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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects? 85

Posted by Soulskill
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osage writes: Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does. The problem is that we have never been able to attract new, younger programmers, and members of the original set have been forced to find jobs elsewhere or are close to retirement. The corporation has no interest in supporting the software. Thus, in the near future, the project will lose its web site host and be devoid of its developers and maintainers. Our initial attempts to find someone to adopt the software haven't worked. We are looking for suggestions as to what course to pursue. We can't be the only open source project in this position.

Comment: Disapproval of creativity as expressed in copyrigh (Score 2) 107

by tepples (#48201101) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?
Asimov wrote:

The world in general disapproves of creativity

We can see evidence of this in how copyright treats derivative works. All works build on other works, as Asimov wrote when he described connecting A to B to C, yet some forms of such building are forbidden by law.

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 2) 94

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:unless you recently went to Africa (Score 2) 291

or you were a health care worker caring for Duncan. Or happened to live in the apartment complex where Duncan stayed. Or you happened to be on a flight from Texas to Ohio. Or on a flight from Ohio to Texas. Or one of those within 2 degrees of separation of any of these.

Read what I said.

Billions of people on this planet. Hundreds of millions in the US.

More people die from heat stroke in Texas than are even remotely considered "at potential risk".

It's like you worry about being attacked by Martians while crossing a busy highway.

Pay attention to the cars and trucks in the highway.

Comment: CDC does disease control, NIH does research (Score 2) 291

The funny thing is it's the cut in NIH funding that means we don't have vaccines, not the cut in CDC funding, which only manages it after it spreads.

CDC means Center for Disease Control

NIH means National Institute for Health

That and the cut for health care in Texas that increased the risk factors.

Comment: You are at greater risk of polio (Score 1) 291

If you're a kid and you haven't had a polio shot, you're at greater risk of that.

Especially if you're at a school for rich kids.

If you're an adult, your best advice is to get a flu shot.

Early symptoms of flu are similar. If you get a flu shot, you won't be put in isolation until we know you don't have Ebola.

That said, you really shouldn't worry about Ebola if you live in the US. Unless you recently went to Africa.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 599

by creimer (#48199723) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

I like working on on male coding teams so I don't have to deal with 'family issues' when little Timmy has to be picked up from school early, wherein the rest of us have to cover for her.

You have obviously not worked on a coding team that consisted of married guys, who not only have to pick up Little Timmy early from school but also expect the unmarried guy to cover and/or work overtime hours on their behalf. Raising a family is no longer the sole responsibility of the wife. There's more to life than being a sperm donor.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 2) 599

by creimer (#48198763) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Where she will be subjected to daily microaggression from male coworkers who know they will get away with it because the bosses are all male?

Based on my professional experience in Silicon Valley, the pressence of a female into an all male group causes the guys to clean up their acts and behave appropriately in a hurry. Any "microaggression" is taken care of within the group. If anyone does get out of line, it's a long visit to the HR office.

Comment: Did anyone read book in 1984? (Score 1) 599

by creimer (#48198429) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

This, combined with early '80s geek culture staples like the book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, as well as movies like War Games and Weird Science, conspired to instill the perception that computers were primarily for men.

I had no clue that "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution" by Steven Levy was a popular book in 1984. My Apple ][ class in middle school at that time was split down middle between boys and girls. Some teachers must have read that book, noted the errors of their ways, and pushed the girls back into the typewriter class thereafter. Well, duh.

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982