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Submission + - Canada First Nation to Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Canada will become the first country to formally withdraw from Kyoto protocol on climate change dealing a symbolic blow to the troubled global treaty as Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent says Canada would be subject to enormous financial penalties under the terms of the treaty unless it withdrew. "Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past," says Kent. "We are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto.” Conservative party leader Kent says the Liberals should not have signed up to a treaty they had no intention of respecting and says Ottawa backs a new global deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, but insists it has to cover all nations, including China and India, which are not bound by Kyoto’s current targets. Kent adds that meeting Canada's obligations under Kyoto would cost $13.6 Billion: "That's $1,600 from every Canadian family — that's the Kyoto cost to Canadians, that was the legacy of an incompetent liberal government". Kent's announcement came just hours after negotiators in Durban managed to thrash out an agreement at the very last minute — an agreement to begin a new round of talks on a new agreement in the years ahead. "Staying under 2C will require drastic, immediate action — with global emissions peaking in the next five years or so," writes Brad Plummer. "The Durban Platform, by contrast, merely prods countries to come up with a new agreement that will go into effect no later than 2020.""

Submission + - The worst Apple products of all time (

An anonymous reader writes: While Apple is frequently referred to as a leader in consumer electronic product design, the history of the company is filled with examples of poor design and questionable product strategies. This list of Apple's worst ever products includes some interesting trivia, including Apple's overpriced eWorld Internet service, their painfully bad attempt at a "value" computer (the Performa), the much-loathed "hockey puck" mouse, and the Apple Pippin gaming platform. The article also includes the infamous Apple III, which overheated so badly that it prompted one of the strangest repair techniques ever: "Users were advised to pick the computer up a few inches off the ground and then drop it, hopefully jostling the chips back into position."

Submission + - First Software Patentee Defends Software Patents (

Arguendo writes: Martin Goetz, who obtained the first software patent in 1968, has penned a thoughtful defense of software patents for Patently-O. Goetz argues that there is no principled difference between software and hardware patents and that truly patentable software innovations require just as much ingenuity and advancement as any other kind of patentable subject matter. The Supreme Court is of course currently considering whether to change the scope of patentable subject matter in the Bilski case, which we've discussed before.

Submission + - The Five Pillars of Windows 7 (

Alex writes: AeroXperience, known for breaking insider Microsoft stories such as the Office "14" focal points and DreamScene, has concluded an interesting five part series of articles documenting the five pillars which Microsoft is using as a development base for Windows 7. While the scenarios in the article are supplemented by the writer's own opinions about how current Microsoft trends will influence development with respect to each scenario, it's still an interesting piece which tries to pin the direction Windows 7 will attempt to take.

(If this story is published, don't include the stuff within this set of parens in the direct quote [omit it completely if you'd like]. Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, both very influential Microsoft journalists, have been covering this particular thread of posts from AeroXP here, here, here, here, here, and here. With Paul defending Bryant's credibility over here and a number of sites referencing the posts all over the internet [google The Five Pillars of Windows 7], covering this might be a great way to break the general discontent caused by kdawson's posting of a completely baseless Windows 7 article.)


Submission + - Google in Competition Investigation (

the linux geek writes: "Google is undergoing an investigation by the European Union for it's $3.1 billion acquisition of internet advertiser DoubleClick. "We seek to avoid further delays that might put us at a disadvantage in competing fully against Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and others whose acquisitions in the highly competitive online advertising market have already been approved," said Google boss Eric Schmidt. The United States' Federal Trade Commission has been reviewing the acquisition since May."

Submission + - C3PO: Port Knocking for the 21st Century (

John Graham-Cumming writes: "I've used a little technique for securing my servers for a while now and I think it's unique so I blogged it. My servers constantly change their open ports using a cryptographic hash (one port is SSH, the others are trap to lure an attacker). I'm calling it Cryptographically and Constantly Changing Port Opening or C3PO)."

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