"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." Mohandas Gandhi
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Friday, November 30, 2007

Onde andam os direitos dos consumidores

as associações portuguesas de gamanço dos consumidores querem adoptar para Portugal a aldrabice aceite pelo estado francês e proposta pelo patrão da fnac, na qual os utilizadores de web que façam downloads que estes senhores considerem ilegais, e nestas coisas ser legal ou ilegal depende sempre de uma mente iluminada que define estas coisas, resolveram pedir para Portugal tomar a mesma iniciativa.

já não lhes chega roubarem em todos os suportes como leitores de dvd etc, dvd's, cd's virgens uns centimos mesmo que eu só os use para ver ou gravar coisas que eu próprio produzo, querem agora ainda dar um passo mais longe e serem polícias do que faço na rede internet, era só que nos faltava.

respondo a esses senhores comprando cada vez menos produtos como dvd's, cd's e especialmente nunca mais comprarei nada na fnac nem em livrarias ou entidades associadas com esta banda de corjas.

aliás acho que os consumidores quer franceses quer portugueses deveriam boicotar qualquer um desses estabelecimentos.


O site oficial da AAQNGDSR - Associação de Autores Que Não Gostam De Ser Roubados

(...)* No essencial, este acordo prevê (1) um sistema que pode levar ao
cancelamento efectivo do acesso à Internet de utilizadores que
alegadamente tenham violado direitos de propriedade intelectual mesmo
que disso não hajam

provas; (2) sanções para os ISP's que não cooperem na violação da
privacidade dos seus clientes e na implementação de sistemas
informáticos tecnicamente impossíveis de implementar; (3)
disponibilidade dos ISP's para pararem de

trabalhar e em vez disso servirem de beta testers para tecnologias de
filtragem de conteúdos ilegais e de acesso aos mesmos, apesar de esse
tipo de tecnologias não serem implementaveis.



Em concreto, o Acordo consagra violação de direitos, e a criação de imposições e tachos, mediante:



1. Compromisso dos poderes públicos

2. Compromissos das sociedades de roubo aos autores e consumidores

3. Compromissos dos vendedores de banha da cobra


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Compiz Fusion - atalhos de teclado

Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)


5 Keyboard Shortcuts


Here's a list of the most common Compiz Fusion keyboard shortcuts:


SUPER+SHIFT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire

SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire

CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube

CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube

CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop

SHIFT+ALT+UP = initiate window picker

CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube

ALT+TAB = window switch

SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.

ALT+F7 = initiate 'move windows'

SHIFT+F9 = water effect

SHIFT+F10 = slow animations

CTRL+ALT+D = show desktop


For Grouping and Tabbing:

SUPER+S = select single window

SUPER+T = tab group

SUPER+Left = change left tab

SUPER+Right = change right tab

SUPER+G = group windows

SUPER+U = ungroup windows

SUPER+R = remove group window

SUPER+C = close group

SUPER+X = ignore group

Hold the SUPER button then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.


The SUPER key is the Windows key on most keyboards.



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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Assalto Planetário - A face oculta da micro$oft

há uns 4 anos vi este livro na web, li algumas partes, passados alguns meses acabei por o ver numa feira do livro,em português, é um excelente documento para se perceber como a micro$oft funciona, o que fez para chegar à posição em que se encontra de monopólio.
aconcelho vivamente a sua leitura, está online em PDF e HTML, em inglês.

"Hijacking the World
The dark side of Microsoft.
Roberto Di Cosmo and Dominique Nora (French version published by Calmann-Levy 1998, ISBN 2-7021-2923-4)"


"People in Europe tend to be a bit shy about saying these things. Microsoft is criticized
because people here are afraid of American cultural imperialism, or because they're afraid
of globalization, and Bill Gates is an emblem for this, or simply because they're scared to
death by technology..."

"My reasons for criticizing Microsoft are much more basic, and, I think, less subjective than
that. I have a deep love for technology, and it is exactly for this reason that I cannot
accept seeing it corrupted by a company that designs bad products, which are sold too
expensively to consumers who are subjugated by them, a company that –we will see how
later– has contempt for its customers, does not play fairly with its competitors, and
stifles innovation. Like many others, I cherish a dream of technological progress leading
to a better world, a world that is freer and has more solidarity. But I can ensure you that
such a world looks nothing like the world that Bill Gates dreams of."


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wallpapers GNU/Linux e Software Livre fantásticos

para tornar mais bonitos os nossos desktops FLOSS aqui ficam uns wallpapers fantásticos :)



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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

3 sites para facilitar a transição da espécie de SO para GNU/Linux

Em 1998 quando descobri o Software Livre o mais difícil foi encontrar programas que efectuassem funções similares.
Fui testando e escolhendo os que me serviam melhor.

Aqui ficam 4 sites que ajudam à tarefa que cada vez é mais facilitada, qualquer pessoa neste momento consegue usar GNU/Linux especialmente para tarefas habituais como trabalho e Internet.

The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux.

http://www.osalt.com/
http://www.linuxappfinder.com/alternatives
http://www.linuxalt.com/

Alguns exemplos de distros facílimas de usar e instalar:

Ubuntu/kubuntu/xubuntu
Mint
Mepis

e mesmo as portuguesas Caixa Mágica, baseada em Mandriva, e Alinex, esta última baseada em Debian :) a minha menina dos olhos ;)

para os fans do google, têm ainda a Debian Based, gOS.

para os fans de BSD, existem as facílimas DesktopBSD, PC-BSD e RoFreeSBIE


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m$-vista no top 10 dos maus produtos

a cnet publicou uma lista dos 10 piores produtos da área tecnológica e em 10º lugar está o mega produto da micro$oft, a espécie de sistema operativo, o m$-window$-bi$ta gro$$a.

"Windows Vista
Any operating system that provokes a campaign for its predecessor's reintroduction deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that quietly has a downgrade-to- previous-edition option introduced for PC makers deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that takes six years of development but is instantly hated by hordes of PC professionals and enthusiasts deserves to be classed as terrible technology."


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lista de comments por país relativamente ao formato fechado ooxml da m$

o pseudo aberto formato da m$, o ooxml, que se tudo correr bem nunca será norma ISO, teve comissões técnicas por esse mundo fora a colocar questões sobre a sua validade técnica, cada país com mais ou menos escândalos lá chegou a um veredicto, o nosso país teve a célebre comissão técnica ct173 que pasme-se foi presidida pela própria micro$oft.

nesta página estão reunidos os "comments" a esse formato e o que a m$ deveria de mudar para ele ser minimamente aceitável, mas aceitar um formato fechado e proprietário seria um enorme erro, especialmente para os países.

os comentários de Portugal

Proprietary Information

France (591)

e já agora um interessante artigo na computerworld onde se afirma que o ooxml da m$ está num limbo, e que países como a Holanda, África do Sul, Koreia e especialmente a França apostam fortemente no formato aberto ISO, o ODF.

"South Africa, Netherlands and Korea striding toward ODF
But France is still making the strongest move to ODF and its native office suite, OpenOffice

France is making the strongest move to ODF and its native office suite,
OpenOffice. Nearly half a million government employees are being
switched to OpenOffice."


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Monday, November 26, 2007

RSS e Podcasts

hoje andava à procura de um programa jeitoso para este tipo de informação e como é óbvio existe excelente software para FLOSS.

encontrei esta página Unix and Linux Podcasting Guide que tem de tudo um pouco, desde clientes até como criar podcasts em *NIX's.

optei por instalar estes, vantagens do FLOSS podemos testar e usar sem problemas :)

PenguinTV : podcasts and video blogs for Linux -PenguinTV is not just another RSS feed reader. It is designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with podcasts and video blogs, allowing you to easily enjoy the audio, music, and video published around the web in RSS format.

IcePodder » About - IcePodder is a podcatcher (RSS client) for Linux conceived as a replacement for CastPodder. IcePodder is written in python, and requires python 2.4 or later, and pyGTK.

tb já tenho a aplicação que faz um pouco de tudo que é o Miro....

About: Behind the Scenes - What is Miro?
Quite simply, Miro is a free application for channels of internet video (also known as 'video podcasts and video rss). Miro is designed to be easy to use and to give you an elegant fullscreen viewing experience.

Liferea, Linux Feed Reader - A simple and free GTK desktop news aggregator for Unix.

e agora dois sites para encontrar uns quantos podcasts:

e claro sempre o nosso "amigo" google....

and for my beloved Debian GNU/Linux :)

128 videos and podcasts about debian








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usando o pmap para verificar a memória usada por um processo ou comando

podemos ver de diversas maneiras que processos estão a correr e que memória gastam usando comandos como:

$ps aux
$free

e também podemos usar o $pmap que nos dá bastante info sobre a memória gasta por esse processo ou comando

$ pmap pid

$ pmap 3724

$ pmap
Usage: pmap [-x | -d] [-q] pid...
-x show details
-d show offset and device number
-q quiet; less header/footer info
-V show the version number


$ pmap -x 9734
9734: /bin/sh /usr/lib/firefox/run-mozilla.sh /usr/lib/firefox/firefox-bin
Address Kbytes RSS Anon Locked Mode Mapping
08048000 80 - - - r-x-- dash
0805c000 4 - - - rw--- dash
0805d000 140 - - - rw--- [ anon ]
b7e38000 4 - - - rw--- [ anon ]
b7e39000 1296 - - - r-x-- libc-2.6.1.so
b7f7d000 4 - - - r---- libc-2.6.1.so
b7f7e000 8 - - - rw--- libc-2.6.1.so
b7f80000 12 - - - rw--- [ anon ]
b7f95000 8 - - - rw--- [ anon ]
b7f97000 104 - - - r-x-- ld-2.6.1.so
b7fb1000 8 - - - rw--- ld-2.6.1.so
bfcbc000 88 - - - rw--- [ stack ]
ffffe000 4 - - - r-x-- [ anon ]
-------- ------- ------- ------- -------
total kB 1760 - - -



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Sunday, November 25, 2007

10 razões pelas quais a CLI é mais amigável que o GUI

é sem dúvida nenhuma a melhor amiga do homem ;) a shell :)



10 Reasons Why the Command Line is More User-Friendly than the Desktop

1. Keying is faster than mousing.
2. It's easier to both give and get help.
3. Repetitive stress injury comes from the mouse, not the keyboard.
4. Commands are standard where GUIs are not.
5. Commands are more powerful.
6. You can automate commands.
7. Commands are easier to remember than clicks.
8. GUIs are always changing.
9. Commands are more error-safe.
10. You have to type to use a computer anyway.


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Friday, November 23, 2007

KDE 4 snapshot screenshots

o belo KDE4 em todo o seu esplendor!!!




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11 de Setembro de 2001 blacklist

Lista de anunciantes que continuam a defender a suposta "verdade" dos acontecimentos que ocorreram neste trágico dia para aqueles que morreram e suas familias bem como para o resto do mundo.

"911blacklist.org Mission Statement

In the six years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, the mainstream media in America has largely been a mouthpiece of the Bush administration. All of the major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and others had until recently, been silently complicit in the cover-up of the events ..."


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

NSA espia m$-window$ mobile

então não é que os senhores da m$ mais uma vez têm as perninhas abertas para a NSA!
aliás agora já vai sendo hábito, desde a AT&T etc etc....



"IP ranges published by Cryptome are used by NSA, by NSA’s private sector contractors, and by NSA-friendly non-US national government agencies to access both stand-alone systems and networks running Microsoft products."

This includes wireless wiretapping of “smart phones” running
Microsoft Mobile. Microsoft remote administrative privileges allow
“backdooring” into Microsoft operating systems via IP/TCP ports 1024
through 1030.



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um documentário que deveria passar na RTP

supostamente a RTP é a televisão pública do nosso país, supostamente tem obrigações.

quando passam o excelente documentário do jornalista australiano, John Pilger, "The war on democracy"?

The War on Democracy



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The War on Democracy is a 2007 documentary film directed by Christopher Martin and John Pilger. Focusing on the political state of Latin America, the film is a rebuke of both the United States' intervention in foreign countries' domestic politics, and its war on terrorism."

"Set both in Latin America and the United States, the film explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.
Pilger claims that the film "...tells a universal story... analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called "war on terror". According to Pilger, the film’s message is that the greed and power of empire is not invincible and that people power is always the "seed beneath the snow".
Pilger interviews several ex-CIA agents who purportedly took part in secret campaigns against democratic countries and who he claims are profiting from the war in Iraq. He investigates the School of the Americas in the U.S. state of Georgia, where General Pinochet’s torture squads were reportedly trained along with tyrants and death-squad leaders in Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina."

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reverse engineer your md5's


"Additional information about the algorithm can be found in the Wikipeia or on the unoffical MD5 homepage."



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O novo KDE4 :) é lindo!!!

Já está disponivel o KDE4 RC1, e para quem queira experimentar numa máquina virtual usando por exemplo o QEMU ou a VirtualBox, que diga-se é excelente e bem mais leve que o vmware.


KDE4 beta4 live CD


Live Debian systems!

"A Debian Live system is a Debian operating system that does not require a classical installer to use it. It comes on various media, including CD-ROM, USB sticks, or via netboot.
Why Debian Live?"



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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Polícia Alemã quer trocar m$-window$ por GNU/Linux

Parece que a polícia Alemã se fartou dos downtimes dos servers micro$oft e quer passar a usar Software Livre.

German police union wants Linux instead of Windows
(...)their “Poliks” system to handle reports isn’t stable and reliable enough. Taking up a report into that system often would take between 30
and 90 minutes, which would be awkward. Also, the 73 million Euro system would crash far too often. This years’ consolidated downtimes
summed up to more than 50 hours.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Uns sites para nos fazerem pensar...

Para pensar-mos naquilo que fazemos e especialmente naquilo que não fazemos.
Como alguém um dia disse....


‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing’

Edmund Burke





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Contra a CENSURA...

Um site para revelar comportamentos pouco éticos e pouco recomendáveis.... quer por parte de governos quer de entidades...


a place for journalists, truth tellers and everybody else;
global defense of sources and press freedoms, circa now.



Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable system for safe mass
document leaking and public analysis. Our primary interests are in
Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the
Middle East, but we expect to be of assistance to peoples of all
countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments
and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our
interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people.
We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident
communities and anonymous sources...(more)



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Monday, November 12, 2007

war on terror...(des)governos?

Duas frases que sintetizam o que se vai passando um pouco por todo o mundo e que parece que ninguém tem em conta, nada nos é dito, informado, explicado nos media habituais e generalistas.

The greatest threat to our freedom today is not terrorism, but what governments are doing to counter this perceived terrorist threat.

Let me say that again. Terrorism is not the real danger we face, it's what governments around the world are doing to make us "safe."



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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Interessante animação de estatisticas

Estatísticas em flash....

População mundial, petróleo etc



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Saturday, November 10, 2007

O argumento falacioso "não tenho nada a esconder"

É habitual quando se fala de atentar contra as nossas liberdades e especialmente contra a nossa privacidade, aparecer o argumento de que "não tenho nada a esconder" uma vez que supostamente não vamos cometer um crime.
Estes dois artigos são interessantes e muito importantes tendo em conta que cada vez mais se assiste à destruição da nossa privacidade através da implementação de leis quer a nível europeu, como por exemplo na Alemanha, e especialemente nos EUA/USA onde se passam casos como o da AT&T que disponibiliza todo o seu tráfego de dados quer telefones quer internet à NSA.

Este argumento é falacioso como fica demonstrado nestes dois artigos, aqui fica um apanhado das conclusões do cripto-analista Bruce Schneier:

  • If I'm not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me.
  • Because the government gets to define what's wrong, and they keep changing the definition.
  • Because you might do something wrong with my information.
  • Who watches the watchers?
  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
E ainda uma interessante dissertação sobre o mesmo tema....

'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy
DANIEL J. SOLOVE
George Washington University Law School



E uma frase do Cardeal Richelieu que nos deve fazer pensar....

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."


The Eternal Value of Privacy

Bruce Schneier
The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?"

Some clever answers: "If I'm not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me." "Because the government gets to define what's wrong, and they keep changing the definition." "Because you might do something wrong with my information." My problem with quips like these -- as right as they are -- is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.

Two proverbs say it best: Quis custodiet custodes ipsos? ("Who watches the watchers?") and "Absolute power corrupts absolutely."


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GPLv3 para tótós :)

Aqui fica a explicação simples e eficaz da nova licença GPLv3 directamente do site da FSF.

A Quick Guide to GPLv3
by Brett Smith

After a year and a half of public consultation, thousands of comments, and four drafts, version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) was finally published on June 29. While there's been a lot of discussion about the license since the first draft appeared, not many people have talked about the benefits that it provides developers. We've published this guide to fill that gap. We'll start with a brief refresher on free software, copyleft, and the goals of the GPL. We'll then review the major changes in the license to see how they advance those goals and benefit developers.


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Friday, November 09, 2007

15 razões para a IMPUGNAÇÃO de Bush e Cheney

A Associação Nacional de Advogados dos EUA votou de forma unânime e entusiástica pela impugnação/Impeachment do presidente Bush e do vice-presidente Cheney.
Seguem-se as razões dessa impugnação na transcrição abaixo.

Diga-se também que os Democratas não são melhores, já tinham força bastante no congresso para acabarem com a guerra no Iraque, mas continuam alegremente a apoiar os Républicanos nas suas loucuras com a desculpa idiota de apoiarem as tropas.

Infelizmente nestas razões não estão incluidas as acusações de traição e crime relativamente aos acontecimentos do 11 de Setembro de 2001.

National Lawyers Guild Unanimously Passes Resolution on Impeachment of Bush and Cheney
At the National Lawyers Guild 70th Anniversary Law for the People Convention, being held October 31 - November 4 in Washington DC, the membership "unanimously and enthusiastically passed a resolution supporting the impeachment of Bush and Cheney." While alleged crimes relating to 9/11/01 are inexplicably omitted from the points of this resolution, it is nonetheless an extremely significant undertaking, including powerful implementation resolutions to demand investigation, support and work with impeachment efforts, and encourage all other groups and citizens "to adopt similar resolutions and to use all their resources to build the campaign demanding that Congress initiate impeachment investigation, impeach, and remove Bush and Cheney from office without further delay." We applaud the courage and strength of the National Lawyers Guild, and are grateful for their continuing work on behalf of all of us.

Resolution on Impeachment of Bush and Cheney


Whereas George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney:


1. deliberately misled the nation and doctored intelligence, as described in
the Downing Street minutes, http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memos.html about
the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war of aggression and an occupation
of Iraq, as further described in House resolution H.Res. 333: http://kucinich.house.gov/UploadedFiles/int3.pdf and as listed in House Resolution H. Res. 635: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=hr109-635


2. committed crimes against peace by initiating war against Iraq in violation
of the UN Charter http://www.worldpress.org/specials/iraq/ ;


3. committed crimes against humanity in their conduct of the occupation of
Iraq in which they killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and created
millions of refugees http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1892888,00.html
and http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/13/iraq.main/index.html ;


4. killed over 3700 American soldiers and severely wounded nearly 30,000 more
in the pursuit of an illegal, immoral, and unjust occupation of Iraq. While
Bush and Cheney have stated no truthful noble cause for the war, one of the
central purposes appears to be to take control of Iraq's immense oil reserves
to financially benefit private corporate interests. See Bush's benchmark listing
fact sheet released the same day Bush announced the "surge" that expressly
called on the Iraq parliament to "enact hydrocarbons law to promote investment
. . . " http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/01/20070110-3.html
and http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/56672/
;


5. committed further crimes against peace by threatening Iran in violation
of the UN Charter, as described in House resolution H. Res. 333 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgibin/query/z?c110:H.RES.333:
and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6649053.stm ;


6. detained thousands of prisoners without charges and without providing the
ability to confront their accusers at a fair trial http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Americas/United-States-of-America
;


7. condoned the torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Conventions,
the US anti-torture statute of 1994, the US War Crimes Act of 1996, and the
oath of office http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/05/24/usint8614.htm
and http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Americas/United-States-of-America
and http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/03/24/bush_shuns_patriot_act_requirement/
.


Bush's refusal to faithfully execute the laws prohibiting torture and his declaration
on February 7, 2002 that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to prisoners in
Afghanistan and in Guantanamo set the stage for torture there http://hrw.org/reports/2004/usa0604/2.htm
. The Rumsfeld approved Guantanamo torture techniques were then imported to
Iraq in August 2003, where the International Committee of the Red Cross found
"systemic" mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in several facilities and
where the Schlesinger Report confirmed in August 2004 that abuses were "widespread"
and "serious both in number and in effect," and that there is both
"institutional and personal responsibility at higher levels" ;


8. approved at least two different illegal electronic surveillance programs
of American citizens without a warrant in violation of the fourth amendment
and in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and repeatedly
lied to the American people by stating that

no surveillance was taking place without a court order. The first program includes
intercepting phone and email conversations without warrants and was exposed
by the NY Times on December 16, 2005 http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/CPC/NYT_15cnd-program.html
. After that program was exposed Bush said the program was carefully targeted
to just include international calls and suspected members of Al Qaeda. Then,
the second program was exposed by USA Today on May 11, 2006. It provides
a wholesale attack on the fourth amendment by recording call identification
information of tens of millions of purely domestic calls as well as international
calls http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-10-nsa_x.htm
;


9. attacked basic human rights protections in the constitution including habeas
corpus, fifth amendment freedom from loss of life, liberty and property without
due process of law, eighth amendment freedom from cruel and unusual punishment,
and fourth amendment freedom from

unreasonable search and seizure ;


10. attacked the separation of powers in an effort to consolidate power in
the executive;


11. attacked the messenger who revealed that Bush "twisted" intelligence
"to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." Just as Nixon retaliated against
former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg
, according to papers filed in court by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in April 2006, there was "concerted action"
by "multiple people in the White House" to "discredit, punish
or seek revenge against" former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for his July 6,
2003 NY Times op ed piece http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/opinion/06WILS.html?ex=1372824000&en=6c6aeb1ce960
dec0&ei=5007


that ripped the cover off of Bush's false assertions in his 2003 state of the
union address that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Africa for building a
nuclear bomb. In retaliation, and to silence other would-be critics, the White
House collected information about Wilson and disclosed to reporters that his
wife, Valerie Plame, was a covert agent in the CIA counterinsurgency division,
putting her life, and the lives of her contacts, at risk in violation of a US
law protecting intelligence personnel (The Impeachment of George W. Bush,
by Elizabeth Holtzman) ;


12. as the sole person under the Federal Stafford Act with responsibility and
authority to issue emergency orders to mobilize the military and any federal
resources needed to aid and assist in a disaster (see Failure of Initiative,
February 2006 report of the House Select Bipartisan Committee to investigate
the Preparations for and the Response to Hurricane Katrina http://katrina.house.gov/
), Bush failed to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, violated the
public trust, and demonstrated reckless and inexcusable indifference to human
life before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Bush knew but did not act until
too late, and then he lied about it on national TV. Footage and transcripts
from briefings Aug. 25-31 demonstrate that Bush was personally told well in
advance of the "unprecedented strength" of the hurricane, the "devastating
damage expected," and that "water shortages will make human suffering
incredible," according to highly accurate predictions by the National Weather
Service. The Associated Press reported that "in dramatic and sometimes
agonizing terms, federal disaster

officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane
Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New
Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage,"
http://www.truthout.org/cgibin/artman/exec/view.cgi/47/18079
. Yet Bush failed to muster resources to evacuate residents in advance and failed
to assist New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina hit. Then three days
later Bush told Good Morning America, "I don't think that anybody anticipated
a breach of the levees." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2006/03/02/AR2006030202130.html
In years before the storm Bush demonstrated inexcusable criminal negligence
and violated the public trust by cutting the budget for hurricane defense, though
the high probability of the breaching of the levees and the enormous risk to
human life from a major hurricane hitting New Orleans were predicted and well
known for years before the hurricane hit http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/03/katrina.chertoff/index.html
;


13. failed to take care that the laws be faithfully executed by issuing signing
statements that claim the authority to disobey laws based on the president's
own interpretation of their constitutionality, and then by taking action in
violation of these laws, including the US law making torture a crime, laws regarding
Congressional oversight that require providing information to Congress, laws
regarding domestic spying, laws regarding civil liberties, and laws strengthening
whistle blower protection, thereby expanding the president's own power by stepping
into the legislative and judicial functions at the expense of Congress and the
courts, upsetting the balance among the three Branches of government, and moving
us away from the rule of law toward vastly increased executive power; http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/04/30/bush_challenges_hundreds_of_laws/
and
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/03/24/bush_shuns_patriot_act_requirement/
;


14. converted the Justice Department into an arm of the Republican Party by
firing meritorious federal prosecutors who refused to base decisions on whom
to prosecute on political considerations--to help Republicans win election,
an offense James Madison discussed in a

speech to the Senate on June 17, 1789, in which Madison said, "The
danger then consists merely in this, the president can displace from office
a man whose merits require that he should be continued in it. What will be the
motives which the president can feel for such abuse of his power, and the restraints
that operate to prevent it? In the first place, he will be impeachable by this
house, before the senate, for such an act of mal-administration; for I contend
that the wanton removal of meritorious officers would subject him to impeachment
and removal from his own high trust.
" http://www.gwu.edu/~ffcp/mep/displaydoc.cfm?docid=fc11904
and http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/03/27/113/print/
;


15. condoned criminal conduct and obstructed justice by commuting the sentence
of convicted perjurer Scooter Libby to keep him silent and to demonstrate that
Bush and Cheney will not allow high officials in the administration to be held
accountable for their criminal acts;


16. obstructed congressional investigations of these and other acts by the
administration by defying subpoenas from Senate and House committees seeking
documents and testimony under oath by administration officials and former administration
officials; (...)



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Thursday, November 08, 2007

ODF formato e a ODF fundação

Muito se tem escrito sobre a mudança da fundação ODF em relação ao formato standard ISO, ODF.

O formato é o ODF e quem tem legitimidade para falar sobre ele será a ODF Alliance.

Aqui fica um artigo que coloca os pontos nos ii's...

"Okay, lets get one thing straight…

Repeat after me :

“The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format”

“The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format”

“The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format”

Really, they should change their name. For one thing, it’s confusing and diluting the acronym for the Open Document Format. Another thing is, they, (The Open Document Foundation - see what I mean?) appear to be very, very confused about what they are doing; or if they’re not confused about what they’re doing, then they’re being very successful at confusing everyone else."


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Linux para principiantes



Linux for Absolute Beginners



This page is a brief introduction to Linux for people who know little or nothing about it. Hopefully it will help guide some of them onto the path to becoming Linux-literate -- or even a Linux guru. It is divided into the following sections: (1) What is Linux?, (2) Why Study Linux?, (3) Prerequisites for Studying Linux, (4) How to Study Linux, (5) Installation, (6) After Installation and (7) Alternatives to Installation



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Mais apoio ao ODF por parte da Alemanha, India e Brasil

O primeiro workshop do sector público para o ODF teve lugar em Berlin nos dias 29-30 de Outubro e teve como anfitriões o ministério dos estrangeiros Alemão.
Parece que este ministério já está a usar nos seus portáteis o GNU/Linux e o OpenOffice.org, esta utilização vai se estender às workstations diplomáticas em meados de 2008.

Também a cidade de Bristol, no Reino Unido está a migrar para StarOffice e apoia a utilização do ODF.

India e Brasil são também países onde se aposta fortemente na utilização de standards abertos.


The Foreign Office has already linked its foreign missions in a network using open-source programs and shifted to OpenOffice and Linux operation systems on their laptops and has in view to extend this program to all diplomatic workstations by the middle of 2008.


Brazil and India are also leaders in the use of open standards in the office area. Deivi Kuhn of Serpro, a company coordinating the use of open source in
Brazil, declared that ODF standard adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, a good tool providing both access to knowledge
and ensuring user freedoms, was mandatory for e-government state interoperability standards. In India, in the federal state of Assam, PCs with Linux and OpenOffice were given to students and the migration to open source software was in progress in government offices.



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FlyBack a TimeMachine do GNU/Linux

O nosso GNU/Linux também dispõe de algo parecido com a TimeMachine da Apple, apresentado no seu Leopard.

Existem outros projectos que pretendem implementar ou até existem antes da TimeMachine, como o rsnapshot, o TimeVault e outros como o dirvish.

"FlyBack is a snapshot-based backup tool based on rsync It creates successive backup directories mirroring the files you wish to backup, but hard-links unchanged files to the previous backup. This prevents wasting disk space while providing you with full access to all your files without any sort of recovery program. If your machine crashes, just move your external drive to your new machine and copy the latest backup using whatever file browser you normally use.

Note that this means you can selectively delete specific backups and still retain files stored in previous ones. (ie., you can delete tuesday's backup and keep monday's, without screwing up wednesday's).

Ways FlyBack Differs from Time Machine

1. There is no inotify mechanism in Linux, so FlyBack scans your entire directory structure when performing a backup.
2. No hard-linking of directories is supported under Linux, so we waste a few KBs recreating unchanged directory structures with nothing but hard-links in them."


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Supercomputador Cray a usar GNU/Linux

A CRAY, empresa fundada pelo designer de computadores Seymour Cray, lançou a família de supercomputadores XT5 :)

Software Livre rules...cada vez mais!!!


"Supercomputer manufacturer Cray has launched the Cray XT5 family of supercomputers, which it says is "the world's most scalable Linux-based supercomputer"."


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Jogos sujos da micro$oft....

Este post contém alguns links interessantes sobre algumas das prácticas usadas pela micro$oft para criar e manter o seu monopólio.

CyberSnare
by
Roberto Di Cosmo


Why I hate Microsoft
"A personal, lengthy, but highly articulate outburst"

"The Halloween documents are a series of confidential memoranda on potential strategies employed by Microsoft relating to open-source software and to Linux in particular; and a series of responses to these memoranda."

Halloween Documents FAQ

What's So Bad About Microsoft?

Dirty Tricks
A GRAB BAG OF DECEPTION, DISHONESTY & HIGH-HANDED TACTICS



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Monday, November 05, 2007

rtorrent, imbatível no download de torrents

Há algum tempo que procuro um programa leve e sem grandes complicações para fazer o download de torrents, após usar o Azureus que é muito bom mas pesaddddddddddoooooo como tudo por usar o java, e não contente com as outras hipóteses gráficas como Deluge, Transmission etc, voltei-me para o terminal, e encontrei o excelente rtorrent.

Depois de configurado o router para fazer o port forward consigo atingir velocidades fabulosas , como por exemplo a fazer o download da versão alternate do ubuntu 7.10.... a puxar a 1003.6Kb...

FABULOSO.... ;)






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gOS o futuro sistema operativo do google?

O gOS é um sistema operativo GNU/Linux, baseado no Ubuntu mas que tenta maximizar a utilização da chamada WEB2.0, todo ele está envolto quer nas aplicações que o google tem para download quer nas aplicações online deste.

O mais interessante é que o gOS usa o lindíssimo Enlightenment, um dos window managers mais leves e cheios de eye candy, na minha modesta opinião, seria uma excelente base para o Ubuntu criar uma próxima versão....
pleasssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee apostem no E17, a versão de desenvolvimento do Enlightenment.

Um artigo com diversas fotos do gOS...


"Well, I guess a couple things happened… I got interested in Google applications, especially docs and spreadsheets, presentations; and originally, I wanted to create my idea of what a Google OS would look like.. if there were such a mythical OS. As I started looking around at all the Google applications out there, I realized that all of our “computing” could eventually be done in the Google cloud. We just needed an OS that looked really good and pointed people to Google in a really friendly, intelligent way. After seeing this, I got excited because I saw it was also commercially viable for the mainstream end user… Google makes Linux familiar."


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Uso de Software Livre / Open Source na administração federal dos EUA/USA

Está no link que abaixo indico um interessante estudo sobre a utilização/adopção de FLOSS na administração federal dos EUA/USA.

Alguns números:

71% acham que a sua agência/departamento pode beneficiar do uso de FLOSS

55% indicam que estão envolvidos em implementações de FLOSS

90% indicam que a utilização de FLOSS beneficiou dessa implementação

está tudo aqui, neste estudo....

E nós Portugal? onde ficamos? vamos sempre atrás dos outros?


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

As 7 Maravilhas do mundo GNU/Linux

Um artigo interessante sobre 7 das muitas maravilhas que o Software Livre tem para oferecer a quem o experimenta :)

7. freedom

Maybe the most important Linux Wonder is its freedom in all means it is Free as in beer and Free as in Freedom, so you are free to use it, free to distribute it, free to change it, and of course free to contribute!.

This Free to change it and to contribute with it, is what make it big, and shows how people working together for a common goal can make great things!.


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Saturday, November 03, 2007

O Fanático Bush quer a III guerra mundial (Parte1)...

Por diversas vezes o fanático religioso que está na presidência dos EUA/USA, George W. Bush, nos tem dito que podemos estar à beira de uma terceira guerra mundial, o que é bem provável tendo em conta que esse senhor está rodeado de fanáticos e doidos como ele, nos quais se incluem Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, conhecido como "The Prince of Darkness", Paul Wolfowitz, General Colin Powel, Condoleeza Rice, Douglas J. Feith, etc.

Estes senhores directa ou indirectamente estiveram na génese de toda a política que os USA neste momento praticam.

Também convém recordar que a grande maioria destes fanáticos já esteve noutras administrações, tais como a Reagan e a do pai do actual presidente, embora nesta não se dessem tanto a conhecer porque eram considerados pelos mais próximos de George Bush pai, como sendo realmente doidos e eram mantidos um pouco fora dos círculos de decisão.

Mas na sombra iam preparando a sua governação, e a nossa, de todo o mundo, destruição.

Um dos documentos mestres da política que estes senhores prentenderam implementar desde sempre é o PNAC (project for a new american century), o objectivo deste projecto, afirmado nele, é promover a liderança mundial dos USA principalmente através de "from the belief that America should seek to preserve and extend its
position of global leadership by maintaining the preeminence of U.S.
military forces."
, como é citado no Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century (2000).

É também no PNAC que aparece mencionado que "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change,is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."
Ou seja, o objectivo é a dominação total, interna e externa, mas sem que haja um acontecimento catalizador, que permita tomar decisões e opções que numa democracia nunca se poderiam tomar, ele não poderá ser executado ou levará muito mais tempo.

No dia 11 de Setembro de 2001 dá-se o acontecimento catalizador, o que permitirá mudar completamente quer um país quer o mundo, a partir deste dia começa a aprovação em catadupa e até de forma velada de leis que seriam impensáveis num país democrático e que se apresenta ele próprio como o exemplo a seguir.

São aprovadas leis como o Patriot Act que possibilitam algo como "authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; "sneak and peek" searches through which law enforcement officers search a home or business without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission or knowledge;the expanded use of "National Security Letters," which allow the FBI to search telephone, email and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records."


A tudo isto que se ia passando internamente e dando sequência aos objectivos do PNAC, estes fanáticos declaram duas guerras, a primeira ao Afeganistão, supostamente para apanharem vivo ou morto o servidor de sempre da CIA, Bin Laden, que alguns meses antes dos atentados que supostamente lhe atribuem, tinha estado em tratamento no Hospital Americano do Dubai.

Digo supostamente, pois os próprios USA não o consideram como tal, uma vez que o FBI tendo como responsabilidade investigar o crime não o consideram envolvido nesse ataque de 11 de Setembro.

"Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7,
1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people.
In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks
throughout the world."


É importante dizer ainda relativamente à desculpa para atacar o Afeganistão duas coisas:

1. A guerra estava em preparação meses antes dos atentados de 11 de Setembro, coincidência?

2. Quer as administrações Republicanas quer as Democratas, neste caso de Bill Clinton, nunca pretenderam realmente apanhar o seu homem da CIA, Bin Laden.

continua...

According to Abbas, immediately thereafter Bush said: "God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.


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Backups do youtube, google, etc em GNU/Linux

Por vezes preciso de salvar interessantes clips e documentários de diversos sites online que usam ficheiros em flash vídeo, *.flv.

Fiz umas buscas no google e encontrei o que procurava para o nosso belo GNU/Linux, e como uso quer Debian GNU/Linux, quer a versão AMD64 do Ubuntu GNU/Linux, ainda se torna mais fácil instalá-los.

Os programas são o Clive e o Youtube-dl.

$sudo aptitude update
$sudo aptitude install clive youtube-dl

et voilá....downloads fresquinhos ;)

P.S. o clive até reconverte o formato flv:

Re-encode options:
Use the -y switch with ffmpeg to overwrite existing output files

--encoder=STRING e.g. --encoder="/usr/bin/ffmpeg -y -i %i %o"
-m, --mpeg re-encode extracted video to mpeg
-a, --avi re-encode extracted video to avi
-f, --flv re-encode extracted video to flv
-E, --no-encode explicitly turn off re-encoding



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Massificação da adopção do formato standard ISO ODF

Podemos seguir através da wikipedia os fortes passos que o formato standard ISO ODF têm vindo a dar no sentido de se tornar num standard de facto da indústria e dos diversos governos e entidades um pouco por todo o mundo.

Para quando Portugal? ou a Corrupção pelos nossos lados é tanta que só depois de desperdiçarem milhões em erário público é que são obrigados a ir atrás dos outros?

Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format



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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Não existe ninguém que imponha regras a estes aldrabões da microsoft?

Quando é que estes palhaços da microsoft vão deixar de usar truques sujos e vão competir unicamente através dos produtos que produzem sem recorrer a subornos a tudo e a todos?

Quando vão parar de matar a inovação, a criatividade, a qualidade, recorrendo apenas aos imensos biliões que têm? Não haverá nenhuma entidade, ninguém que obrigue estes aldrabões a seguirem regras, leis?

"We recently closed a deal with the Nigerian Government. Maybe you heard about it, Steve. They were looking for an affordable hardware+software solution for their schools. The initial batch was 17,000 machines. We had a good answer to their need: the Classmate PC from Intel, with a customized Mandriva Linux solution. We presented the solution to the local government, they liked the machine, they liked our system, they liked what we offered them, the fact that it was open, that we could customize it for their country and so on.

Then your people entered the game and the deal got more competitive. I would not say it got dirty, but someone could have said that. They fought and fought the deal, but still the customer was happy to get CMPC and Mandriva."


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Alemanha quer espiar todos os computadores

Uma alminha na Alemanha, Gerhard Schindler, director do departamento de contra-terrorismo do ministério do interior alemão, pretende que seja aprovada uma lei na Alemanha para que se possam instalar trojans nos computadores para que os supostos iluminados do estado alemão possam saber se alguém, a quem eles apelidam de suspeitos, vá cometer algum crime, especialmente de terrorismo.

Tendo algumas alminhas presumo que também deste ministério pensado em enviar os tais trojans através dos meios habituais de comunicação entre o estado e os cidadãos, como por exemplo, comunicações via e-mail relativamente a impostos.

Toda esta euforia de espiar tudo e todos se deve, segundo os mesmos, a terem encontrado um laptop com informações pertinentes num dos suspeitos de um ataque terrorista que na realidade não chegou a ocorrer, e digo eu, ainda bem que não.

Mas estes senhores na Alemanha já não é de agora que andam com estas ideias idiotas, aliás infelizmente já tornaram algumas efectivas, como a de proibirem a utilização de ferramentas de detecção de problemas de rede, como o nmap, etc etc....

Ou seja, tem o nmap instalado, tem um sniffer? alguma ferramenta que lhe permita despistar problemas na sua rede? temos muita pena mas o sr é TERRORISTA.

Mas não são só os senhores da Alemanha, isto parece ter começado nos USA e agora propagasse por todo o mundo, supostamente democrático, agora foi a vez de chegar à Europa, até a própria UEuropeia pensa em medidas tão brilhantes como as de proibir buscas de palavras como terrorista etc etc, ou seja, se esta brilhante lei fôr para a frente eu ao escrever este post, ou era terrorista ou ninguém o podia ler porque contém a palavra terorista, logo era filtrado.

Enfim, os pseudo-democratas do costume, querem, podem e mandam, e quem não concordar com eles ou é TERRORISTA ou não é patriota.
Na Alemanha já os apelidam de Stasi 2.0, a antiga polícia do regime da Alemanha Democrática de leste, e mesmo de gestapo.

Eu diria que esta gente anda toda louca, quer os senhores com estas ideias Orwellianas, quer os supostos terroristas que ou são muito maus no seu "serviço", ou são muito idiotas, fazem-me lembrar o Woody Allen, em "Inimigo Público Nº1".

Será que estas leis ajudam ao combate a alguma coisa?
A resposta é muito simplesmente, NÃO!!!

Só servem para uma coisa, tirar às pessoas que nada têm a ver com terorismo ou mesmo violência ou crime, a pouca liberdade e privacidade que ainda têm.

Quem realmente quer cometer um crime, terroristas e máfias de todo o mundo têm ao seu dispôr toda uma panóplia de tecnologia quer informática quer militar, bem como todo o dinheiro necessário para levar a cabo a acção que pretenderem, já para não falar que estados supostamente aliados dos USA/UK, apoiam e protegem esses criminosos, estados como a Turquia e o Paquistão.

Ou seja, não é por se aprovar leis idiotas como estas que se vai proteger o que quer que seja.

Eu que não sou terrorista, mas que às vezes até dá vontade de ser, pelo menos contra estes senhores de ideias tão brilhantes, tenho acesso como qualquer outra pessoa a tecnologia que me permite ter toda a informação guardada de olhares indiscretos.

Posso encriptar todos os dados do meu disco rígido, posso efectuar comunicações encriptadas, posso fazer buscas e navegar na Internet anónimamente, e isto tudo com aplicações e sistemas operativos com os quais não tenho de gastar nem um tostão, e isto está disponível para o cidadão comum.
Acham estes senhores mesmo que pessoas determinadas e com muito dinheiro para gastar em operações desta natureza não terão ainda ferramentas tão ou mais poderosas ao seu serviço bem como especialistas da área até para as criar?

Estes senhores deveriam era preocupar-se em combater as verdadeiras causas do terrorismo, a fome e a miséria que eles cada vez mais criam no mundo com as suas políticas desprovidas de qualquer humanidade.


"If you spy on my telephone calls, you can never have as big a picture of me as if you can read my hard drive," said Constanze Kurz, an activist with the Berlin-based hacker organization the Chaos Computer Club, which has pledged to find and publicize the first government Trojan.

"My communications, my private photos, my private films, all of my research. And if you install that Trojan on the computer, you can look not only at this data on the hard drive, but you can see what I'm typing, you can collect my thoughts as I'm typing them in," she said. "If you give me your computer for one hour, I will know everything about you."

Already, Romania, Cyprus, Latvia and Spain have laws that allow "online searches," according to a report from Germany's Interior Ministry, which conducted an informal survey in Europe. Switzerland and Slovenia appear to also allow such searches, and Sweden is in the process of adopting similar legislation, the report said.

In the U.S., where battles are being fought over warrantless surveillance of telephone and Internet communications, the FBI is known to have implanted software designed to identify target computers. But it is unknown, and the FBI won't say, whether the government has tried to surreptitiously search the contents of hard drives.

"I'm not aware of that technique being used in the United States," said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center. "But it's also not clear, given the current view of the president on his powers to conduct electronic surveillance, that it hasn't been used."

Europe has been scrambling in recent months to adopt new counter-terrorism measures as recent arrests in Britain, Germany and Denmark have shed light on the increased number of militants raised in Europe.

On Nov. 6, the European Union's justice commissioner, Franco Frattini, will propose a new set of counter-terrorism measures that is expected to include proposals to block Internet sites offering bomb-making recipes and to make online recruiting of terrorists a criminal offense."


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