Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2014 16:56 UTC
Internet & Networking

Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil.

IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centers overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government.

And tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J. Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance program.

Right. Because, as we all know, European governments did not fully comply with the US spying programs, nor have they similar programs of their own.

High time some smart company develops a very simple and straightforward 'personal cloud'; a simple, large box with loads of storage that you dump in the basement somewhere, with pre-configured email, internet storage, and so on. Also offer the ability to have multiple of these things tied to the same account for data duplication, so you can, say, dump one of them at a trusted friend's home. Make it platform-agnostic and encrypted, et voila.

Doesn't sound like something that's terribly hard to do.

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And can you trust...
by Arawn on Fri 21st Mar 2014 17:20 UTC
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... the firmware?

Don't get me wrong, the idea is great and I think it's the way to go. What I say is that it has to be with verifiable open source hardware, open source firmware and open source software.

A thought crossed my mind yesterday as I was reinstalling a recently designed laptop. It has Windows 8.1 pre-installed and it crossed my mind the problem that Secure Boot poses to open source O.S. And it dawned on me that we might be witnessing a rift opening in what has been basically a single platform for 30 years: the IBM PC compatible, based on x86 compatible processors and capable of running not only MS Windows but also a lot of other O.S. With this latest move from MS with Secure Boot, we might well witness the dawn of computers designed specifically to run other O.S. beside MS Windows, eg. Linux based distros or Haiku.

That would be very interesting development indeed.

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