20 years ago: "And in the future the internet will replace the need to have a telephone entirely!" 🖥️ :blobuwu:

Now: "You must have a phone number to access this website/service" ☎️

· SubwayTooter · 4 · 79 · 89

@InspectorCaracal @polychrome meanwhile the telephone is served by the an underlying Internet infrastructure (packet-switched LTE)...

@polychrome Holy shit, there was an internet 20 years ago. (I know the internet is old AF, but still)

I'm old :(

@rick_777 the internet exploded for public use around 1995-1996, so that's about the right time frame as far as we're concerned :blobowo:

I've been huanting the wires since 94. That was an exciting time.

@remotenemesis @polychrome My first internet incursion was around ~93. Maybe a little earlier. I was in high school back then.

Remember Trumpet Winsock?

(What shocks me is not that the internet is that old, but that 20 years have passed already)

@rick_777 @polychrome Trumpest Winsock was my second dialer stack. The first was a proprietary DOS thing cobbled together by my ISP.

Thanks for the link to send some cash to the author.

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@rick_777 @polychrome
If you count BBSs, there's been internet for 40 years. 300 baud, baby!

@rick_777 @greenjon i don't x3 they were very much their own thing.

Now Arpanet however...

@polychrome alas, we were close!

then… “You cannot use a VoIP service as your phone number”


@polychrome So if you want to use the internet, a lot of services require you to sign off another $30+/mo to some duopoly corporation for a phone number in addition to the $40+/mo for internet access... given to yet another duo/monopoly corporation in your area.

@ale baaaasically. The issue here is "easy to verify RL identity" which causes stupid things like demanding telecom subjugation, Facebook accounts (really?), credit cards and in some cases - government papers.

Of these only the last 2 are close to being trustworthy as identity verification and RL association, but "phone numbers are easy" so.

We need a new approach that's designed for this purpose, and preferably non commercial.

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