Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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RE: "Crazy American laws"......
by ASmith on Thu 26th Apr 2012 08:20 UTC in reply to ""Crazy American laws"......"
ASmith
Member since:
2012-02-10

The East German Stashi would be Green with Envy over the overt and covert invasions now of US citizens privacy's, liberty's, and lack of freedoms.

Given the rapid advances in biometrics and facial recognition software, US photos containing faces collected from social media and photo sharing websites are fed to those algorithms and the resulting biometrics are then stored on NSA server farms with some being piggy backed to various nations intelligence servers globally. The result being that individual if need be can be located and tracked via millions of CCTV feeds thereafter.

It is entirely likely alert network viewers of the upcoming UK Olympic Games will see folks with hand-held facial scanners panning the crowds and visitors adding hundreds of new faces per minute.

US/UK are implementing IPS (Interior Positioning Systems) now to track YOU inside malls, homes, city centers etc.

All attempts by investigative reporters to glean the full collection of ACTA texts and drafts have been denied by US President Obama's staff under the faux guise of 'National Security'. There are reams of additional law abiding pages and paragraphs in the ACTA legislation which EU/UK citizens and visitors thru the customs entry in those nations would be legally bound to meet and yet presently are unable to even obtain the full disclosure on that law which US President Obama's administration has secretly been slamming down the throats of the EU-Zone leaders.

Those nations that baulk at such goose stepping legislation have been actively threatened and in the case of Spain allegedly extorted in a 'Do this or Else' scenero. That isn't democracy, it's a fascist dictate that smacks of parallels to a Jewish Mafia playbook.

I'm an American and I am utterly appalled that America's first black President would sign the NDAA bill into law utterly destroying the US Constitutional Bill of Rights. That followed President Obama signing an extension of the Patriot Act including a section destroying the long held US ban on military Bioweapons. Then the democracy stripping EEA bill was quickly signed by President Obama allowing for the removal of all elected US Officials replacing them with President Obama's cabinet members. The city of Baton Rogue has allegedly had that occur, their mayor a mere bystander now.

The three neo-con War Toads, Lieberman, McCain and Graham appear to be pushing the kill US Citizens access to the Internet if the US Gov. decided to do so. (the infamous kill switch)

While at the same time, President Obama is pushing for sanctions on nations blocking the Internet and communications during a CIA led revolution in their own nations, the US DOT has already deployed cell phone jammers during US Occupy Wall Street Protests. The CIA are now working actively with the NYPD and are routinely seizing cell phones,laptops and digital devices in US protests and downloading history, contacts and data w/o warrants nor consent (such appears to be entirely against the US domestic spying act).

As the latest extreme right US/West legislation to censor the Internet and file sharing ban is defeated, 3 more are sure to be introduced like the hydra heads of a evil serpent.

The Hypocrisy of the US Gov. rights,laws regarding the use of the Internet: I have seen real-time GPS targeting data by US Proxy's working inside Libya and Syria for US aerial attacks either by jet fighters or US UAV assassination drones being passed via Social Media Sites. That seems OK by the US Gov. exposing the utter hypocrisy of the entire series of US related Internet laws, US Department of Justice and their sense of ethics.

Until and 'IF' American laws swing back to to a point where it doesn't take a 4th year law student to even know 1/10 of those they could be legally liable for, I am fully with the author on hedging a barrier and building some added protection against what appears to be goose stepping attempts to stifle and censor global Internet users information access and information sharing capability's.

OpenCloud sounds like a nice alternative coupled with a script which encrypts the files by Serpent 256bit with a strong password.

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chripun Member since:
2008-08-25

I'm appalled by your racist comment about the "Jewish Mafia" and the "Black President".

I can attest that, as an Israeli (and obviously a Jew), I'm against this trend of trumping civic rights. There is a huge outcry here against exactly these kinds of measures which the US government is trying (and unfortunately succeeding) pushing on us.
Our copyright law was recently changed for the worse due to US pressure and extortion - I'm sure you're well aware of the aid Israel receives from the US which can and is easily leveraged against us to adhere to US interests.

From my POV, US citizens must be stupid: you barely exercise your voting right - the voting percentage is embarrassingly low - and you keep electing the same people that turn your own constitution into toilet paper and you don't bother to do anything about it.

Just recently the FBI closed Megaupload and by doing so blocked many legitimate users from accessing their own legal content (e.g. many Hip-Hop artists were using it). Nobody did anything about this.
Had this happened in Israel i'm sure there would be government buildings on fire or at least the media & courts would crucify the people responsible.

Democracy isn't some fact of nature like gravity - it won't hold if nobody fights for it.

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roracle Member since:
2009-05-14

I can attest that, as an Israeli (and obviously a Jew), I'm against this trend of trumping civic rights.

Democracy isn't some fact of nature like gravity - it won't hold if nobody fights for it.


I couldn't agree more! The Civil Rights movement in the US was met with things like "affirmative action" which is THE most racist thing EVER! It pretty much says "blacks pay less because they don't have the means" which is TOTAL bull. I'm tired of flipping the bill for people who WON'T do what is necessary! Not really "paying less" so to speak, but they get breaks the rest of us don't. This whole "you must hire minorities" thing is crazy. As a gay man, I don't want special treatment, I just want the same opportunity to prove myself!

An example of contemporary civil rights: gay marriage movement. In the United States, WHO IS STOPPING YOU!? I've seen gays get married before it was even an issue. Oh, you WANT the gov't to know you're married? You WANT them to know you're gay or strait?

To be on topic, I'd trust a company with my data if their privacy policy was good. However, to have everyone mirror ones' files is probably the least secure thing ever! Got nothing to hide? Who cares?! I have a right to privacy, even if it's a silly story about a green glob of goo who can't seem to fit in with the other goo population because he's a glob and not a blob. When the individual is concerned, it doesn't matter what everyone else "believes" it matters what YOU hold dear to you.

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ASmith Member since:
2012-02-10

Reply to chripun's reply about being appalled about Jewish Mafia and Obama being a Black President'

I routinely encourage readers to study the utter corruption and impact of the Jewish Mafia in America, Europe, Africa and of course the 4 existing Jewish Mafia Don's residing inside tiny Apartheid Israel. Wikipeadia Jewish Mafia to help the readers connect to references on that vast network of utterly evil and soul-less corruption.

First off, Jew is not a Race, it is any race, gender that has converted to the Judaic Religion. The long vanished Hebrew Race disappeared by 400AD and the existing new-age Jews are not a single race and especially not a Semetic Race. The only existing Semitic Races on planet earth at this time are Arabic and Ethopian. And what current Apartheid State pray tell demonizes the Arabic Race of people on a daily basis? Anyone demonizing the Arabic people would accurately be anti-Semitic. Ironic isn't it.

I also noted in my original reply the irony of America's First Black President destroying the US Bill of Rights which Black American's have historically supported, marched, rioted and demonstrated to have enacted, all thrown under the bus by US President Obama signing the NDAA bill into LAW.

Yes Obama is Black which is probably a shock to you if you are as you said, 'Jewish' and other to Western nations citizens outside of America however what I found extremely ironic was President Obama signing into law the NDAA bill and what that law does to the long standing US Bill of Rights which has historically in America had a long standing positive effect on America's black population and minority's in America.

I realize other nations citizens wouldn't necessarily be aware of the long running linkage between the US Bill of Rights and Black Americans. I pointed that out along with the irony that America's first Black President signed the NDAA bill into law and in so doing destroyed the US Bill of Rights.

All explained and better now?

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