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)
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
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)
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)
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)