Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by WereCatf on Wed 29th May 2013 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
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You think decentralised solutions won't be susceptible to eavesdropping?

Indeed, decentralization isn't a guarantee of anything such. XMPP does use SSL, but that only protects data between the client and the server, not that the server won't be able to read everything. In my proposal on my G+ - page I suggested making Off-The-Record Messaging ( a built-in, enabled-by-default feature on the clients. It's still no guarantee, but it sure does make things a lot more difficult and even the server can't just start reading your stuff.

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