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Comment: Re:Freemium usually sucks anyways. (Score 1) 138

by Cinder6 (#47485471) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

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.

Comment: Some drawbacks (Score 2) 304

by Cinder6 (#47083885) Attached to: Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

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.

Comment: Re:Never used this keystroke (Score 1) 521

by Cinder6 (#47078365) Attached to: Goodbye, Ctrl-S

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.

Comment: Re:Star Wars Sucks! (Score 1) 403

by Cinder6 (#47051019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can <em>Star Wars Episode VII</em> Be Saved?

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.

Comment: Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 1) 186

by Cinder6 (#46818525) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

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.

Comment: Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 5, Interesting) 186

by Cinder6 (#46801891) Attached to: Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

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.

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