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+ - Avatar - an open-source operating system for the Internet with privacy built-in->

Submitted by zer0point
zer0point (2442768) writes "A new project aiming to help people to communicate and share more securely without sacrificing user experience or privacy. Avatar runs on top of Avatar Network which is a decentralize, anonymous p2p network based on the Phantom protocol. Users can send messages either inside Avatar Network, or to other social networks like Facebook or Twitter, store/share any data and access popular internet services with few clicks. The project is currently looking for architecture/security experts to help audit the protocol designs."
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Comment: Ah, the consequences of closed-source (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by staltz (#43182131) Attached to: Russian FSB Can Reportedly Tap Skype Calls

The Skype P2P protocol has always been an issue to worry about. It's hard to break/understand, and I've seen research papers that just scratched the surface of the protocol.

I never doubted that really smart minds (like Russians) would eventually crack it and exploit it. This would never happen with an open-source protocol.

Comment: Jolla mobile? (Score 5, Insightful) 66

by staltz (#42272931) Attached to: Nokia Abruptly Closes Application Store In China For N9

Is this somehow related to Jolla Mobile's strategy to launch Sailfish (MeeGo improved since N9's Harmattan MeeGo) mainly in the chinese market? Don't know, just speculation.

I own an N9 and am absolutely convinced it had the opportunity of being the best smartphone ever. On the other hand, I am getting more convinced that Stephen Elop is the world's most idiot CEO for "selling" Nokia almost completely to Microsoft, his ex-employer.

Comment: Game idea... (Score -1, Offtopic) 122

by staltz (#42104987) Attached to: Sub-Ice Antarctic Lake Vida Abounds With Life

A great adventure game idea has been bugging me for some years, related to this. Antarctica is actually a huge ice plateau, at least 1km thick. I imagined a game in which the player discovers that Atlantis is hidden beneath that 1km thick ice. The people there live assuming that the outer world is post-apocalyptic, destroyed by a massive meteor.

Well, if someday I develop this game, you know the spoilers already.

Comment: Much more than that (Score 5, Insightful) 211

by staltz (#42104453) Attached to: Hairspray Could Help Us Find Advanced Alien Civilizations

Detecting CFCs applies well if you imagine that aliens are human-like. But real aliens can in reality substantially different than humans. The Universe is weird enough to allow some surprises.

I've read some news about some odd planets floating somewhere. One planet is almost entirely sugar, and there's some sort of nebula that is basically alcohol. Life could be present in these odd places, and the way life manifests itself might be totally different from what we see here on Earth.

So yes, CFC is a good sign, but aliens might be much weirder and let's not expect that they follow the same patterns as we do. I mean, aliens don't need hairspray.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 is a fail (Score 1) 642

by staltz (#42104043) Attached to: Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

The problems come from the fact that Microsoft is introducing too radical changes too suddenly. They should have more iterations and many small updates to Windows, rather than big leaps. Facebook is constantly changing their layout, and some UI could be considered "hidden". But its fine because they teach it to users in small iterations, while simultaneously learning what went wrong.

Windows 8 is actually a proof of how failed the Waterfall style of software engineering is. The ideas in Windows 8 are not so bad, but every innovation must be first tested with people. I mean, long ago with the Consumer Preview they should have learned the obvious and fixed all the shit. But they decided to ship it instead.

This could be their new motto: "shit it then ship it".

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