Any brave dive computer download testers out there?

Linus Torvalds torvalds at
Sun Apr 22 13:09:18 PDT 2018

On Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 12:42 Dirk Hohndel <dirk at> wrote:

> I know we initially didn't use the fingerprint (5 or so years ago) because
> back then something was broken with it.
> Linus, is there still a design reason why we can't use it?

It still has the exact same problem it always had: it's random binary data
that we'd have to encode some way.

In practice, I suspect it's always just a number, but the interface is

It would be much better as a string. Of course. Now it can be anything, so
even if it's a string we'd have to encode it somehow.

And for most dive computers it's pure garbage, and it's impossible to tell
which dive computer it actually matters for. So you have to encode this
garbage whether it's useful or not.


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