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Postby tsian » Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:09 pm

So can you read all our messages?
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Postby Drazo » Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:59 pm

I'm not even going to answer that.







No, unless you send them to me. :p
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Postby tsian » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:01 pm

:p

Any chance you'll open source it?

I'm curious though, how does it work. I assume it's server based? Is client-to-client communication done via the server? Or just people-finding stuff?

Anyways, neat programming.
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Postby Drazo » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:06 pm

Any chance you'll open source it?


Absolutely NO! That would open up an endless route to security vunalbilities. (inc. encrypting PWs; is AIM and YIM open source? No.)

It's client to server always.
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Postby tsian » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:08 pm

Errr... amazingly there are open source messenger clients that interact quite well with AIM, YIM and ICQ. Refusing to open source something on security grounds simply means that security isn't that well coded to begin with.

Not that I'm saying this is necessarily an issue with a program such as this, but, really, are you going to tell me Linux is insecure because it's open source?
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Postby Drazo » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:16 pm

Refusing to open source something on security grounds simply means that security isn't that well coded to begin with.


You're talking about maxium security. The PW encoder is built into it so when it gets transmitted and stored into the database it is in it's encoded form. If it was open source the packet signatures would be exposed and people would be able to connect to the server and access and alter data or crash the server. There's no other way with Visual Basic. Besides, why make it open source?
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Postby TerraFrost » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:22 pm

Besides, why make it open source?

well, being open source does provide an altnernative means of promotion. i mean, instead of just appealing to users, open source products appeal to coders who might use the program to figure out how it works for the purposes of modifying it or learning from it.

Of course, as you've said, the advantages might not outweigh the disadvantages...
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Postby Drazo » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:35 pm

Of course, as you've said, the advantages might not outweigh the disadvantages...


That should be "Of course, as you've said, the advantages will not outweigh the disadvantages..."

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