're on it.

    yep, that's about when I wake up most days :D

    Forum spam is literally the first and last thing I do each day. We're really sorry for the inconvenience, but our dev team moves very slowly on stuff like this.

    FWIW, CAPTCHAs will do very little to solve the current problems. From what we can tell, this is all being done by actual human beings. We could put a captcha on each post, but I'm pretty opposed to solutions that are going to impact good users just as much as the spammers.

    We're going to add some smarter filtering, and hope to add the ability for you guys to flag spammers into oblivion, instead of just bringing them to the attention of our mod team.

  • mfh647 mentioned you in intro:-):-)

    @MAGZine said:

    @mfh647: @Nscafe: the correct answer is editing functionality was removed from new users because spammers.

    Thanks for fixing the link in my post.

  • MantaBase mentioned you in intro:-):-)

    @MAGZine: But the editing functionality is still pretty glitchy in the forums regardless - in FF, Safari, and Chrome.

    Anyways, @mfh647 - welcome!

    EDIT: (wow - it worked this time) Thanks for your diligence on the spam!

  • Nscafe mentioned you in intro:-):-)

    @MAGZine: I was going off what Will had said about IE browser stats (and extrapolating to my own experiences with Safari) ... but knowing that it's been removed [period] from functionality is good to know too.

  • jojonl mentioned you in Heavy troll traffic

    @MAGZine: if you need any help, just let me know!