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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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Cinder6 Re:The Harsh Light of Day (186 comments)

It really is a terrible organization. There are actually some positive aspects to their teachings, but there are so many subtle, subversive elements that it's a net negative (to put it very mildly). To this day, my parents sometimes have a hard time getting out of the mindset that if something bad happens--no matter how unavoidable or random--it was somehow their fault. That kind of thinking is just plain toxic.

about 3 months ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Cinder6 Re:The Harsh Light of Day (186 comments)

I don't think it's really my place to tell, sorry. It was something highly abusive; there's a book called Going Clear which details similar circumstances to what they experienced.

about 3 months ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

Cinder6 Re:The Harsh Light of Day (186 comments)

The more these beliefs...

beliefs, you say? I don't believe that anybody actually believes all that claptrap about Xenu.. L Ron Hubbard made it all up to bilk money out of desparate people, and plenty of other folk are happy to continue the premise and keep the money flowing.. but does anybody actually believe it? I doubt it..

I may be able to provide a few insights on this.

My parents were in Scientology in the 1970s and early 80s. My mom signed up because of her sister and brother, and my dad signed up to meet girls (he was successful, as my parents are still together, so I guess some good can come from the organization!).

There are a few things you have to realize about Scientology; some of it has already been said. First, the nutso stuff isn't presented early on. It only gets revealed at a certain point, after you have invested years and tens of thousands of dollars. During that time, you are constantly bombarded with Scientologist propaganda and vocabulary, which serves to drive you away from your non-Scientologist friends. When you do "go clear" and learn about Xenu and the other stuff, they have done their hardest to brainwash you into their way of thinking. These days, they even install Internet filters onto your computer to block anti-Scientology websites.

Leaving Scientology presents its own problems. When my parents left, they lost all their friends. Their Scientologist friends would no longer talk to them, and they had already alienated their non-Scientologist friends. People higher up in the organization face more obstacles, including personal and legal threats. (My parents were never high up--an ex-Scientologist told them what it was all about, and they left. The church later sued him for all he was worth, and he had to publicly apologize and retract his words.)

Some of my parents' Scientology friends eventually left the church as well, and they've stayed in touch. One couple in particular was high up in the organization (well past OT3x--I think 6 or maybe even 7). Even after all these years, they still have a hard time not believing in Scientology's teachings, even the Xenu stuff. To paraphrase, they say they have a hard time accepting that they spent so much of their lives believing in a lie. It's not a rational thing, but then, faith often asks people to be irrational. When you've spent so much time having one set of beliefs drilled into you, it's hard to just let it go.

about 3 months ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

Cinder6 Meh (74 comments)

Google Now sounds really cool on paper, but I've never actually found it useful. I was intrigued when it claimed it would show you tracking information for packages shipped to you, but I never got it to work (Gmail cards are enabled, and I tried it with multiple Gmail addresses).

The quality of and speed of it's voice recognition is impressive, though.

about 4 months ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:Music (268 comments)

While I never listen to music, I think it has its place in games and movies. The music can help to convey the emotion of the scene, or the action going on in the game, in such a way that it heightens the experience. But it doesn't serve that purpose for me just as general listening. I don't need (or want) a soundtrack for my life. If I'm feeling down, I don't need a perky song to cheer me up or help me relax. Music, of just about any kind, tends to make me feel agitated. It's usually extremely repetitive and vacuous.

about 5 months ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:Music (268 comments)

Yeah, there's always that awkward silence when somebody finds out that *gasp* you don't listen to music. I think people tend to find it a little more acceptable when I "explain" that I listen to audiobooks, because they absolutely cannot fathom the idea of driving in silence.

about 5 months ago

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Cinder6 Cinder6 writes  |  more than 7 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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