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Old 24th May 2010
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Default Interview: Nick Carr talks Google, Apple, and cloud clients

From http://arstechnica.com/business/news...ud-clients.ars

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I think if you look at Google as a business, their overriding goal is to get more of computing to move onto the Internet—to move off the local hard drive. And the reason is pretty clear from a business standpoint: it's because then Google can get access to that information, can be a provider of it, can incorporate it into its services and so forth, can attach ads to it... so I think its overriding goal is to push all of us into Internet-based computing.
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With how much it costs for `running in the cloud`, I would call it a pretty darn economical idea. Whether or not businesses take it to a facebookian level, ought to be managed (in most countries) by laws and published privacy policy.
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There are also numerous disadvantages of the whole "cloud".

You are no longer in control of your data, and it will be impossible to tell who exactly has access to it. All you can do is trust and hope that the service you use will abide by it's privacy policy (That is, assuming they actually have a policy worthy of putting privacy in front of it).

There is also the issue of availability, you will just have to trust that the service you use keeps running and available to you.
If they decide to stop offering their service: Have a nice day. If they have a outage for a week: Have a nice day. If they delete all your files (By accident or purpose): Have a nice day. If they decide to suddenly charge you for access to your files: Have a nice day.

I, for one, will stay away from the cloud and firmly attached to the ground.
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To be honest, you lose control of your data the moment you send it down the pipe. What's the difference between searching Bing over HTTP, and sending an e-mail via Yahoo!? Only the type of data you're submitting, once you've sent it, it's out of your hands. Ok, so whose going to trust Bing xD, but you get the point! The only way out of it, is to give up the internet, or at least any part of it you don't trust. Yes, I am being pedantic. Only trust and law applies because data is data, is data. I blame that thinking on lisp...

The latter could also be applied to paid web hosts or ISPs, I have seen smaller ones decide to `change businesses` before, leaving customers high and dry. In all fairness however, the typical (idiot) user of a computer, is likely to have more down time, than any professionally managed web service: short of a data centre dropping off the map, or the company going out of business.
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I think a search query is something different than your Office documents. Especially for business use (Businesses use Google Docs). In Dutch we say you are "comparing apples to pears".
And no, I would not use Yahoo mail either.
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That's the point: you control what data you transmit.

But once it's been transmitted, your in the same boat, be it your businesses new product launch or binging for paris hilton porn lol
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