After giving Aether a bunch of nodes to connect to, I finally got one that worked. It seems to me that Aether is very slow in terms of update speed and probably unreliable… After leaving Aether up for almost a whole day, I am only connected to 1 node (with 34 boards, 54 threads). It seems that Aether is not doing any form of NAT hole punching and so is limited in the number of nodes that people can connect to, because for a node to actually be connectable, a person must have taken the time to port forward their router and/or open their firewall.
Aether does not send messages for delivery to a single target, instead it sees to that the message will be delivered to all computers within Aether. Naturally, everything is public. Aether is a massive auditorium, not a private message delivery service.
It also seems to me that Aether’s protocol is slapdash at best. Their idea is similar to using the bitcoin blockchain as a form of communication (without the blockchain part). Every node will receive messages while online, so this means that data will accumulate very quickly. Imagine if you tried to download every subreddit, every post, and every comment on reddit… this would be the size of the amount of data you would need to store on your computer, and even worse, transmit! Imagine having a slow connection. Like bitcoin, this design is just not scale-able.
Maybe we should let the developer of Aether know about Maidsafe, it would probably help him along if he could just use the Maidsafe routing/messaging libraries.