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[#] Wed Jun 02 2010 14:48:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm guessing you already know how settlements work, but I'll include an explanation for the benefit of those who don't. When a long distance call is placed, the originating LEC must make a micropayment to the terminating LEC to cover the cost of terminating the call. The amount of the micropayment depends upon the rate center.

The business model (or scam, if you prefer, but it's currently legal) is for CLEC's to set up shop in some rate center where the settlement micropayments for terminating calls is relatively high, and then offer services that center around receiving a high volume of calls. The most well-known are free conference call services. IPKall is another; they simply complete the incoming call by sending it back out over a SIP trunk.

Ekiga is a VoIP client, but you have to remember that with SIP there really isn't any such thing as a client. SIP is peer to peer.
When you "set it up as a client" all you're really doing is registering with a switch somewhere, telling it "when someone dials my extension, hey look I'm over here at this IP address." But if the address is static, you can easily route calls directly to it.

[#] Wed Jun 02 2010 15:28:52 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yes but i never thought of that as being enough money for a business model.
Which is why I'm not rich. :( And the SIP thing makes sense too. Somewhere someone must have written a simple SIP gateway, easier than asterisk, so that you can use your wifi sip handset behind NAT...

[#] Wed Jun 02 2010 18:06:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, you used to be able to use Free World Dialup as a proxy, but they don't have free accounts anymore.

As for the business model, it definitely depends on being able to work with razor-thin margins. They offer absolutely no support of any kind, and they probably already had all of the equipment already in place from whatever lines of business they were already conducting.

[#] Thu Jun 03 2010 22:17:33 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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when you use ekiga, you sign up an account with, your sip address is and when you fire up ekiga it logs into, so I think is the actual gateway and in this case the program ekiga is really just a dumb voip client, it doesn't actually function as a sip server I don't think. I could be wrong.

[#] Fri Jun 04 2010 07:53:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's true too.  And easier to configure than the way I suggested.  :)

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 07:53:56 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I love how I only got the first 80 characters of that URL but it contained everything needed to get me to the page.

I've often thought about how these RFID chips are unsafe. I'm carrying in my wallet 4 individual RFID enabled cards that someone could probably very easily steal just by brushing up against me. When I pay for stuff using the contactless payment system thing, it doesn't ask you to sign it, enter your PIN, or anything at all. It's just ....... Approved!

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 11:00:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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put tinfoil in your wallet, or put the cards in a tinfoil closure.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 18:00:31 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So after some testing magic jack was giving me some choppy voice, but I attirubte that to vmware more than the gizmo or software itself.
But then.... I came home one day and noticed the vm rebooted, and not cleanly. So it didn't start up again. I had to poke it to restart.
I was on a call for work (best test I can think of) and the vm crashed again.
Ok, so much for that.
So I just installed the latest virtualbox, installed xp and installed magicjack.
Hopefully vbox will fare better.

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 20:26:13 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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wow that was horrible. The sound cuts out 50% of the time, like you get .2 seconds of audio then .2 seconds of dead.
I hope there's some way to get this working....

[#] Thu Jun 10 2010 08:25:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Reverse engineer your magic jack software, grab your SIP credentials, and discard the hardware.  It's tougher than it used to be but you have exactly the right kind of brain to do it.

Asterisk can be tough to set up but you can at least run it on your bare metal Linux OS alongside VMware or whatever hypervisor you're using.  And if you need help setting it up, all the assistance you need is right here :)

[#] Thu Jun 10 2010 09:12:28 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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heh, site blocked for "hacking" have to check it when I get home.

[#] Sat Jun 12 2010 08:15:25 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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My friend mistakenly added the wrong disk to a RAID array and wiped some data he needs. Any idea on the best way to recover this. It's a PC and likely NTFS formatted.

[#] Sat Jun 12 2010 11:42:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Restore the data from his most recent backup, of course.

[#] Sat Jun 12 2010 15:14:51 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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If only he had one :-P

[#] Sun Jun 13 2010 18:28:44 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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if you actually wrote over data the only way to get it back if at all is to get one of those $1000 per byte data recovery places to try.
His data isn't THAT important.
If he only wrote over the directory tree, then he should start learning about how filesystems work and try and piece it together himself.
Do they still make sector editors anymore?

[#] Mon Jun 14 2010 14:01:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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From the point of view of a unix system, there's no difference between a sector editor and an ordinary hex editor designed to work on files.

[#] Mon Jun 14 2010 22:28:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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do hex editors read from block devices directly, as if I wanted to edit the MBR myself.
or are you saying mount the device as a file and do it that way...

[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 00:31:55 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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why not? everything is a file. block devices are random access.

[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 12:36:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Exactly. I once used a hex editor to reconstruct, partition by partition, a Sun disklabel that had been maliciously wiped out by an unauthorized user.
All it takes is a bootable CD with a hex editor loaded, and a knowledge of the device you're trying to reconstruct.

This is of course assuming that the device is not physically malfunctioning.

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