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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:40 pm

Has anyone thought of doing this, I mean for those of us who'd like to meet each other and have a bowl but, are too far apart to travel. This Skype thing is fairly new to me beings I've never had a camera on my PC till my daughter bought me a new laptop for Christmas last year so she and I can visit using it. Seems pretty neat but, I know many may not like it because of privacy issues. I didn't like the idea either at first but, who can say no to there daughter? What's your opinion's?
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:17 pm

My mother and pops use it to talk to their daughter and their other three sons... Not real sure what that says... Lol.

I'm not real familiar with Skype but I know google hangouts used to permit multiple cam chats.. Don't know if they still do.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:36 pm

No Skype here.

And not to go all Yak here, but have read that it gives away ones ability to control when it's on or off. IOW it could be used to spy on you when you think it's switched off.

Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:44 pm

Brewdude wrote:
No Skype here.

And not to go all Yak here, but have read that it gives away ones ability to control when it's on or off. IOW it could be used to spy on you when you think it's switched off.

Evil or Very Mad

Cheers?

RR

PB, Gotcha Wink

BD, And I thought of that myself and that's why when I'm using my laptop I flip off the monitor from time to time or just put a piece of black electricians tape over the camera.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:51 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
No Skype here.

And not to go all Yak here, but have read that it gives away ones ability to control when it's on or off. IOW it could be used to spy on you when you think it's switched off.

Evil or Very Mad

Cheers?

RR

PB, Gotcha  Wink

BD, And I thought of that myself and that's why when I'm using my laptop I flip off the monitor from time to time or just put a piece of black electricians tape over the camera.

Yes, but the audio is still on. Supposedly. Whether or not the unit is on or off.

Just sayin'....


No


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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:56 pm

I use FaceTime on my iPad all the time to communicate with family and friends here in the hospital. I love it and makes so easy to see everyone and feel like your spending time together. I highly recommend it.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:57 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
No Skype here.

And not to go all Yak here, but have read that it gives away ones ability to control when it's on or off. IOW it could be used to spy on you when you think it's switched off.

Evil or Very Mad

Cheers?

RR

PB, Gotcha  Wink

BD, And I thought of that myself and that's why when I'm using my laptop I flip off the monitor from time to time or just put a piece of black electricians tape over the camera.

Yes, but the audio is still on. Supposedly. Whether or not the unit is on or off.

Just sayin'....


No


Cheers,

RR

Mic is right next door to the camera and it gets the tape anyway. Besides, in your conversation are you giving out secret details on government projects or maybe talking about illegal activities? Just say'en, I see no threat to me, I never dance naked in front of my laptop and I only use it to Skype and play Solitaire. My main PC is where I do my secret stuff and it hasn't a camera.


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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:00 pm

TMacphersonNH wrote:
I use FaceTime on my iPad all the time to communicate with family and friends here in the hospital. I love it and makes so easy to see everyone and feel like your spending time together. I highly recommend it.

That's great you have a way to communicate like that, I haven't a cell phone, though the daughter wants me to get one. 5)
She has Skype so to keep it K.I.S.S. we'll just stay with it.Wink
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:54 pm

I Skype with a friend of ours in Finland. Works great. Other than that, I don't use it much..
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:21 pm

Skype is good. Maybe put your Skype ID in your profile so people here can connect with you.

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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:27 am

Ron, we can still do the death bed estate pipe sell off by Skype when the time is right. By the time the NSA ciphers thru all our personal records, we should already be in the ground and able to avoid prosecution.

In the meantime, keep the electrical tape ready for quick draw.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:04 am

The thought of the NSA spying on my with a internet enabled camera and microphones is horrifyingly troublesome. Oh wait, they don't need Skype or a search warrant to do it anymore. Patriot Act, War on Terror, etc etc.

They can and do trace your phones, your computer usage, your credit card and bank transactions, id imagine with all the electronic doohickey on my car they probably even trace that......

BUT.


While I detest invasion of privacy and believe it should be stopped and all records destroyed.. I'm not real sure NSA spends much time watching me lay here while they listen to the infomercials in the background as I yell at this little dog.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:16 am

Cartaphilus wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
No Skype here.

And not to go all Yak here, but have read that it gives away ones ability to control when it's on or off. IOW it could be used to spy on you when you think it's switched off.

Evil or Very Mad

Cheers?

RR

PB, Gotcha  Wink

BD, And I thought of that myself and that's why when I'm using my laptop I flip off the monitor from time to time or just put a piece of black electricians tape over the camera.

Skype or not. If you have a camera it can be accessed from outside sources. The only way to avoid this is either 1) you have enough computer/security knowledge to prevent this (99% of us don't) or 2) you cover it up with something when you're not using it.

Back on topic. I use Skype, Google+, and FaceTime often. Mainly because we are in Kenya and like to keep in touch with folks. I'd be up for Skyping with whoever is willing, so long as I am available. Also, you can now video conference with more than one person in Skype.

I'll gladly give my Skype name out to anyone who wants to chat. Just shoot me a PM.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:35 am

Never used it. I'm not against it, though.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:10 am

Well, I can certainly see that there are people who won't and will use it here and that's (pause to flip off camera) understandable. Myself, I'm still out on putting my Skype ID
out there were anyone can see it and contacting people that I really don't know.
So I reckon what I'm trying to say is, Never Mind, Bad Idea! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:59 am

My wife uses some kind of Facebook based feature to talk to her sister in law. Maybe there's an alternative to Skype. Do we have a resident BoB tech guru?
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:43 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Well, I can certainly see that there are people who won't and will use it here and that's (pause to flip off camera) understandable. Myself, I'm still out on putting my Skype ID
out there were anyone can see it and contacting people that I really don't know.
So I reckon what I'm trying to say is, Never Mind, Bad Idea! Wink

I don't think it's a bad idea Ron old chap.

I've been a Skype user for several years now, mainly to keep in touch with my parents who are over 5 hours' drive away in the UK. Those brothers who are interested could simply list themselves as Skype users on a dedicated BoB thread. If you wanted to Skype someone on the list simply pm them and ask for their Skype ID. The recipient can decline at this stage which means they maintain control. You can also list yourself as 'invisible' or 'offline' to your contracts so you don't end up being bothered when you don't want to be.

Personally I think the talk of being spied upon by your camera / mic is a bit of an urban myth. Yes, the capability is there, but that's different to actually excising it. If you were a hunted criminal by the authorities then you may be at risk, but your average Joe, I doubt it. If something like that was happening on a regular basis I'm sure the public would hear about it and there'd be an outcry. Anyway! If you can't trust the governments of the world, who can you trust?
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:54 pm

Stick wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
Well, I can certainly see that there are people who won't and will use it here and that's (pause to flip off camera) understandable. Myself, I'm still out on putting my Skype ID
out there were anyone can see it and contacting people that I really don't know.
So I reckon what I'm trying to say is, Never Mind, Bad Idea! Wink

I don't think it's a bad idea Ron old chap.

I've been a Skype user for several years now, mainly to keep in touch with my parents who are over 5 hours' drive away in the UK.  Those brothers who are interested could simply list themselves as Skype users on a dedicated BoB thread. If you wanted to Skype someone on the list simply pm them and ask for their Skype ID.  The recipient can decline at this stage which means they maintain control.  You can also list yourself as 'invisible' or 'offline' to your contracts so you don't end up being bothered when you don't want to be.  

Personally I think the talk of being spied upon by your camera / mic is a bit of an urban myth.  Yes, the capability is there, but that's different to actually excising it.  If you were a hunted criminal by the authorities then you may be at risk, but your average Joe, I doubt it.  If something like that was happening on a regular basis I'm sure the public would hear about it and there'd be an outcry.  Anyway!  If you can't trust the governments of the world, who can you trust?

I think your last statement say's it all sir. I don't trust any Government. Suspect
And as much as I'd like to be able to trust everyone, that is an impossible dream.
And if someone here was to contact me wanting to Skype and I felt as though I didn't know them well enough and said no, the person asking may take undo offense which I would not intend. So after rethinking it all it's probably better to let a dead dog lie. Wink
It's a pretty sticky subject, this asking to Skype and getting denied or excepted and may make unintentional enemies or hurt feelings.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:45 pm

You're overthinking this whole thing. Skype is a safe thing thing for those who want to be social. You'd only offend those who desire to be completely private in everything they do, including avoiding communicating with people. You, truly, need not worry about those whom you wish to Skype. Like another suggested, you could simply connect with them via PM to assure your privacy or reservations.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:17 pm

I use it when I'm out of country to talk to my wife, much cheaper than other options and depending on where I am, pretty reliable (Vietnam has great access and S. Korea has flaming fast wireless internet access). We also use it at my school for our on-line masters program. We can have a theses defense with committee and candidate anywhere they have internet access. I've got one student on a NOAA research vessel somewhere near Antarctica about now that we can access for his thesis proposal defense.

But if I had the choice, I'd still rather sit at the table with those I need to talk to across from me.

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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:15 pm

As a computer techie guy and someone who understands the importance of network security(working for a company that is not only a data center for, but produces financial software for banks), the ability to crack into a computer and 'take over' a webcam through an exploit in Skype would not only be pretty difficult, but honestly hacking one of OUR webcams and mics would probably just not be worth it. We're not that important at all. Razz

Also, don't let the naysayers fool you; if the computer is off, there's no way the mic is still running. even if it was running, it would have nowhere to store audio logs to be picked up later(hard drive being off and such), and the network interface card(NIC) would have to still be on and active to transfer data. In most cases, that would require the use of a hard line plugged directly into the computer, not wifi(if you use wifi), and on a laptop you'd notice if it were on. The lights around the plug where you insert the ethernet cable are designed to be on and functioning if power is flowing through the NIC.

Long story short, if I were you Cart I wouldn't worry one bit. Smile

That being said, I'm extremely interested in Skype conversations amongst us. I use Skype pretty regularly, and would be inclined to share my Skype username with anyone who asks.
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PostSubject: Re: SKYPE?   Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:22 pm

WarlockBob wrote:
As a computer techie guy and someone who understands the importance of network security(working for a company that is not only a data center for, but produces financial software for banks), the ability to crack into a computer and 'take over' a webcam through an exploit in Skype would not only be pretty difficult, but honestly hacking one of OUR webcams and mics would probably just not be worth it. We're not that important at all. Razz

Also, don't let the naysayers fool you; if the computer is off, there's no way the mic is still running. even if it was running, it would have nowhere to store audio logs to be picked up later(hard drive being off and such), and the network interface card(NIC) would have to still be on and active to transfer data. In most cases, that would require the use of a hard line plugged directly into the computer, not wifi(if you use wifi), and on a laptop you'd notice if it were on. The lights around the plug where you insert the ethernet cable are designed to be on and functioning if power is flowing through the NIC.

Long story short, if I were you Cart I wouldn't worry one bit. Smile

That being said, I'm extremely interested in Skype conversations amongst us. I use Skype pretty regularly, and would be inclined to share my Skype username with anyone who asks.

I understand, and if big brother could see and listen in I wouldn't care much. As I said before I don't dance naked in front of my PC or say anything I wouldn't repeat in person to the feds etc. My thought was I wouldn't want to offend anyone if I declined a video chat for any reason. Wink
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