Artigo na Scientific American contra o RFID – Mythbusters impedidos de emitir programa sobre a insegurança do RFID

Katherine Albrecht, co-autora de “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID“ escreveu um artigo na Scientifica American, explicando como inadvertidamente consentimos perder as nossas liberdades e a nossa privacidade e o que está a ser feito sobre esta temática a nível dos EUA e UE. – FAQ

Q. What is RFID?
A. Radio Frequency IDentification is an automatic data capture technology that uses tiny tracking chips affixed to products. These tiny chips can be used to track items at a distance–right through someone’s purse, backpack, or wallet. Many of the world’s largest manufacturing companies would like to replace the bar code with these “spy chips,” meaning that virtually every item on the planet–and the people wearing and carrying those items–could be remotely tracked. There is currently NO REGULATION protecting consumers from abuse of this technology. >> Learn More about RFID

Digital Citizen :: RFID: Your privacy is up for grabs

Speaking of “contactless” credit cards, the Discovery cable TV channel recently scuttled an episode of “Mythbusters” (where a team of scientists explore the veracity of stories sent in by viewers) which exposes how insecure RFID tags are. Boing Boing describes the clip thusly, “Mythbusters’ Adam Savage told the folks at the HOPE hackercon about how the Discovery Channel was bullied by big credit-card companies out of airing a program about how crappy the security in RFID tags is.”.

Enjoy the YouTube video in a format you can play with free software.

Digital Citizen :: RFID: Your privacy is up for grabs

If you live in a state bordering Canada or Mexico, you may soon be given an opportunity to carry a very high tech item: a remotely readable driver’s license. Designed to identify U.S. citizens as they approach the nation’s borders, the cards are being promoted by the Department of Homeland Security as a way to save time and simplify border crossings. But if you care about your safety and privacy as much as convenience, you might want to think twice before signing up.


KDE4.1.1 está aí!!! Have fun…

K Desktop Environment – KDE 4.1.1 Release Announcement

September 3, 2008. The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.1.1, the first bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. KDE 4.1.1 is a monthly update to KDE 4.1. It ships with a basic desktop and many other packages; like administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, web development tools and more. KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages.

Discussão no Parlamento Europeu sobre o pacote das telecoms – o BIG BROTHER Europeu

Telecoms Package : the spectre of the graduated response hangs over Europe | La Quadrature du Net

The very same morning, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published a critical comment on several of these amendments (amendments 9, 30, 76, 81, 112, 130 and 134 brought in IMCO by British Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour).

The EDPS, as an independent EU authority in charge of personal data protection, considers that these amendments are an open invitation to a “mass surveillance of Internet users” and to “lay the foundations” of the graduated response. The EDPS confirms by the way the analysis that La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) had published in July, like many other notes that were sent to MEPs1.

Movimento contra a mania da Vigilância por parte de governos e empresas «Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania!»

Um amplo movimento de activistas e organizações apelam a todos para aderirem ao protesto contra o excesso de vigilância por parte de governos e empresas.

No dia 11 de Outubro de 2008 cidadãos preocupados com estes temas manifestar-se-ão nas ruas sob o lema «Freedom not fear 2008»

Mais info aqui:

International Action Day «Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania!» on 11 October 2008 – CHALLENGE | Liberty & Security

Surveillance mania is spreading. Governments and businesses register, monitor and control our behaviour ever more thoroughly. No matter what we do, who we phone and talk to, where we go, whom we are friends with, what our interests are, which groups we participate in – «big brother» government and «little brothers» in business know it more and more thoroughly.

The resulting lack of privacy and confidentiality is putting at risk the freedom of confession, the freedom of speech as well as the work of doctors, helplines, lawyers and journalists.

The manifold agenda of security sector reform encompasses the convergence of police, intelligence agencies and the military, threatening to melt down the division and balance of powers.

International Action Day «Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania!» on 11 October 2008 – CHALLENGE | Liberty & Security

We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our human dignity. A free and open society cannot exist without unconditionally private spaces and communications.

The increasing electronic registration and surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackling peoples’ actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.

International Action Day «Freedom not fear – Stop the surveillance mania!» on 11 October 2008 – CHALLENGE | Liberty & Security

You can find the latest information on the protest marches and the list of participating cities at our website:

Our demands

1. Cutback on surveillance

– abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations (data retention)
– abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as RFID passports
– abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
– abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic detection techniques
– scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques
– no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
– no information exchange with the US and other states lacking effective data protection
– no secret searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
– no blanket surveillance and filtering of internet communications (EU Telecoms-Package)

2. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers

We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.

3. Moratorium for new surveillance powers

After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.

4. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information on the Internet

– Ban the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP networks.
– Only independent and impartial judges may request the removal of Internet content.
– Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to public debate in democracies.
– Protect common internet places of expression (participatory sites, forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect)

Não deveria o DLPC «Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa Contemporânea» estar disponível para todos online?

Um dos maiores bens de Portugal no mundo é a sua língua, infelizmente pouco se faz por ela, especialmente quem de direito, o Estado Português.

Mas claro dá mais propaganda as pseudo-notícias sobre o pseudo-computador português.

Não seria útil que este dicionário estivesse online para consulta de todos?

E que tal o Estado Português em vez de gastar milhões em software proprietário e projectos que apenas beneficiam empresas estrangeiras, patrocinar a sua contínua evolução e actualização bem como criar software livre que faça uso dele, por exemplo uma extensão para o browser livre Firefox/Icecat etc.

Ou será que a sua actualização está posta em causa devido ao triste acordo ortográfico?
É que segundo a wikipedia o DLPC previligiou o Português de Portugal…

Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa Contemporânea – Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre

Privilegiando o português europeu e seguindo a normas ortográficas em vigor em Portugal, é uma obra que, no entanto, extravasa as fronteiras nacionais do país, procurando reflectir o português contemporâneo falado em quatro continentes, pelo que inclui brasileirismos, africanismos e asiaticismos. Assume os estrangeirismos de uso corrente (copyright, franchising, know-how, leasing, marketing, takeaway, etc.) e procura normalizar outros (ateliê, brífingue, croissã, lóbi, plafom, stresse, etc.). Este último aspecto causou bastante celeuma pelas soluções propostas.

Bushcraft 2 – Nova série sobre sobrevivência – Survival Matters

Dentro de pouco tempo irá estrear no Reino Unido uma interessante série sobre Bushcraft, ou à falta de melhor tradução, sobre sobrevivência, embora Bushcraft seja mais uma arte de viver na natureza, usando apenas os mais básicos instrumentos e técnicas de sobrevivência.

Chama-se Survival Matters e será apresentada por um especialista desta área, Jonathan Simons.

Será gravada em HD em diversos locais das ilhas britânicas, e mostrará detalhadamente técnicas básicas de sobrevivência na natureza.

Neste vídeo do vimeo podemos ver a sua apresentação:

Aquecimento global na Terra e em Marte – Lista de cientistas que se opôem à teoria do Aquecimento Global

A propósito da entrada sobre a queda de neve no Quénia, resolvi ir ler melhor o que o cientista russo Khabibullo Ismailovich Abdusamatov, afirma sobre o aquecimento global, para tal estive a consultar a wikipedia e o blog Da Russia do jornalista José Milhazes.

Alguns dos pontos que este cientista chama a atenção:

* ele indica que o aquecimento global resulta não da emissão de gases de estufa para a atmosfera, mas sim devido a um invulgar nível de radiação elevado e à morosidade do seu crescimento e intensidade durante o último século.

* a existência de fenómenos de aquecimento global paralelos, na Terra e em Marte, observados simultâneamente

* A terra está a deixar de ser aquecida pelo sol e a radiação solar atingirá o seu mínimo cerca de 2061

Estes fenómenos seriam assim explicados pelo mesmo factor – uma mudança na Variação Solar

O que me chamou mais à atenção foi a afirmação que o fenómeno decorria também em Marte, a ser verdade creio que o que todos os dias vemos, lemos e ouvimos nos media, não passa de mais um hype, tal como muitos outros, como os preços do petróleo, ondas de criminalidade etc.
Se as mudanças também são verificadas em Marte, então mesmo que os humanos possam ter alguma intervenção na causa deste problema, esta será minima, mesmo negligenciável.

Da Rússia: Afinal não aquece, mas arrefece!

Presentemente, a intensidade do calor solar está a diminuir e atingirá o seu mínimo em 2041. Porém, devido à inércia térmica do Oceano Mundial, o cientista calcula que o ponto mais alto do arrefecimento global ocorrerá entre 2050 e 2060.

Este e outros cientistas Russos, do Observatório de Pulkovo, em São Petersburgo, irão nos próximos 11 anos realizarem uma experiência com vista a medirem as variações solares, de maneira a confirmarem ou não as suas teorias.


The Russian-Ukrainian project ASTROMETRIA to measurement of temporary variations of the shape and diameter of the Sun – the total solar irradiance, as well as of the fine structure and dynamics of the granulation on the Russian segment of the International Space Station

The maximal amplitude of the total solar irradiance (TSI) variations reaches 0.1% during 11-year cycle, its influence on climate is flattened and practically is not evident due to thermal inertia of Earth. However, in case of continuation in significant increase or decrease of the amplitude of a TSI variation for two 11-year cycles consequently, its influence will inevitably be expressed in a corresponding smooth change in climate. An absolute TSI value measured at the minimum of the current 11-year cycle also progressively (nowadays) diminishes after cycle 21. As expected, a similar correlated decrease for the same period was observed for two-century-long variations of solar activity. Earlier we directly revealed for the first time the two-century-long component in TSI variations (Abdussamatov H.I. KPhCB. 2005. 21. 328).

É ainda de notar que muitos dos cientistas que contestam todo este circo consensual à volta do suposto Aquecimento Global, pode ser comparado à militância radical religiosa de alguns grupos e ainda uma justificação pseudo-ciêntifca para suportar o movimento que defende a Eugenia.
Onde é que já ouvimos isto? Bom mais uma vez tudo está interligado, desde as fundações Rockfeller e Ford passando pela fundação de Bill e Melinda Gates e o seu projecto de GMO – Organismos Genéticamente Modificados que já havia mencionado nesta entrada e os objectivos sinistros de todas elas, a implementação da Eugenia a nível global.

Mais alguma informação na Wikipedia sobre este debate, bem como a controvérsia à volta deste:

Global warming controversy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In response to claims of a consensus on global warming, some skeptics have compared the theory to a religion,[36][37][38] to scientific support for the eugenics movement(…)

In 2008, Fergus Brown, Roger A. Pielke and James Annan submitted a paper titled “Is there agreement amongst climate scientists on the IPCC AR4 WG1?”[43] It was rejected for publication by the AGU publication EOS and Nature Precedings. Pielke writes: “From this experience, it is clear that the AGU EOS and Nature Precedings Editors are using their positions to suppress evidence that there is more diversity of views on climate, and the human role in altering climate, than is represented in the narrowly focused 2007 IPCC report.”[44]

List of scientists opposing the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article lists scientists and former scientists who have stated disagreement with one or more of the principal conclusions of the mainstream scientific opinion on global warming. It should not be interpreted as a list of global warming skeptics. Inclusion is based on specific criteria that do not necessarily reflect skepticism toward climate change caused by human activity, or that such change could be large enough to be harmful.

Global warming controversy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A 2006 op-ed by Richard Lindzen in The Wall Street Journal challenged the claim that scientific consensus had been reached, and listed the Science journal study as well as other sources, including the IPCC and NAS reports, as part of “an intense effort to suggest that the theoretically expected contribution from additional carbon dioxide has actually been detected.”[33] Lindzen wrote in The Wall Street Journal on April 12, 2006,[34]
“ But there is a more sinister side to this feeding frenzy. Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis. ”

Similarly, Timothy Ball asserts that skeptics have gone underground for “job security and fear of reprisals. Even in University, where free speech and challenge to prevailing wisdoms are supposedly encouraged, academics remain silent.”[35]

At least one survey of the scientific community has found the opposite problem — New Scientist notes that in surveys a much larger fraction of U.S. scientists consistently state that they are pressured by their employers or by U.S. government bodies to deny that global warming results from human activities[19] or risk losing funding.