Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:30 UTC
Google Phil Sim, a professional with technology editor journalist background, has written three interesting blog posts recently, discussing the much-rumored Google OS (1, 2, 3). He speculates that all user's data will be stored online on Google's servers and so one's desktop and files can be retrieved exactly as left by any other PC station, anywhere in the world, by simply using his Gmail credentials. It's like having your OS on a usb key with you at all times, only, without the usb key...
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Duffman
Member since:
2005-11-23

"do you have something to hide from Google or FBI? "

I am afraid because this kind of questions are usually said by fascists ...

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diskinetic Member since:
2005-12-09

People who routinely see fascists hiding behind every bush either think themselves immensely important or fall prey to the insipid dual-thinking that somehow they can be perfectly free and have organized society simultaneously. Perhaps you're safely hidden in an invincible bunker on an unreachable and unbreachable, self-sufficient island, I dunno. But barring that, you are only held free from enslavement to someone else by the civil agreement by parties other than yourself that you should be allowed to be so. Case in point: An armed man takes a suburban housewife hostage and forces her to cook, clean and generally keep house for him. Her friends discover her plight. Do they send in another helpless, unarmed person to save her? No, they send cops. Big, burly, well-armed cops who fascistically believe that that armed man isn't as "free" as he thinks he is, and that housewife should be "more free" than she currently happens to be.
Do I want a police officer to arrest me for wearing a denim jacket? No. Do I want there to be no police anywhere, ever? No. Must I then exist on a continuum between these two extremes? Probably. Don't trust Google or the FBI? Maybe you shouldn't. Never used Google (or something similar) or benefitted from FBI activity (or something similar)? I'm not so sure. Regardless, if GoogleOS is insecure for certain transactions, as I am sure any system ultimately must be, then there will be other routes available. I'd be more worried that it just won't work from a mechanical standpoint.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

That is a ridiculous statement. FUD-head. Some people stand on their own principles and some people hold principles that they demand and deserve privacy in their personal matters.

I am not so 100% inclined to be that way so I don't really mind so much, but some people are. Eugenia's question [I am guessing] was not meant to be a jab but a general question to all maybe better rephrased as "if you have sensitive data, personal data that you do not EVER want to be revealed, then steer away from such things, otherwise use them"... in other words, she was saying "ask yourself the question........"

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