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Slashdot, the hugely important technical news and discussion site, announced the launch of politics.slashdot.org, a new section "dedicated to providing alternative political news to its technically inclined audience." Taglined "Politics for Nerds. Your Vote Matters," the new section gives Slashdot's estimated audience of 4 million access to political news and commentary that it might not see otherwise. "We have a vocal, politically active audience looking for alternative views of this election, without media 'spin'," said Rob Malda, creator and director of Slashdot. "Slashdot itself historically was only able to cover politics when it directly intersected with our traditional 'News for Nerds' subject matter. The creation of politics.slashdot.org lets us take our hyper-active discussion forums and apply them specifically to the election." "Adding political news to Sla... (more)

McNealy at JavaOne: "Somebody Has to Be in Charge of Java, or No One Is."

Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions. In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich. One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all th... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: More Buzz Around Beehive

BEA announced yesterday that additional companies will endorse its "Beehive" open source effort. Beehive received support from Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, and from the JOnAS and Apache Geronimo application server projects. The project, which was first announced May 19th 2004, purports to be an "easy-to-use, open source foundation for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise Java-based applications," according to BEA's Web site. In fact, it is the source code for a large portion of BEA's application development framework for its WebLogic Workshop product. BEA annou... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: "We View Cloudscape As Important As Eclipse," Says IBM

IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also clarified its Linux distribution strategy. An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they repeatedly emphasized that Cloudsc... (more)

CIA Falls for Cloud Computing in a Big Way

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The most anticipated talk of the day yesterday, at the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, "Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge." She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, and then went on to give her paragraph-length definition of “the cloud”. Her talk focused on the part of the Cloud behind the firewall. “Today’s CIO must increase the flexibility of the infrastructure,” said Singer. “Today’s CIO must manage cost to... (more)