Facebook and Skype are Now Fully Integrated But There are Software “Bugs” and User Unhappiness

Posted on February 24, 2011


Hate Facebook and all the info it has on you.  Here’s more bad news.  The Skype directory is now in Facebook and you can’t do anything about it.

Back in December 2010, the Skype community featured this post:

Now that the deed is done, as it were, a bug has emerged to throw a wrench into the integration.  Here is the short term “fix” until the software can be updated.

The early consensus was that removing Skype 5.0 software completely was the most effective fix. Reverting to Skype 4.0 also worked.

While this did fix the issue, it didn’t come to grips with the underlying cause–and Skype staff did not weigh in on their support forum to provide any guidance. In the end, a conversation among several Skype clients came up with a quick and effective solution: Turn off Facebook integration in the Skype 5.0 client. Sure enough, that fixed it. It turned off the much-vaunted features of the new software, but it was worth the sacrifice.

Yep, the spawning Facebook windows were not caused by a virus; it was likely a case of poor programming. Why else would Skype 5.0 keep looking for Facebook when WebSense and other content filtering programs keep saying “Site blocked”? That’s the most likely explanation and as of now, Skype doesn’t seem to have offered any other reason.

All this came to light almost exactly a month ago, but in the post-Presidents’ Day holiday rush, our help desk is still getting cases of Skype 5.0 related spawning pop-up windows.

In a finger-pointing frenzy, it’s possible to blame Skype, WebSense, and other content filtering software, or the administrators who choose to block social networking sites from their company networks. But in the long run, the path of least resistance is the same: Just say no to Facebook integration until the bug is fixed. [PC World]

And just remember  how to disengage Skype from Facebook if you prefer.  The union, however, will one day help law enforcement.

Living on the edges of the Internet, cyberstalking sex addicts, terror suspects, and spambot purveyors communicate through secret chat boards and instant messaging tools, send real-time communiqués through Facebook, talk over Web phone services like Skype, and generally live off the grid.

It’s called “going dark,” and the FBI wants to put an end to it. Now.

The challenge? The standard techniques for dealing with criminals online — normal Internet surveillance, which typically involves scanning e-mail messages, data stores, and other “static” info held on servers across the U.S. — doesn’t work with cybersavvy crook
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/24/fbi-plans-new-methods-combat-dark-spots-net/#ixzz1Eu6DWAjQ