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  1. 16 points
    Atomic has been, for the last 19 years, a family for me. There have been some people that I have actually taken a hiatus to avoid dealing with, and there have been people that I speak to almost every day/week and are the rocks that keep me going when everything else in life is getting too much, and there have been all the variations in-betwen. For most of the last 20 years, my main social circle has been made up of Atomicans: I've gone to parties and barbecues, gone to Atomican weddings, and had an Atomican at mine. Just like on the forums, people came and went: life and drama and poor decisions and regret got in the way. Like I said: family. When I was young and poor and couldn't afford to get a phone line installed after moving house, Atomicans raised money for me to pass on to Telstra; helped me find different ISPs offering free trials, so I could get back online. Back in the dialup days. This was when, say, 2-300mb was meant to be a month's worth of free trial. Instead, it lasted me less than a week, because I was on the forums so much. When I was tapped on the shoulder and asked if I'd like to become a mod, I was mostly surprised, I think. After all the shit I'd put the mod team through, they wanted to give me what?! I can see the cunning in their plan now, tho', with hindsight: as I came to see it as a type of community service, it very much changed how I saw this place and interacted with this place and even what types of time I was and was not prepared to put into this place. I've wondered on and off for a while now if the forums would or should keep going, and whether we should or could rebuild the community. But now that the writing is on the wall in triplicate, it's left me a little hollow. The news is bittersweet. Here's to you, you disgustingly magnificent piece of green and black history. Here's to the friends we have and the friends we had, the things we've learned and everyone that touched us along the way. Here's to @Ben Mansill and @hawkeye being, without a lie, two of the best bosses I've had.
  2. 4 points
    Aren't you in his vicinity (Brisvegas) ? The popular story was he got a government job where secrecy is required and no social media presence is mandatory. But the real truth is, he became a 1%'er bikie gang menber where no social media is also the rule.
  3. 4 points
    I was still so new to the internet and PCs in general when I came to Atomic, here I made friends, had many great times, lots of laughs, some heartache, just wanted to come back to say goodbye, I slowly drifted away from this place years ago, but it was truly my first "home" on the internet and I will be forever grateful for the things I learned and the people I met because of this place. Looking forward to catching up with some of you on the discord or facebook, to Ben, the mods and everyone else involved with the magazine and the forums across the journey, thanks for everything.
  4. 4 points
    Why can't I give this multiple props?
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    So many beautiful, familiar names Warms the heart Atomic first came out when I was 20, I believe. But I know what you mean. Atomic has been with me through the most formative of my years; through sharehouses and housemates and shit IT jobs and through the big life things. The magazine was kindred spirits and the forums felt like home It really did make a huge difference in my life, the magazine and the forums and the community all. I was a really shy, timid computer nerd who had just moved to a city after having grown up in a small country town and I didn't really know anyone or have friends of my own. I didn't even really know myself. But through the magazine, the forums and the community, I was able to make connections, to make friends, to share laughs, and to not feel so out of place for having all my geeky and gaming interests. Atomic came into my life at a time when I was really going out on my own and finding my feet, my place in the world and my sense of identity. And it helped me in all those things. And, I daresay, I'm not the only one. And I'm glad to read I'm not the only one who thinks back on all my old posts and cringes
  7. 3 points
    I needed a few days to process this news - sorry this is a bit long about how important Atomic was to me and what a huge influence it was on my life. I have so much to thank you all for. Because of Atomic I have lifelong friends, a career, a husband (and our little family!), and so many fond memories of crazy wild fun times. There were many life lessons learned & moments of challenging me to be better. People who I look up to as my big brothers and sisters, I love you guys forever. Thank you guys for being there for me. Joining as a 16 year old, I didn't have a great home life at the time and I was really struggling with school life - figuring out who I was and all that usual teenage angst. Coming home after school everyday and logging into Atomic was like a double life for me, an outlet - it wouldn't matter how bad my "real" life was because I had friends, aka FAMILY and adventures waiting for me here. Thank you for accepting me, as flawed and batshit crazy as I am. I can't let this place go without giving @Ben Mansill the proper thanks and props he deserves. I know many would say "yeah, of course he is!!" if I was to just say Ben is a talented writer, but let me put this into perspective for you on why I think he is a talented writer. It's one thing to write for a hardcore dedicated niche target audience who live and breathe the subject matter. Imagine a 16 year old girl, who at the time was reading publications like Dolly and Cosmo, completely uninterested in things like overclocking and hardware, picking up Atomic Mag Issue 25 for the first time. Do you think she would have read it cover to cover? Well let me tell you, she did...I did I ended up buying Issue 25 to support someone I knew who was featured in issue 25's HotBox comp. I was curious what this Atomic mag was all about so I flipped to Ben's editorial piece at the front and started reading. And I was immediately drawn by how engaging and just DIFFERENT the style of writing was, it was funny, and entertaining, and a bit edgy. It wasn't boring, and I wanted to keep reading. I thought "wow ok, this is pretty cool" and learned some new things. So I actually read review articles about some games and other content, but all the writers had that similar style, it was entertaining and engaging. That is talented writing, holding your readers attention to the end. I ended up finding the Atomican column towards the back of the mag, where Virt's POTM was located (another excellent read) and the link to these here forums. The rest is history. Ben, thanks for everything, you have achieved so much more than a successful magazine title. You created a home away from home, a community, a scene. You created a refuge, a bubble, a place for misfits like us to be unapologetically ourselves with the freedom to grow and learn. I really will miss the comforting black and green glow, and i'm loving this thread just to see all the old names and avatars pop up one last time. I still fondly think of all the shenanigans from our time together. Love you guys - I may not have always shown it but I do. Thanks to one and all for the many many amazing memories. What a wild fucking ride we had together. xoxo Cheeky
  8. 2 points
    It must keep you up at night, reconciling your notion of "liberty" with a religious belief system that inherently denies it.
  9. 2 points
    Look at me, replying to my sockpuppet, when my sockpuppet is accusing me about being two of my other sockpuppets. This is normal. This is fine.
  10. 2 points
    I always assumed @eveln and @chrisg were your alts, @Nich...
  11. 2 points
    Time to spill, I guess: I think @Bodie_CI5 may've been the reason I set up an account over on EAB. I think we caught up a few times, at a beerathon maybe but probably at some of the official Amiga announcements and things that booked physical space back in the mid 00s. I haven't seen him back here since the magazine folded, in '12, and it looks like my EAB account may've been purged. Can't have been that great, if it's sitting there banned with 0 posts - who pissed off Moz? I was just catching up on this thread, and going through the list of my alts, and wasn't sure who else had a Sybil. Apart from mischief and mayhem, I can't remember why we did it - just the concept behind it of MPD/DID. Aint that the truth I have 20 accounts on here. I've used perhaps three of them as my 'main' account to post from, over the years. This and one other were obviously linked, the third - Miss Kitty Fantastico - was an attempt at avoiding some drama. Of the few single-purpose accounts I had, baby jesus still has a few posts on this version of the forums. Bannedwagon, *confetti*, Sybil (well, I owned two of the Sybil accounts and there were maybe 5 all up), and one of the old AAWC Judge accounts haven't been used since the 2008 migration. I always found it frustrating that, for a while, any new account was harassed as if it was an alt and it was peoples' god-given right to know who they really were. I'm sure a few former mods find that comment strange, given some of the shenanigans I used to get upto with alts that probably helped burn some good will. Also, @Foods isn't really a girl. Also, @Ihsan has never made it to any version of Immortal as the ceiling lifted over the years, but I have been banned, so maybe that's a tie. Also (last also), for at least a large chunk of the first decade of this place, I was a temperamental, erratic, emotional mess at times, so thanks to the people that put up with my shit, those that helped me grow into a better person, and especially those that stuck around and kept in contact when I was determined I wasn't worth it. Also (fooled you), we didn't put up an announcement thread - and I'm not sure if we will, with the time left - but we ummed and ahhed and wagged our chins for a long time about whether we should bring another mod on-board - and who we'd even pick - with the forums being so quiet. As soon as the suggestion of @scruffy1 came forth, tho', there was no doubt it was the right choice. Sorry you were dumped in at the deep-end at closing time.
  12. 2 points
    Aloha at0mic! Hello and goodbye. Aloha and aloha. I'm not going to lie after the probable 5 years I spent posting crap on here back in the day before the forum moved sites, it sucks to come back as a Serf, especially seeings I still have my crappy capitalisation username haha First world problem hey It also really sucks to learn about the passing of BC almost 2 years after the fact. He was always really wonderful to me and I'm really sad to hear he's gone. Hopefully he's still impressing people in some other worldly place with his photochopping skillz. Rest peacefully my friend. It's been wonderful seeing all of these familiar usernames and display pics - I tried really hard to find one of mine on the archived at0mic but no dice. I'll hang around a bit til the site goes kablammo, and then i'm sure i'll see a few of you on the FB group xoxo Nessie
  13. 2 points
    The real question is can I get banned again before it shuts down?
  14. 2 points
    Hey! I remembered my password! Like many, I haven't visited this place for a long time. I still think about it every now and then. Hearing that it's soon to be gone forever stings more than I thought it would, but it'll still be just as much as part of me as it has been for the past... fuck, how long? Let's just leave it at "decades." So... thanks for everything everyone, but a really, really big huge thanks to Ben. To say what for would be redundant, to say the least. I'm sure I'll be around June 11.
  15. 1 point
    They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Like a soccer player grabbing at their leg like it has been nearly snapped in 2.
  16. 1 point
    The ambulance chaser lawsharks still try every trick even if 99.9% of the judges wont bite, "hey you never know" "its wortha shot" "it might just work this time" being the thoughts behind it.
  17. 1 point
    There are so many fingers inside of me right now.
  18. 1 point
    Yes. Imagine being indignant at something that doesn't impact you at all. Imagine if someone broke into the house. You were there and saw the whole thing but couldn't do anything but also were basically ignored, because you stood unmoving in fear. Through some fluke, the police catch the person, and press charges, and they have to cough up to cover the cost of replacing the windows or TV or whatever they damaged. I mean, the house was broken into, and you weren't hurt. So you have no compensation to claim if you can't move on from that and, due to PTSD, can't even go to work anymore. That's just bad luck for you, right? So are you indignant that only one person was sufficiently traumatised to be able to make a claim, or that only one person thought to make the claim, or only one person could afford to make the claim? Paramedics make that compensation claim to their employer. And they do it quite often. So do some other medical professionals. That's because it's part of their job, tho' a) thanks, b) I mean yes, the employee did the bad thing. It also mentions the employer's CTP insurance was being sued. But lets all assume they're not at all liable and it's all on the employee - the company is able to show that they provided all the required safety training and etc, and it's despite that and not because of that, that the guy fucks up and runs over someone. That doesn't actually change the disagreement: the guy was responsible for traumatising multiple people, but you think he should only be responsible for one. Yes. Which is the same for any business, right? They can spend more money up front on staff training and safety procedures and safeguards, or they can pay it later when someone comes looking for damages. This kind of scenario is also exactly why businesses need CTP.
  19. 1 point
    There's a whole documentary about it's founder
  20. 1 point
    I have oddly mixed feelings on this. Some of my older posts I actually really liked, but man, there were some periods where I was going through an insecure angsty edgelord phase and it showed.
  21. 1 point
    I believe I never had an alt. One of me was more than enough.
  22. 1 point
    I would've given anything to have attended one of those meets, but the logistics getting me over from NZ to Oz and back in my wheelchair were beyond me.
  23. 1 point
    Just keep posting until they pull the plug.
  24. 1 point
    I tend to collect links for things I think are interesting, with the intention to pass them on at a later date. Often, though, I don't get around to posting them at the time or while they're particularly topical. They accrete. Here's some of the current crop. - S C I E N C E -&- T E C H - New theory ditches Big Bang http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25492/ A little text-heavy, but it's popular press not a dissertation. The standard model has gathered some rather alarming patches in order to explain observations these days, and this one is an interesting attempt to re-examine things. Gravitomagnetic Transformers? http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25407/?ref=rss John Swain at Northeastern University in Boston predicts a gravitational analogue of electrical transformers. Personally, I think he's been smoking something, but ArxiV at least took him seriously enough to write up. If there's anything to it, the implications are potentially staggering. Magnets to Cloak Matter Waves http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/0...from-matter.ars You've probably heard about the work lately on RM cloaking - making things apparently transparent to light of various wavelengths. This is not that. Sound is a matter wave. LAGOA Multiphysics http://vimeo.com/13457383 Vimeo. PhysX my hairy arse. Check out this demo vid of a new (when I found the link) physics simulator for some really impressive particle effects. Backyard Starwars: Laser Mozzie Fence http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electron...kyard-star-wars How to build your own aggressive mozzie zapper and make your back yard unsafe for bloodsuckers AND eyeballs! MABEL, the blind robot. http://www.kurzweilai.net/imitating-distra...n-rough-terrain Video and text. These guys made a robot that can navigate obstacles and rough terrain without vision or feelers. Trust Issues http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-humanoid-robot-psychologist Would you trust a humanoid robot? Researchers look at what inspires trust, and how to duplicate it. Scent of a Woman http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/...00113122514.htm Men smell ovulation, but not consciously. Since I came across this article, the story has since made it onto a few TV shows, so it may be familiar to you. Research to Remedy http://www.newsweek.com/2010/05/15/despera...king-cures.html You read about exciting new research that promises a cure for this or that all the time. So where are they? - I M A G E R Y - Clever Advertising http://lilaliss.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/p...as-bem-boladas/ Very little text. Some of the better adverts from around the world. Anti-Smoking Top 40 http://www.boredpanda.com/top-40-cool-crea...ntismoking-ads/ Also very little text. The more effective anti-smoking ads. 15 Eco-Towers http://webecoist.com/2009/09/21/going-up-g...le-skyscrapers/ Little text. Some neat ideas for 'green' buildings. Drawing with Waves (video) http://www.wimp.com/drawingwaves/ Using computer-controlled wave-makers to 'draw' pictures in the surface of a wave tank. Very cool. Facadeprinter: Paintball Printer http://www.facadeprinter.org/en/index.php How to put images on buildings and billboards as if with a giant inkjet. MacBook Touch http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/04/29/macb...ybe-just-maybe/ No, it's not a real product. It's a proposal from an Apple fan who also happens to be a designer. I would buy one. Scaling Gamma Errors http://www.4p8.com/eric.brasseur/gamma.html? An error common to the vast majority of image-editing software. If you are a 'shopper, this may interest you. - O T H E R - Privacy? So What? http://www.pcworld.com/article/197245/inte..._pew_finds.html Possibly self-serving article from Facebook guy: fewer users these days care about privacy than in the past. Roman Porn Coins http://neoncobra.blogspot.com/2010/05/anci...sex-scenes.html Chances are you already knew the ancient Romans had a much more liberal attitude about many things. Chances are you didn't know quite how liberal: they put sex scenes on their money. Ant Suicide Bombers http://news.discovery.com/animals/photo-sh...#mkcpgn=rssnws1 It isn't just human nutjobs that explode all over their enemy. Obamameter http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/ I do not guarentee the accuracy of this piece, but I found it interesting as a counter to all the claims that the first black US president is utterly useless.
  25. 1 point
    Via BB VIRUS FOR POWER. Viruses can be genetically programmed to first grow an iron phosphate shell, and then bind to carbon nanotubes (model shown). The resulting material is highly conductive, resulting in fast movement of ions and electrons through a lithium ion battery cathode. Inset: A battery with a cathode based on a virus (the biological kind) powers a green LED. A computer virus won’t help your laptop work — but a biological virus could. Tweaking their genes just so could engineer viruses for making the rechargeable lithium ion batteries that power devices such as laptops, iPods and cell phones, researchers report online April 2 in Science. In previous research, the same team used viruses to construct the negative electrode, or anode, of the battery. In the new work, the researchers engineered viruses for the positive electrode, or cathode. When the two are put together, the virus batteries should perform better than traditional lithium ion batteries and also be environmentally friendly, the team reports. “Because the viruses are living organisms, we had to use only water-based solvents, no high pressures and no high temperatures,” says Angela Belcher, a materials scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and a study coauthor. Lithium ion batteries store up and release electrical energy when lithium ions and electrons move between the anode and cathode. The cathode is often made of iron phosphate, a stable material that, when it reacts with lithium, has a high capacity to store energy. But it’s not a very good conductor. The movement of ions and electrons through the cathode is relatively slow, making the battery less efficient at releasing energy. Ions and electrons can move through smaller particles more quickly. But fabricating nano-sized particles of iron phosphate is a difficult and expensive process, the researchers say. So Belcher’s team let the virus do the work. By manipulating a gene of the M13 virus to make the viruses coat themselves in iron phosphate, the researchers created very small iron phosphate particles. “We’re using a biological template that’s already on the nanoscale,” Belcher says. Tweaking a second gene made one end of the virus bind to carbon nanotubes, which conduct energy well. The resulting network of iron phosphate-coated viruses and carbon nanotubes formed a highly conductive cathode, one that ions and electrons could move through quickly. “This work is an exciting breakthrough,” comments battery chemist Kang Xu of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md. “Belcher is the first to use viruses as a nano-template to assemble materials.” Using different cathode materials could make the future batteries even better, Belcher says. “This paper proved that the concept works.” http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id...d_power_devices Nice one : D
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