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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jan 2019, 17:33    Post subject: Ring
Subject description: Why and How to Use Ring Instead of Skype on Linux
 

https://www.linux.com/learn/why-and-how-use-ring-instead-skype-linux

Ring is a pretty cool piece of software. Not only it is free (as in beer *and* freedom), distributed under a GPLv3 license, it is also based on open and standard protocols. It will also integrate well with your existing VoIP framework. Additionally, consider all the privacy features it comes with: point-to-point strong encryption, no central server thanks to its P2P network of nodes, and no need to register personal data with a third party.

Couple all that up with it's great multi-user conferencing feature, and you've got everything but an "alternative" to something else.


Further reading :
Jami
The application uses distributed hash tables (DHT) to establish communications. This technology eliminates the use of centralized registers and the retention of personal data. Jami is based on a distributed network technology, allowing it to not use servers that require dependency and that facilitate mass surveillance.
Jami stores your secrets (private keys for encryption and identity) only on the machine that executes it, which belongs to you. Your device is therefore the sole holder of your information.

https://jami.net/download-jami-linux/
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Jan 2019, 21:06    Post subject: Tribler
Subject description: the only truly decentralized BitTorrent client out there
 

The Tribler lab at Delft University of Technology has sold part of its Bitcoin stash to purchase bandwidth for its anonymous torrent client. The bandwidth will be managed by swarms of intelligent bots which can buy new exit-point servers, if required. Users themselves can also join in by "mining" bandwidth tokens.
https://torrentfreak.com/university-buys-14-4-petabyte-bandwidth-to-boost-anonymous-torrent-client-190131/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak%29
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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2019, 18:03    Post subject: Psip
Subject description: AKA PuppyPhone
 

Written by smokey01

Psip is an excellent Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) application written by our own jamesbond. It has been included in many Puppy distributions over the last few years.

Recently jamesbond made a few modifications at my request which has significantly increased it's functionality.
The psip thread: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1011832#1011832 will explain.

I have made a few new packages of psip which can be found on my website at: http://smokey01.com/psip/

If anyone has compiled psip-1.42 for any other distribution I'm happy to put it on my site for others to download.

I'm yet to update my Psip Help page but it remains quite relevant.

I no longer use a sip provider like Iptel that's mentioned in my help page. I prefer to use true Peer 2 Peer (P2P) via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This makes setting up Psip much easier and adds a couple of extra layers of security.

If you wish to make your self visible so anyone can call you then a provider like Iptel is necessary.


Help page :
http://smokey01.com/help/psip/psip-help.html
To archive this help page, use SingleFile for Firefox or Chrome.

To download Psip :
http://smokey01.com/psip/

Alternatively, if you have a Google account, and a gmail address, you can use hangouts.
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PostPosted: Thu 11 Apr 2019, 17:02    Post subject: Moving from Web 2 to Web 3
Subject description: Opera 60
 

https://malwaretips.com/threads/opera-introduces-reborn-3-the-first-desktop-browser-with-web-3-faster-vpn-and-ad-blocker.91786/

Reborn 3 (Opera 60) was designed to improve people’s control over their privacy, security, and to give them access to Web 3, the Web of the future.

As it has since its creation, the Web continues to evolve. The first iteration of the Web allowed users to access information on static websites, but didn’t offer any interactive elements. The current generation of the Web, often referred to as Web 2.0, made the Web into a community, where users not only received information but also shared their own. Social media platforms let people share their lives online; shopping sites let people buy and sell. But people have become aware that these networks, and therefore their information, are controlled by a few select companies. While the Web seemed to be growing, it was in some ways actually consolidating.

Web 3 is an answer to this. Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the Web we all use today in important and meaningful ways.

It is the decentralized Web, where information is in the hands of the users.

Cryptocurrency and blockchain offer a new level of security for online transactions. A Crypto Wallet functions similarly to a physical wallet in that it not only stores currency, but it houses your identification. It presents a completely secure way for you to identify yourself to websites.
Users are able to complete peer-to-peer transactions, bypassing major corporations who previously monopolized these processes. Non-fungible tokens represent entirely unique digital objects that cannot be replicated; you can truly own digital things. Decentralized apps, or dApps, are a possibility for apps to function independent of the device they are accessed on.


For a deb file : https://www.opera.com/computer/thanks?partner=www&par=id=45295%26location=415&gaprod=opera
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PostPosted: Thu 11 Apr 2019, 17:11    Post subject: Re: Moving from Web 2 to Web 3
Subject description: Opera 60
 

labbe5 wrote:
https://malwaretips.com/threads/opera-introduces-reborn-3-the-first-desktop-browser-with-web-3-faster-vpn-and-ad-blocker.91786/

Reborn 3 (Opera 60) was designed to improve people’s control over their privacy, security, and to give them access to Web 3, the Web of the future.

As it has since its creation, the Web continues to evolve. The first iteration of the Web allowed users to access information on static websites, but didn’t offer any interactive elements. The current generation of the Web, often referred to as Web 2.0, made the Web into a community, where users not only received information but also shared their own. Social media platforms let people share their lives online; shopping sites let people buy and sell. But people have become aware that these networks, and therefore their information, are controlled by a few select companies. While the Web seemed to be growing, it was in some ways actually consolidating.

Web 3 is an answer to this. Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the Web we all use today in important and meaningful ways.

It is the decentralized Web, where information is in the hands of the users.

Cryptocurrency and blockchain offer a new level of security for online transactions. A Crypto Wallet functions similarly to a physical wallet in that it not only stores currency, but it houses your identification. It presents a completely secure way for you to identify yourself to websites.
Users are able to complete peer-to-peer transactions, bypassing major corporations who previously monopolized these processes. Non-fungible tokens represent entirely unique digital objects that cannot be replicated; you can truly own digital things. Decentralized apps, or dApps, are a possibility for apps to function independent of the device they are accessed on.


For a deb file : https://www.opera.com/computer/thanks?partner=www&par=id=45295%26location=415&gaprod=opera


Speaking of Opera I created 64bit a tazpkg version of it.
s243a wrote:

I created a patched version of the opera browser to support these video formats:
opera_stable64-58.0.3135.127_H264_x86_64.tazpkg

I haven't tested it now but plan to include the patched version in the next release...maybe part of the adrv, so it is easier to remove if someone wants to create a lighter weight browser.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1024866#1024866

I modified the deb version so that it would support all youtube video formats. It could be converted to a pet using mistfire's taz2pet tool. In my opinion Opera has superior sound and video relative to other browsers that I've tried but I have nothing to base this on.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Apr 2019, 17:29    Post subject: blockchain 2.0  

Blockchain 2.0: An Introduction
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-an-introduction/

Blockchain 2.0: Revolutionizing The Financial System
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-revolutionizing-the-financial-system/

Blockchain 2.0: Redefining Financial Services
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-redefining-financial-services

Blockchain 2.0: Blockchain In Real Estate
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-blockchain-in-real-estate

Blockchain 2.0 – Explaining Smart Contracts And Its Types
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-explaining-smart-contracts-and-its-types/

Blockchain 2.0 – Ongoing Projects (The State Of Smart Contracts Now)
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-ongoing-projects-the-state-of-smart-contracts-now/

Blockchain 2.0 – Public Vs Private Blockchain Comparison
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-public-vs-private-blockchain-comparison/

Blockchain 2.0 – An Introduction To Hyperledger Project (HLP)
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-an-introduction-to-hyperledger-project-hlp/

Blockchain 2.0 – What Is Ethereum
https://www.ostechnix.com/blockchain-2-0-what-is-ethereum/
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jun 2019, 13:15    Post subject: Blockchain 3.0
Subject description: Exploring the future of blockchains
 

https://www.ostechnix.com/welcoming-blockchain-3-0/

The series of posts “Blockchain 2.0” discussed about the evolution of blockchain technology since the advent of cryptocurrencies since the Bitcoin in 2008. This post will seek to explore the future of blockchains. Lovably called blockchain 3.0, this new wave of DLT evolution will answer the issues faced with blockchains currently (each of which will be summarized here). The next version of the tech standard will also bring new applications and use cases. At the end of the post we will also look at a few examples of these principles currently applied.

Few of the shortcomings of blockchain platforms in existence are listed below with some proposed solutions to those answered afterward.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun 2019, 15:37    Post subject: Facebook plans to create a cryptocurrency platform  

https://fossbytes.com/facebook-collaborate-mastercard-visa-cryptocurrency/

According to a new report, Facebook has been in talks with several financial institutions for its Project Libra and the list includes Mastercard Inc., Visa Inc., PayPay Holdings Inc., and Uber Technologies Inc.

In addition to the aforementioned companies, the companies that are backing the Facebook cryptocurrency are Stripe Inc., Booking.com and MercadoLibre Inc., as well as a number of more companies.

The report also states that companies partnering with Facebook for its cryptocurrency have invested around $10 million each for the project.

Additionally, the aim includes ATM-like physical terminals, sign-up bonuses for people going for cryptocurrency as an option for payment, and a concept like Brave, wherein, users will get paid in crypto for watching adverts. Facebook’s cryptocurrency will also work on WhatsApp and Messenger.
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Jun 2019, 22:46    Post subject: Libra Project Will Have A ‘Frightening’ Impact  

https://fossbytes.com/facebook-co-founder-chris-hughes-libra-project-empower-firms/

Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, thinks that the newly unveiled cryptocurrency Libra will have a “frightening” impact on the economy — by shifting power from central banks to corporations.

Earlier this week, Facebook unveiled its global digital coin, which will be managed by the Libra Association and circulated through a wallet named Calibra.

Hughes says even a modestly successful Libra can transfer control of monetary policy from central banks to private companies like Visa, Uber, and Vodafone.

“Inevitably, these companies will put their private interests — profits and influence — ahead of public ones,” writes the co-founder.

Even though “move fast and break things” was their mantra in the initial days of Facebook, Hughes says that this approach is inappropriate when it comes to the global financial system.


He believes Libra has the “potential to disrupt and weaken nation states by enabling people to move out of unstable local currencies.”

Hughes cited Greece’s economic problems as an example. The government’s lack of control over the local currency is proof of how local economies can be damaged in such cases.


Further reading :
Who’s going to use the big bad Libra?
https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/23/whos-going-to-use-the-big-bad-libra/
Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook.
What it loses without Visa, Stripe, eBay...
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/12/leave-the-association/

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Aug 2019, 08:33    Post subject: Cyber currency hacks
Subject description: Five lessons
 

https://vpnpro.com/blog/5-lessons-from-the-bitpoint-cyber-currency-hack/
Consumers are adopting cryptocurrency. Despite initial promises of being hacker-proof, vulnerabilities are occurring and cryptocurrency is being stolen. Consumers feel the impact because the support infrastructure is just starting to take shape. Consequently, individuals need to be very cautious when investing in these exchanges. The potential for foul play is increasing, and the possibility of a quick and equitable resolution is slim.
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PostPosted: Thu 08 Aug 2019, 14:30    Post subject: Abra
Subject description: one of the best apps for people who want to invest in crypto, equities, and ETFs
 

Abra is one of the leaders in a new class of decentralized investment apps. It lets you invest in worldwide assets from your mobile phone. The service is particularly attractive due to its low trading fees, low minimums, and global availability.

Abra is a decentralized, non-custodial wallet on your mobile phone. Depending on where you live, you can use it to hold crypto, 50+ fiat currencies, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). And in addition to making investments, you can also use Abra to send and receive crypto tokens, just like any other crypto wallet.

https://blocksdecoded.com/investing-with-abra/

Further reading :
UNSTOPPABLE: The Best Decentralized Crypto Wallet App?
UNSTOPPABLE is an open source decentralized crypto storage app for Android and iOS. Indeed, it is the world’s only mobile crypto wallet that lets you interact with all the major blockchains in a fully decentralized manner. It does not rely on any intermediaries or middlemen.
https://blocksdecoded.com/unstoppable-decentralized-crypto-wallet/
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PostPosted: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 15:25    Post subject: CryptocurrencyOS
Subject description: To have a secure wallet for your cryptocurrency
 

https://cryptocurrencyos.org/

Welcome to the CryptoCurrency OS. This disc was created to help those who wanted to have a secure wallet(s) for their cryptocurrency but didn't have the technical ability, or time to download or set up your own environments in a secure operating system. You don't have to set up anything on your own, the crypto disc has all that set up in a secure operating system.

The following wallets are all done for you: Bitcoin, Digibyte, Litecoin, Ripple, Ethereum, EOS wallets have been all set up and secured in this live disc that is installable for more security.

Below are some screenshots to show how the disc looks and how it may help you to move your crypto from insecure places like Exchanges and hardware wallets into your own control.


Further reading :
Why the world misses out on basic user-based security and isolation
https://linuxsecurityblog.com/2019/08/22/securing-your-crypto-wallet/#search-container
Top 20 Best Cryptocurrency Exchange Platforms in 2019
https://www.ubuntupit.com/best-cryptocurrency-exchange-platforms
10 YouTube Channels to Learn How to Trade Crypto
https://blocksdecoded.com/youtube-channels-how-to-trade-crypto/
7 Countries That Have Banned Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency (and Why)
Although it’s not driven by the Canadian government, some banks in Canada have started to block their customers from making crypto purchases using either their debit or credit cards. The most notable institutions to have made the decision are Bank of Montreal and Toronto Dominion (both in 2018).
There are obvious ethical questions that arise from banks dictating how you can spend your own cash, but regardless, the ban has been mostly unsuccessful. It merely forced those banks’ customers onto P2P platforms like LocalBitcoins. The site’s trading volume jumped from $1.2 million to $7.2 million after the ban began.

https://blocksdecoded.com/countries-banned-bitcoin-cryptocurrency/
The Most Bitcoin-Friendly Places in the World
https://blocksdecoded.com/most-bitcoin-friendly-places-world/
Why Do Crypto Exchanges Reject American Customers?
From an exchange’s perspective, the United States’ crypto regulations are a minefield. Individual states have developed their own laws, the process for applying for a crypto license is not uniform across the whole country, and there’s a complete lack of an operational framework for crypto and blockchain businesses.
Of course, many of these requirements fly in the face of crypto’s anonymous, decentralized ideals. That’s off-putting to both users and blockchain businesses.

https://blocksdecoded.com/crypto-exchanges-american-users/

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PostPosted: Sat 24 Aug 2019, 17:48    Post subject: uPort
Subject description: How to Create Your First Decentralized Identity
 

https://blocksdecoded.com/how-create-decentralized-identity-uport/

A decentralized identity returns control of your identity into your hands, using blockchain to keep it secure. But you need to create your identity using a decentralized identity app first.

That’s where uPort steps in. Here’s how you use uPort to create and manage your first decentralized identity, all from the safety of your smartphone.


No desktop app available yet.
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 11:21    Post subject: Utopia
Subject description: contribute to the future of P2P technology
 

https://beta.u.is/home

Utopia is a secure, decentralized ecosystem that utilizes unique peer-to-peer network architecture. There is no central server involved, meaning that there is no single point of failure that, if it failed, would stop the entire system from functioning. Your messages and files will never be stored on third-party servers.

Each user participates in the transmission of network data but only the recipient can decrypt the data. Advanced encryption ensures an interception-proof communication channel to all Utopia users.


While using Utopia, you can send personal messages or particulate in a group chat (both public and private), send internal uMail (email used only inside the ecosystem), send voice messages, share files with your friends, make financial transactions denominated in our own cryptocurrency called Crypton. All of this in total privacy.

Even better, while using Utopia you will be earning Cryptons through a process called mining which does not slow down your computer. There is nothing more satisfying than using your favorite software and earning simultaneously.

The Utopia Beta Program is enabling enthusiastic individuals to participate in the Utopia project prior to its official release in 2019.

Participation can take a number of forms which can be broadly characterized as beta testing, various forms of promotion, and support to fellow users. You may choose one or several roles. Each activity within a role will be rewarded according to what was done.
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Sep 2019, 14:58    Post subject: Splintering  

https://fossbytes.com/technique-claims-passwords-14-million-tougher-crack/

Tide, an Australia-based non-profit organization has come up with a technique called ‘Splintering’ that claims to make usernames and passwords 14 million percent tougher to crack than the contemporary techniques. The technique involves breaking up encrypted usernames and passwords into tiny pieces and then storing them separately in a decentralized distributed network.

The technology developed by Tide is officially called Delegated Automated Trustee node. It makes it nearly impossible for bad actors to crack passwords through traditionally deployed techniques like brute-force attacks and reverse engineering.

To bolster their claim, Tide has invited hackers to crack even a single username or password preserved by the Splintering technique. The organization is also offering a reward for the same.

So far, 6.5 million attempts have been made and not one hacker has managed to breach the technique.
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