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6. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2012, 09:53 Tim Collins
Their litterly trying to turn everything into a service so that there is constant revenue stream.  
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5. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2012, 23:07 Veterator
Right now AFAIK cloud computing is more of a business thing. Small to medium businesses start dumping all of their data to the net, securing it depending on how they need to access it. No need for backups (flawed thinking IMO), easily expandable storage, access from anywhere (flawed thinking again IMO), secure (very flawed thinking).

The selling point is supposed to be lower costs because you don't need the kind of hardware and technical support you would need if you did it in house. So you theoretically don't need a robust server, a backup plan, or someone capable of pulling your ass out of the fire when something goes wrong...because nothing will go's in the cloud.

Larger companies/schools use it for data processing, mining, etc. Not so much storage as computing power they can use without having to buy a dedicated setup.

The word is that any of those hosted data is basically open to the US government, and a lot of foreign schools are told not to use these services under any circumstances due to this alleged access they have.

Then we have cloud computing for the consumer side, which.......using cloud computing as a term that means "on the net" is a stupid way to distinguish's a muddled terminology at this point. Just all encompassing to the point of being meaningless, besides using it as a buzzword. I believe on the consumer side, they want you to basically turn all your data storage over to them. Moving back to like someone else said, terminal based computing. Where instead of a keyboard and monitor with a little functionality on your side and the meat of it being over the LAN, now it's your PC to their server over the net.

There being a definite control/licensing issue with anything "online", instead of being a ownership issue in the "offline" aspect. And I'll bet beyond the security, viruses attacks, data loss, etc....there ends up being the issue of ownership. If you use their tools to create something and aren't paying for the service (using a free portion or something) that your work will magically become their property if they ever choose to claim it. Offline, at least theoretically, they should not be able to tell wtf you are doing. Online, they could track your progress, copy it, steal it, etc. And there's very little in their EULAs to cover you from them, but plenty to protect them from you.

Basically, once it gets too of them is going to give everyone a good fucking and the rest will follow in their footsteps because they never get punished significantly to keep it from being profitable and laws can't stay within 20 years of relevancy and hope to remain fair anymore due to special interests.

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4. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2012, 21:19 MisterBenn
Surely cloud computing benefits the software publisher more than anyone else, isn't it mainly just a method of control to host everything and just grant access? Home consumers don't have processing needs so vast that they require remote processing and remote logins. Home entertainment is dependent on rich media and a good response time, why would you host or operate these things remotely? Computing power is cheap, network bandwidth is metered, why would you not run everyday software apps at home?

Are there any benefits to the consumer? Above the "remote storage of some data" that you sometimes get masquerading as a cloud currently.
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3. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2012, 15:56 Halo
All this technology and we go back to using terminals.  
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2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2012, 15:38 avianflu
very agree. Throwing some files to the cloud strictly as a tertiary and that's all I would use it for.  
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1. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2012, 13:50 Bard
Any IT guy worth his salt can see that Cloud Computing is a potential nightmare.
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