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Comment Re: Still not "that great" (Score 1) 88

I'm with Koodo. Owned by Telus.

$48/mo for unlimited Canada-wide calling, unlimited North America SMS/MMS, and 5GB of Canada-wide data.

I typically only use about 1/10 of the data, but at the price compared to the other offerings around here it is by far the best option.

Also, the odd time I travel around Canada I don't have to worry about getting gouged for long distance calling.

Comment Funtoo and ArchLinux (Score 2) 224

I really, really like Funtoo Linux. I've posted about it in the past.

It's a lot like Gentoo, as its based on Gentoo, built by the original founder of Gentoo. But it has a few subtle differences: - Portage uses git to sync the portage tree instead of rsync (though I think Gentoo back ported this feature).
- boot-update. Gentoo lacks this program. It handles updating grub2 and lilo configuration based on the presence of kernels and initrd files in /boot. No mucking about with grub2-mkconfig.
- systemd is unsupported, though its there if you want to use it. If it breaks, its on you.

I find myself using ArchLinux's wiki more and more these days. It seems like it is almost a binary version of Gentoo/Funtoo in many ways. I've been trying it out in a VM. Not having to compile everything is nice, but lacks tuning dependencies that I am so used to with Funtoo/Gentoo.

Comment Re: This is even more dangerous (Score 0, Troll) 73

Mozilla supports Linux with a pathetic 1/3rd of XPs market share.

This has nothing to do with Market Share and everything to do with a platform that's up to date and current.

Microsoft abandoned XP and Vista a long time ago. There is a point where supporting old, outdated, unsupported platforms simply causes code bloat and makes it harder to maintain without breaking the older platforms.

I surely would not expect Firefox 50 to run on Ubuntu 4.10... would you?

In many cases the distro package maintainers will backport a little bit, but not for releases from 12+ years ago.

Comment Re: Seriously? (Score 3, Insightful) 160

I operate a digital service online. My business is established in Canada, marketed to Canadians.

If someone from within the European Union decided to sign up and make a payment to my business in Canadian Dollars, I now legally have to register for a Tax ID within a European country and remit VAT.

Do I like it? Not at all. Is it the law? Yes. Do trade agreements enforce this law? You betcha.

I chose the alternative, and put a notice on my site that I can't do business with Europeans with an explaination and referenced the specific law.

I'm a small business owner. I can't afford the headaches that would cause. Perhaps in the future, but not righy now.

Comment Re: Question: (Score 1) 44

My experience with XMPP/Jabber has been this:
- bloated, complicated protocol (descriptive XML for all communication, really?)
- only 1 real contender for end to end Crypto (OMEMO), but it requires support at the server and client layer
- server software is way overly complicated to set up and configure
- security (cryptography) is not a core goal of XMPP/Jabber. It's all bolted on, and complicates the protocol and server setup even further

This is just my experience. The mobile clients all suck, too. Conversations is the best I have found for Android.

Comment Re:Federation (Score 1) 44

My issue isn't privacy, it's that it's being tied to a centralized, paid service like that. As the majority of my post mentioned, their centralization, closed minded approach is stifling their growth and, in my opinion, credibility.

It's another hurdle that makes it more difficult for people so set up their own private, federated IM network.

To be honest, it seems like the developers are just being lazy. I understand that in a pinch that GCM is a useful, reliable way to get an app to market... but this isn't your every day messenger. They proclaim that it's an open source project, but neglect to tell you it's tied to non-open services that are no longer in your control.

Comment Re: Federation (Score 2) 44

I understand the case for using phone numbers, but for privacy reasons alone should rule it out for an encrypted, private, secure messenger.

Signal already rules out Spam by using public/private cryptography as a whitelist, essentially. If you don't have a key to communicate with someone, you can't send them anything.

Being able to use an anonymized email address to communicate in a war torn area is a good thing.

Going the email address route would also make it really easy to integrate with other communication services (eg authenticate against an LDAP or IMAP server for a quick, company wide deployment).

E-mail addresses for authentication, plus federation would make it a better alternative to Jabber/XMPP, which does not natively support secure communications. OMEMO is great, but isn't widely supported by servers and clients.

Comment Federation (Score 2) 44

If Marlinspike would stop being such a prick, and embrace Federation, this issue would be solved so easily.

It is possible for anyone to use the Signal Server and set one up for themselves. Unfortunately, Marlinspike is refusing to Federate and proclaims the centralized approach is much, much better for everyone..

I'm seriously considering forking it and removing the dependence of a telephone number and moving to an e-mail address instead. Having to set up a Twilio account (though I already have one) to send authentication codes via SMS is cumbersome (and gets expensive) and I have no idea how this trend caught on. People looking to use IM don't always want to use their phone number as their account identifier. Not to mention Signal piggybacks incoming message signalling over Google's Cloud Messaging platform.... there are other ways to do this without Google.

Comment Re: Four years isn't so bad. (Score 1) 88

About the only thing I find it useful for is Spotify, but that's really only as I'm looking for new music.

I'll download/buy it and play it locally on my machine after I'm done looking for new stuff.

Other than that I dont really know what else I use that actually requires it these days. I can do without Spotify. It just has a really large collection of all kinds of music, so its easy.

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