* Posts by Andy Landy

50 posts • joined 14 Jan 2009

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors

Andy Landy

Re: Not so simple

ctags is your friend

Banned: The 1,170 words you can't use with GitHub Copilot

Andy Landy

Re: Wot, no GOTO?

this page has an excellent discussion about the quake fast inverse square root, including how to generalise it to other powers:


Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

Andy Landy

Re: I need to look this up

that sounds like a very dry cough, have you been tested recently? :)

IBM, Red Hat face copyright, antitrust lawsuit from SCO Group successor Xinuos

Andy Landy


don't forget to audit your thetans this fish day!

Ministry of Defence tells contractors not to answer certain UK census questions over security fears

Andy Landy

Re: UK Law

Please contact the MMB

the Ministry of Murder and Bombs?

Open-source contributors say they'll pull out of Qt as LTS release goes commercial-only

Andy Landy

Qt is GPL-licensed

actually Qt is a proper mish-mash of licenses: https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/licenses-used-in-qt.html

i've used Qt on and off for many years now, so this change is all a bit sad

does anyone here have any experience of CopperSpice (https://www.copperspice.com/)? been thinking about making the jump myself for a year or two now, curious to hear of anyone else's experience.

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer

Andy Landy

in any case, that's all I have for you today :)

Ever wonder how a pentest turns into felony charges? Coalfire duo explain Iowa courthouse arrest debacle

Andy Landy

Re: "the team said the plod were actually rather cordial"

'round here we say "the dibble" which suffers the same syntactic indignity as "the plod" but lacks a reference text for people to wave in your face.

that would be Officer Dibble from Top Cat...

Rust code in Linux kernel looks more likely as language team lead promises support

Andy Landy

Re: Is there a reason we need YAPL?

I write functionally safe software as part of my day job, and while rust has some nice features, I couldn't advocate using it fo a FS project because it's just too immatue.

Yes, yes, rust is over 10 years old, but there were 6 releases this year alone. That's not stable. The static analysis tools I've seen all seem fairly primitive compared to those for, say C. Disclaimer: not checked rust sca tools for a while, so it's possible things have improved.

But when the rust language team lead writes on that lmkl thread that "I'd be happy to have the Linux kernel feeding into Rust language development priorities", it just screams "constantly evolving, not mature - avoid!". Rust can beat the safety drum all it wants, but unless and until it is stable and mature, I can't see it gaining any acceptance in the functional safety world.

Give it another 10 years then maybe, just maybe. But they need to nail it down and get out of the habit of doing a new release every few weeks.

Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)

Andy Landy

Re: Regrets cut both ways

my tumble dryer manual says "do not tumble dry items that have been washed in petrol"

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

Andy Landy

Re: Master copy

"Changing the name alone is pointless"

this, a thousand times this

it reminds me of the spastics society rebranding as scope, because in playgrounds up and down the country, the word "spastic" was used as an insult. intended result: stop people using the word spastic. actual result: we gained the word "scoper"

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

Andy Landy

Re: It hasn't been able to kill lots of stuff

no, just -9

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

Andy Landy

go to the pub?

"Untappd’s concept of operations is simple. You go to the pub and drink beer."

i wish :(

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

Andy Landy

DirectX is coming

curiously, an initial patchset at supporting DirectX in linux has just been posted to the lists:


make of that what you will...

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

Andy Landy


uppercase vowel free

historically yes, though IBM eventually made amends of a sort by introducing the "EIEIO" instruction to PowerPC :)

Virtually – no – actually borked: We'd slap ailing ATM's 'OK' button but it's probably against government guidance

Andy Landy

Re: By the way......


IT services sector faces armageddon as COVID-19 lockdown forces project cancellations – analysts

Andy Landy

Re: 1984

We have always been at war with Eastasia...

After four years, Rust-based Redox OS is nearly self-hosting

Andy Landy

Re: 3 seconds boot time?

may or may not be the issue you are seeing, but there was a recent discussion on the kernel mailing list about boot blocking due to lack of entropy

lwn has a summary here: https://lwn.net/Articles/800509/

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

Andy Landy

An IPv4 address walks into a bar...

...and says "can I have a CIDR please, I'm exhausted"

Microsoft has made a Surface slab that mere mortals can dismantle

Andy Landy

but will it blend?

Annoyed by too many kernel testing projects? Good news. Linux Foundation anoints chosen one – KernelCI

Andy Landy

#syz leftout

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything

Andy Landy

Scientific Progress Goes 'BOINC'

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

Andy Landy

I'm not

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

Andy Landy

Re: I'm disappointed

So Poor Of Intel. Look, Everything's Revealed!

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

Andy Landy


'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

Andy Landy
Big Brother

Re: Martin the muppet

there is another wetherspoons of the same name in manchester, though i wasn't aware of the orwell link...

Influential Valley gadfly and Intel 8051 architect John Wharton has died

Andy Landy

Re: 8051: one of the most widely used

until fairly recently, all FTDI chips were basically an embedded 8051 with built-in USB peripheral

as recently as last week I was playing around with graphics LCD modules as part of my day job, and the manufacturer's reference code is in 8051 assembler

I have no problem at all believing this...

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

Andy Landy

Re: Better for democracy

mongo db is web scale!

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Andy Landy

has anyone else

killed a keyboard with beer?

three and counting, here...

The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

Andy Landy

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port

can't believe no-one has mentioned this classic yet:



Andy Landy


many moons ago i came across WYGIWYG

what you get is what you get

Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Andy Landy

i heard that █████ ██████ has ██ ██████ ███.

BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

Andy Landy

Re: Drive Me To Drink, Or Not To Drink

heisenbeer - the glass is both full AND empty?

Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

Andy Landy

Re: IoT devices leaking passwords et-al.

why? because you can. nothing new here, i remember fingering coke.elab.cs.cmu.edu back in the early 90's :)

Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

Andy Landy

from the counterclaim:

"At a subsequent Executive Committee meeting Ms Whitman did not properly address the issues raised by Dr Lynch and instead repeatedly adopted the management approach of, inter alia, (i) playing country music to the meeting instructing the senior executives attending to take the meaning of the country music songs and apply them to their own management methods and (ii) reading out unrelated emails from members of staff who were not her reports, complimenting and praising her"

and four more times, "Ms Whitman did not properly address the issues raised by Dr Lynch and instead repeatedly adopted the above management approach"

now, where'd i put my popcorn :D

Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

Andy Landy

titles, schmitles

a year or two ago our lovely accounts lady came by and said sorry we accidentally overpaid you this month, and is it ok if we just pay you that much less so it balances out?

i was like "yeah that's fine... errr... hang on, how much are we talking here?"

her: "three pence"

me: "ooh, a life-changing sum!"

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Andy Landy

Re: Ah shit

shouldn't be too much of a bother if you only have the one friend :)

BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

Andy Landy

"it's a dead end!", priceless!

Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

Andy Landy

the site may well have started in good faith, and the original reports may well have had been valid, BUT... when you have entries like the following:

"Corrupt cheating lying represent fraudulent clients they create at expense of previous creditors and take backhanders from money laundering clients."

which appears to be anonymous, and has no supporting evidence, then I'm sorry, but you shouldn't be surprised when m'lud shuts you down...

Man 'drinks 2 pizzas' before skidding off road

Andy Landy


classic ren and stimpy...

"what would you like to drink?"



FalconStor founder found dead

Andy Landy

"Photo Both Barrels Communications"

that is either below the belt, or eerily prescient...

Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Andy Landy

there. now it does.

I was half expecting to see a playmobil pic on page 2 :-)

all the best for the future!

Microsoft fingered for Nokia's bleak future

Andy Landy

there. now it does.

> vibrated by a sybian

I see what you did there :o)

Cray-1 resurfaces in pieces on eBay

Andy Landy

no, it is "das blinkenlights"

not just history, this is our _heritage_


Straw slaps ban on Iraq debate docs

Andy Landy

not in the public interest?

I quote from the oral statement (http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/foi-oral-statement.pdf) :

"Mr Speaker, to permit the Commissioner’s and Tribunal’s view of the public interest to prevail would in my judgement risk serious damage to Cabinet government; an essential principle of British Parliamentary democracy. That eventuality is not in the public interest."

Wait... what? Did he just say that the view of the public interest is not in the public interest?!


Elevator music files for Chapter 11

Andy Landy


...going down :-)

Violet Mir:ror DIY RFID kit

Andy Landy


is it april 1st already? who on earth would buy this?!


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