Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:23 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Internet & Networking "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses."
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RE[2]: u really dont get it!
by ikidunot on Sun 5th Jun 2011 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE: u really dont get it!"
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Look at the service - not just the software. Skype is video chat. Skype can connect to PSTN phones. Skype is not a part of something else. It is SKYPE.

Reverse engineering Skype will achieve nothing positive because the protocol is one part of the whole entity that is Skype. In a nutshell, it's been a complete waste of time from which nothing positive will come.

People use Skype because it provides the service they want and nothing else does.

Skype is a service - not a bloody protocol.

Do you understand the difference now?

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