Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:30 UTC
Google Phil Sim, a professional with technology editor journalist background, has written three interesting blog posts recently, discussing the much-rumored Google OS (1, 2, 3). He speculates that all user's data will be stored online on Google's servers and so one's desktop and files can be retrieved exactly as left by any other PC station, anywhere in the world, by simply using his Gmail credentials. It's like having your OS on a usb key with you at all times, only, without the usb key...
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RE[3]: No Centralization
by afilloon on Tue 28th Mar 2006 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No Centralization"
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As far as I know the changes to RDF, in regard to W3C Semantics, was first formally recommended in 2004 and the first working drafts were just published this month. This is hardly the core web yet. I donít agree that ďÖone of the architectural principles is in fact decentralization of data.Ē The core architecture of the Web protocols (which in fact is all the web is comprised of) is the linking and presentation of data and nothing more. Everything else is heaped on top.
What you are espousing is philosophy, and there is nothing wrong with that; just donít represent technical architecture as a philosophical foundation.
One of the inherent problems with decentralization of data is maintaining that data and accessibility. Your argument that we should each be responsible for our own personal data is an interesting though experiment, but where do you draw the line between your personal data and the data about you that companies need to keep doing business with you? How do you control the aggregation of that data? On a more mundane note, what happens when the data on rented server space is lost to a crash and the ISP doesnítí have a good backup? Are you going to be responsible to maintain and restore that data? Do you seriously believe that every citizen out there will?Iím skeptical of egalitarian, utopian plans to give everyone control over all of their personal data. Itís not that I believe that ďbig brotherĒ should control it, I just havenít seen a plausible plan to provide a workable solution to the general populace that would protect that data, both from a physical and from a privacy standpoint.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

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