Mike Urban writes: Now that Java has been open sourced under the GPL, even the most strict of the "free software only" distributions can start bundling it and integrating it into their Linux distributions out of the box. Indeed, many of them already have. In addition, the more ardent GPL supporters who have traditionally shunned Java can now embrace it as a first class citizen of the OSS world. Besides licensing Java under the GPL, The Swing team at Sun has also been hard at work improving the look and feel on the Linux desktop in Java 6. Can Java become the language of choice for developing Linux desktop applications?
eldavojohn writes: "For many Chinese, internet access just got a little bit harder to acquire. For better or for worse, China will not be allowing anymore internet cafes to open this year. There are 113,000 internet cafes in China which serve as connection points for communities where personal internet connections are clearly not within the means given an average income. Considering recent stories and trends the Chinese government is taking, they aren't fooling around with 'protecting' their people from the 'forbidden fruit' of the internet."
digihome writes: Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said.
Rockin' Green writes: There's a hole in the earth's crust, according to this story by the Associated Press (via Yahoo). Normally, the earth's crust is a thick layer of hot lava. But in one spot, three miles below the ocean and 2,000 nautical miles off the Canary Islands, the normal crust is missing — replaced by the dark green rock from the earth's mantle, the layer below the crust. "It is like a window into the interior of the Earth," Bramley Murton, a geophysicist who is taking part in the six-week mission, said.
mk writes: "In 2006 the governors of 5 states along with the mayors of 21 cities have all signed proclamations declaring March as National Caffeine Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of caffeine dependency and intoxication. They all agree that prolonged caffeine consumption can pose a significant hazard to health and longevity.
With as little as 200 mg of caffeine, you can experience typical addictive symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, tension, insomnia, excitement, and gastrointestinal disturbance. If you boost that level to more than 1 gram (1000 mg), you can get irregular heartbeats, panic and anxiety disorders, muscle twitching, incoherent speech, excessive urination, flushed skin, and depression. And, believe it or not, when you take over 5 grams of caffeine, the results can be fatal. This is one addiction you want to kick quickly!
Marina Kushner strives to educate through her book, "The Truth About Caffeine — How Companies That Promote It Deceive Us and What We Can Do About It." The book has been described by critics as a "wake-up call" about caffeine and reveals "frightening evidence" of the damage caffeine can cause. The book reveals many serious physical and psychological effects of caffeine and the damaging effects on the public.
To learn more about Kushner's book, or National Caffeine Awareness Month, you can visit http://www.caffeineawareness.org/"
provigilman writes: " GamePolitics reports that the Oregon man using the "Video Games made me do it" defense has been sentenced to life in prison by the presiding Judge. 19 year old Patrick Morris had been charged with murder for the 2006 shotgun killing of a 15 year old boy as part of a bad drug deal."