Some more resources on the Cloud

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Not diving into Ambrosia so much as drinking the Kool-Aid — or, at least this reader gets the feeling, pushing it. Yoo’s overly sunny evaluation isn’t at all a serious examination of the pros and cons of the cloud. Data privacy and security aren’t the only issues pertinent to individuals, but also, e.g. the increasing move to an access-based model. I for one really resent having every activity in my life being sliced and monetized by someone else. Richard Stallman makes a similar point in the Johnson article Yoo and you cite; but Yoo only refers to him as a “leading skeptic” in a footnote, which is hung so as to make it appear that Stallman’s objection is simply that the cloud isn’t new technology. Another issue that falls within the article’s stated scope of “policy implications” but that is ignored is whether those who prefer to resist the cloud will be able to do so, or whether market forces and “network effects” will force us to be Borg-ified. A very superficial and disingenuous piece.

  2. Ionut Pop says:

    You said it very good, Sutter, it really is a very superficial and disingenuous piece!

    Burden’s waterwheel changed industry, Electricity changed the world, computing changed it again, then the Internet blew open the doors and dramatic change is about us all over again. That’s the essence of the book.

    It may sound a bit obvious, but actually the stories about Burden, Edison, Betclic, Insull and beyond that carry the narrative are interesting and bring the whole thing alive with the kind of nuggets that win pub quizzes.