[LINK] 'Cloud Computing doesn't fly'

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Sep 28 18:59:02 EST 2010

At 5:15 -0300 28/9/10, Fernando Cassia wrote:
>For me the most important thing about Cloud Computing (or FogComputing) is
>that it takes away ANY RIGHTS the end user might have had. Basically the
>right to choose what version you run of a given application, and what you do
>with it.
>Take Google Docs for instance. They add features, move things around, add
>features, without asking you. ...

They make the presumptions that:
-   all users want it
     OR whether users want it or not is irrelevant (ASP spells GOD)
&   it works

I've been astounded at the instability of Google News searches.

A while back, I plugged in a couple of links to the home-page at 
http://www.privacy.org.au/, so visitors could see media mentions of 
the APF.

The one for 'Past Month' seems to have settled at last, and makes sense now:


(1)  the results for '2010' have been all over the place:

(2)  There's none for '2009' even listed

(3)  Depending on how you go about interpolating, it seems like either 24:
or 6 (2009-10 minus 2010):

(My memory is that it was between 40 and 50 as at late 2009).

Frankly, I doubt Google's competence at running operations.  They get 
whizz-kids to prototype something, release it as beta (= alpha), then 

(One of my lines for annoying people at conferences is 'will Google 
some day challenge MS as the corporation that's initiated the largest 
number of failed business lines?').

Roger Clarke                                 http://www.rogerclarke.com/

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