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Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

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Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#1 Post by joany » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:41 pm

I ran across this this article in Scientific American.
The big computer companies are quietly, slowly forcing us to entrust our life's data to them. That's a scary and dangerous development.
My sentiments exactly.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#2 Post by jdmeaux1952 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:07 pm

And here some of us were worried about the NSA intrusion. Cloud data storage isn't any better.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#3 Post by richb » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:16 pm

I do not get the forcing part. Nobody can force you to use the cloud.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#4 Post by jdmeaux1952 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:23 pm

richb wrote:I do not get the forcing part. Nobody can force you to use the cloud.
There are always ways to get out. Like disable your wifi.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#5 Post by richb » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:26 pm

You can use wifi for a personal LAN and not use the cloud. I think the author is overstating his case.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#6 Post by tascoast » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:35 pm

Cloud storage and computing are different strategies, but it's all good and I'm with ya.
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#7 Post by qtech » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:29 pm

richb wrote:You can use wifi for a personal LAN and not use the cloud. I think the author is overstating his case.
Ah, so you aren't using the latest version of MS Office that backs up your data to sky-drive by default? Or use any number of current, big-name anti-virus products that utilize the cloud to upload your files for analysis without clearly stating that they are doing so? Or utilize Google docs or Picassa? Or any of the dozens of online data backup/storage apps? Heck, you can't even activate MS Office without an providing an email account.

He is not overstating anything. The major new trend is to force you to utilize these so-called cloud services in order that the companies can wrest control of your local data in order to lock you in to continuing use of their services.

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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#8 Post by richb » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:46 pm

I do use the cloud. I never said I did not. And I am comfortable with it. But you do not have to. And yes he is overstating..
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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#9 Post by qtech » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:01 pm

richb wrote: And yes he is overstating..
You've said that twice now yet have offered no explanation of your opinion. Now I grant you, as Linux users we do have a choice but we represent 1-2% of a market share consisting of hundreds of millions of users. The average user does not know exactly what Linux is nor do they recognize the freedoms it offers.

The Windows and Apple environments are a completely different story. Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus all now have some sort of 'free' cloud storage offerings on every computer they sell. Entire businesses are now operated solely off of cloud based apps. Personal music collections are certainly headed to the cloud. Windows 8/8.1 with its 'new' walled-garden concept is obviously pushing the cloud very hard. Chromebook? All cloud based. Heck, the whole "cloud" concept is nothing but a marketing scheme with a single goal in mind. What do you suppose that goal is, Rich?

Tell me how exactly is the author "overstating"?

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Re: Cloud Computing Becoming Mandatory

#10 Post by tascoast » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:48 am

I thought the NSA was just a cloud backup mirror .... :p
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