Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:01 UTC
Google Google has just unveiled its Chrome OS operating system during a press event at the company's headquarters, and it's pretty much exactly what we expected it to be: a streamlined Linux kernel booting straight into the Chrome web browser. The code is available starting today.
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RE: I wonder
by sbenitezb on Sat 21st Nov 2009 14:21 UTC in reply to "I wonder"
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I wonder what is "data" for most people here? Your mp3s? Your movies? Your pictures? Your documents?

Most documents are sent by mail in the clean, and thus can be potentially sniffed, stolen by bots, etc. If you want to be sure nobody can read a private document, encrypt it. The place you finally store them is irrelevant if you use encryption.

And for those that care a lot about their financial documents, I'm sure most of them don't have an encrypted partition in their laptops, they don't use any technology that prevents eavesdropping when editing documents in a public cafe and they don't even use a virtual keyboard when accessing their online banking. Most people talking about "their data" don't realize (as I didn't) that nobody cares a shit about what they do with their family pictures, and that just by using Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc, you are being tracked by IP (unless you constantly use anonymizer), browser, OS, language, and profiled so they can sell you better ads.

So, what's your "data" that it's so important as to be held only locally, encrypted and completely secured from spyware?

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nt_jerkface Member since:

What do you have that's so important anyways? No one cares about your family photos.

That along with Do you really need itunes? is going to make these things fly off the shelves.

And yes many of us do work with sensitive information, especially those of us in the proprietary software industry.

I also know quite a few people in the medical industry and they would never store their documents on Google servers for the simple reason that they don't have to. They operate on a need-to-know basis and Google doesn't need to know about a word document that details your venereal disease. It's better kept on the local intranet.

I also know someone who works for the feds and they don't even connect their computers to the internet. To get something like winzip installed requires going through a chain of command and filling out a form.

There will also be people that oppose the idea simply because they feel it is not respectful of their privacy. Google should have built a hybrid system, going web-only will make it instantly unappealing to large sections of the population.

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