Google: The Future is Cloud Computing or Bust

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Lhot

...the black plague downfall of any personal privacy that yet remains.  Already every piece of personal data you allow to leak to the web, is snatched up and sold to the highest bidder.  How much easier this will be when YOUR operating system also resides in the Cloud, should be obvious to even the dimwitted.

Now instead of having to craft code snippets to sneak in to YOUR comp and ferret out personal data, a simple check or money order to the nearest Cloud server owner/operator will suffice.

Poor George Orwell is not only rolling in his grave, but screaming at the top of his ghostly lungs:  "NO, don't do it, don't you realize what you're getting yourselves into...ooOooOoooOoOoooO !"

Further, to me at least, this seems suspiciouly like yet another Microsoft slight of hand trick.  Let's tally the obvious.  Romors have it that:  1. MS might go private (requiring court orders to inspect their latest shenanigans).  2.  Gates and now Ballmer selling off a ton of MS stock.  3.  Windows 7 has 4 (and probably counting, kernal exploits).  4.  Windows 8 is supposed to ALSO be a Cloud based OS.  5.  Google (probably after receiving a large check) is possibly just 'testing the waters' for MS.  6.  Even if Google is operating on it's own agenda, does anyone REALLY trust Google anymore?

All in all, I see a future where absolutely everything you do, on your cell phone, your computer or even you media streaming devices, will be 'up for sale' to the highest bidder...even MORE than it is now.  Color me unimpressed, afraid, wary, and LOL at any idiot who through their spending choices allows this to go forward.

Yes, although I hate the complications involved with Linux and well, almost any program that we currently love and use...it appears that Linux will be the ONLY safe harbor in the very near future.

Yes, I am SO glad that I stuck with Windows XP and Ghost primary partition backups and a comparatively stupid-phone aka Cricket that I am beside myself with joy.

Merry Christmas, Cloud suckers  ^^

 

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fellowleo

Anyone remember the good ole days when everyone used terminals rather than PCs? Other than the base OS for booting, all the apps were sent to your terminal from a server. This is exactly the same thing except that the graphics are better.

We moved away from that technology in favor of desktops because in the end, the network couldn't handle the ever more complex apps that the desktop could use. The same reason exist now. Until the IT side can keep up with the software side, we'll still rather install programs on the desktops rather than access a stunted web version of the app.

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lhatten

Some good comments were expressed here.  Right now, and in the foreseeable future, working on large files will not be feasible. 

The other fly in the ointment is the security/availability of your data.  Even if the data is encrypted, do you really want to trust you most basic company/personal data to the web?  Then what happens if the hosting service goes belly up?  What if they give you no warning, just shut down?  What happens if you are in negotiation with some client and the net (or your connection to it) goes down and you are not able to access your data?  What if your competitor could print it from a PC & fax it?

These are just some of the scenarios that can (and I predict will) happen.  If I owned a company, and observed that my competition was moving to the cloud, I would encourage them to make the move & soon, then just sit back & wait for the inevitable problems and take advantage of them. 

Can anyone say mainframe madness!

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QuadraQ

This is a great new category for people with very basic needs and who aren't very tech savvy. But for the generation that has grown up with technology, this will never be enough for all of our needs. Nevertheless it is possible that it will eventually become the dominate computing platform in terms of raw numbers.

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bling581

I think that all these companies making such bold claims are only doing it for the publicity. Anyone with half a brain knows that online computing will never replace home computers, especially since the internet providers aren't doing much about upgrading the speed of home lines.

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Belboz99

I think using a web-based OS is fine and all for those that have simple needs, email, office, surf, etc.   And perhaps you could get along with a streaming gaming service like OnLive for gaming, but what about actual productive work?

I've got a DSLR which takes 14.5 megapixel images, I shoot around 300-500 RAW images monthly, each image weighs around 10MB.  I then convert these images on the RAW image suite Capture One 5 Pro, by Phase One, and store the JPEG's (around 8MB each @98% quality) on my server, which then gets backed up onto an external HDD.

In a single day I might shoot 200 photos if there's an event. That's 2GB of images easily in just the RAW format.  Am I supposed to even consider uploading 2GB of images up to the cloud before they can be processed, and how am I supposed to process them once on the cloud?  Do I really want to trust the cloud with my life's work, or do I then have to pull them back down from the cloud as JPEGs and back them up?

And that's some of the more common type of work I do, what about using a Nikon Coolscan V dedicated 35mm film scanner to scan slides, negatives, etc, creating 22 megapixel images from 35mm frames?  Am I to expect that the developer of the software I use (Ed Hamrick's Vuescan) would make an app for every cloud-based OS, which can interact with my scanner from the cloud?  And what then?  Do I wait 5-10 minutes for each image to upload once scanned?  How is it ever going to handle preview data?

I don't think I even want to discuss HD video editing / conversion, that's just a silly notion entirely!

 

Dan O.

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