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But we are all X-Men!

You Are Not My Genetic Counselor, But Neither Are Any of these Self-Styled Uncertified Genetic Counselors on the Internet. The latest fad/quackwatch for desperate parents and patients dealing with autism spectrum disorders or chronic illness seems to be running raw data from consumer genetics testing through an app (or paying hundreds of dollars more for a "nutrigenomics" panel) to check for polymorphisms. Consumers get back lists (helpfully color-coded like traffic lights) of normal, heterozygous, and homozygous gene pairs, but how common are these variations to begin with (setting aside how often they are actually expressed as illness)? [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How soon after sex should I have STI testing done?

I (late 20s male) slept with a girl I don't know very well over the weekend. (Used protection, nothing broke or leaked...all very safe.) We talked after, and she said that the last time she was tested she was clean, but that was a while (and a couple of partners) ago. I have no reason to suspect I've acquired anything new, but I'd still like to do my due diligence and make sure I'm clean. My last test was about a year and a half after the last time I'd had sex, but I don't intend on waiting nearly that long. I know HIV takes about six months to show up, but as far as other common STIs go, how long should I wait for anything else to show up?
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Accompanying a friend to get tested for HIV

In about an hour I am accompanying a close friend in his mid-20s getting tested for HIV. How can I be supportive both during and after the testing, regardless of outcome?
posted by Corduroy on Jan 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Tips for trying out in store phones

I'm in the market for a new Android phone (currently wavering between LG G2, HTC One, Sony Experia Z1, Galaxy Note 3 with G2 the current favourite) and I will be back in my home country (Australia) for a week next week and want to try them out in store. What are your tips for testing phone sin stores to get an idea if you like them or not? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jan 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Remote Web Testing in China

I need to do some Windows 7 testing in China. Problem: I am not presently in China. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jan 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Where Can I Send My Supplement Off For Testing?

I have a 'condition.' There is a supplement touted as a miracle pill for those with it. Recently I went to purchase another bottle of my trusty supplement, which costs $59 for 60 pills, and I came across a few reviews stating that the content in the capsules is just plain white sugar. I thought what a joke, but I cut one of mine open anyway, and lo and behold, it looks, tastes, and smells exactly like white refined sugar! [more inside]
posted by OneHermit on Dec 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Budgeting QA time in web dev?

For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Don't test me

I am looking for current industry thinking around software quality management. Specifically, the differences and boundaries between testing and quality management and how quality management plays in to all phases of the SDLC, not just testing (ex: code reviews, requirement inspection). I'm specifically interested in content from established leaders around IT management, such as PMI, ieee, IBM, incose, etc. Thank you!
posted by seesom on Nov 26, 2013 - 1 answer

Beta testers

I'm in the process of finishing the first version of my iOS minimalist Foursquare app. I'm wondering what is the best way to get beta testers for my app. I simply need feedback and ideas for improvement/changes to the app. The app is currently not in the App Store, but I want to make sure I get everything right, just before iOS 7 hits. What is the best way to do so?
posted by antgly on Sep 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Water quality testing

I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why. If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Non Destructive Testing in Canada's Oilpatch - experiences?

I'm considering a career switch, and I'm looking at taking a certification (or more) in non-destructive testing, with an eye to working in the oilpatch. I'm curious about how work is structured and what the conditions are like. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jul 24, 2013 - 2 answers

How to capture, transport and test a gas?

I want to test what the composition of a gas is, and I don't even know where to begin. I don't have access to a lab, but I know enough people that might have access to equipment to help, if I knew what to ask for. And I also need some ideas of how to capture and transport the gas. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 7, 2013 - 25 answers

My dryer died last night. I'm not sure if it is the outlet or the dryer.

My dryer died last night. I'm not sure if it is the outlet or the dryer. I do have a digital multimeter and want to test the outlet. I'm not sure how to do this without killing myself. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell on Apr 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a really basic computer user test out there?

After having to show some production employees where the SHIFT key is and why you would use it, I'm starting to wonder if there's a test out there, preferably web-based and cheap or free, that would put a potential hire through some paces and test for speed and accuracy on doing basic tasks. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Recommendations for lead testing labs needed

I need to test several pieces of furniture and some toys for lead paint, and want to have a lab confirm the home tests I plan to run. I need recommendations for reliable (and hopefully affordable, too) options.
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 25, 2013 - 2 answers

How to pick a mattress?

So...How do you test and select a mattress? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Screening question for IT-drudges

Screening questions (and answers!) for low-level office IT admin staff. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Nov 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Best crash course for general office software?

After a year off after graduating from art school, my friend needs to find a job and is contemplating a temp agency to look for general office work. I know that agencies typically run prospective hires through computer based proficiency evaluators, and we're wondering the best/quickest way to polish up these skills before hand. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Oct 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Do I dare to crunch some data?

Are you a data quality analyst? If so, tell me more... [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Good habits for the highly effective computer scientist

I'm a physics graduate student and my PhD work is going to involve a fair amount of programming. Aside from the coding part, what habits and skills do I need to develop to become a competent programmer? [more inside]
posted by Zalzidrax on Aug 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Of Fathers and Sons and DNA

My father's grandfather was adopted with very little paperwork or evidence trail as to his biological origins. Earlier this year, my father's uncle got his DNA tested. Unfortunately, the closest Y-DNA relative we've isolated from the tests is 13 generations back. But, I have a related question: All of the matches, through multiple services (having manually entered the data into other services) have a wide variety of non-repeating last names. Given that Y-DNA matches father-to-son, wouldn't there be at least some names repeating? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Aug 30, 2012 - 25 answers

One of these things is not like the other one.... (or is it?)

LPCC or MFT Filter: Are the NCE and NCMHCE tests similar enough in content to use this study guide? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Aug 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Is my garden poisonous?

Hey Dr. Hodgins: my garden soil is pretty like a rainbow! How do I find out what's making it that way, and whether it's safe to grow veggies in? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Best multi-user ACT/SAT prep course?

What is the best ACT/SAT test prep system/program for multiple (20-50) users? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How important is QA testing in software development?

I'm looking at a software company of about 30 developers. Everything looks great except there's no QA department. Is this a big warning sign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 17 answers

allergy testing

Is there a reliable way to test for food allergies, without seeing an allergist? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for statistics on how long visitors will spend looking for information on a website

Looking for statistics on how long visitors will spend looking for information on a website [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Mar 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Simple usability testing?

How to set up a simple usability test station? I'm thinking a laptop with the webcam recording the user's face + a screen recorder. Anything like this already out there? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Feb 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Can MMA fighters be using steroids and never get caught?

MMAfilter: The recent news that Cris Cyborg has been using steroids has caused her whole career to be called into question. But that made me question - how often are MMA fighters tested for steroids? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Automated website testing

┬┐How to automate testing for a website? [more inside]
posted by signal on Dec 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Testing, but not coding.

Do "Black Box" software testers still exist? Do I have to be a developer to find a job? [more inside]
posted by seiryuu on Dec 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Just Stubborn?

Looking for online scientific studies relating to the intelligence level of mules. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Nov 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Transitive STD testing and testing for oral transmission, oh my!

I had unprotected sex and performed cunnilingus. I'm uninsured. I'm asymptomatic. Where and what type of STD testing should I look for? Also, if I test clean then what is the chance that that she too is/was clean? The primary question is where can I get a general panel of STD testing cheaply (or free) given that I am currently uninsured because I'm (hopefully temporarily) unemployed. Barring other options, how much should I expect to spend at my general doctor for the proper tests? Is that worth it given my situation below? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 - 10 answers

When is it SPD and when is it a toddler being a toddler?

How do you know your toddler may have SPD vs a toddler being a toddler? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Aug 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Comparing public-school apples to apples?

Where can I find information comparing the educational quality provided by the *best* public schools in America with your average public schools elsewhere in the industrialized world? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Testing filter

Help me subvert the education-industrial complex! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 1, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I deal with a DNA bombshell?

Some heavy shit went down this week and I've become the unwilling party to a new family secret. I want to tell one or two trusted family members because it affects them to a lesser degree. Can people with calmer heads and more perspective help me sort through this and figure out the best line to take? (Caution: longwinded) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2011 - 58 answers

I'm going for a temp agency skills assessment. What can I expect?

I'm going for a temp agency skills assessment. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on May 7, 2011 - 8 answers

We are all responsible adults, right? Right?

Are my expectations about STD testing unreasonable? Am I being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2011 - 52 answers

I'm about to take my GED test, and it's long overdue. I'm fairly confident I'll pass most sections, but how can I keep from over-thinking the essay question?

I'm about to take my GED test, and it's long overdue. I'm fairly confident I'll pass most sections, but how can I keep from over-thinking the essay question? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Apr 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Are aptitude tests actually helpful?

Are aptitude tests worth taking? Specifically, the aptitide test administered by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation for $600. I would like to know if it would be a worthy investment or an expensive disappointment. If it was the latter for you, what was an effective alternative? I'm a 23 year old guy, about to (re)start my college career and tired of working retail, if this helps.
posted by Giggilituffin on Apr 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Are geiger counters a tax deductable?

Should I be testing non-edible Japanese imports for radiation? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Mar 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Je ne suis pas parfaitement bilingue, mais...

Canadian English-French bilingualism filter: I suddenly (in 6 days) need to take a French language test that would help me in qualifying for a bilingual position in which I'm interested. Is there anything I could study in 6 days that would increase my chances of scoring higher? [more inside]
posted by analog on Mar 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Will they ever call?

Do health departments actually contact potentially infected former partners? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Feb 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products?

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Declaring a war on (software) bugs

Please give me resources (books, how-tos, software/process recommendations, personal experiences, tips and anecdotes) for setting up QA from scratch in a software development company! [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Mobile Health Exams

Any experiences with competency of mobile health exams; "Ultrasound Testing" screening for heart , arteries, blood chemistry. Rolling bus like exam facility scheduled in my area next week travelling under the name "Healthfair".
posted by Agamenticus on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What are your favorite web testing tools?

Web developers - what tools do you use to test your sites? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Oct 31, 2010 - 15 answers

I don't want to be a complainer

I am getting really frustrated with my flaky chemistry professor. I don't want to complain about her mistakes to the Dean because I think she's a nice person and has some life circumstances I wouldn't wish on anyone (illness of her own and single caregiver for extremely ill and challenged child). How do I get over my frustration with her, stop resenting her, and also stop feeling upset and anxious when I study? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Am I pregnant? AARGH.

Pregnancy tests and freaking out - help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 - 12 answers

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