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Submission + - How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq writes: Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?

Submission + - A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion Euros (

Chrisq writes:

A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived — after the company admitted its mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (£9.4qn). This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

If only she paid the bill Europe could have been out of recession and France the world's strongest economic power!

Submission + - Teenager's stomach removed after drinking cocktail (

Chrisq writes: From the BBC:

A teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Lancashire Police say Gaby Scanlon was out with friends in Lancaster last Thursday (4 October) when it happened. The 18-year-old is reported to have become breathless and developed severe stomach pain before being taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Officers say she would have died if doctors had not performed the operation. The woman, from Heysham in Lancashire, was taken to hospital at 11pm. She was diagnosed with a perforated, or pierced stomach, and is now in a serious but stable condition. 'Toxic chemical' Lancashire Police have not named the place where she bought the cocktail, but say it has stopped selling it.

Why the hell would anyone even consider this a good idea?


Submission + - Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth (

Chrisq writes: "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."


Submission + - Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough (

Chrisq writes: The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?

The Media

Submission + - Massive Orkut Hacking

Chrisq writes: "It appears that many Orkut communities have been hacked. The "converts to Hinduism" forum was changed to "converts to fucking Hinduism", and contains many anti-hindu posts. A post d=2540072012157365331 gives a list of hacked as

Massive hacking of Hindu communities
List of Hacked Hindu Communities —
D.A.V. ians
Bhumihar Samaj
Shweta Salve-The Dancing Queen
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Amar Chitra Katha
Rabindranath Tagore's works
Metro Railways, Calcutta
Bangla Bhasha
Monda Club (Bengali Sweets)
IACS, Calcutta
Nandan Chattar
Dwarka Rocks!!!!!!!!
Jai Shree Ram
Dhulashia School
Aishwarya rai



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