The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do,” he said. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane.
Richard Stallman (…) said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time.
“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign,” he told The Guardian.
“Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.”
But is gmail The Guardian’s or Stallman’s example? I agree with him that outsourcing your computer is not the way to go if you don’t want to be even more at mercy of corporate interests — but seriously, Gmail? It makes no business sense for Google to lock it up and have you pay for the privilege.
An important thing to remember is that Stallman is a “determined privacy advocate”. He’s not implying that Google would lock you out. What he’s saying is that, if the correct documents are supplied, they will have to give your information to the US government. For cloud computing, this might mean that all of your documents and e-mails will end up in their hand. Which is not a good thing for your own privacy.
He also pretty much implies that, by its closed-source nature, cloud computing removes control from the user, which could lead to over-reliance on a service that is currently supplied gratis, which could change at any time, leading to lock-out. He is, after all, the founder of the Free Software Foundation.
It turns out that the excellent CD Projekt Red of Poland are responsible for the also excellent GOG.com. My respect for this company has gone through the roof now. I love the fact that there are developers out there who acknowledge that DRM sucks and are proving that you can still make money without hobbling your paid customers.
I’m going to be getting a €20 3V voucher in town today JUST so I can buy stuff from them.
Seems like a great backup solution to shifting data around. I intend to use this alongside a flash drive, my home PC, and future Macbook once I start to uni. You can never be too careful with all that horrible, scary thesis work, afterall.
“The products are still owned by the supplier until full payment is made.”—Written on the bottom of an invoice for a catering company, which arrived over a month after the event in question. There was also something about returning the products if they remained unpaid for.
From Cowboy Bebop OST 3: Blue, is the song Blue. The song played at the end of the final episode.
The composer, as always, is Yoko Kanno. The singer is Mai Yamane. Someone commented that there some female vocalists leave you stunned, while others leave you more than a little annoyed (my corruption of the quote). For me, Mai Yamane falls very firmly in the former category. An incredible voice, made for the blues. The first time I heard her, I will readily admit now, I didn’t think she was Japanese. Give it a listen. You’ll probably be damned glad you did.
14. As a secondary teacher, I’m beginning to despair when it comes to “they’re”, “there” and “their”; not to mention “to”, “two” and “too”. Why are we so afraid to correct these simple mistakes which make all the difference at a later stage?
On April 1, 1977, The Guardian published a seven-page special report about San Serriffe — also known as Hoaxe, capital Bodoni — a small republic located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several semi-colon-shaped islands. (Via.)
Always loved San Serriffe. One of a few hoaxes that Wikipedia has granted notability to (if that makes it any better).