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Re: Skype under Fedora-10

Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
Tim <ignored_mailbox yahoo com au> writes:
And their system has plenty of other unsavoury aspects to it.  The
more anyone reverse engineers their closed system, the more
disagreeable things are found out about it.

Normally one just has to worry about theoretical problems with trojans
hidden inside binary programs like skype.  In this case, it is quite
clear from looking at the traffic that skype was stealing user's
bandwidth for carrying totally unrelated 3rd-party voice traffic by
looping it into and out of the user's system.


Just the fact that they are doing this makes me wonder what other stuff
they are pulling.

This is only slightly different from the way bittorrent works, and they seem relatively open about it, it's not some secret protocol under the covers. I suspect that if it was open source people would rave about sharing the resources for the good of all, or some such.

(And yes, they *now* have a flag to turn off this trojan mode after all
the raised eyebrows.)

On bittorrent those folks are called leaches...

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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