A friend writes about Ian’s article Nice article. Still not convinced that P2P is really necessary other than punching holes through access routers, but …
Things we know?
Like Rohan (and Cullen, IIRC) screaming in Niklaus’s face at the VON in London because he refused to drop everything and go with SIP?
Carl did an excellent circus master job there (as usual), and this did not end up with the punch-up that the cult representatives apparently wanted (as did most of the audience — amazing how quickly the cameras appeared in the hands of everyone out of range — I was just diving for cover).
Now — if I had a shiny toy that worked for all my customers, and the cult was offering a system that plain didn’t work through everyone’s home firewalls without serious tweaks, I would hope I acted with as much dignity (or disinterest) as did Niklaus. The height difference may have helped.
These battles are so irrelevant to the real story, one again I will say that I expect that any IPR that maybe outstanding is little more than a process patent on top of Paradial, which combined with the GIPS codec made Skype what it was.
Now Skype of course is becoming something more. The Mood Messages are putting into a social network motif and at least these are people I normally chat with and not just faces in the crowd.
If anyone wants my advice, I have a killer app that should be added to these tweets of wisdom.