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Cloud Computing
This is why I don't trust cloud computing services. All your precious data are held by someone else and lives and dies at their whim, or at the whim of a foreign government.

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Thats been mine and James's attitude towards it all along... and if the kids today think we sound like a couple of old farts hiding our cash under our mattress cause we don't trust those damned new fangled banks well they can just get the hell off my virtual lawn!

I work in IT myself, and personally have little faith in the cloud. I think it's great for short term projects, or projects that quickly need additional resources, but for stable business operations find in house, colocation or virtual private servers a much better model.

I also find the timing of it oddly coincidental, and a lot of bad PR for the U.S. goverment when they are already getting nailed for the abominations of SOPA an PROTECT-IP.

Think this pretty much sums up my position. Thank you. *G*

Yeah, I really never understood this stampede towards "The Cloud". You don't know who has your data, where it is, or anything else about it.

It's like the trendy phrase everybody wants to use, but nobody really understands. But it's cool, so... get me some of that.

Yes, and that's not even the worst problem with it :)

My work is a fairly major data user with multiple server rooms, redundant network connections, backup power and such; a few years ago there was a lot of fuss about 'the cloud'. Thing is, they didn't seem to be planning to close down all our existing servers (which would obviously be an absolute nightmare and take years waiting for 'legacy' projects to come to end of life) and fire all the people who look after them. So, what - you're going to pay for hosting internally, AND pay for hosting outside? How does that help exactly?

And of course they think 'cloud computing' means we can take existing systems (without totally rewriting them all from scratch) and they'll somehow be massively parallel and able to cope with any load because, 'cloud'. And hadn't noticed that we were in fact coping with required load internally anyway.

I wonder how many articles about this were titled 'cloud cuckoo land'?

I hate buzzwords so much.

Btw, I do heavily use GitHub (source code storage/sharing) both at home and at work, which is a pretty nice example of a 'cloud' service. Because of the way Git works you always have a full local copy of entire history anyway, and having a totally painless network backup of that which also makes it easy for other people to get your code and contribute is pretty cool. Doesn't hurt that it's free for personal/open source use. :)

Making files available online to friends perhaps, but I would *never* leave crucial data in someone else's hands if I had the choice.

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