Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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Even given my previous post, I will say, the write-up does contain a comment that I agree with.

I also don't make heavy use of Cloud storage services; not as much for privacy reasons - tho I am concerned about that - but because I don't have reliable access to the internet. I live in Atlanta; I don't have 3G reception on the subway, I don't have reliable 3G reception down-town, and I definitely don't have reliable 3G reception inside buildings. I'm a student at GSU, and the GSU campus network isn't particularly reliable either. Because of all of this, a service backed by cloud storage is a service that I won't have access to a pretty good chunk of the time.

Because of this, the number of vendors that are trying to push cloud-backed services troubles me; I'm particularly worried about Google pushing cloud-backed music and storage services, as I think it might not be too much longer before this means that I can no longer use my Android phone to play media without an internet connection -- which will mean that I won't be able to use it to play media most of the time.

Final fun fact; I taught a class (as a GTA) this semester. It was a 1000-level "basics of computers" course. When I covered cloud services, I mentioned the potential problems with them -- specifically, that your cloud storage provider had access to whatever you uploaded, and that law-enforcement could access anything you uploaded with a simple subpoena to your service provider. They thought I was a cook, and they did not believe me.

Edited 2012-04-26 20:47 UTC

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