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Stallman Says Cloud Computing Is a Trap 621

stevedcc writes in to tell us about an interview with RMS in The Guardian, in which he gives his views on cloud computing, with a particular focus on user access to data and the sacrifices made for convenience. "'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.'" Computerworld has a summary of some of the blogosphere's reaction to RMS's position.

Comment What's the point? (Score 3, Insightful) 367

There are four scenarios, assuming we agree to what "safe" is.

  • 1. Visiting paypal using a safe browser
  • 2. Visiting paypal using an unsafe browser
  • 3. Visiting a pishing site using a safe browser
  • 4. Visiting a pishing site using an unsafe browser

The immediate result is only affecting scenario 2, so there will be some loss of business.

In the long run, paypal expects users who hit the scenario 2 to switch to a safe browser. And paypal is big and important enough (whether we like it or not) for a reasonable number of users to do the switch.

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