Skype got murdered 

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It's Thursday, June 9

Skype got murdered

Microsoft lets FSB (formerly KGB) listen in on Skype.
Nikolai Pryanishnikov, the head of Microsoft Russia says 
he'd be happy to share the encryption code of newly 
acquired Skype with Russia's security services.

You may have noticed a sleazy forced "update" in the last
few days. Skype crashed and came back updating, without
giving you a choice to agree or deny. That seems to be part
of the murder of Skype.

Those two moves totally murdered any trust in Skype.
It still works for sending pictures of your pets and chatting
with Gramma, but if you are involved with Human Rights or
Democracy, it's time to move on over to Google Talk. 
It is very unlikely,that Google will sell out.

We may see some super-encryption add-ons for Skype
appearing in the next few months, from people trying to
revive trust in Skype. 

That $8.5 Billion dollar panic grab, just to make sure 
Google or Cisco or Citrix or Oracle couldn't buy it, 
did not make sense. Skype would take over thousand years
to pay back that much money. Now we know where THAT wind
is blowing from.

I will still use Skype for tech suport and to chat with my dad,
but all communication to Eastern Block countries, and anything
of a Human Rights nature, has shifted to Google Talk.

Google Talk is similar to Skype, but takes a bit of getting used
to it, since there are so many ways to customize it for your 
own purpose. I still have a lot to learn about it.

Have FUN!

If you can help with the server cost
please donate what you can!
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