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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RE: Comment by ManInStreet
by umccullough on Mon 24th Mar 2014 16:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by ManInStreet"
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FYI: I didn't vote for them; I registered to vote, showed up at the polls, and wrote in "none of the above".

Interesting strategy... what's your ultimate plan there?

PS: This post is by an American who would like to see a restoration of a rule of law here; that would like to see violent white collar criminals prosecuted, but has experienced for years nothing of the sort.

I humbly suggest you maybe start communicating more directly with your representatives (that you didn't vote for), and let them know how you feel about the things that they are voting on. Maybe that will help them understand how their constituents feel about the laws they write, sponsor, and vote on. Simply hoping for things to change probably isn't gonna yield much result.

Even though it's mostly pointless, I have sent numerous correspondence to Feinstein (one of my state senators), letting her know how disappointed I am with her support of the NSA. It's the least I can do, given that she's not likely to be removed from her seat until she retires.

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