Video Internet Calls

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  1. edhvoice

    edhvoice Founding Member

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    I understand that Skype is a prohibited application. Does anyone know what video internet telephone software is permitted? Thanks
     
  2. Szpieg

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    Really? Skype is banned? That sucks...Try ooVoo or MSN Messenger, both have very good video/audio conferencing. If you got money, there is always the Cisico network...
     
  3. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    You can use anything that isn't peer to peer. Things like MSN, yahoo, AOL, AIM, etc are allowed.

    No Skype, torrent, limewire, etc.
     
  4. Szpieg

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    NOOOOOOOO LIMEWIRE?!?!?! Damn that sucks, and no torrents damn...Makes sense though, no illegal activities and such...
     
  5. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    What do you mean peer to peer? You can't use skype as a cheap cadet to family tool?
     
  6. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    The issue is that Skype allows users to transfer files from one user to another ("Peer to Peer"). Peer to peer transfers are frequently used to pirate music, software, etc. and I assume thats why they are prohibited at USMA. However the way skype works it would be kinda hard to use it to pirate anything. :scratch:
     
  7. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Interesting that Skype isn't allowed. It's the one program they like us to use on deployment because it is supposedly more "secure" than the other programs out there.
     
  8. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    You can send files on MSN, AIM and YIM as well though....
     
  9. Szpieg

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    Yeah, that doesnt make sense why not allow skyoe then
     
  10. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    It isn't only because of pirated material. It is also because you are on a government computer on a government network and they have restricted the use of programs that they feel would compromise their security.

    Well...

    As you can see, skype is a security risk as someone could use it to access your computer and network. It isn't just about optional files being voluntarily sent through.
     
  11. 2012Cadet

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    Arrggg, the scourge.:frown:
     
  12. Szpieg

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    Just use the Cisco network...or MSN
     
  13. edhvoice

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    Thank you. It looks like MSN Messenger will fit the bill. There are buckets full of websites from Google that discuss downloading, intalling and tuning MSN Messenger video conferencing. Thank you for the suggestion.
     
  14. Maximus

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    Novel idea here....why not pick up the land line phone sitting next to you on your desk, and talk with free long distance to your family? :shake:
     
  15. sprtzm

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    While that is the most common option. The video chat has its place too. Recently had a family Bday party, we were able to include cadet for part of it by using the video chat. He could interact with everyone there. The Grandparents seemed to appreciate it the most!
     
  16. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    You get a landline phone free??
     
  17. WAMom68

    WAMom68 Founding Member

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    Yes, cadets have *free* long distance from their room phones.
     
  18. 2012Cadet

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    As long as you want? And when they mean long distance do they mean nationwide or worldwide?
     
  19. Szpieg

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    I would think nationwide?
     
  20. Grannie

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    Actually, I believe that long distance phone calls are charged to the cadets account. I found this on page 20 of the "West Point: Information for New Parents and Parents, Class of 2013" guide. I would believe the policy would be similar for the Class of 2014. I think I've seen it elsewhere, too, but don't recall where.

    "During the academic year, parents can reach the cadet directly by calling his or her personal telephone number. Every cadet has his or her own assigned telephone number
    and telephone. During the first part of the academic year, each member of the plebe class will be issued a telephone, a personal identification number, and a corresponding phone number, and will be briefed and instructed extensively on the use of the phones and the system. Cadets are charged for any long-distance calls."
     

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