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Submission + - Voptop, the new Skype challenger (voptop.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago a new Skype challenger released its first beta version for Windows, Ubuntu Linux and Debian Linux.

Voptop is the new contender on the Internet telephony market. Since the Snowden revelations it is clear to what extent the market leader for Internet telephony from Redmond forwards customer data to US intelligence, and treats the privacy of its users with contempt. With the re-introduction of telecommunications data retention in mind you do not have to look into the distance to realise why the anonymization and encryption of Internet communication etc. is a good idea. This is where Voptop sets in...

Voptop offers video chat, screen sharing, instant messaging and file exchange in an “end-to-end encrypted” and anonymized way, similar to “TOR (the onion routing)”. In addition, according to there press release Voptop encrypts in RSA with a key length of 4096 Bit and XTEA in CBC mode, furthermore Voptop shall be open source.

Voptop (client & server) are under a software license based on the MIT-license. The Voptop source code will be published with the first Release Candidate“.


Comment ... that is, until Apple ads start showing (Score 1) 417

Just wait until the marketing department of Apple produces slick ads that show cool kids using their in-vehicle tech, and finds a way for people to easily advertise their car as “Apple-powered”. As long as Apple keeps on playing the conspicuous consumption card, they'll sell. The fact people won't use it is totally irrelevant.

Comment Re:How about this... (Score 5, Informative) 184

create a competing standard that is designed specifically to avoid patents, and license it royalty-free

That's exactly what Xiph does with the Daala project. They're trying to implement lapped transforms for video (more or less the same principle as Opus does for audio) and since it's not based on traditional block encoding, Daala should avoid most patents. Their demos are already pretty impressive.

Comment Re:Aftermath (Score 1) 546

After Snowden, what could previously be attributed to ignorance can now be attributed to stupidity as surveillance is now confirmed real, and not just a conspiracy theory for paranoid lunatics anymore. Which could've been a stop-and-think-for-a-minute moment for humanity, but I see no riots in the street nor any change in people's "convenient" privacy-leaking ways. Maybe if something like Snowden revelations had happened ten years earlier, it would've made a bigger impact. Maybe.

Comment Decrypted? (Score 2) 546

AFAIK, the encrypted versions weren't widely distributed; chances are that the documents weren't force-decrypted by RU/CN. I mean, if a cracker gets access to one of the few computers who holds the encrypted documents, he for sure can wait just a bit until the encryption key is entered into a keylogger. Snowden using weak keys? seems unlikely.

Submission + - Researchers Detect Android Apps That Compromise Your Privacy (technologyreview.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A group of European researchers has developed software that tracks the URLs to which cellphone apps connect.After downloading 2,000+ fee apps from Google Play, they indexed all the sites those apps connected to, and compared them to a list of known advertising and user tracking sites. "In total, the apps connect to a mind-boggling 250,000 different URLs across almost 2,000 top level domains. And while most attempt to connect to just a handful of ad and tracking sites, some are much more prolific. Vigneri and co give as an example “Music Volume Eq,” an app designed to control volume, a task that does not require a connection to any external urls. And yet the app makes many connections. 'We find the app Music Volume EQ connects to almost 2,000 distinct URLs,' they say. [Another major offender] is an app called Eurosport Player which connects to 810 different user tracking sites." The researchers plan to publish their software for users to try out on Google Play soon.

Submission + - Stallman joins Internet, talks net neutrality, patents and more

alphadogg writes: According to Richard Stallman, godfather of the free software movement, Facebook is a “monstrous surveillance engine,” tech companies working for patent reform aren’t going nearly far enough, and parents must lobby their children’s schools to keep data private and provide free software alternatives. The free software guru touched on a host of topics in his keynote Saturday at the LibrePlanet conference, a Free Software Foundation gathering at the Scala Center at MIT.

Submission + - NetHack: Still The Greatest Game Ever Written

M-Saunders writes: While everyone obsesses about frame rates and polygon counts, there's one game that hasn't changed visually since for decades. NetHack may look incredibly primitive today, but it's still arguably the best game of all time, with an unmatched level of depth, creativity and replayability. Linux Voice looks at this fascinating dungeon romp, explaining what makes it great, how to get started with it, and how to discover some of its secrets.

Submission + - The Internet Archive launches its arcade: Classic games in a browser (gamasutra.com) 1

SternisheFan writes: Today, The Internet Archive launched The Internet Arcade, a free, emulated, browser-compatible collection comprising arcade games from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Of course, while some games in the archive have been effectively abandoned and even forgotten, others are still popular and actively exploited by their creators, such as games in the Pac-Man franchise. Games from well-known companies such as Capcom, Konami, Namco, Taito, and Sega appear in the list, among many others — around 900, in total.

Archivist Jason Scott writes about the process of getting the Arcade up and running on his personal blog. He explains its purpose like this: "... my hope is that a handful, a probably tiny percentage [of players], will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing, and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts."

Submission + - Are the world's religions ready for ET? (vanderbilt.edu) 2

Science_afficionado writes: At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers will soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" published by Springer this month. http://www.springer.com/social... He discovered that from Baptists to Buddhists, from Catholics to Mormons, from Islam to the Anglican Communion religious views differ widely.

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