Feeds

Stob latest: It was a cunning trick, says Open University

Pull the other one

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Perhaps sensing a PR disaster, the Open University's Communications Director Derek Prior got in touch.

The new explanation? It had been a trap for the unwary, he told us. In order to develop student's critical faculties, bad papers may be deliberately set. These papers may include gobbledygook, or meaningless phrases.

"If you telegraphed ahead that it was a rotten paper, it would not be a critical exercise."

Stob's reaction, he said, had been "exemplary", and the student had evidently tried to understand it from every which way.

Mr Prior told us he’d seen the marking guide from 2006 which noted that the splog paper referenced its own research material. No word of the tutors' views on its comprehensibility or plausibility.

Mr Prior was emphatic: The question required them to be critical of the paper.

Here’s the question again:


Question 2 (15 marks)

Read the following article which you can access from the Reader section of the M885 course website: Open Source Reuse in Commercial Firms, T.R. Madanmohan and Rahul De’, IEEE Software, vol. 21, no. 6, Nov.–Dec. 2004,

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.libezproxy.open.ac.uk/iel5/52/29730/01353225. pdf?tp=&arnumber=1353225&isnumber=29730

Open source software is always software released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI) certified licence. Each of the licences approved by the OSI meets the conditions of the Open Source Definition [http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.html]. That definition includes 10 criteria. Perhaps the most important of these are the free redistribution of the software, access to the source code, and the permission to allow modifications to the software and derived works that may be distributed under the same licensing conditions:

http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/opensourcesoftware.xml

Open Source raises interesting issues. This paper looks at the integration of open source components in commercial applications.

1 Suggest some open source software drawbacks when compared to commercial software development. [3]

2 The paper presents five critical issues for the reuse of open source components. Briefly discuss each of them. [12]

Note that the article mentions COTS, which means Commercial Off The Shelf. This term refers to software or hardware products that are ready-made and available for sale, lease, or license to the general public.


Except, as you can see, it didn’t.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Next page: Loose ends

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Whistling Google: PLEASE! Brussels can only hurt Europe, not us
And Commish is VERY pro-Google. Why should we worry?
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.