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: Why is VOIP+PTSD so hard?
by darknexus on Sat 4th Jun 2011 05:39 UTC in reply to "Why is VOIP+PTSD so hard?"
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Skype made this work simply. Why hasn't anyone else been able to step up to the plate?

It's not that it's difficult, but rather that it is usually expensive. Depending on which PTSD network and country you're talking about, the cost of interfacing with it can be astonishingly high. Though Skype has made this simple and cheap for the users so far (who knows what'll happen if the Microsoft/Skype deal is approved), Skype is not actually a profitable company. They don't have enough users paying for their service to offset the cost of their infrastructure, and the PTSD-related fees are a large part of that loss.

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