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[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by panzi on Sun 26th May 2013 18:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
panzi
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2006-01-22

WebRTC might be a independent solution. The next Firefox version will have full support for WebRTC, Chrome already has it now (at least on the desktop). So I guess at the end of the year all major Browsers except for IE will support WebRTC on the desktop and on handheld devices (given a recent Android version). WebRTC by itself is just a framework, but I guess there will be a multitude of free web apps. I think Google itself plans to use it instead of the gtalk plugin. I hope we can use some WebRTC based app in the near future instead of Skype. I really don't like that Skype reads my messages, how it behaves (it messes with my audio player in the most annoying ways) and that it is owned by Microsoft.

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by zima on Wed 29th May 2013 12:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You think decentralised solutions won't be susceptible to eavesdropping?

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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by WereCatf on Wed 29th May 2013 13:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
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2006-02-15

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 (http://www.cypherpunks.ca/otr/index.php) 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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