"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

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Micro$oft or should i say...Micropoly dirty secrets

Or what micro$oft doesn't want you to know!!!

Hoje com pouco para fazer resolvi estudar um pouco o percurso nada lisonjeiro da micro$oft, também por alguns e legitimamente chamada de micropoly.

A micropoly desde a sua concepção que usou todos os truques baixos para chegar onde está, e apesar de deter alguns 90% do mercado continua a usar os mesmo truques para dar uma única escolha aos consumidores, ou microsoft ou micropoly....

Os truques baixos que actualmente a micropoly está a executar com todo o seu poder económico visam tentar passar o seu formato fechado e não standard de ficheiros para office, o m$-ooxml, e para isso até no nosso país se tem servido desses truques.

A seguir coloco uma lista de sites onde os consumidores poderão obter mais informação de como a micro$oft desde sempre abusou do mercado e dos seus próprios clientes, passando por cima de tudo e de todos, incluindo leis, para chegar onde está, e para lá se manter.
Infelizmente na comunicação social nada disto é dito, apenas aparecem os habituais fait divers sobre a imensa fortuna acumulada por Bill Gates e Steve Ballmer entre outros.

m$-ooxml dirty tricks

OOXML em Portugal - CT 173 - Linguagem de descrição de documentos

Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

Reclamação, desagrado e repúdio pelo artigo "Office Open XML", publicado na BIT

Diz NÃO ao OOXML: Comité presidido por Microsoft decide em seu favor

Notes from Portugal on the July 16th Meeting on Ecma-376

Diz NÃO ao OOXML: governo regional Andaluzo denuncia “falsificação” da Microsoft

Assalto planetário ou micro$oft dirty history

Dirty Tricks history

Este é sem sombra de dúvida um dos melhores sites sobre os truques baixos que a micro$oft desde a sua concepção sempre usou e abusou.

"MS does know how to advocate and implement standards (see Microsoft Discusses Open Standards (versus Open Source Software)).
It has rightly criticized AOL for blocking interoperatbility between different Instant Messaging systems and worked to set a global, unencumbered standard for all (see here, here and here).

On the other hand, MS has been paying out large amounts of money (9B$ I read somewhere in 2004) in court settlements for really dirty, and illegal tricks. A prime example is the way MS killed DR-DOS, but this is, stricktly speaking, not really an International Standards question, neither are the dirty Windows vs. OS2 and MS versus BeOS fights (which included standards as "weapons"). Also, MS is rather fond of trademarking common words like Windows, Office, SQL server, Word, and Office Open XML which seems to be targeted at confusing potential users of X-Windows, Office software, SQL, Word processing, and Open Office. A more recent illustration of how MS approaches standards was seen after MS acquired Virtual Earth with Seadragon in 2006. Note the consistent lying about standards by MS marketting (quote from Roblimo of Linux.com)"

Dissecting Microsoft

""There's nobody getting rich (by) writing software" - Bill Gates

Microsoft®'s goal, aside from making profit, is simple: to be the exclusive computing platform of all electronic devices, including home appliances and PCs, business workstations and servers (with Microsoft Windows), and mobile devices (with Microsoft Windows CE). To date Microsoft's only successful method has been to implement the factory model of software development, maintaining high profits and limiting customer rights through restrictive licensing. Below the
financial success and shrewd business tactics lies a huge pile of mistaken foresight and missed opportunities."

What's So Bad About Microsoft?

"Why is it that Microsoft's products keep mushrooming in size with each new release always requiring significantly more disk space and more processing power than the last time? They might claim it's because of all the new features they add each time, but that's only half the story.
The new features and the increased processing requirements are designed to fuel the process of perpetual upgrades.
This is Microsoft's way of rubbing Intel's back so that Intel will give Microsoft preferential treatment when it comes out with new chip specs.
It's also Microsoft's way of convincing consumers that their newer product versions are better because they are so much bigger.
Their new features are often superfluous but users must still deal with the overhead required
by the features even though most will never use the features."

Why I hate Microsoft

"A personal, lengthy, but highly articulate outburst"

Apesar do título pesado é sem dúvida um excelente documento, factual.

From the title of this paper you may have guessed that I am not very impressed with the guys in Redmond. One might even say that my dislike for Microsoft is a pet hate gone out of control in an almost quixotic fashion. Why is this?

Of course I have been accused of personal antipathy, of being jealous of Bill Gates and his billions, and of being prejudiced against all things Microsoft without any reason whatsoever. None of this is true. I have nothing personal against Bill Gates. Why should I? I don't know the man, I've never met him. I agree with those who say he might be the most successful
salesman in history. And I've always thought that even one billion in almost any currency is more than I could reasonably spend."

Criticism of Microsoft

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Criticism of Microsoft
has followed various aspects of its products and business practices. Issues with ease of use, stability, and security of the company's software are common targets for critics. More recently, Trojan horses and other exploits have plagued numerous users due to faults in the security of Microsoft Windows and other programs. Microsoft

is also accused of locking vendors and consumers into their products,
and of not following and complying with existing standards in its
software.[1] Total cost of ownership comparisons of Linux as well as Mac OS X to Windows are a continuous point of debate.

The company has been in numerous lawsuits by several governments and other companies for unlawful monopolistic practices. In 2004, the European Union found Microsoft guilty in a highly publicized anti-trust case. Additionally, Microsoft's EULA for some of its programs is often criticized as being too restrictive as well as being against open source software."

Dirty Tricks


"Am I Blue?

On November 18, 1998 the digital greeting card company Blue Mountain Arts discovered that beta versions of Microsoft's Outlook Express (which comes free with Internet Explorer)
were automatically filing Blue Mountain's e-mail greeting cards into the "junk" folder rather than the "inbox."
Shortly afterwards, Blue Mountain Arts discovered that Microsoft's WebTV service was blocking their e-mail greeting cards as well.

Why would Microsoft want to prevent electronic greetingcards from being delivered? It turns out that after an unsuccessful attempt to purchase Blue Mountain Arts,Microsoft started its own electronic greeting card service.
The "bug" in Outlook Express appeared at about the same timethat Microsoft's greeting card service began.
Coincidence? The Honorable Robert A. Baines didn't thinkso, and granted a preliminary injunction against Microsoft to protect the delivery of Blue Mountain Arts greetingcards. Microsoft reacted to this injunction by removing the e-mail filter from Outlook Express.

Microsoft claims to have attempted to assist Blue Mountain with this problem, but according to Blue Mountain Arts, that assistance consisted mostly of telling them to wait for the next release of Internet Explorer at "an unspecified date in the future."

References from Blue Mountain, IDG, and Microsoft.[27 March 1999]"

Assalto Planetário - A face oculta da micro$oft

Hijacking the World: the dark side of Microsoft

"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."

A brief history of how Microsoft became a monopoly

"There is a very interesting article over on the ITpro site. It is called 'Wrestling with the
monopoly' and is about reasons for Linux adoption in the face of Microsoft's quasi-monopoly, and about the decision of the European Commission to demand from Microsoft the publication of their APIs and protocols. If you have the time to read the full article, please do.
Even though it is a bit longer, it's very informative and actually covers a number of issues."

Wrestling with the monopoly

"Trade secrets

Jeremy Allison, co-creator of Samba, records that "In the days when Novell Netware dominated the file serving world Microsoft was a great supporter of standards. They published the specifications of their own protocols (then called Server Message Block, or SMB) and supported implementations on other platforms than Windows," but once Netware was defeated by Windows NT "their attitudes changed, and the flow of information stopped. Proprietary modifications to core protocols like the Kerberos authentication protocol followed,
and these changes were treated as trade secrets, patented if possible, and only released under restrictive non-disclosure agreements, if released at all.""

Stupid Microsoft Tricks: Why the Richest Company on Earth Feels it Needs to Cheat

""Why would a company like Microsoft do this?" asked Richard Lang, who is Burst's CEO and half the company workforce. "We were a little company. Microsoft could have had our technology for almost nothing, but instead they stole it. We called them on it, and they could have settled at any time, but they didn't. They stuck their heels in and won't give an inch even now. The only way I can make sense of this behavior is that they need to win no matter what the cost.""

Charles Darwin Would Be Proud: On Microsoft's Supposed Plan To 'Embrace, Extend & Extinguish' TCP/IP

"With that in mind, we have no problem believing that Microsoft has some sort of cockamamie plan to try and replace TCP/IP with its own proprietary system. That fits with every single other strategy that the company has ever pursued. Smart Tags, Hailstorm and Passport are merely the most recent schemes by the company to try to control (and therefore, derive a revenue stream from) every aspect of the Internet, and TCP/MS will not be the last. It won't even be the worst of them, either. We are thoroughly convinced that Hailstorm/Passport are clearly the most evil of Microsoft's near-term offerings, but that's the subject of another column."

MS to eradicate GPL, hence Linux

If you can't beat 'em, criminalize 'em

By Thomas C Greene in Washington DC

"Yesterday, as we all know, Microsoft fed an 'exclusive' story about its new 'Palladium' DRM/PKI Trust Machine to Newsweek hack Steven Levy (a guy who writes without irony of "high-level encryption"), presumably because they trusted him not to grasp the technology well enough to question it seriously. His un-critical announcementimmediately sparked a flurry of articles considering what this means to the Windows user base. And that's as it should be. But my question is, what does it mean to the Linux user base?"

On the Remedy Phase of the Microsoft Antitrust Trial

site sobre o julgamento da micro$oft nos USA.

Continuing Press

"Here are some things that MicrosoftCorporation have done to frustrate competitors. Remember - DOS ain't done 'til Lotus won't run."

The Halloween Documents

"Where will Microsoft try to drag you today?
Do you really want to go there?

In the last week of October 1998, a confidential Microsoft memorandum on Redmond's strategy against Linux and Open Source software was leaked to me by a source who shall remain nameless. I annotated this memorandum with explanation and commentary over Halloween Weekend and released it to the national press. Microsoft was forced to acknowledge its authenticity. The press rightly treated it as a major story and covered it (with varying degrees of cluefulness).

The now-infamous "Halloween Document" contained references to a second memorandum specifically on Linux. Within days, copies of the second memo had been forwarded to me from two separate sources. I renamed the first annotated version "Halloween I" and set about annotating the second. While not as dramatic or sinister in its implications as its predecessor, Halloween II includes a lot of material at variance with Microsoft's public party line on Linux."

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Friday, December 21, 2007

ODF e PDF boas notícias

Mais um país que indica a sua preferência por formatos abertos e standard, desta vez a muito RICA Noruega...

O formato PDF também já é ISO, e nesta página encontram-se ferramentas para tudo e mais alguma coisa para usar-mos os PDF's, desde a edição/criação e visionamento! quem é que ainda usa o pesado acrobat viewer?

A Free Software Foundation até lançou projecto, o gnupdf.

"The goal of the GNU PDF project is to develop and provide a free,
high-quality, complete and portable set of libraries and programs to
manage the PDF file format, and associated technologies."

"There are three formats that have been mandated for all documentation between authorities and users/partners, namely:

* HTML for all public information on the Web.

* PDF for all documents where layout needs to be preserved.

* ODF for all documents that the recipient is supposed to be able to edit

Goverment, state and regional agencies, authorities and services may also publish in other formats, but they must always publish in one of these formats. The decree is retroactive, and by 2014 all documents published prior to this decree must have been converted and made available in one of the three formats."

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Vamos a acelerar essas distros

Alguns links para tornar-mos as nossas distros mais ágeis.

Como sempre Debian based são a minha preferência :)

"Comprehensive Linux System Services List: Explanation and Recommendation
Posted by: admin in DEB Distros, RPM Distros, tags: debian, fedora, Linux, services, system, ubuntu


Linux services are basically programs that start at boot time to provide certain features and services (Apache, the web server for example). After installation, every Linux distribution provides a list of enabled services. However, you might not need some of these services or you might need others that are not enabled by default. Having only the services you need running will make your system faster, more stable and secure. So the first thing you need to do after installing a Linux distribution is to manually edit the list of enabled services. Unfortunately, some services don’t provide a description, others provide a description that’s not understandable so you might end-up disabling a vital system service just because you didn’t know what it did and you thought you didn’t need it."

"While Linux is pretty efficient with a computer's resources out of the box, there are still ways you can make it run leaner and meaner on your desktop. Using a little bit of know-how, a willingness to run a few terminal commands and a mind for efficiency, you can get every last bit of power from your Linux box, or get more life from an older system. Read on for a roundup of ways to slim down and speed up Linux that any level of user can implement."

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E mais dicas/tips/reference cards/cheat sheet

Isto hoje parece que o Natal chegou mais cedo, mais umas dicas fabulásticas ;) especialmente para our beloved Debian GNU/Hurd/KFreeBSD/Linux...

Debian GNU/Linux Reference Card

Debian Cheat Sheet

Muitos guias de referência rápida cheat sheet
in http://neosite.ilogic.com.br/dicas/

Mais links e documentos úteis para NIX's

Aqui ficam mais uns links interessantes e um documento que ajuda a malta mais nova nestas andanças de mudança de sistema operativo ou que queiram começar a usar os diversos NIX's à nossa disposição actualmente, a maior parte deles à distância de um download e sem pagar nada!!!

Desde as diversas distros GNU/Linux, passando pelos BSD's e o poderoso OpenSolaris com os seus diversos projectos, até ao proprietário MacOSX.

Unix Timeline

Below, you can see the preview of the Unix History (click on the white zone to get a bigger image):


BSD History





Using OpenSolaris

If you want to run a distribution based on OpenSolaris, choose one of these available options:



Agora os links com as dicas :)

Bash tutorial

Find Anything From the Terminal

Create terminal shortcuts

Unix/Linux Command Cheat Sheet

Turbocharge your terminal

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Algumas boas notícias para animar a malta :)

Deve ser por notícias destas cada vez a aparecerem mais e um pouco por todo o mundo que a micro$oft cada vez tem mais medo do futuro e cada vez usa mais meios muito pouco ortodoxos para chegar aos seus objectivos, CT173 rings a bell!!!

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice believes that open source software is a more stable, supportable and cost-effective choice compared to proprietary solutions.

Netherlands supports open standards and open source

Yesterday, the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber) of the Dutch parliament adopted a plan to switch the country's public sector over to open standards. At the same time, authorities will be called upon to use open source software wherever possible. The 26-page paper from the Dutch Economics Ministry obligates governmental services to provide reasons why they need to continue to use proprietary solutions, such as operating systems or office suites from Microsoft, starting next April; next December, this duty will be imposed upon all public authorities. At the same time, authorities are required to come up with a strategy that includes a timeline for migration to open standards and free software.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Uma frase com enorme sentido nos dias de hoje

Creio que durante esta semana ocorreu um forum na TSF, o qual debateu a instalação de câmaras em diversas cidades portuguesas, começando no Porto, mas Coimbra também a irá ter dentro de pouco tempo.

E se no Porto parece que irão funcionar só de noite, em Coimbra poderão vir a funcionar também durante o dia.

Infelizmente os portugueses e não só, andam cada vez mais mal informados apesar de terem acesso a cada vez mais canais de televisão bem como estarem a ler mais, principalmente jornais grátis.

Mas a existência de mais meios de comunicação nem sempre leva a uma melhor qualidade da informação e muito menos a pluralidade nessa mesma informação.

Quero com tudo isto dizer que infelizmente as pessoas que falaram sobre os casos de Londres no Reino Unido nem sabem os diversos atropelos à privacidade a que estão submetidos todos os habitantes daquela cidade, e ainda desconhecem que estas famosas câmaras ao contrário do que afirmou um ouvinte,não filmaram os supostos "terroristas" que supostamente terão feito explodir quer o metro quer o autocarro.

Os supostos suspeitos só foram filmados quando adquiriam bilhetes do metro, mas eram uns terroristas meio estranhos, é que compraram bilhetes de ida e volta....enfim, quem ainda quer acreditar na história contada pelas supostas forças de (in)segurança inglesas!!!

Mas outra questão surge, onde estavam as câmaras quando o cidadão brasileiro foi ASSASSINADO pelas supostas forças de (in)segurança inglesas?
Não foi filmada a agressão vergonhosa o assassinato de um cidadão que nada levava a supôr fosse fazer algo de ilegal,mas que no entanto foi morto com 5 tiros.

Por todas estas situações não concordo minimamente com este "big brother", onde se tentam resolver problemas que muitas das vezes nem existem, uma vez que a suposta guerra ao terrorismo é apenas a fachada para diversas ilegalidades praticadas por estados, como UK, USA e outros, que só querem fomentar guerras no único objectivo de continuar a fomentar a venda de armas, e a de conquistar cada vez mais território onde existe petróleo e gás natural, e onde não existem regimes fantoches que eles possam controlar para seu próprio benefício.

Sabiam que nos últimos anos e segundo dados das próprias agências de segurança e inteligência como a CIA e FBI, o número de mortes por atentados terroristas é mínimo, nem sequer comparável às mortes quer por acidentes quer por atentados à mão armada nos USA?

Mas infelizmente as pessoas continuam a ser enganadas, quer pelos seus governantes quer pelos próprios media, os quais deveriam ser isentos e críticos.
Onde anda o quarto poder?
Infelizmente já se juntou ao primeiro.

Por isso fico extremamente irritado quando oiço pessoas nesses forum dizerem que "quem não deve não teme" sem se aperceberem que o que estão a dizer é uma falácia, uma vez que se não deve temer, não faz sentido nenhum serem mplementadas medidas que atropelam os seus direitos constitucionais de privacidade e especialmente os seus direitos de humanos.

E depois quem define as regras? O governo? Mas passam a vida a mudá-las, quem me garante que uma lei que me defende hoje, que me diz que posso fazer algo,amanhã já não estará a atacar-me?

Por isso aqui deixo esta frase, que exemplifica muito bem o que pretendo dizer com tudo isto.

"Aqueles que abrem mão da liberdade essencial por um pouco de segurança temporária não merecem nem liberdade nem segurança".

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

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KDE4 consome menos 39% de memória que o anterior KDE3

No kdedevelopers encontrei esta excelente notícia, vamos a ver se eles ainda vão optimizar mais o memory footprint.

"KDE 4 'consumes 39% less memory than its predecessor'
Submitted by bille on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 20:17. KDE General

Not mine, but one Korneliusz Jarzebski (in Polish) has done the numbers (pro-linux coverage in German) and produced a chart showing exactly how the RAM consumption of comparable KDE4 and KDE3 sessions measure up. The result is a mindblowing 39% smaller memory footprint in KDE 4. This just goes to show, that it's worth making large-scale changes to your desktop environment to get the fruit hanging on the higher branches. Wait for the mini- and micro-optimisations to start happening in KDE 4.x, too."

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CNN breaking news.... A poupança com GNU/Linux

A CNN tem no seu site uma noticia bastante interessante.

Segundo um estudo do governo do Reino Unido, "Office of Government Commerce: Open Source Software Trials in Government - Final Report", o uso de GNU/Linux pode gerar menos 50% de lixo informático, uma vez que a substituição de máquinas que o correm leva cerca de 6 a 8 anos, enquanto que com a utilização de m$-window$ a substituição acontece em metade do tempo.

(CNN) -- True or False: Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a Linux-operated one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by 50%.

The answer is: TRUE

(...) "There are also potential Green Agenda benefits, through reducing the energy and resources consumed in manufacturing replacement equipment, and reducing landfill requirements and costs arising from disposal of redundant equipment.

"Industry observers quote a typical hardware refresh period for Microsoft Windows systems as 3-4 years; a major UK manufacturing organisation quotes its hardware refresh period for Linux systems as 6-8 years."

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TOP 10 dos jogos Livres para GNU/Linux

Aqui fica a lista do top10 de jogos FLOSS segundo a Online Games....

Já experimentei uns quantos, e sim são muito bons, até no meu Intel805 com uma board nvidia 7300gs, nada de especial, correm muito bem!!!

have fun!!!

Top 10 free Linux 3D games

Addictive 3D games for Linux users to fill their time with. These games are really good and some have won awards or have been featured on magazines. Most are cross platform and all of them completely free. You don’t have to use ‘Wine’ to be able to play as they come with Linux installers.

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Será esta a nova cara do Ubuntu GNU/Linux?

A ver vamos, mas está bem gira!!!



in Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/BasicIdeals

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Monday, December 10, 2007

3 programinhas interessantes no KDE

Acabo de instalar 3 pacotes interessantes no meu KDE.

KDirStat, KleanSweep, e Kdf, dão imenso jeito.


KDirStat main window



KDiskFree and KwikDisk


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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Angelina Jolie em "A Mighty Heart"

Acabo de ver o filme "A Mighty Heart" com a Angelina Jolie, o qual retrata os últimos meses de vida do jornalista Daniel Pearl e sua mulher em Karachi no Paquistão.

Sinceramente parece-me apenas um branqueamento de tudo o que realmente terá acontecido.
Do início ao fim do filme é passada a mensagem que existem uns terroristas maus que fazem mal a tudo e a todos e que do outro lado da barreira se encontram os estados sem culpa de nada apenas a tentarem ajudar-nos, nós pobres desprotegidos face a esse bando de loucos.

Durante todo o filme passa a ideia de que os serviços secretos americanos, CIA/FBI, e os serviços secretos militares paquistaneses tudo fizeram para tentar resgatar com vida o jornalista do wall street journal.

Mas será que foi mesmo isto que se passou?

De acordo com diversas fontes, nomeadamente o jornal inglês The Guardian, bem como um artigo na Counterpunch, as coisas se calhar são bem mais feias do que o filme parece querer mostrar, ou que nem sequer faz um esforço para tentar desmistificar a ideia dos maus terroristas e bons dos serviços secretos.

A verdade parece ser que quer os serviços secretos dos USA, quer do Paquistaõ poderão com quase toda a certeza ter estado por detrás do desaparecimento do jornalista, bem como da sua morte.

Na realidade, Daniel Pearl estaria na posse de informações que mostrariam que a CIA prestaria apoio de diversas formas aos serviços secretos do Paquistão, ISI, os quais através de Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, um agente duplo a mando do chefe da ISI, General Mahmoud Ahmed e com conhecimento da CIA, teria pago cerca de US$100000, ao suposto principal suspeito da AL-Qaeda, Mohammed Atta, poucas semanas antes dos atentados ao WTC.

"The Pakistan connection
There is evidence of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers. Why is the US government so keen to cover it up?
It has been rumoured that Pearl was especially interested in any role played by the US in training or backing the ISI. Daniel Ellsberg, the former US defence department whistleblower who has accompanied Edmonds in court, has stated: "It seems to me quite plausible that Pakistan was quite involved in this ... To say Pakistan is, to me, to say CIA because ... it's hard to say that the ISI knew something that the CIA had no knowledge of." Ahmed's close relations with the CIA would seem to confirm this. For years the CIA used the ISI as a conduit to pump billions of dollars into militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan, both before and after the Soviet invasion of 1979.
W ith CIA backing, the ISI has developed, since the early 1980s, into a parallel structure, a state within a state, with staff and informers estimated by some at 150,000. It wields enormous power over all aspects of government. The case of Ahmed confirms that parts of the ISI directly supported and financed al-Qaida, and it has long been established that the ISI has acted as go-between in intelligence operations on behalf of the CIA."
Michael Meacher
in The Guardian

O problema de Daniel Pearl, é que provávelmente era demasiado honesto e bom jornalista como é dito neste artigo da Counterpunch.

"Colin Powell's statement of March 3, exonerating the ISI from any responsibility for Pearl's disappearance and murder, is shocking. Few in Pakistan believe such assurances. Musharraf was not involved, but he must know what took place. He has referred to Pearl as an "over- intrusive journalist" caught up in "intelligence games". Has he told Washington what he knows? And if so, why did Powell absolve the ISI?

The Pearl tragedy has shed some light on the darker recesses of the intelligence networks. Pearl was a gifted, independent-minded investigative journalist. On previous assignments he had established that the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory - bombed on Clinton's orders - was exactly that and not a shady installation producing biological and chemical weapons, as alleged by the White House. Subsequently, he wrote extensively on Kosovo, questioning some of the atrocity stories dished out by Nato spin-doctors to justify the war on Yugoslavia."

Who Really Killed Daniel Pearl?
The US is ignoring evidence of links with Pakistan's secret service
in CounterPunch

Outro site com diversa informação vinculada por diversos jornais.

What Was Daniel Pearl Doing In Pakistan?

"While U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl had in general told people, who came into contact with him in the days prior to his abduction and murder, that he was completing a story on shoe-bomb terrorist Richard Reid, there is now increased evidence that he was also looking at far more sensitive matters. Some of those who had spoken to Pearl during his stay in Karachi believe that his main interest was in looking into the links between certain agencies in Pakistan with religious militancy. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the most powerful agency in the country, had also received Pearl's attention during this investigation.... It is also rumoured that Pearl was in fact especially interested in any role played by the U.S. in training the ISI or backing it in any way, especially during the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. 'Details of any U.S.-ISI cooperation would of course not be appreciated even in Washington, especially regarding U.S. cooperation in promoting any kind of Islamic militancy,' stated a source close to the Pakistan foreign office.' It may be noted that Pearl was known in New York, where the newspaper he worked for, The Wall Street Journal‚ is based, as a reporter willing to expose U.S. involvement in matters of some embarrassment for the government in Washington. One of his last major stories for instance had focussed on the fact that some of the atrocities allegedly committed in Kosovo may have been 'fabricated' with Western forces aware of this, even as the international media was informed about the war crimes carried out."
Pearl was probing spy agencies' role
Gulf News, 23 March 2002

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Site com Software open source para quem ainda não viu a luz toda ao fundo do túnel

Para quem ainda usa m$-window$ como sistema operativo, tem sempre excelente software livre para usar nesse SO, pelo menos até migrar completamente para GNU/Linux ou BSD's :)

"About this Site
Open Source Windows is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Windows. We aren't trying to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source Windows application, instead we want to showcase the best, most important, and easiest to use."

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Novos Plugins para o belo CompizFusion

A equipa do excelente CompizFusion mima-nos com algumas prendas de Natal!!!

Compiz Fusion Community News for Decemeber 5, 2007: Keep those plugins coming! « SmSpillaz - Random Compiz Fusion Stuff
Compiz Fusion Community News for Decemeber 5, 2007: Keep those plugins coming! December 5, 2007

News in Bugs

  • Fix expo termination bugs when no root window is present
  • Fix bug in CCSM with MultiList when entering a window match
  • Fix crash in CubeDBUS when you would delete an object
  • Fix problem in CubeDBUS where objects were being drawn the wrong way around
  • Anaglyph now loads after scale, fixing conflict problems
  • MPlayer no longer ‘hangs’ in the background after XWinWrap is killed in Livedesktop-Settings
  • Fix fish going into the ground in atlantis2

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

O Final Cut do documentário Loose Change saíu...

Há quem ache que este é um pseudo-documentário, como por exemplo os srs que acham que tudo o que os USA fazem é bem feito e que nunca fazem nada de errado, que são só políticas, real politic!!!

A verdade é que o documentário
Loose Change faz algumas questões que ninguém nos media coloca, e sinceramente são questões extremamente válidas.

Porque não um debate nas nossas televisões sobre o atentado às torres de 11 Setembro de 2001, mas com convidados a sério, como pilotos da aviação civil, engenheiros e arquitectos ainda o FBI, através da Sibel Edmonds,David Ray Griffin etc.

"Loose Change is a documentary film written and directed by Dylan Avery, and produced by Korey Rowe with Jason Bermas. It claims that the September 11 attacks were planned and conducted by elements within the United States government,
and bases these claims on perceived anomalies in the historical record
of the attacks. The film was originally released through the creators'
own company,
Louder than Words, and received widespread attention after Loose Change 2nd Edition was featured on a Binghamton, New York local FOXWICZ-TV (FOX 40).[1] The film's main claims have been debunked by mainstream media outlets,[2][3] independent researchers,[4][5] and prominent members of the scientific and engineering community.[6] Some of the theories presented in the film are supported by a minority of academics, mostly from within the Scholars for 9/11 Truth movement.[7][8]" in wikipedia

alguns links importantes sobre o tema:

911Truth.org: An Overview

History Commons Website

Scholars for 9/11 Truth



Pilots for 9/11 Truth

Trailer do Loose Change Final Cut

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Ficheiro RTF em m$-office

Ontem aconteceu-me algo estranho, mas provavelmente explicável pelas aldrabices que a m$ faz aos formatos, desde protocolos como o kerberos, passando pelo RTF....

como infelizmente no trabalho tenho de usar m$-window$ e m$-office, pelo menos instalei o plugin da SUN para ter o ODF, tive de criar um Procedimento a efectuar e como é hábito criei em RTF, tento fugir o máximo de m$- DOC e como aqui o sítio é m$ centric o ODF infelizmente ninguém o ia conseguir abrir.

Gravei o tal documento, coisa pequena, 4 páginas com um print screen em cada uma, gravei em RTF e tento enviar por mail, qual não é o meu espanto quando vejo que o m$-office 2003 gastou 15Mb para gravar o documento em RTF.

hoje aconteceu-me algo similar, mais uma vez gravei em RTF um procedimento a executar com print screens, são umas doze imagens, desta vez o m$-office2003 precisou de 95 Mb.

Experimentei o Openoffice.org, para ver se o problema seria de estar a usar o RTF, pelos vistos não.
No Openoffice.org, o file ficou com 2,234Mb, isto para o ficheiro que em m$-office2003 fica com 95Mb, para o que fica com 15Mb, o OO.o conseguiu um RTF prácticamente do mesmo tamanho que um m$-doc, cerca de 250Kb.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Porque têm os USA de estar metidos sempre em tudo?

Desde a II guerra mundial que os USA não param de estar envolvidos em guerras, andam nelas há perto de 70 anos, sem interrupção, é claro que sempre movidos não pela defesa da liberdade e democracia, mas sim pelos seus interesses mesquinhos e das corporações de armamentos.

Mas porque o fazem?
Simplesmente pelo petróleo, a Venezuela dispõe de grandes reservas desse "mijo do diabo".

Oil reserves

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"According to the Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ), Venezuela has 77.2 giga barrels of proven conventional oil reserves (80 years of future production), the largest of any country in the Western Hemisphere. In addition it has non-conventional oil deposits similar in size to Canada's - at 1,200 billion barrels approximately equal to the world's reserves of conventional oil. About 267 billion barrels of this may be producible at current prices using current technology. [5] Venezuela's Orinoco tar sands are less viscous than Canada's Athabasca oil sands – meaning they can be produced by more conventional means, but are buried deeper – meaning they cannot be extracted by surface mining. In an attempt to have these extra heavy oil reserves recognized by the international community, Venezuela has moved to add them to its conventional reserves to give nearly 350 billion barrels of total oil reserves. This would give it the largest oil reserves in the world, even ahead of Saudi Arabia. In October 2007 the Venezuelan government said its proven oil reserves have risen to 100 billion barrels. The energy and oil ministry said it has certified 12.4 billion additional barrels of proven reserves in the country's Faja del Orinoco region [6]"

Não contentes com o estado de coisas da Venezuela, resolvem usar todos os truques baixos para destituir o actual presidente, quer se queira quer não, legítimo do país.
No mínimo o Chavez é mais legítimo que o actual presidente dos USA.

Para tal começaram as guerrinhas da CIA, nada que já não estejam habituados, de Timor Leste ao Chile, passando pelo Vietnam etc etc.

Se o fazem contra os seus próprios cidadãos, o que os impede de fazer tão ou pior em outros países?
Veja-se o caso das operações, chamadas de False Flag que ocorrem um pouco por todo o mundo, ou que foram estudadas para serem executadas:

operation gladio

"Gladio (Italian, from Latin gladius, meaning sword) is a code name denoting the clandestine NATO "stay-behind" operation in Italy after World War II, intended to counter a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe. Although Gladio specifically refers to the Italian branch of the NATO stay-behind organisations, Operation Gladio is the code name for all stay-behind organisations. Operating in all of NATO and even in some neutral countries or in Spain before its 1982 adhesion to NATO, Gladio was first coordinated by the Clandestine Committee of the Western Union (CCWU), founded in 1948. After the creation of NATO in 1949, the CCWU was integrated into the Clandestine Planning Committee (CPC), founded in 1951 and overseen by the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), transferred to Belgium after France’s official withdrawal from NATO in 1966 — which was not followed by the dissolution of the French stay-behind paramilitary movements. According to historian Daniele Ganser, one of the major researchers on the field, "Next to the CPC, a second secret army command center, labeled the Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC), was set up in 1957 on the orders of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR). This military structure provided for significant US leverage over the secret stay-behind networks in Western Europe as the SACEUR, throughout NATO's history, has traditionally been a US General who reports to the Pentagon in Washington and is based in NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium. The ACC's duties included elaborating on the directives of the network, developing its clandestine capability, and organizing bases in Britain and the United States. In wartime, it was to plan stay-behind operations in conjunction with SHAPE. According to former CIA director William Colby, it was 'a major program'."[1]

The role of the CIA in sponsoring Gladio and the extent of its activities during the Cold War era, and its relationship to attacks perpetrated in Italy during the years of lead and other similar clandestine operations is the subject of ongoing debate and investigation. Italy, Switzerland and Belgium have had parliamentary inquiries into the matter.[2]"

vídeo da bbc

operation ajax

"In the 1953 Iranian coup d'état, the United Kingdom and the United States orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically-elected administration of Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq and his cabinet from power. The support of the coup was carried out, using widespread bribery[1] in a covert operation by Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to a report on the BBC, Britain, motivated by its desire to control Iranian oil fields, contributed to funding for the widespread bribery of Iranian officials, news media and others. The project to overthrow Iran's government was codenamed Operation Ajax (officially TP-AJAX).[2] The coup re-installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in the primary position of power. In 2000, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, during the administration of President Bill Clinton, called it a "setback for democratic government" in Iran.[3]"

video aqui

operation northwoods

"Operation Northwoods
, or Northwoods, was a 1962 plan by the US Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against US interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba, so as to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro.

As part of the U.S. government's Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism (such as hijacked planes) on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer."

video aqui

gulf of tonkin

"The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was an alleged pair of attacks by naval forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (commonly referred to as North Vietnam) against two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy. The attacks were alleged to have occurred on 2 August and 4 August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Later research, including a report released in 2005 by the National Security Agency, indicated that the second attack most likely did not occur, but also attempted to dispel the long-standing assumption that members of the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson had knowingly lied about the nature of the incident. [1]

The outcome of the incident was the passage by Congress of the Southeast Asia Resolution (better known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), which granted Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by "communist aggression". The resolution served as Johnson's legal justification for escalating American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict."

a própria NSA fala do assunto

Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge debate

"The Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge debate is a dispute over what, if any, advance knowledge American officials had of Japan's December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ever since the Japanese attack there has been debate as to how and why the United States had been caught unaware, and how much and when American officials knew of Japanese plans and related topics. Several writers, including journalist Robert Stinnett and former United States rear admiral Robert Alfred Theobald, have argued that various parties high in the US and British governments knew of the attack in advance and may even have let it happen or encouraged it in order to force America into war via the "back door." Evidence supporting this view is taken from quotations and source documents from the time and the release of newer materials."

video aqui

USS Liberty incident

"The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy signals intelligence ship, USS Liberty, in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles (23 km) from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of the Egyptian town of El Arish, by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967. It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The incident remains controversial. Israel, and various U.S. government agencies, maintain the attack was an error, but American survivors of the attack, and others, dispute this."

video aqui

The FBI Allowed the 1993 WTC Bombing to Happen


* * * * *

Thursday October 28, 1993 Page A1

"Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart
Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast"

By Ralph Blumenthal

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad Salem, should be used, the informer said.

The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings that Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as being in a far better position than previously known to foil the February 26th bombing of New York City's tallest towers."

Tens of Thousands Protest Chavez Proposals, Is CIA Fomenting Unrest to Challenge Referendum?

Now, what the memo talks about essentially is, first of all, the
effectiveness of their campaign against the constitutional amendments,
and it concedes that the amendment will be approved, but it does
mention the fact that they’ve reduced the margin of victory by six
percentage points. The second part is more interesting. It actually
mentions the fact that the US strategy is what they call a “pincer
operation.” That’s the name of the document itself. It’s—“pincer” is
“tenaza,” and it’s, first of all, to try to undermine the electoral
process, the vote itself, and then secondly, once the vote goes
through, if they are not able to stop the vote, is to engage in a
massive campaign calling fraud and rejecting the outcome that comes
from the election. So, on one hand, they’re calling a no vote, and on
the other hand, they’re denouncing the outcome if they lose.

Now, the other part that’s interesting about this document is what it
outlines as the immediate tasks in the last phase. And that includes
getting people out in the street, particularly the students. And
interestingly enough, there is a mixture here of extreme rightists and
some social democrats and even some ex-Maoists and Trotskyists.

Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces


"On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan
government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday, December 2, 2007."

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