$45,901.14 was donated to EFF in 2020
$655,382.45 donated to EFF in total
$217,644,976.48 to all US charities
$237,615,915.89 to all global charities
I don’t know how smile works on the mobile app. Perhaps it doesn’t.
Pattern type: Regular Expression
Applies to: Main window (address bar)
Here, a random person in the room announced their birthday, and the question is whether someone else in the room shares that birthday. It's a very different situation, where I'm guessing you need around a thousand people for it to be very likely that their birthdays coincide, compared to the twenty or so for the birthday paradox.
But, congrats on using up your luck for the next month or so. :)
You’re thinking of 17!” some of the hundreds of readers would be amazed by my accurate prediction
I set mine to "Signal Technology Foundation" which I am fairly sure is correct, but there is no link, no description or other method to verify; it doesn't spark a lot of confidence.
I still keep my purchases going to my charity of choice, but make no mistake: opting for AmazonSmile contributions won't move the needle on your charity. You have to make contributions directly out of your own wallet. Bonus points if your employer will match them.
That might move a needle...
It's better than the opposite, which is nothing.
I've funneled tens of thousands of dollars through Amazon in six years that resulted in only about $65 of donations, so less than $1/mo.
But I also give $100/mo (x2 with my employer match) to the same charity. So Smile donations will barely register compared with active, intentional giving.
Note: Signal Foundation is officially "Signal Technology Foundation", so this appears to be the correct recipient in the list on Amazon. Hopefully someone can verify this.
This is a criticism I give to all FOSS projects trying to raise money, sell me stuff, it's easier to justify an expense than a donation, especially if I pay it through my company.
Signal is another walled garder, which sooner or later will become to big to stay sustainable. Then it will be either sold (probably to Facebook) or die. We should support truly distributed systems if we do not want to repeat history forever. Consider Matrix instead.
Okay, any particular reason? The storage and processing costs are small, you're basically just paying for enough hosting to route the traffic, plus a dozen or so developers.
>Only federation is a sustainable answer (unless maybe you convince governments to fund it).
The US government does fund it, through several channels (most notable probably being the Open Technology Fund), as did Brian Acton for at least $50 million.
You mean gold?
Or are you talking about the toilet paper handed out freely by the USG in 2020?
These organizations have enough going on. It would be a waste of donor capital to add defending against money laundering inquiries to the list.
It used to require you to backup / restore and you couldn't just start a chat on your work computer, continue it on your phone, then continue it on your home computer, while still being able to see the full history on all 3 devices.
It was a dealbreaker for me.
The only drawback I have found is that if desktop Signal is running on my computer, but I’m away somewhere else in town and have my phone with me, I miss calls (but not text messages). Only the Signal on my desktop rings when I’m called, while the phone doesn't ring.
Doesn't https://signal.org/blog/ice-forking/ deal with that? Hasn't it been implemented yet?
I've had the desktop app open all day, and answered a Signal call on my phone earlier. I'll do more tests.
EDIT: just tested it, phone rang, I answered on desktop. Seems to work as intended.
Plus, Signal plans to eventually allow multiple phones to be connected to one’s account. Then, the question becomes: if you sent a SMS from your desktop, which of those phones sends the SMS and gets billed by the mobile provider for doing so? You might say that a setting could be made for that, but any new setting requires changes to the UI, too.
If my phone was off and I used Signal Desktop in the meantime, when I turned my phone back on the sync would often take as long as half an hour, with my phone buzzing for each message received during the duration in which I was online.
I contacted support and, well, it's a free product, what do you expect?
I stopped using it after I received a text message from my then-fiance about a medical diagnosis and couldn't call her back until Signal stopped overloading my phone. Awful. Purged from my device and I never recommend them anymore.
Also it's two pretty different things. Signal is mostly personal 1on1 and Matrix is big chat rooms.
That being said I find Matrix usable today and it seems better to bring my friends to that instead of trying to get them to move twice.
The big killer feature of Signal is that once i "convert" someone to use it they always have some people from completely different social bubble that also uses it and that app immediately becomes more useful.
This wouldn't be possible without the phone number. I've used to share your view but nowdays i think Signal way is actually genius deliberate decision and one of the main reasons why it's picking up steam. Encrypted messaging with my buddies has never been an issue I need to replace Facebook Messages. I've realized this when some random Airbnb host started to naturally communicate with me over Signal instead of SMS without even mentioning it.
Hope more programmers understand how this works, implement it correctly and create apps we haven't thought about yet.
Given that Signal requires a phone number to sign up and one can still be a victim to SIM-swapping attacks? I don't think so.
Get rid of phone number sign-in and we can talk.
E: This probably goes for all the chat services which are even mildly popular (WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Threema etc.). Matrix seems to be an exception.
(Title: 36C3 - The ecosystem is moving)
To me, it's a sound argument and he's convinced me. Fighting the status quo by constantly improving in a short amount of time is incompatible with decentralisation. It's the same reason e-mail hasn't been able to change and improve, or encrypted email still isn't practical, but I'll leave the meat of the argument to that video.
Also you cannot put their client on f-droid.
It's by far the most locked-down "open source" I've seen.
Edit: Non profit 501(c)(3) donation matching is a common US employee benefit.
Or was this snark?
Mind you the entire internet was blocked there for a bit though.
You want me to yield personal information like my email address BEFORE disclosing what the payment options are? No thank you.
I don't care who you are, be up-front about what's ahead before harvesting me.
You've probably given Signal your real phone number to use the app. Email should hardly be any more private.
Even if you used a burner phone, getting a temp email is a million times easier. I couldve generated 50 working email addresses in the time I wrote this comment.
Everyone that makes software should just sell it for profit, or give it away at a loss?
Nobody is forcing you to pay for it.