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    Default Skype To Take Action Against Reverse-Engineering

    Phoronix: Skype To Take Action Against Reverse-Engineering

    Yesterday we reported on a freelance researcher reverse-engineering the Skype protocol and beginning to write open-source code that would work with this popular VoIP network. A representative of Skype has now contacted Phoronix to inform us they will be taking "all necessary steps" to stop this effort...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTUyNg

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    Default They don't give a shit about user experience

    If they did care about user experience then the interface would look pretty different! All they care about is prevent independent developers from writing a stable Skype client with a decent interface!

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    This unauthorized use of our application for malicious activities like spamming/phishing infringes on Skype's intellectual property.

    It's already possible to use the official client to send out spam...

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    There's also a new Skype client for Linux been released yesterday, but with only two fixes, if anyone cares.

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    uuhhh.. what a surprise....!
    MS taking over and ppl start being greedy...
    i should count the days until the phone fees on skype rise...

    "Best experience" would be to open source it you bloody ......! Besides there has been spam on skype for ages now!

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    The djinn is out of the bottle. Information about protocol has already been distributed over the internet and torrents. How can they hide it now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stikonas View Post
    The djinn is out of the bottle. Information about protocol has already been distributed over the internet and torrents. How can they hide it now?
    By changing it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    By changing it again
    That will only up the ante..stakes are quite high as it is. With MS now in the picture by acquiring Skype this will have the potential to become another war (of words)

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    both the developer and the VP in this situation is wrong and an idiot.

    the person who reverse engineered skype was taking a pretty big risk of getting caught. telling people he's made progress is even worse of an idea, especially if he didn't release source code. seriously, what was he thinking? did he honestly think that the skype people were just going to simply not do anything about this?

    as for skype, contacting michael is not going to do ANYTHING about this problem - he (probably) doesn't personally know the developer and he isn't developing it himself. all it does is make them look like a bunch of douchebags when michael is just a reporter. as much as i like hearing that they're putting a lot of effort into the experience, michael is right in the fact that maybe if the skype linux client were better, people wouldn't feel a need to hack it. however...

    i don't think the purpose of the reverse engineering was intended solely to make up for the lack of features that the windows version has. the linux client isn't nearly as updated but imo, it still has all the important features.

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    I wish people would wake up. This skype crap needs to die already. There are FAR superior OPEN alternatives to this piece of MS TRASH.

    As for their legal threats... well they should just shove it up their a$$es. There is NOTHING illegal about reverse engineering, and they have NO RIGHT to interfere with it.

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