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Comment Re:So what's the problem? (Score 1) 456

Its just a problem, where the crowd is. And possibly special persons.

If your girlfriend uses whatsapp only, you probably will install it. If the majority of users use xmpp, it may be a good idea to have an xmpp client. but the majority doesn't. So your need to reach a critical mass. And you probably need some unique feature to get enough users started.

Comment Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 1) 456

Facebook asshats block thirdparty-clients for whatsapp.
Maybe its time to start the IM war again and try to go undetected. But i doubt there are developers available now. The people who reversed icq and other protocols are now happy developing other centralized non-federated mobile apps in the hope to make millions, when the users start jumping on their app.

Comment Multiple messengers (Score 1) 456

Just use multiple messengers.

Nerds do not have a problem choosing some messengers, so they can reach everyone.
Noobs will install a new app, if it has colorful smileys. So they do not have a problem either.

If you want a standard, use XMPP (and OMEMO). And read the XKCD comic about standards ... until then we just use multiple programs with a fallback to e-mail, phone and sms.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 475

That's not how "bit rot" works and your file system doesn't have anything to do with changing files either. If your FS is the problem, you won't be able to access the file. If bitflips would be a problem, your file would be corrupt (which doesn't shift your colors, but causes errors in the image. single bitflips probably won't even be visisble at all).
Then the "bit rot" isn't a problem on hard drives manufactured in this millenium. Either your drive fails or has bad sectors or your files are probably okay. The probability of a single bitflip is very very low, the bit rot you think you're observing is obviously something else. I guess you got a new monitor and a less tolerant video player or something similiar.

Comment Article: -1 Flamebait (Score 1) 160

Actually it doesn't matter which one is the fastest.
Browsers are optimizing since years and with each release they claim to be 10-30% faster. If it were true, pages would be rendered instantly ... ... and on the other hand, nobody selects browsers by rendering speed. People select them by interface, startup time and addons. This matters a lot more than if the page renders 10ms faster.

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