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Comment Re: Here's a great idea... (Score 1) 481

Why only tax those who drive on the roads? Even non-drivers indirectly use the transportation infrastructure. I think it would make a lot more sense to tax everyone the same and call it a day. You could come up with a complicated system, and let costs get passed along to non-drivers. Or you could have a very simple system with the same outcomes and much less overhead.

Comment Re:SIP Replacement? (Score 1) 282

RedPhone is only for Android although iPhone compatible version exists. But this is not what I was talking about.

The problem is that there is no telephony system that you can use cross-platform, that is open source and the clients are easy to install and use for the average user.

No other heavily-used protocols have this problem, FTP, HTTP, SMPT, DNS, Torrent, Cloud Storage, VPN, SSH all have cross-platform, free and open source clients that are easy to set up and use for the average user. Telephony is the handicapped service on the internet

The main problem, as I see it, is the SIP protocol and the design mistake of relying on IP addresses in the application layer.

Comment SIP Replacement? (Score 4, Interesting) 282

One of the big pieces of the puzzle that needs to be solved is a replacement for the SIP protocol.

Almost no one has a public IP address directly on their workstation at home and it is preventing free open source telephone to be widely adopted.

What is needed is a telephony protocol that and can easily be proxied or tunneled and/or that does not need extra measurements for surviving NAT.

Comment Re: Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

Google isn't the problem, and I daresay the carriers aren't the problem. You can buy a Nexus and get updates for it fresh off the Google presses. Blame the like of Samsung and HTC. They want to push their custom software (touchwiz and sense) at the expense of being compatible with AOSP. On top of that, carriers want to add their custom crap, but only because the whole system is already mucked up by the manufacturers. You don't see it happening on iPhone, Windows phone, or Google branded phones. Google isn't forcing this as a prerequisite for using Android. It's actually the "openness" of the platform that allows for this kind of situation to develop.

Even so, even CDMA carriers here will probably activate an international version of popular phone like the galaxy if you bought one out of pocket.

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