Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Sep 2007 13:48 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core "The world is changing and online applications are becoming more and more popular, whether for e-mail or word processing. The developers behind Bigboard and Gnome's 'online desktop' initiative think it's time our desktops started catching up. Read on to find an interview with Colin Walters, more information about Bigboard, the online desktop and the obligatory screencast showing it off!"
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RE[2]: Unreliable...
by dagw on Mon 1st Oct 2007 08:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Unreliable..."
dagw
Member since:
2005-07-06

There's something about having it physically secure in my home that appeals very strongly over having all my personal information stored places only God knows.

On the one hand I can agree with that arguement. I'm sure this man http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7019644.stm did as well up until recently.

On the other hand I've seen the (physical and data) security at some of these off site data storage facilities and it sure as hell beats the crap out of anything I have in my home, or any office I worked in for that matter. Let me encrypt the data end to end with my own key and I'll be content.

On the third hand being dependant on a net (fast enough) connection to access your data isn't good. So it's not that simple either.

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RE[3]: Unreliable...
by flanque on Mon 1st Oct 2007 09:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Unreliable..."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Yeah I work in one of them and I know just how difficult it can be to get in, but it goes beyond that. It's no so much the threat of an unknown intruder getting in, but the so-called 'trusted' people allowed in on a regular basis, such as support staff.

Yes you can encrypt the data and yes there are logical controls over the data, but someone has to have the knowledge of how it all hangs together internally whom may be able to access your private information.

Encryption is one thing, but with the massively parallel computing systems around it stands that encryption can only go so far.

It wouldn't surprise me if there were SETI like networks out there designed specifically to brute force crack passwords with those enormous rainbow tables.

Then again, maybe I'm just being paranoid.

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