I have deleted my Twitter and Facebook profiles. I feel like a new human being.
The last bridge I want to burn is Whatsapp, this is going to be difficult. #Sheeple #DeleteFacebook #DeleteTwitter



re: Whatsapp

I've tried . fail. (nobody else in my circle wanted to use it)

I tried . fail. (nodbody else in my circle wanted to use it)

I tried (). fail. (choose between battery killer and not actually receiving any messages)

I tried . fail. (won't work without google services)

I tried . fail. (half the time messages just don't get delivered)


Not sure where to next, but if you find something, let me know ;)

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@falgn0n @fatboy Though I'm not a big fan of it for a variety of reasons, Signal does work without Google Play Services as long as you get the apk directly from their website.

@falgn0n @hrthu When Google Play is installed, Wire uses it, but it does function without it

@falgn0n @fatboy thinking about it, they say that Signal are secure and private, but if they use Google Play Services (such like GCM/FCM for notifications), I have some doubts about their privacy.

@falgn0n @fatboy then using WhatsApp or Signal basically is the same, with the same root problem, but with other own problems of each app.

WhatsApp has the main community, but even with the privacy advertisement, it's really questionable.

And Signal, it's cool and paladin of privacy, but again, you will need to use GPS to work properly, not cool (and less safe).

That's how I see this problem.

@jsalvador @falgn0n @fatboy Signal uses Google Play services for push notifications but if you don't have the Gapps installed it will use websockets instead afaik (Since 2017 ?). Signal also uses Amazon servers by the way :)

@albert @falgn0n @fatboy Oh cool. But using Amazon servers isn't cool for an app who uses privacy and security on its slogan, isn't it?

Anyway, if you like Signal, go for it. I'm Telegram fan, and I'm not purist with privacy things (I'm still using Facebook and Twitter too, so...)

@jsalvador @falgn0n @fatboy No, indeed, it is not that much fun that Signal uses Amazon servers, but the alternatives are either not good enough or too difficult to use (Ricochet, Jami, Tox, Briar) or not enough friends, family, co-workers are using it (XMPP). The people that I communicate with, shows a growing amount of Signal users.

@falgn0n @fatboy Use #Jabber and ask your contacts to join using #Quicksy. It's like "WhatsApp on XMPP". Free account with phone number.

@marsxyz @falgn0n @fatboy

I got the same problem...Slowly trying to educate peers regarding the need for quitting #whatsapp.
I use only #XMPP and atleast people close to me are now forced to start using it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ ....And when I make new contacts and people ask for whatsapp number, it is easy to educate them regarding this, thus getting more people to use XMPP...But I think the point is to stick to one format - #XMPP, #Jami, #Briar or Whatever...If u switch now and then, people lose confidence in u.

@falgn0n @fatboy I'm just in the process of getting my XMPP sorted out again. There's been tons of work on it recently and I hear it is extremely usable now. I am setting up a server for my hackerspace so can give people accounts if they complain that they don't have XMPP accounts already. Probably going to do a talk at the hackerspace on XMPP and the Fediverse at some point too to drive up some more interest.

@irl @fatboy

hit me up if you set up a group chat & could use some attention here & there building critical mass


@deejoe @fatboy @falgn0n I made a MUC at stuff@muc.57n.org if you want to join. I've not tested S2S yet so would be good to see if it's working.

@falgn0n @fatboy

There should be a version of Signal on their site that works without the google services. There was a huge drama previously and they don't allow anyone to publish the builds anywhere else. We can't even have a version on Fdroid. It's fucking ridiculous. It's one of the things that annoye me freaking lot with #Signal. But ehy, at least installing directly from their website the apk it should work.

@falgn0n @fatboy Signal work perfectly without Google services ๐Ÿ˜‰

@gotexx @fatboy
Here's the thing:
I have g-services on my phone, but (mostly) disabled - as much as I can without rooting and flashing

sees this and wants to use it - it does not give the option to ...

Once I find a working for this phone (Huawei PRA-LA1 with EMUI 8.0), I will root, flash and try signal again :)


@falgn0n @gotexx Great!
I have read some blogs/posts saying Huawei phones are difficult to hack? I hope you succeed

@falgn0n Yes, personnaly i run #LineageOS 15.1 on my Xiaomi Mi Note 2 without the GServices and Signal work perfectly.

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