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krisguyFriday 17th of June 2005 10:55:33 AM
Anyone willing to use Skype to practice? - Would anyone here be interested in using Skype to converse? I'm looking for more people to speak with in Japanese, but locally, that's very difficult. Any takers? My Skype name is krisguy.
PsySaturday 18th of June 2005 12:31:34 AM
- I would, but it's my understanding that Skype is loaded from top to bottom with spyware. AIM supports voice classroomxx (and some versions even support Japanese characters), so that's an alternative if you're interested. My spoken Japanese is pretty lousy, but I'd be glad to try practicing with you regardless.
mandarkSaturday 18th of June 2005 07:55:04 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by Psy
I would, but it's my understanding that Skype is loaded from top to bottom with spyware. AIM supports voice classroomxx (and some versions even support Japanese characters), so that's an alternative if you're interested. My spoken Japanese is pretty lousy, but I'd be glad to try practicing with you regardless.[/quote]

Actually my understanding is quite the other way round :) Lots of people get scared when they learn that Skype can get through most firewalls (not all though), but so far I've found no reason to question its authors' honesty, as they're quite open about how Skype functions and what it might be up to in your PC (besides just making the call). Besides anything can (and will) be hacked, including AIM.

BTW count me in if you don't mind my quite different time zone (I'll PM you my nick ;-)
krisguySaturday 18th of June 2005 11:15:46 AM
- Skype has no spyware in it whatsoever, the misconception comes from the fact that Skype was developed by the guys that made Kazaa (which is spyware hell). Anyone want to PM me Skype nicks are more than welcome.
PsySaturday 18th of June 2005 11:53:24 AM
- Hacking and spyware are two totally different concerns in my book. One is aggressive and one is passive, one guarded against and one run willingly. I'm not worried about being attacked; if some hacker out there wanted access to my computer, he could get it. I just won't willingly download a chunk of software that'll litter my HD with piles of god-only-knows-what. Skype, as a P2P application, obviously requires your connection so that its network can function-- my concern is whether or not it does anything else. What do you know from your experience?
krisguyMonday 20th of June 2005 06:52:58 AM
- I've used it for almost a year, and I have never had anything happed to any of my Windows boxen or my Linux boxen. Ad-aware and Spybot in windows have not picked anything up.
PsyMonday 20th of June 2005 11:19:43 AM
- Alrighty, between you, mandark and what some additional postings out on the 'net have had to say, I'm going to give this thing a shot. If something goes wrong, however, the ghost of my computer shall haunt you until the end of days.

(ps: please pm me your skype names. ;) )