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Thursday, June 20, 2002


Following Chretien's recent announcement that Canada is backing away from Kyoto (See New Scientist article), Australia uses World Environment Day to assert that it won't join the club either:

"Prime Minister John Howard used World Environment Day on Wednesday to reject calls for his government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Howard has repeatedly said he will not sign the treaty unless the United States does, arguing it would be bad for Australia, the world's leading coal exporter.
"For us to ratify the protocol would cost us jobs and damage our industry," Howard told Parliament. "That is why the Australian government will continue to oppose ratification.""

So what the hell, let's hear it for the planet, and if a few more miners get pneumoconiosis or emphysema on the way, well, that's life isn't it.........


"A Norwegian educational center for cultural preservation lost the password to a historical database cataloging 11,000 original books and manuscripts, but was able to recover it with help from the Web.
E-mail messages from more than 100 good Samaritans flooded the Ivar Aasen Center for Language and Culture starting Thursday afternoon after the organization called for aid in hacking into one of its own databases to which the password was lost, said a message posted to the center's Web site on Friday. Among the messages was the correct password to the locked database, which the center had posted online.

"Our computing expert is now on the case," Kirsti Langstoyl, librarian for the center, wrote in the posting. "On Monday we (will) know if we have the original database working, and we will present the name of the person with the final solution."

It's unknown whether the helpful hackers that provided the correct answer decrypted the database, guessed the correct password, or used a flaw in the database's security to obtain access to the data. In its online message, the center said it would post more details on Monday."
Source: Yahoo News LINK

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