Very interesting blog post by explaining the lengths they go to in order to preserve users’ and maintain a high level of .

signal.org/blog/building-faste

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They used to scan the entire dataset when doing a search, instead of performing a simple binary search for example, for the sole purpose of obfuscating memory access patterns as a protection against potential threat actors with system admin privileges. That must’ve been so expensive! done well is not cheap.

I’m glad they came up with a more scalable, yet equally secure solution. Well done !

@ilyess That's impressive! But I also hope they will spend more time on UX, as many normies need fancy features to jump over. And we need the normies onboard, even if their incentive isn't necessarily privacy by choosing to use Signal.

@wex I agree that a lot of people still don’t care who has access to their private communications as long as the intended recipients also do.

Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with the current UX, but I’m no UX expert so my opinion is of little relevance. What are some of the improvements you think apps can benefit from?

@ilyess well, usernames, text formatting, larger file size limits for file sending, some flashy features like the ones in iMessage (message effects), polls, stories, perhaps some subtle sound effects like in Messenger (which could be enabled/disabled)… These would be interesting for a lot of average Joes, imo. There’s actual psychology behind every sound and color, which should be taken advantage of, like Meta does. Signal would benefit by having some non-geeky people in their team 😅

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