Webcam: I have yet to see a good reason why this shouldnt be implemented, it would only put IRC back on the map and i dont see how it would hurt anyone.
Why isn't webcam support integrated in my mail client? That's used for communication too! Why doesn't my telnet or ftp client have webcam support? Why my ftp client doesn't support gmail? Because the protocol that they are meant for (SMTP, telnet, FTP) doesn't include any support for it.
mIRC is an IRC client, a program to simplify using the IRC protocol. You can use telnet to chat too (you should try it one time) but you'd have to type a lot more, and read more garbage to follow a discussion. No scripting language either :s
Khaled doesn't control the IRC protocol, nor does anyone else ((un)fortunately?). This means he cannot just throw in a webcam and have it work for all irc networks/servers and other irc clients.
Is webcam support impossible using mIRC? Not really, some kind of dcc webcam, much like a dcc send or dcc chat needs no extra support from the protocol or the ircd's and could be implemented as a nice script. Some ctcp triggers and a dll to integrate with a (free/OSS) webcam program and you're set. If this script is moderately good, then those millions of webcam users you claim there are will know about it fast enough and probably use it.
Just for the record, I hope that you mean one-to-one webcam, not webcam sharing with entire channels via the ircd. IRC is on many networks still available and free because it doesn't consume that much bandwith. Receiving and sending 100.000 simultaneous webcam feeds around is not just impractical or more expensive, it's impossible...
So, as a conclusion, I'd maybe support some kind of video or overlay window support in mIRC, but webcam support is imho better placed in a script. Wether this script just provides a way to get an external (existing) webcam program to connect to users found on irc or uses some dll's to do it
itself doesn't really matter to me.
Also consider there are other irc clients and even different operating systems out there. If this webcam hype is to be included somehow, it would be best if there was some standard or (possibility for) working implementation for more than one irc client/OS combination...
it wont be forced upon you at all you can always choose not to watch some1 pick his nose
Alas, you're probably (partly) wrong. Yes you can choose not to open webcam sessions with anyone, but yes it will be forced upon you. I foresee people just sending such webcam requests to anyone, either with 'hey wanna cyber' style stuff or with the actual requests 'H0tG1r| is attempting to initiate a private webcam session with you A
gnore' Yes you could probably just ignore or auto-deny them, but that's not the point...
ps: sorry for the long post :s