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What? DARPA Does Open-Source?

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t.alex
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t.alex   10/6/2013 1:54:01 AM
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Hailey, yes definitely that's true. I have been dealing with lots of opensource software too. With the strong community on the internet, it can get only better and better.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/3/2013 6:05:26 PM
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My husband is a software engineer and he highly values open source projects. He's worked on them, and he encourages his people to work on them. I asked him about it--and he reports that the end results are often very promising.

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t.alex   10/2/2013 7:01:04 PM
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Open source projects attract talents. And anybody can be a tester. Once someone finds a bug they simply reports immediately. And someone else will fix the bug immediately. Fast release cycles make the software much more mature over time. 

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/30/2013 7:59:02 PM
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Open source projects have accountability built in--and it's not just engineers working on these projects. There are also really great quality assurance people (QA) who test and monitor. Many people are using this as a way to demonstrate the good work they do. In some ways, there is more room for innovation adn more personal accountablity than in an closed source project. It's human psychology at its best.

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Nemos   9/30/2013 4:48:30 PM
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It is not about free help, the openness has to do with the way you choose to develop your product. And about security, most of the security algorithms are open source in a way that anybody can see the implementation.  

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Nemos   9/30/2013 4:42:53 PM
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This move confirms the forecast that in the future the development model based on openness the "source" will be the prevailing trend. I am quite happy when I am reading such moves as DAPRA - open source that give me the feeling that most of the people in the IT industry understand the important role of the open source and the team playing resulting from this.

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Michael Steinhart   9/30/2013 11:53:57 AM
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Generally speaking, I think 'opening up' a project is a good way of gathering some free help. I have to wonder, though, when government agencies are concerned, are they giving us the cutting-edge stuff or holding some of the more powerful algorithms back?

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Michael Steinhart   9/30/2013 11:52:26 AM
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I wonder whether there's a benchmark that indicates the difference between an algorithm's performance on synthetic images vs. real ones?

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TaimoorZ   9/30/2013 8:36:16 AM
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"This is an interesting instance of collaboration.  The linke to video games developers took me by suprise, but upon reglection seems a natural"

@Hailey: I think it makes more sense to hire someone who's really passionate about getting the results such as a gamer than to pay an employee who might not even be fully motivated and committed towards the task. I like what DARPA is doing.

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nimantha.d   9/30/2013 2:08:55 AM
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@Hailey: Yes sounds great but I have one worry on Open Source as a common.. What is the reliability scale on it since nobody is there to be responsible for the source code.         

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