dmesg change highlight:

- memory used by lock dependency info: 7899 kB
+ memory used by lock dependency info: 6235 kB

I'm loving it!

YOU: so the A in RAID stands for "Array"?
US: Yes.
YOU: doesn't that mean saying "RAID array" is redundant?
US: Of course. That's what the R is for.

Many times when I click on a "click image to enlarge" link on, I wonder if and how many % the enlarged image is larger than the base image...

A doctor at my annual appointment: "Ever since you told me about medical software safety last year, I see articles about how bad things are on a regular basis! I don't know how I managed to be oblivious to this before talking to you." #AlwaysAGoodTimeToTalkAboutSoftwareFreedom

Here's something frustrating in hardware design: vendor designs custom board such that there's no recovery mechanism without doing hardware rework. In this case, instead of providing a dip switch or jumpers, they force the developer to desolder/solder an 0402 resistor switch from QSPI<->UART bootloader mode. Just no thought to designing for development at all.

"Remember: If it's not ISO 8601, it's not a date, it's just hanging out"

My G+ view has pedaled back to July 2017. Soon I will encounter a modified DeLorean...

The "Ultimate" tag might be a bit much, but it's at least closer to a usable ARM workstation!

Solidrun's Clearfog NXP LX2160A based mini-ITX board with 16 Cortex-A72 cores is closer to being a real thing you can buy for $500-750.

The full extent of the MIPS Open program was announced yesterday, so I had a closer look.

They finally stopped calling it "Open Source", and instead use the term "Open use" now, which basically seems to mean "royalty-free, as the license is not particularly open and appears to prohibit making copyleft CPU cores.

Everything that was released for download on now seems to have been available for a while without the click-through EULA.

The components are all for different and partly incompatible revisions of the architecture: the ISA license is for MIPSr6, the MicroAptiv core is MIPSr3, and the GNU toolchain binaries they distribute target MIPSr2.

I suppose their competitors have nothing to fear from this.

"The art of debugging a computer program is to figure out what you really told the computer to do instead of what you thought you told it to do." -Andrew Singer.

Cancel article 50 petition over 4million and counting.
Unlike the one in 2016, it has email verification in place, so unlikely to be botted.

My best code is not the code where others go "wow, that's complex! however did you manage to write that?"

My best code is where others go "that's obvious, what's the big deal?"

In this way code resembles magic.

One week passed, so I got a phone call from "Microsoft" again.
When I pointed out that their instructions don't work, as I'm running Linux, the lady first insisted I was lying, and not using Linux: my keyboard has a key with a Win logo, ergo it must run MS Win.
Pointed her to, and finally she started to believe me. She thanked me, and wished me a nice day!
First time ever our conversation concludes that friendly, but I still wasted 11 minutes of her time, while reviewing patches ;-)

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