Originally Posted by greg nice
heres my point: OCR is not 'documented' anywhere. does stars prohibit it? just because someone has figured out how to do something that you have not, does not mean that the pokersite is exposing backdoor APIs for some select few third parties to access.
much more likely is that PT hooked into the client somehow and is intercepting messages, and they are not about to give up their competitive advantage and tell you (and HEM) how they do it. that would be retarded.
so i would be heavily surprised if what you suggest is actually happening, especially from stars, but obv anythings possible.
re: OCR - You can make the argument that a visual representation of the name is an API, it just interpreted by meatware.
Early on it did look like PT was using some undocumented api, but the support forums are now showing signs that at least on some OS versions or security setups are falling back to their 'old' method. "Player HUD not appearing when the table is partly obscured" etc.
Originally Posted by VP$IP
Yes. I respect the Stars T&Cs. Observing windows messages while "exercising" the client software does not violate them. Efforts to reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble would violate the T&Cs.
They actually have ethical standards at Stars. They paid us, even after being kicked out the the country, while under indictment.
Country specific laws pre-empt the T&C's (according to the T&C's, not just law) - Reverse engineering and disassembly for interoperability is specifically allowed under European law as far as i'm aware.
That said, i'm a fan of Stars and wouldn't do it myself.