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Submission + - Secure Skype alternatives 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have a Windows 8.1 phone and mostly use it for Skype calls and chats. A bit of browsing every now and then, and checking public transportation schedules. Nothing fancy in other words.

What can I do to be able to securely chat and place audio/video calls? What do you think is the best device to buy and what apps to use on it?

Submission + - Linux developer loses GPL suit against VMware (itwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig has lost his case against virtualisation company VMware, which he had sued in March 2015 for violation of version 2 of the GNU General Public Licence.

Submission + - DistroWatch adds support for IPv6 (distrowatch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The DistroWatch website, a resource for Linux news, package and release announcements, has decided to add support for IPv6. The website introduced IPv6 support on Friday and the new protocol has been getting a lot of attention.

"Over 8% of our traffic this weekend came from IPv6 addresses," Jesse Smith, a contributor to DistroWatch commented. "It was a pleasant surprise, we were not expecting that many people would be using IPv6 yet." When asked why DistroWatch enabled IPv6 access to their server at this time, Smith answered: "Partly it was an experiment to see how much interest there was in IPv6. Partly it was because it is a little embarassing (in 2016) to have a technology focused website that is not making use of IPv6."

Comment Re: the year of the Linux desktop might happen (Score 1) 224

Android have reached, and passed, 300 million users. Think the last number was 1.3 billion..
I group Android/iOS/OSX/Windows into one chunk since many people use tablets/phones as their main "desktop" today

For "pure" linux distributions (debian/ubuntu/arch etc) for laptops/stationary machines i think the world-wide number was somewhere around 85 million.

Submission + - Antigens Used to Combat Cancer (futurism.com) 1

KermodeBear writes: Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, have successfully conducted three human trials of a "universal cancer vaccine," which they developed as a safety test before going onto larger clinical trials.

Submission + - Court Rules that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Not a Real Religion 1

WheezyJoe writes: A court in Nebraska has officially ruled that Pastafarianism is not a real religion, and therefore a prison inmate with "several tattoos proclaiming his faith" will not get $5 million or privileges to order and wear religious clothing and pendants, nor meet for weekly worship services and classes and receive communion.

The Federal judge ruled that The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a "real" religion eligible for protection under the First Amendment. This Gospel, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster faith (FSMism), "is a parody" that was originally created as "a riposte to intelligent design that began with a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education when it was considering intelligent design." The letter argued that "intelligent design does not identify the designer, its 'master intellect' could just as easily be a 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' as any Judeo-Christian deity—and, in fact, that there is as much scientific evidence for a Flying Spaghetti Monster as any other creator."

In ruling against the inmate and the chuch of Pastafarianism, the judge wrote "there must be a line beyond which a practice is not 'religious' simply because a plaintiff labels it as such... A prisoner could just as easily read the works of Vonnegut or Heinlein and claim it as his holy book, and demand accommodation of Bokononism or the Church of All Worlds," (citing Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land). Therefore, because the "FSM Gospel is plainly a work of satire, meant to entertain while making a pointed political statement," the Judge concluded that "FSMism is on the far side of that line" and thus not a "real" religion.

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