Reply to comment by jadedctrl in signal.png by celebratedrecluse

jadedctrl wrote (edited )

I dunno— XMPP is a pleasure to use (I use the cheogram SMS→XMPP bridge all the time), and I wish I could use it more… but the inconsistent implementation of some important features (OMEMO, video/voice chat) is kind of a down-side.

I've tried video/voice with Pidgin before, no dice. With Jitsi (not webRTC jitsi), worked, but poorly. Haven't managed to find an Android client with video— the only good libre one I've found on F-Droid is Conversations, which is great (OMEMO, too!), but no video/voice.

Like, whenever I've talked to friends about installing an XMPP client, I remember frantically searching for which Android/iOS clients support what bits we need, and having trouble explaining the issues to them. It's just a total headache.

Not even just clients, it's servers, too. Not all servers will support everything, it's… well.

Matrix doesn't really have that problem— there's a pretty canonical client (Riot) which supports all you need, and no-one even needs to spare a thought on compatibility, because everything pretty much follows Riot. There's more consistency, it seems to be catching on in these radical nerd-spaces, so whatever.

XMPP isn't bad, and if you have a well-informed friend to introduce you to it (“use X server, use X shiny web-client”) it's pretty much perfect. In cases other than that… it can be a headache.

EDIT: Not user-friendly-related, but I figured I might as well tack onto my dumb rant.

XMPP really isn't as group-oriented as Matrix is. It supports group-chats, yes, but there is variety in client support, and… there just isn't a “culture” around it. Group chats are becoming ridiculously widespread and mainstreamed. Discord is an obvious example. If you want your chat protocol or service to have a chance at hitting it big, group chats need to be first-class shit. Matrix treats group-chats as first-class. It has a developing “group chat culture”— there are communities using it, being created on it, and growing. Sometimes circumstance outweighs technical merit— especially when it comes to a tool for communication. XMPP just doesn't have the “culture” Matrix does.

If we're trying to push a chat protocol to comrades, federation and community need to be first class. Matrix fulfills both, XMPP only one. Hell, there're even a few Raddle Matrix rooms.

On the subject of federation and community— it's common practice to see Matrix, IRC, and Discord channels merged. Bridging seems to be less common (if it ever happens?) with XMPP in group chats. At the end of the day, bridging is probably the best option for dealing with this hodge-podge of protocols and services… if there is no technical limit to bridging on XMPP, it should be more often pushed.

Fuck, sorry about this block of text.


Reply to comment by jadedctrl in signal.png by celebratedrecluse

jadedctrl wrote (edited )

(don't know why you were downvoted, these are genuine problems with signal :/)

matrix might be work looking into, as well— it's standardized, self-hostable, federated, and the good clients support E2E encryption.
it's more user-friendly than xmpp, and easier to get people to hop on board with than xmpp, ime.


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

coinsh.red isn't stable enough right now— it'll crash every once and a while (usually after five+ hours, I found). I set the daemon to restart once every three hours, which is a total band-aid. It really sucks, but I've been more busy IRL lately, and haven't had the time to properly fix it.


Reply to DSA by alex

jadedctrl wrote

As a totally not member of the DSA, yea that's about right.
Only bright spot of the lot is that there are a good amount of anarchists and socialists in local branches, and the meetings bring them together for external meetups.

Other than that… oh, no, that was the only good part.


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

That was a good read! It's made me dig through the rest of your blog, I dig it.
We definitely need a federated etherpad alternative/fork, at this point.


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fuck yea


jadedctrl wrote


A green lizard wearing a fedora stands next to a warped text-box, saying,

the social contract theory lacks a viable means of establishing consent

(that's why the state's authority is illegitimate)

what do you mean “rent is theft”?

all landlord-tenant contracts are always totally consensual and aren't affected at all by the various, interlocking ways the state suppresses homesteading and other residential and business arrangements


Reply to Bi or Pan? by nbdy

jadedctrl wrote (edited )

Does the term Bisexual strictly reinforce the binary

Yea, it does. It implies that there are only two genders (either that or you're completely against dating enbies which is honestly bullshit), etc.

Pansexual genuinely acknowledges and welcomes enbies. Sometimes people call themselves “bi” when they're really pansexual (because they're down with enbies), but that's not really accurate… I mean, call yourself whatever, but calling yourself “bi” is either betrays a little bigotry or bad praxis. Probably both.

EDIT: pan is high in carbs and i'm on a diet, so i'll probably have some bi later