Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Kremmy Re:hope for improvements (324 comments)

They've been struggling with that one for an awful long time. Even to this day, using the OptiFine mod can give a huge performance increase on many machines just because it's doing things a little smarter with it.

2 days ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Kremmy Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Maybe only the Nazis are better off.
Nuclear disarmament starts at home. It's an abject failure.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Kremmy Re:Display server (826 comments) people themselves admit Wayland is better because those people are Wayland developers.. That's not an unbiased source by any means. It's also a source that one would expect knows what they're doing to some degree, but that's always debatable.
Personally, I have a major trust issue with Wayland. Also with SystemD. I feel my reasons are very sound, they include the fact that both of these projects have been rabidly pushed since their project inceptions. The trust issue is that I've been told these are the next big new great thing since there wasn't a line of code written. I've been told that they solve all of my problems while providing none of the solutions.
I've been computing most of my life and these projects have some serious delusions of grandeur that have frankly made me want to keep them off of my systems at all costs. Don't break the system because you think you're doing it better, do it better first.

about three weeks ago

Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Kremmy Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

That would be an example of retroactive continuity.
The standards people being MAD because their SI prefixes were being used 'incorrectly'.
But the fact remains, bits and bytes were never metric units to begin with.

about a month and a half ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Kremmy Re:Well, (739 comments)

Linus has been a user of these tools for decades now. He's one of a select few who have the capability, experience, and understanding necessary to even approach the depth of the bug that they're talking about. He's one of the few who have been heavily relying on them for his entire technology career.
What I'm saying is that Linus knows his tools. He knows when his tools are need in of repair. He knows what to expect from them and by this point should have a solid understanding of their quirks.
Sometimes tools don't work how they're supposed to.
I'm inclined to believe the master woodworker when he tells me his blade is dull and needs to be sharpened.
I'm inclined to believe the master programmer when he tells me the new version of his compiler is generating incorrect code.
I'm probably a below average programmer myself, but I've hit enough depth to understand some of the context of this issue. I read through a bit and see them doing the footwork necessary to deal with the issue. That's something I don't see people doing when they're blowing smoke and being bitchy.
Linus has a bit of an attitude problem. But so does almost everyone else in a position like his, where he is the project leader for something incredibly complex. Like the local event equipment guy who can be a real ass when he's in action, but knows exactly what he is doing, how to do it, why he does it how he does it, how to explain it to his workers, and gets it done on schedule, because he's been doing it for a very long time and lives and breathes the job.

This is all beside the point, which is that you could only write your post because I previously slept with your mother.

about 1 month ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Kremmy Fuckin' C*nsorship (739 comments)

I don't understand it anymore. How are we not beyond the need to replace random letters with asterix? I mean honestly, the summary goes on to comment about it. It's a waste of space. Just fucking say it already.

about 1 month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Kremmy Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

I really wish my iPod Touch would just accept the fact that I've disabled wireless instead of nagging me to turn it on every time to decides to send a packet back to the NSA. It's seriously frustrating to try to work offline on devices that don't want you to.

about 2 months ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Kremmy Re:Hulu Plus: Paid subscription with ads (138 comments)

Precisely. It's a very old and very common practice where you put your victim into the situation you want to demonize them for. Then demonize them. It's worked very well for a lot of very evil people over the years.

about 2 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Kremmy Re:Reconcile these two sentences please. (502 comments)

Check out the issues that Titanfall has with audio comparing the Xbone SPU with PCs that don't have a fancy SPU. It's probably the best example I can think of right now, but there are plenty of others regarding 3D audio and onboard sound. Onboard sound quality reached par with CD quality audio with multiple channels, but there's a lot more available. The truth is that the base quality of hardware reached a point where things are 'good enough', but the tradeoffs are still very noticeable when running applications that were designed to use the advanced functionality.

about 2 months ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Kremmy Re: Is it still braindeadly single-threaded? (138 comments)

“Traditional single-processor pathnding strategies, such as A* and its derivatives, have been long praised for their exibility. We implemented several parallel versions of such algorithms to analyze their intrinsic behavior, concluding that they have a large overhead, yield far from optimal paths, do not scale up to many cores or are cache unfriendly. In this article, we propose Parallel Ripple Search, a novel parallel pathnding algorithm that largely solves these limitations.”
I disagree with your basic assumptions.

about 2 months ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Kremmy Re: Is it still braindeadly single-threaded? (138 comments)

I expect that the logic required to reasonably split up the pathfinding is going to easily reverse any potential savings. There is a completely disregard for the fact that in order to split the processing up, one must take the time to organize the processes such that they can be split up.

It's a little bit like rocket science. How each additional pound of fuel provides so much thrust, but the additional weight but also be accounted for. 'parallel the pathfinding' is adding fuel without accounting for the weight of the fuel.

about 2 months ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Kremmy Re: Is it still braindeadly single-threaded? (138 comments)

All of these posts about how simple it should be to refactor the pathfinding are from people who have never developed anything of remote complexity in their lives.

about 2 months ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Kremmy Re:ASCII? Seriously? (138 comments)

It's strange how so much of the world chooses pain over pleasure.

about 2 months ago

Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

Kremmy Re:Sorry, no. (65 comments)

I remember it as well...and found IBM's to be surprisingly high quality. The models that found their way onto Dell laptops, on the other hand, made me carry a mouse.

about 2 months ago

Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Kremmy Re:Cities looking for bench obstacles (119 comments)

When you're resorting to sleeping on benches, there's not a lot of people willing to hire you.
Or let you take a shower.
Or clean your clothes.
And people talk about you like you have a choice in the matter.
They put spikes and dividers on the benches so you can't sleep.
Have you ever tried to find a job when you haven't slept comfortably for god knows how long, haven't had a solid meal, haven't been able to clean yourself up?
Have you ever once, for a moment, stepped outside of your privilege and thought about what it actually means to be in that position, and what it honestly takes to get out it?
Take a nap.

about 3 months ago

Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

Kremmy Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

Think of it a little like any other form of studying. The frustration, patience, and mystical interpretation part? That's called living.

about 3 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Kremmy These are called 'rogue units' (534 comments)

The police ought to shut these rogue units down.

about 3 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Kremmy Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

A cache option at the end-user would do absolutely nothing to solve the problem. It's the same situation: You're sending all that data to the end user.


about 3 months ago


Kremmy hasn't submitted any stories.


Kremmy has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>