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    Would you use this service??? I surely wouldn't...



    Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.

    The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet.

    The long-rumoured GDrive is expected to be launched this year, according to the technology news website TG Daily, which described it as "the most anticipated Google product so far". It is seen as a paradigm shift away from Microsoft's Windows operating system, which runs inside most of the world's computers, in favour of "cloud computing", where the processing and storage is done thousands of miles away in remote data centres.

    Home and business users are increasingly turning to web-based services, usually free, ranging from email (such as Hotmail and Gmail) and digital photo storage (such as Flickr and Picasa) to more applications for documents and spreadsheets (such as Google Apps). The loss of a laptop or crash of a hard drive does not jeopardise the data because it is regularly saved in "the cloud" and can be accessed via the web from any machine.

    The GDrive would follow this logic to its conclusion by shifting the contents of a user's hard drive to the Google servers. The PC would be a simpler, cheaper device acting as a portal to the web, perhaps via an adaptation of Google's operating system for mobile phones, Android. Users would think of their computer as software rather than hardware.

    It is this prospect that alarms critics of Google's ambitions. Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, a charity defending computer users' liberties, did not dispute the convenience offered, but said: "It's a little bit like saying, 'we're in a dictatorship, the trains are running on time.' But does it matter to you that someone can see everything on your computer? Does it matter that Google can be subpoenaed at any time to hand over all your data to the American government?"

    Google refused to confirm the GDrive, but acknowledged the growing demand for cloud computing. Dave Armstrong, head of product and marketing for Google Enterprise, said: "There's a clear direction ... away from people thinking, 'This is my PC, this is my hard drive,' to 'This is how I interact with information, this is how I interact with the web.'"
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    So let me see if I understand this...

    Back in my freshman year in highschool, there was a Computer Club. This was 1978 and the school didn't actually have a computer, just a dial-up terminal that looked like a typewriter (remember those?) with a place you'd stick the handset. The computer club would call up a computer that was in a building at the Naval Postgraduate School over in Monterey. They'd then write code or play chess or whatever they did. That was how you accessed a computer up until the mid-1980s.

    It sucked ass.

    So now Google thinks that America will just happily store personal information, family pictures, financial information and porn on a central server run by Google.

    Are they TRYING to go bankrupt? What a fucking stupid idea. If I owned Google stock I'd dump it tomorrow because whoever is running Google has lost their mind.

    Wow, just wow.
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    Considering the outfit can't even get a simple web browser to function without crashing, let alone establish any sort of sound support structure, I wouldn't be holding my breath toward this thing even getting to the launch pad, let alone achieving lift off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Considering the outfit can't even get a simple web browser to function without crashing, let alone establish any sort of sound support structure, I wouldn't be holding my breath toward this thing even getting to the launch pad, let alone achieving lift off.
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    I recall Bill Gates saying several years ago that this was a concept he thought would be the next step in the PC evolution. Given the concerns with cyber-security, I have my doubts. As it is, hackers are able to access DSL connected PC's rather easily. Putting all the eggs into a big basket would be pretty inviting for a malice-intent geek.

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    Initially my reaction was "man, NO ONE would hand over their files to Google. People are WAY to concerned about privacy and security to store their data online as opposed to on their own harddrive." Then I realized how wrong I am. We talk a big talk about privacy and individuality and security but we've handed over so much of that already. We're chipping our pets and children with GPS more and more every day. Our cel phones are all on the grid. We have onstar in our cars that allow someone to chime in and see where we are, where we're going and where we've been. We use our credit cards all the time which creates a nifty little trail of all our activities.

    I'm sure that IF this thing gets off the ground, people will FLOCK to it because it's sooooo convenient and sooooo much cheaper and hell, Google's computer's wont crash they way our's always do.

    I'm telling you, society is gladly and willingly buying and installing the very means by which they can and perhaps will one day be controlled and monitored.

    Of course, maybe I'm just being over-reactive and on my Orwellian social control kick again.

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    Since the guys that run google were one of Obama's biggest supporters, how likely is it the they would allow the government unfettered access to these servers when asked.

    I for one sure as hell wouldn't do it. I am perfectly happy with storing my personal info on my machine that I have control of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I'm sure that IF this thing gets off the ground, people will FLOCK to it because it's sooooo convenient and sooooo much cheaper and hell, Google's computer's wont crash they way our's always do.

    I'm telling you, society is gladly and willingly buying and installing the very means by which they can and perhaps will one day be controlled and monitored.
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    As badly as Chrome has puked all over my laptop, I think I'll pass...not that I was going to do it anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    As badly as Chrome has puked all over my laptop, I think I'll pass...not that I was going to do it anyway.
    you know...for all the google worship that's been going on...I've never been all that impressed. That google desktop thing SUCKED. It was so slow and never worked. Then I realized that google could use that look at my computer. So that got trashed. Chrome sucked, it was clunky and slow and crashed. The search engine, ok, sometimes I find things through google that I don't find through Yahoo but the same is true in reverse.

    I'll just say it now: Google, in all its flavours, is completely overrated....AND they may be trying to take over the world.

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    No way in hell would I store my data on a central server. That would be a hacker's dream. No one is going to steal my porn off of my computer!
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    They should to do this with money instead. Everybody puts all of their money into one giant checking account, and everybody has the same ATM card. When you want to buy a house or a car, you just swipe your card.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    They should to do this with money instead. Everybody puts all of their money into one giant checking account, and everybody has the same ATM card. When you want to buy a house or a car, you just swipe your card.


    Hell, one house? Why not two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post

    So now Google thinks that America will just happily store personal information, family pictures, financial information and porn on a central server run by Google.

    Are they TRYING to go bankrupt? What a fucking stupid idea. If I owned Google stock I'd dump it tomorrow because whoever is running Google has lost their mind.

    Wow, just wow.
    I read an article on this about a year ago in Motley Fool and kept close tabs on google stock ever since. Current 52 week high is around 602. Current price is 323. Granted pretty much everything tech is down about the same amount but I'd have thought if there were any real merit to this and it was indeed viewed as a speculative trend (this cloud computing thing), it would have faired a bit better. I'm still watching it though, and I'm not going to take that idea as crack pot or unlikely at all. Google is a fucking behemoth company. They touch everything and have a TON of hard assets. If anybody COULD flip Microsoft upside down with a new tech, it'd be them and this could be it.....if true.
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    This has been coming for a long time and as much as the conspiracy nuts frothing at the mouth make me shake my head, this is one thing that I think they have been bang on with.

    Most of our details are accessible anyway, but to have everything on a central database just makes the job easier.

    What is the real need? Convenience? Don't think so. Most laptops can hold more than the average person ever needs. But it is a great way to keep a check on everyone.

    My fears were (sort of) confirmed when I read (what I do believe is a true story) by a Brit journalist who used a credit card to buy typical products that a diabetes sufferer would buy. He did this, over a period of time, for a diabetic friend but also as an experiment. He then went for private health insurance and his premiums compared to an earlier quote had skyrocketed. I don't think he ever managed to get the proof, but it was suspicious to say the least.

    I've gone back to cash more than I did 20 years ago and I try (not always easy) to be aware of what information I am releasing.

    To think that twenty or thirty years ago, MI5 and MI6 had thousands of dossiers on people for the most innocent of "crimes" - a 13 year old girl who wrote a letter to a communist magazine,asking for info for a school project, was one case that I remember vividly. Can you imagine that now, with logging onto or registering on internet sites ......


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