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Comment Say one thing, do another (Score 1) 36

I have a few buddies who work at Google but are in total fear of losing their jobs by contributing to open source projects. On the surface everything seems fine and everyone is super helpful until you hunt down the one person at Google who is the expert and then everything goes silent because they don't want to rock the boat.

Comment Re:The answer: XMPP (Score 1) 456

One important thing to note with your setup is that the XMPP gateway for Google Talk doesn't support Hangouts group chats, so if you get invited to one you can't access it over XMPP, and you'll need to open it in your browser or using a Hangouts client.

You can however, create an XMPP-based group chat on Google Talk that Hangouts client's can't connect to, which is a bit odd, but a hangover (pun attempted!) from the old XMPP server days.

Also, accessing photos over the Google Talk XMPP server is pretty crappy having to open links to your browser rather than viewing them inline.

Comment Easy answer: matrix (Score 1) 456

Matrix is a federated chat protocol, similar to XMPP/email, with bridges that connect to various chat services (similar to XMPP) but uses modern web based protocols and practices and doesn't have the negative stigma that XMPP has. Other options of course are to use multiprotocol messengers such as Pidgin or bitlbee, which support most of the protocols in the cartoon.

Comment Re:WebRTC (Score 1) 259

They are and have been since the end of 2014 - although true to form they're not implementing WebRTC, they've made their own standard called ORTC and are trying to make it work with that. You can modify config responses from the web.skype.com servers to give yourself access to their WebRTC/ORTC implementation, but it's fairly buggy, only works between two people using the website at the moment, and doesn't like "non-standard" setups (eg trying to make a video call with no microphone) I'm keeping an eye on it as I'm hoping to add it to the Pidgin plugin (after I get webrtc proof-of-concept working with the new Hangouts plugin for Pidgin)

Comment big trucks (Score 1) 115

During the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, mobile carriers drove big trucks around the parts of the city without power for people to juice up their phones. We were without power for 16 days, so being able to visit one of the trucks made all the difference :-) I only wish that we could have recharged our laptops, not to use them but because the batteries didn't like being totally flat for a couple of weeks after slowly discharging on standby.

Comment Re:No single client solution (Score 1) 213

Skype has always been reluctant (slight euphemism there) to let third party software connect to its network.

Although this whole idea was kinda put on its head with the release of the SkypeKit library. Unfortunately its licence is specifically open-source incompatible so it can't be used in Pidgin (but it is used in Trillian) - so for now you're stuck with the other Skype plugin for Pidgin.

Comment Worst I've seen.... (Score 1) 414

I used to be the only "IT guy" at a workplace of 110 Windows and OSX machines. If there was anything IT related ("build us a website","make this expensive new Windows-only printer we just bought work with that Linux thing") it fell upon me to do it. Of course, I was fired because I started to say "no" to their technically impossible requests leaving..... no one behind to do anything. Oddly enough, the company still hasn't got a new "IT guy" in after a year... but they did get in a 3rd party to replace their 14 year old NT4 server box that was sitting on the floor under some guy's desk. 110 users-to-0 admins is the same as infinity-to-one right?

Comment Thats nice but... (Score 1) 149

Does it let me fix the maps?

Here's my house (please keep arial bombardments aimed at my neighbours)

Not only are the maps not lined up with the satelite imagery, but my property is aparently twice as big as its supposed to be... unless I now inadvertantly own two houses and some crazy people who say otherwise are living my second house.

If they trust me enough to let me fix the marker, can't they let me fix the maps too? :(

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