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+ - Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects 1

Submitted by osage
osage (3886749) 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: Re:Soon to be patched (Score 1) 329

by mitzampt (#48018941) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
If you have the bucks then pay the professional, I haven't heard of any of them to do a terrible job for the huge paycheck. And the insurance will not cover even if a 'professional' did a lousy job.
What the guys in the thread are stressing and you are not getting is the regulation of said job(s). And in my opinion both FOSS and closed source lack, in practice, a lot of testing scenarios. Being a conscious fellow I can add my own hacks... er... tests to see what I am installing, to more or less satisfying results and I always open a bug report when things aren't ok. And the tests, in my experience, are more easy to do and have shorter resolution loop (including feedback and push forth) in open source as it is in closed source. Also, the guys back at the source are really helpful even if you didn't pay for a support contract and the criteria for selecting your bug to be resolved are in most cases technical and fair.

Comment: Reuse... (Score 1) 10

by mitzampt (#47897067) Attached to: Linux distro to vampire XP install?
One: Windows and Linux drivers are not interchangeable... That being said, for old equipment most likely linux kernel still has support for it. On the other hand, for specific hardware forget it.
Two: Applications are not that easily to move from windows to wine. Some won't work. Some will work only after fresh install. Migrating registry keys and license files are also rarely successful.
I do not discourage use of a gnu/linux distribution to solve your problems, but I don't see your solution feasible. If you need specific hardware or software and support is nowhere to be found in the community I suggest you upgrade both hardware and Windows.

Comment: Re:Every day (Score 1) 282

by mitzampt (#47388793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?
Yeah, I picked my first job as bad pay but a lot of learning opportunities and sticked with it for three years, which is usually the minimum requirement for a good job. Our college teachers called these 'the sacrificed years'. After that, I picked a better job and as long as I can grow I stay on my current workplace. I believe that once you stop growing it's really hard to change jobs.

+ - Swype Android keyboard makes almost 4000 location requests every day

Submitted by postglock
postglock (917809) writes "Swype is a popular third-party keyboard for Android phones (and also available for Windows phones and other platforms). It's currently the second-most-popular paid keyboard in Google Play (behind SwiftKey), and the 17th highest of all paid apps.

Recently, users have discovered that it's been accessing location data extremely frequently, making almost 4000 requests per day, or 2.5 requests per minute. The developers claim that this is to facilitate implementation of "regional dialects", but cannot explain why such frequent polling is required, or why this still occurs if the regional function is disabled.

Some custom ROMs such as Cyanogenmod can block this tracking, but most users would be unaware that such tracking is even occurring."

Comment: Re:need to get over the "cult of macho programming (Score 1) 231

by mitzampt (#46911533) Attached to: How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed
Unless you are trying to switch to pascal-style strings instead of null-terminated ones you have limited ways to automatically check buffer overruns, just as you have limited ways to do garbage collecting or, for that matter, almost anything automagical with pointers. The compiler alone cannot enforce that policy, one could try to enforce it in the standard library or a framework. The difference between low and middle level languages and high level languages is the magic that happens behind the language. C has almost no magic, it just gives you the building blocks to do whatever you please.

Comment: Re:Knowledge seeds (Score 1) 608

by mitzampt (#46859051) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?
I'd like a portable generator for my Android device of choice. Would that be Ok? I actually live in an area that can imagine the power grid not being there. Neighbours not far from my place still get some degree of technology. And that some degree means laptops, microwave ovens, satellite TV and air conditioner while being hundreds of miles from the closest power line. You might want to imagine the worst case scenario, but for me it's so unlikely I'd advise anyone to just learn how to cope without slashdot or facebook.
Also, you might want to prepare for the most likely cataclysm: the Internet of zero privacy and high levels of censorship and manipulation. How would you survive that?

Starting with one of the great great GP and TFA, knowing that space is vast, how would people survive separation from the Earth? Would any of you be ready for that?

Comment: Re:Maybe not extinction... (Score 1) 608

by mitzampt (#46841585) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?
Well if most of you fearing the apocalypse could delete some of the porn on your drive and save heavy amounts of books, blueprints and scientific articles humanity might have a chance of recovering from such a cataclysm faster. You see a lot of crappy shows on television about people training to fight zombies and learning how to grow mushrooms, fearing some sort of Mad Max scenario, but fail to imagine ways to save knowledge in a meaningful way.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk