= F =
(var sp. `flakey') Subject to frequent
lossage. This use is of course related to the common slang
use of the word to describe a person as eccentric, crazy, or just
unreliable. A system that is flaky is working, sort of -- enough
that you are tempted to try to use it -- but fails frequently
enough that the odds in favor of finishing what you start are low.
Commonwealth hackish prefers dodgy or wonky.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.