Default Is the 4.3 lockscreen the most frustrating "update" ever?

I've had my druthers with the lock screen. I tire of selecting notifications or widgets and then having an additional swipe area pop up. That's like 200% effort! =]

Joking aside, it is frustrating. I wish it had more customization options. Maybe I'm missing something?

Anyone have some lag-free alternatives. I've not had great experience in the past.
Devices:
Samsung Note III - Jasmine 1.9
Samsung Note II - digiblurROM 4.3
HP Touchpad - JCSullins CM10 build

[deceased]Samsung Epic 4G - CM10 Nightlies

Happy Wife, happy LIFE

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