Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:01 UTC
Google Google has just unveiled its Chrome OS operating system during a press event at the company's headquarters, and it's pretty much exactly what we expected it to be: a streamlined Linux kernel booting straight into the Chrome web browser. The code is available starting today.
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Except that with local storage I can make my own backups. If someone is too naive to do that then they deserve what they get, but I'd rather trust my own backups than a central server over which I have absolutely zero control. If something goes wrong on the other end, I'm still screwed but unlike with local storage and/or backups there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I'm fscked and Google wouldn't give a shite about it would they? Sure, they'd apologize, but a whole fracking lot of good that would do me after the fact.
And as for security, you trade one kind of security (knowing exactly where your files are) away for another less-tangible kind (supposedly better security against attackers). You're trading away your freedom, and I'm not talking about the GPL or any other license here. Honestly, have we forgotten the Amazon Kindle incidents already? It's just waiting to happen here, on a much broader scale. The RIAA doesn't want you having that album? Gone. The MPAA doesn't think you should be able to watch that foreign movie? Snip. I've heard of forgetting history, but we're talking about a period of a few months when content was removed from Kindle customers without their cconsent. Anyone who is willing to jump on this, in a way I feel sorry for you not being able to tell what's going to happen if this gets big. At the same time, I'll be laughing my head off at all those who managed to help kill the Microsoft monopoly only to have ushered in the era of total Google domination. Somehow, I think that would be worse than anything we've seen in the tech field so far. Microsoft had control over your data indirectly via file formats, Google will have total control over what apps you can run and your data on top of that. I don't even think Apple, control freaks though they sometimes are, dared dream of that.

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