Google Summer of Code 2008 Student Application Deadline postponed

Just FYI: The student application deadline for this year's Google Summer of Code has been postponsed to Monday, April 7, 2008.

So, if you've been thinking about applying as a student for one of the many, many accepted open source projects (Debian, Linux, NetBSD, subversion, vim, or coreboot — just to name a few) you still have a few days left...

Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers

Here's a nice list of Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers.

Makes an interesting read for a rainy day... Or if you want to give one of the codes a try and solve it, go ahead, and let us know the results :-)

(via joatBlog)

Drupal vs. Joomla! - Code Metrics

The blog post Drupal vs. Joomla - Fight! pointed me to a discussion on the drupal-devel mailing list about the website which tries to gather some statistics/metrics about the code of Free Software projects. Their slogan:

Explore Open Source

Mapping the open source world by collecting
objective information on open source projects.

You might want to read their Terms of Use, though, which don't sound very open...

Anyway, their stats about Drupal and about Joomla! are flawed (for example) because they seem to include the whole contrib CVS tree of Drupal (not just the core Drupal), which is huuuge. But there's no need to use any fancy website anyway, there are Free Software tools out there which can produce some metrics, too.

The following data is generated using David A. Wheeler's SLOCCount (for the respective tarballs of the current stable releases):

Drupal 4.7.4

Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC)                = 8,012
Development Effort Estimate, Person-Years (Person-Months) = 1.78 (21.34)
 (Basic COCOMO model, Person-Months = 2.4 * (KSLOC**1.05))
Schedule Estimate, Years (Months)                         = 0.67 (8.00)
 (Basic COCOMO model, Months = 2.5 * (person-months**0.38))
Estimated Average Number of Developers (Effort/Schedule)  = 2.67
Total Estimated Cost to Develop                           = $ 240,198
 (average salary = $56,286/year, overhead = 2.40).

Joomla 1.0.11

Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC)                = 65,880
Development Effort Estimate, Person-Years (Person-Months) = 16.25 (194.94)
 (Basic COCOMO model, Person-Months = 2.4 * (KSLOC**1.05))
Schedule Estimate, Years (Months)                         = 1.54 (18.54)
 (Basic COCOMO model, Months = 2.5 * (person-months**0.38))
Estimated Average Number of Developers (Effort/Schedule)  = 10.51
Total Estimated Cost to Develop                           = $ 2,194,486
 (average salary = $56,286/year, overhead = 2.40).

Not that I think these numbers mean anything ;-) Lines of Code is a very, very unreliable indicator for code quality (or anything else, for that matter)...

Mafia Boss Secures His Data with Caesar Cipher

This is just too funny not to blog about it...

You might have heard that the mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano has been arrested recently. Now people found out that he used some "cryptography" in his messages to relatives and so on. They were decrypted pretty fast: Mafia Boss's Encrypted Messages Deciphered.

"Looks like kindergarten cryptography to me. It will keep your kid sister out, but it won't keep the police out. But what do you expect from someone who is computer illiterate?" security guru Bruce Schneier, author of several books on cryptography, told Discovery News.

(via Bruce Schneier)


Mhh, Andrew Morton cleans up the Linux kernel code...

We have no less than 65 implementations of TRUE and FALSE in the tree [...]

The patch implements TRUE and FALSE in include/linux/kernel.h and removes all the private versions.

The patch also kills off a few private implementations of NULL.

(via Stuart Yeates)

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