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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Cinder6 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

While I'm sure that most iOS users don't have this enabled, it is possible to have a complex password to unlock. With Touch ID, I think they should make it mandatory, since it would be a much rarer event that people have to enter it.

5 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Cinder6 Re:Not good enough (321 comments)

IIRC, iOS asks you if you want to auto-download when you set up the device for the first time.

about a week ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Cinder6 Re: Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

I blame the new layout (first time here in months). I couldn't see the other comment. My bad!

about three weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Cinder6 Corsair Air 540 (149 comments)

How do you like it? I was pretty intrigued when I saw one of these at a Fry's, but I went with the Carbide 300R (which is the best case I've had the pleasure of using). The 540, aside from being gigantic, seemed like overkill at the time.

about three weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Cinder6 Re: Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Did you reply to the wrong comment? The cases you linked all have the PSU at the bottom.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Cinder6 Don't know where to begin (382 comments)

I have over 1000 games at this point, and I have no idea how to answer this question. The problem is that games that I like might not line up with games you like. I would call Panzer Dragoon Saga a must-play, but if you don't like JRPGs, then you won't like it. I consider Radiant Silvergun the pinnacle of the vertical shooting genre, but if you don't like those, then why would you waste $120 and go through the hassle of making sure you can play Japanese Saturn games? At the same time, I'm not big on the hardcore simulation games, so I have no idea if Train Simulator is good or not. I don't like sports games, so even though NBA Jam is widely considered one of the best of the genre, I'm uncomfortable recommending it.

That said, I think there are a few classics that most people will enjoy if they have even a passing interest in games. Games like Super Mario World (or SMB3), Mega Man X, Metal Slug, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are very safe bets. They're quick and accessible without being too hard or too easy.

I think a better way to approach this question is to look at what would be the best introductory game for various genres. Here are a few of my picks.

Adventure games: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis; Legend of Kyrandia 2: The Hand of Fate; Myst (or Riven)
FPS: Doom (1 or 2); Half-Life 2; Wolfenstein: The New Order
Platformer: Super Mario World
Shooter: Radiant Silvergun; Ikaruga
Run 'n' gun: Metal Slug; Contra
JRPG: Chrono Trigger
CRPG: Planescape: Torment; Baldur's Gate 2
WRPG: Oblivion; Skyrim

With any list of this nature, there are glaring omissions, and many people would disagree with my choices (though I did pick popular games). One thing to note is that I pretty much picked single-player games. I think the best thing you can do is download ROM packs for various consoles and try the games out. See what you like, then research more games like them.

about a month ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Cinder6 Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

If McDonald's messes up your order, they don't ask you if you'd like to order a milkshake while they fix it.

about a month ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Cinder6 Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

I really wouldn't call Yosemite flat, even though a lot of tech sites claim it is. It has a lot more visual eye candy than Mavericks, IMO, what with all the transparency and other stuff. I think it looks pretty nice.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Cinder6 Re:Freemium vs DLC (139 comments)

I think we would both become depressed if we saw how much money people waste on Candy Crush Saga, Dungeon Keeper, Clash of Clans, etc....

about 2 months ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Cinder6 Re:Freemium usually sucks anyways. (139 comments)

I really wish more games adopted a model where you just pay for access to the next level instead of placing toll bridges or a "pay to win" option. The first stage or area of the game is free (like a demo), and if you like it, you pay $X for the next area, and so on. That way, you only pay for what you actually consume, and anything you unlock is unlocked permanently.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Cinder6 Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

I'm honestly surprised it wasn't set to auto-renew.

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Cinder6 Some drawbacks (304 comments)

No bezels is nice. However, I have three 24" ASUS monitors with probably around 1.5" of bezel between them, and it's honestly something you get used to. When gaming, you aren't really supposed to look directly at the other monitors anyway (there tends to be a lot of distortion to the sides), so the bezels aren't as big a deal as you might think. I would prefer to keep 5760x1080 over 3840x1440, but that might just me. The extra vertical space is nice, but not at the cost of almost 2000px in horizontal resolution.

Beyond that, the "ultra-wide" LG monitor isn't as good for a lot of productivity tasks. With three separate monitors, you have the advantage of the window manager allowing you to maximize or snap to multiple points instead of one giant one. So you can have three maximized windows with the click of a couple buttons, whereas on the LG monitor, you have to manually position them to achieve the same effect. If you use the "snap to side" feature found in Windows and at least some Linux WMs, you can quickly have six windows side-by-side filling three monitors. Finally, if you're watching a video in one monitor, maximizing it only fills that single monitor, leaving you two others to use in the meantime.

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

Cinder6 Re:Never used this keystroke (521 comments)

IIRC the way you were supposed to do it was by clicking "Duplicate", which opened a duplicate, untitled copy of what you were working on. I actually like this functionality, as Save As can sometimes make it confusing as to which version of a document you're working on. I've seen "Save As" create a new copy of the file but leave the old one open for editing, and I've seen it create a new file and make that one the one you're editing. It's easy to look at the title bar and check, but it's also easy to forget. Apple's way involves an extra button click, but it's unambiguous.

about 4 months ago
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Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

Cinder6 Re:I'm curious what a FPS with "Maturity" is (167 comments)

I think it's important to keep the original meaning of "beg the question" because there's no (AFAIK) other, simple way to say what it describes. Also, there's a difference between "originally meant" and "currently means, but is often misused".

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Cinder6 Re:Star Wars Sucks! (403 comments)

I disagree that knowing the gist of events prior to the original trilogy doomed the prequel trilogy before it even began. Sure, we knew, in broad strokes, what happened, but not how it happened. Beyond that, studies have shown that people actually tend to prefer a creative work if they've had the ending spoiled for them.

about 4 months ago
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Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

Cinder6 Re:From whence the headline? (116 comments)

It's an attempt to get more views, I think. I know I clicked the link when I saw it in my RSS feed because I thought, "Holy crap, they found another glaring security whole in Apple products?" Then it's somebody analyzing others' analyses.

about 4 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Cinder6 Re:If Apple is its biggest supporter, then... (355 comments)

I don't think devices outside of mass storage really call for USB 3.0. Many keyboards still use USB 1.1, even today, because they don't need anything more advanced.

about 4 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Cinder6 Re:Faster speeds are nice, but... (355 comments)

As someone with an iPhone, reversible USB plugs can't come soon enough. The transition stage will be annoying, but oh so worth it.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Cinder6 Re:Snow Leopard (96 comments)

Everyone has different experiences. I never had problems with Lion (mid-2011 MBA), but I saw enough people complaining that I won't doubt you. On the other hand, I could never go back to Snow Leopard after Mountain Lion, and especially not after Mavericks.

about 5 months ago

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Cinder6 Cinder6 writes  |  about 8 years ago

Cinder6 (894572) writes "Version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel has been released. Read the comprehensive changelog. FTA:
'This release includes lightweight user space priority inheritance support, a "lock validator" debugging tool, a new power saving policy for multicore systems, SMPnice, a much improved SATA layer, swapless page migration, per-zone VM counters, per-task delay accounting, a new per-packet access control for SELinux called 'secmark', randomized i386 vDSO, a few new drivers, additional device support for many existing drivers, many bug fixes and many other small improvements.'
As always, you can get it from kernel.org."

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