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  • 2.0 stars

    "Current version is 6.7.59.373, NOT 6.7.0.373"

    August 17, 2013  |   By zunipus

    Pros

    Chatting! It still works reasonable well if you don't give a rat's about your privacy rights.

    Cons

    Surveillance by Microsoft! Handed off illegally to the US feds! Let's destroy the US Constitution! Let's screw the 4th Amendment! Let's be treasonous criminals! Yay for the NSA and servile Microsoft! IASSOTS.

    Summary

    The current version is 6.7.59.373. If that is NOT what you get from this download, then head over the the Skype page for the actual current version.

    Skype used to be kewl. Then Microsoft bought it. Then Skype got infested with ads. Then Microsoft added user surveillance. Then Microsoft handed off the surveillance data to the US NSA (National 'Security' Agency) as part of their blanket, illegal surveillance of US citizens on US soil with out 'probable cause' of any crime whatsoever because the FISA courts have been compromised and made complicit in the unconstitutional crimes of the Obama administration who over-reached the authority provided to them by the abominable, idiotically named 'Patriot' Act perpetrated by the W. Bush Administration, and the NSA doesn't want to stop there as demonstrated by their massive data center being built in Utah. And so falls the USA, blahblahblah.

    IOW: If you want to maintain your US rights of privacy as a US citizen, Skype is NOT the chat tool for you.

    Instead, go check out:
    Cryptocat
    &
    Jabber
    which offer real, actual, 'unbreakable' encryption that keeps the criminal government out of your life, hurray.

    But if you don't give a rat's about your privacy rights, Skype still works reasonably well. Thus I give it 2 stars versus just 1.

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  • Reply by stern.da on August 18, 2013

    Ironically, commenting requires login which, if done via Facebook, Google, Yahoo, requires sharing personal info from those sites with CNET. Must weigh added risk of compromising one's privacy using ALL online services with convenience.

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