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Another great example of socialism.

I have to wonder sometimes if we the sheeple understand the implications of such a system?

I will guess even SYN will agree this is tin foil hat worthy...
 

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people think my settings are strange...I'm not about to change my stuff up just so I can let someone else short all my junk...dumb.
 

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I cannot begin to describe my apprehension about cloud computing, but how is it socialism? The quote at the end wasn't implying that people need to begin to think of their computers (physical property or data) as part of some collective, shared ownership; cloud computing is all about the idea of "your computer" transcending the limitations of one piece of physical hardware. You office terminal would potentially be able to double as your home PC on a whim.

I'm sure I do not need to address the plethora of privacy concerns regarding storing one's entire drive on some private corporations servers - especially one like Google, that is practically famous for their intrusive data mining policies.
 

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As a computer geek, Cloud computing has always been something that we have strived for, but not as an end all. I do not put personal information on this machine here, and I most certainly would not put any personal information on another persons server, secured or not.

This is not the purpose of cloud computing though. I used cloud computing heavily this last semester at school. I uploaded and emailed myself all of my class essays (even using Google documents to store my essays on their servers). I did this so that I could access the essays to edit, update, work on, and finally print off or submit electronically to my professors from any place. I worked on my classwork in the school library, in my lecture halls, at various coffee shops and at my residence and friend's houses during study groups. What did I have to lose? If someone stole it (either through hacking or through gross negligence by Google), what would I lose? Hell, if any of you want to read my essays, I'll give you the password to that account. I don't need it anymore. I always kept a backup on my personal harddrive incase the cloud account got deleted.

What you need to realize about this software and hardware, Babj, is that it can't be forced on you. So don't worry about it. It is a capitalistic endeavor that needs customers (even if free, one gains money through advertising, etc.). It will have its purpose, but it will not be the end all. Though many comparisons and analogies can be made between this and politics, it isn't a form of socialism. It can't be, its hardware.
 

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On another point, if you don't like cloud computing, why are you posting on a message board? What do you think this is but a way for all of us to post up correspondence so that other people can read it. We also post it all up on another person's computer. We access this computer from our terminals and edit it. Hell, I can post on this forum from anywhere. Steyrclub.com is a perfect example of cloud computing.

What the article is talking about is just other ways cloud computing can be utilized. Again, you don't have to use it. But its good to have another tool in your box in case you want to use it (as I did for school, and it worked out perfectly).
 

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If you want to be able to access your home PC from anywhere, I've heard about a remote desktop type program where you can go to a specific URL, log in, and then its like you're working on your home PC instead of whatever computer you are actually on. I don't use it...don't think I would trust myself to use it. But I know I have at least one friend who has...he accessed his comp to show me something from my machine one time...it was pretty cool.

With the GDrive, a PC would be a device acting as a portal to the Web, enabling users to think of their computer as software rather than hardware.
PS- by definition, a personal computer can't be software...if someone is thinking of their physical computer as software, they are wrong.
 
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