Linked by David Adams on Tue 30th Sep 2008 02:26 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A very interesting "Blogwatch" posting at Computerworld links out to an interview with Richard Stallman wherein he posits that Cloud Computing is a trap to entice users to give up control and privacy and become subject to closed, proprietary platforms. Since RMS is a professional provocateur, I wouldn't consider all of his pronouncements newsworthy. But the thoughtful responses linked in this blog roundup were interesting, and I believe the issue of convenience vs control vis a vis Cloud Computing is a very timely and important debate to be having at this point in IT history.
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RE: Have to disagree
by adkilla on Wed 1st Oct 2008 05:24 UTC in reply to "Have to disagree"
adkilla
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I don't trust Fair Isaac Corp. but do I have a choice?

The problem here is that corporations successfully lobby for legislations to fit in with their business models. Just as I do not relish the spam I receive in my mail for unsolicited credit offers, leaving my private information to an industry that promotes data mining and data warehousing as the future of computing with similar marketing models in mind is equally distasteful.

You have to leave your comfort zone to see the big picture here. Doing that after Stallman's "I told you so" would be a little too late.

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