Google’s warning about cloud computing

Google has just introduced its portable computer that pushes the cloud computing concept. That means that the programs and data you use are stored on the I’net and not on the piece of hardware you hold in your hands. That situation brings up the ‘single point of failure’ issue and Google has illustrated how personalities can create havoc of that sort.

Blogger is one ‘cloud service’ Google provides. They had a glitch. It put Ann Althouse’s blog offline. She is a law professor in Madison Wisconsin whose blog had extensive coverage of the union shenanigans there recently. In seeking help getting her blog back online, she encountered a political adversary who didn’t seem to mind using his capabilities at Google tech support to harass those he didn’t like. Konsen has the story.

pardon me if I don’t jump on the Google Chromebook
bandwagon. The thought of trusting much personal or business
information to Google already made me uneasy to begin with. Then word
got out about Google’s use of text-reading software to read GMail users’ e-mails and present them with “more relevant” ads. Now, any volunteer with sufficient authority granted by Google — and an axe to grind — can apparently decide to delete your account and cover their own butt by labeling you a “suspected spammer.”

“Don’t be evil” turns out to be a rather nuanced code of conduct.

That is also related to the net neutrality issue. There, the distrust is for those who provide the connections despite there being  nothing to indicate that trust is not warranted. In this case, distrust of a cloud services provider has indeed been shown to have good cause. It is one thing when you can’t communicate. It is another when someone runs off with your work.

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