Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 18:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
BeOS & Derivatives Michael Lotz added code to generate QR-code for the KDL (Kernel Debug Land) ouput (which pops up when the kernel crashes). No more blurry photos with debug output, but a QR code which decodes to the clear-text KDL debug output. Here's one of the relevant commits, an example showing a QR code, and text from decoded sample QR code.
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RE[9]: WTF IS THIS SHIT
by sorpigal on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: WTF IS THIS SHIT"
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Windows only ships with a single language, I would therefore expect it to produce all its error messages in the language it ships in,

You don't have any idea what you're talking about. Windows, though I am not a supporter, factually ships with support for more than one language. Its error reports are generally by error code which can then be looked up in translation tables and allows the system to provide (in many cases) localized error messages. In Linux there is no database of error codes, there's only printk messages, and so there is no good way to auto-translate errors. Thus, the OP's analysis is accurate as far as it goes.

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