[maemo-users] [Fwd: Re: Fwd: Skype on N800]

From: Acadia Secure Networks acadiasecurenets at aol.com
Date: Wed Aug 29 23:31:09 EEST 2007

thanks for sharing the post re Skype.

 I have to believe that eBay management will be concerned enough about 
protecting the "reputational equity" that they have built over the years 
with their core business, auction services  by either a) fixing the 
Skype software or at least b) explaining what the software is doing even 
if this turns out to be an innocuous artifact of the way Skype works and 
not some sinister plot for global domination by ebay or anyone else. 

Then too "security through obscurity" is not a very strong security 
model, so perhaps ebay will eventually find a way to open up its source 
code and find some other way to protect its intellectual property in the 
Skype service for which it paid a tidy sum.

One way to keep Skype and its firewall evading ways off of the 
enterprise Microsoft desktop is to use  a software restriction policy 
(hash rule) built into the Microsoft Windows Active Directory/Group 
Policy Architecture.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks

DZ wrote:
> Hi,
> Have anybody tried to compile Wengo Phone for N800?
> Skype is very contradictive to linux tablet spirit
> - this software uses proprietary closed and encrypted protocol (closed  
> also means weak);
> - written using obfuscation in software (decryption and checks also uses  
> additional n800 power and resources)  
> http://www.secdev.org/conf/skype_BHEU06.pdf  
> (http://www.xakep.ru/post/38543/default.asp);
> - according to latest reports reads sensitive user information and nobody  
> knows why (because software is closed source and obfuscated) and how it  
> can be used by crackers  
> (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/26/1312256&from=rss).
> So, Wengo is viable alternative to the Skype.
> Thanks,
> Denis
> On Wed, 04 Jul 2007 12:24:45 +0400, Alan Williamson <alan at blog-city.com>  
> wrote:
>> Sorry replied to the individual not the list -- man do i hate that
>> "feature" of the list (and yes for the record, i completely disagree
>> with every point made by that link that attempts to justify it) :)
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: Fwd: Skype on N800
>> Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:23:31 +0100
>> From: Alan Williamson <alan at blog-city.com>
>> Reply-To: alan at blog-city.com
>> Organization: Blog-City Ltd
>> To: James Sparenberg <james at linuxrebel.org>
>>> The last point above has value in light of a recent development.  I  
>>> could
>>> point to 2 things 1.  the shear hype surround the iPhone.  and second  
>>> the
>>> expert surfing done by the RAZR team managing to release a new "color"  
>>> or
>>> other change every time  sales began to slow.
>> I agree -- the hype around the iPhone has been interesting to watch.
>> Especially as they address the awful onscreen keyboard usage which seems
>> to be getting people in a bit of a tizz.
>> If you look at the video on the Apple site; they have everything the
>> N800 has, except for one rather cool little feature.  But that is
>> something i am sure nokia could easily add in with a next release
>> (predicts which key you are going to press next and makes that box  
>> bigger).
>> Nokia -- get thy head out of the sand and take a leaf out of that Jobs
>> boy book -- either start hyping up your cool stuff, or give US THE TOOLS
>> and we'll do it for you!

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