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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files 262

jfruh writes "Thanks to a plethora of cloud storage accounts, Dan Tynan thought his days of carrying a thumb drive around with him and worrying about email stripping out his attachments were over. But that was before he discovered that his Box.com account and all the files in it had vanished without a trace. With tech support coming up empty, Tynan had to put on his journalist hat to track down the bizarre sequence of events that ended with his account handed over to another user, who didn't ask for it and didn't even know who Tynan was."
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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

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  • by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:08AM (#45212545) Homepage

    Cloud services take all of your IT problems, and give them to someone else, period. A cloud is not inherently going to fix your problems, or make them worse, but just delegate them to someone who may or may not be able to handle them better.

    • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:14AM (#45212617)
      Another issue with handing problems to consultants or third-parties, even if those companies have an interest in taking care of your problems, the employees of those companies may not. In short, you call with a problem, and there are layers of management and bureaucracy up your chain of authority and down theirs before the hammer can be brought down on an employee of a different company that fails to do his or her job or to otherwise provide service.

      When a person who takes care of your stuff works for your organization, generally there are fewer hoops to jump through to compel that employee to do his or her job, as there's both an ability to personally address that employee, and there's a greater ability to discipline an employee that fails to do one's job.

      That having been the stick, there's also the carrot, the employee in one's own company that manages to play Scotty and save the day will receive more recognition from his or her fellow coworkers than the employee of a consulting firm, so the motivation to take care of the assets is also greater with the personal connection to coworkers.
      • by mlts ( 1038732 ) *

        There is also the fact that if an employee drops the ball and causes a disaster, it can be remedied at once. With a disaster at a cloud provider, the cloud provider may not be able to stop the data from being leaked or corrupted... or they might just not give a hoot because their TOS protects them from lawsuits from stupidity on their end.

        Since there are a lot more Captain JC Masons than there are Scotties, it is good to have the ability to take swift action, even if the swift action is dashing downstairs

    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:19AM (#45212663)

      "Cloud services take all of your IT problems, give them another layer of abstraction and possible complexity, and give them to someone else who may decide not to give a crap about your (or anyone's) problems ever again." - FTFY

      For what it's worth, there is some convenience in 'cloud' services. But, if I have the time and the budget it is better to roll your own. Then I can point at the IT people responsible and say fix it or else. If I hand data and servers to someone else to manage, someone who has weaseled every possible loophole into their contract and outsources support for their product to (possibly foreign) call centers that know nothing about the services and follow consistently useless scripts to try to resolve problems, I am asking for trouble.

    • TFA is written by an individual who does work on contract - they are going to be outsourcing their IT no matter what. The cloud is perfect for that. Just have some redundancy - for instance, Dropbox plus another versioned backup, either remote or local. On my Windows machine I have Dropbox* running, but then Windows 7 backup also runs every night to a second hard drive and Crashplan keeps versioned files in the "cloud" and on my basement NAS. This is severe overkill, but what the hell, storage is cheap and

    • Cloud services isn't a magic happy pill. But it does make things better over all.
      Chances are your local IT guy needs to do a lot of stuff, not just focus on your email server, or file server. The cloud is a good place to handle specialized IT jobs, as you can can get a team of people who can manage your data 24/7 and cheaper too, because they have 10 guys managing 1000 customers.
      Things are over all better... However it doesn't take you off the hook.
      For one you need to make sure you get the right service f

    • by Moryath ( 553296 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:49AM (#45212997)

      Cloud services take all of your IT problems, and give them to someone else, period. A cloud is not inherently going to fix your problems, or make them worse, but just delegate them to someone who may or may not give a crap.


      I don't trust Cloud services with anything, for good reasons:
      - Lack of deletion confirmability.
      - Lack of security (seriously, Dropbox will accept "1111" as a valid password)
      - Lack of confidentiality - law enforcement says "we want to look at user32X's files", Dropbox/Google/etc will cheerfully hand them over without so much as a notification to you. Your account is hacked or your password guessed, poof your files are in the wild. One person misrepresents themselves and the file gets shared out, or some bit is flipped making your files "visible", you get no notification and your files are in the fucking wild.

      • One could work around these problems by encrypting the files on the local machine before storage to a remote machine. But what new blocking problems does this create?
      • - Lack of security (seriously, Dropbox will accept "1111" as a valid password)

        Why does one company doing something wrong (in your eyes) count as discounting all possible companies trying to provide similar services?

        • by HiThere ( 15173 )

          The point was they have little inherent desire to implement decent security. This was highlighted by a specific example, but don't take the example as the argument.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Cue the Nelson "Ha-Ha" [giantbomb.com] picture here...

      As a CISSP with 25+ years in the IT industry, I can wholeheartedly advise that anyone who stores their mission-critical data in anyone's "cloud" without local backup copies that are positively under your control, and a "Plan B" ready to access that backup data... then that person is a complete retard (and you should pronounce that as "REE-tard" for the proper level of dramatic emphasis).

      Oh, and BTW... if you think your confidential data is secure from anyone else's e

    • by TangoMargarine ( 1617195 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @04:57PM (#45217247) Journal

      After reading the article (WTF, right?), I was somewhat amused by the shock and dismay he displayed that some random person could have accessed all his files (including tax and medical records in a different account). . . . Dude, it's the Cloud.

  • Moron (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:08AM (#45212551)


    * Financial records. I scan all my paychecks and store them (on SkyDrive, not Box.com - fortunately). Our tax form PDFs are all on some cloud storage service, either SkyDrive or Dropbox, as are all our receipts. These would have been in the hands of a total stranger - perfect fodder for identity theft. And if the IRS suddenly decided to audit us? We'd be at their mercy.

    * Health records. We scan all our doctors bills and insurance insurance statements and store them in the cloud. So now we're talking about medical identity theft for us and our kids - a situation that's much harder to resolve than standard financial ID theft.

    What an idiot.

    • by fche ( 36607 )

      Indeed. See also http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/1717 [textfiles.com]

      • Re:Moron (Score:4, Interesting)

        by barlevg ( 2111272 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:23AM (#45212709)
        I love the concept of being able to access one's files anywhere. But there's no need to do it via "the cloud." All you need is a home machine that can be always on connected to a reliable internet. I realize that ISPs frown upon this sort of thing [slashdot.org], but until Comcast tells me to stop, this is the best option to give me the functionality of the "cloud" with all the control I want over my own damn content.
        • by jythie ( 914043 )
          There are all sorts of alternatives, but they tend to come with the problem of how much the user has to maintain. If you run a home server, you have to maintain a home server. If you rent a VM then you have to maintain the VM but not the hardware or network. If you rent cloud space, there is very little you as a user has to maintain.
          • My setup is an SSH server running off an old iMac G4 connected to some external hard drives. Aside from having to manually turn it back on after a power outage, I haven't had to do a damn thing to "maintain" it in years. The cost of the machine is a non-issue--just retire any obsolete computer (can even be a laptop--I know, I've done it). The most expensive part is the HDs, but a 1TB external HD [microcenter.com] is much cheaper than a year of 500GB storage on Dropbox [dropbox.com].
    • Maybe a bit further towards the dangerously naive side of the scale, but yeah, that's plenty dumb.

    • Any remotely sensitive files I keep in Dropbox, Box, or SkyDrive (I use all three) I encrypt as surely as if it were on a USB drive that I might accidentally drop somewhere. Even if it's just MS Office's built-in encryption or an encrypted zip archive, it's a hell of a lot better than nothing.

    • Re:Moron (Score:5, Interesting)

      by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:24AM (#45212715)

      What an idiot.

      His profile at the bottom of the page makes it doubly so:

      Author Dan Tynan has been writing about Internet privacy for the last 3,247 years. He wrote a book on the topic
      for O'Reilly Media (Computer Privacy Annoyances, now available for only $15.56 at Amazon -- order yours today) and edited a series of articles on Net privacy for PC World that were finalists for a National Magazine Award.

      Quoting from the Amazon page for his book:

      From the moment you're born, you enter the data stream-from birth certificates to medical records to what you bought on Amazon last week. As your dossier grows, so do the threats, from identity thieves to government snoops to companies who want to sell you something. Computer Privacy Annoyances shows you how to regain control of your life. You'll learn how to keep private information private, stop nosy bosses, get off that incredibly annoying mailing list, and more. Unless you know what data is available about you and how to protect it, you're a sitting duck. Computer Privacy Annoyances is your guide to a safer, saner, and more private life.

      Either he doesn't follow his own advice, or his is actually *dumber* than a box of rocks.

    • Damn it, I was about to say the same thing...

    • [stuff ending with] What an idiot.

      Well, yeah. Also he said

      Me, I will continue to use the cloud, because really, what other choice do I have? Carry a thumb drive with me 24/7? Been there, done that.

      And what *was* the problem with that exactly?

      I have a Crucial Gizmo Jr. 8GB pen drive that I bought almost 5 years ago. It's about the size of a slightly short stick of chewing gum, and less than twice the thickness (around 2mm). It stays in my wallet all the time.

      If I was paranoid about the data on it, I'm sure I could use some form of encryption. Minor inconvenience, sure, but when you're saying "what other choice do I have?" it's not that big a deal.

      • I used a thumb drive for awhile and then had some scares where I almost lost it.

        I do use a cloud drive now (Google Drive) but Google Drive also automatically backs up the data to each of my computers. (Thumb drives you need to remember to back them up and I'm notoriously bad at that.) If Google were to "accidentally" delete all of my data, I would be fine. I also don't store anything there that would lead to ID theft were it to fall into the wrong hands.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What completely stuns me and removes any credibility this guy has is his claim to being some sort of "privacy advocate," yet stores his paycheque, tax and health records online.
      Not just an idiot. He deserves Fucking Idiot.

      I look forward to seeing his tax returns downloadable from Pirate Bay.

    • by mlts ( 1038732 ) *

      At least one should use a service like Viivo, just as a minimum, as a secondary layer of protection. The ideal would be to stuff everything in a TrueCrypt volume, or at least PGP/gpg all stashed files.

      Without some encryption, a person is one password away from disaster.

    • * Financial records. I scan all my paychecks and store them (on SkyDrive, not Box.com - fortunately). Our tax form PDFs are all on some cloud storage service, either SkyDrive or Dropbox, as are all our receipts. These would have been in the hands of a total stranger - perfect fodder for identity theft.

      They were already in the hands of total strangers; he uploaded them to SkyDrive.

  • Complacency (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cyberpocalypse ( 2845685 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:10AM (#45212567)

    Unsure why people are moved to throw their data into the hands of someone (company) that would never treat their data sacred. I don't care what argument you put forth, no one is going to care (security wise) about your data as vigilant as you would (and should). Math wise, the cloud makes no sense to me, even on the free model.

    1) wait for you to download your data over the Interwebs (mobile you say... tick tock)
    2) There is NO GUARANTEE someone in the company isn't looking at your data or selling it. You're simply trusting they won't

    Storage is dirt cheap. 2TB drives are like what 100-200 US per pop give or take. They're compact enough to throw in a messenger bag along with a laptop. Data availability is much faster than downloading it over the wire. Throw on crypto (say Truecrypt) and you have a decent amount of security. Only concern, is your HD goes bad. In either event, another backup 2TB is 100-200. Cloud pay for play? @ 10.00 per month, its STILL the cost if not more than buying your own device.

    • Re:Complacency (Score:5, Insightful)

      by SJHillman ( 1966756 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:21AM (#45212687)

      I can sum up exactly why people do it in three words: fast, easy, convenient.

      Once you start handling it yourself, all three of those are going to take a hit - and for non-technical people, it can be a pretty heavy hit.

    • Re:Complacency (Score:4, Insightful)

      by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:31AM (#45212807)

      In my neighborhood, we have these house fire things that would totally ruin your day. I pay $1600/year in home owners insurance - an extra $10/month to have all my data at some far-flung location keeps me feeling warm and fuzzy. My house could burn down and I'd have all my data back as fast as they can overnight a hard drive (or I could be cheap and download for a few weeks...).

    • Re:Complacency (Score:4, Insightful)

      by bdcrazy ( 817679 ) <bdc_tggr-forums@yahoo.com> on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:32AM (#45212817) Homepage

      They're compact enough to throw in a messenger bag along with a laptop.

      And when somebody takes your messenger bag, *poof* there goes your data AND your backup. Happened to my father, he was always backing stuff up. But he put his backup in his laptop bag. His truck was broken into one evening and the laptop bag was stolen. The data on the laptop was worth many multiples of the cost of the laptop. He would have been happier if they left the bag and took the truck! A fairly new truck that was worth less than the data lost.

      • by pnutjam ( 523990 )
        It's not a backup unless there are 2 copies in different locations. He had a copy in his bag, not a backup.

        Best practices are to have a backup and an archive copy.
  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:14AM (#45212615)

    I can't remember where I first heard this, but the quote is along the lines of:

    Whenever you hear a reference to "the cloud", replace it with "someone else's computer" and see how much sense it makes

    Once you start doing that it shows you how little control you have over such services and how dependent you are on other parties, especially if you consider them as a panacea to not having to keep your own backups (as the OP seems to have done)

    • by neminem ( 561346 )

      I prefer replacing them with "my butt" [github.com]. Which is what I'm doing, already, so this thread is a goldmine. It makes your post nonsense, though - I'm not sure why I would replace your butt with someone else's computer.

    • I've been playing with an alternative cloud server that fixes that. Synology (and probably others) have a cloud service app you can run on your own server. I haven't stored anything critical or confidential on it yet, so I'd be interested in what others think of it.

      As much storage as you can cram into the box (Ours is 1 TB).
      No monthly fee
      Automated scheduled backups to external drive or other server
      Seems to work with Win, Mac, Android

      bandwidth limited to upload/download speeds we pay for

    • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

      Once you start doing that it shows you how little control you have over such services

      Then a "cloud" exactly describes what it is. No one controls them except nature. Sometimes they do something useful (rain), sometimes something not useful (damaging storms), sometimes they are there (cloudy day) and sometimes they aren't (sunny day). You can count on them existing somewhere, just maybe not where you want/need them.

      Regardless of where you store your information, be it on a desktop in front of you, a serve

      • by Jmc23 ( 2353706 )
        Even better, the Chinese and the USA have been known to dabble in controlling and using clouds for their own purpose!
    • Once you start doing that it shows you how little control you have over such services and how dependent you are on other parties, especially if you consider them as a panacea to not having to keep your own backups (as the OP seems to have done)

      While I agree that you need to keep your own backups (even of your Google Docs and Gmail, people!), the only people who have an issue with the "someone else's computer" bit are either edge case users with highly sensitive data or control freaks. There isn't exactly a crises of identity theft via cloud services - I have to conclude that the big names with good reputations are probably doing better at keeping data secure than I would be. Hell, my house has glass on the doors! An alarm system, sure... but that

  • by lesincompetent ( 2836253 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:15AM (#45212627)
    He keeps his work files, financial records, health records in the cloud.
    Dear sirs and madams, i refrain from even commenting on that for fear of being downmodded hard, and rightly so.
    • Worse, he kept them unencrypted. I

      f the NSA wants your shit it will have it, but that doesn't mean you cannot protect against lesser threats.

      No matter how much we remind people of the many tools available, often Free and Open, at their disposal, some folks insist on being stupid and will be LARTed by events.

    • All of my data is backed up via Crashplan and stored on their servers. Presumably (I'm just blindly trusting them at their word) it is encrypted by a key that they hold but which only my client has the password to. If I were the paranoid sort or had juicier data, I have the option of holding the key myself but that limits the convenience somewhat.

      I'd like you to tell me why I should be worried. Remember that the IRS (with over 100,000 employees) has my tax records and my banks and brokerages have all of my

    • This is completely off topic, but ever since I've seen the subject of your posts, I find myself reading the subjects even more than before.

  • by Kardos ( 1348077 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:22AM (#45212691)

    Cloud storage can not be trusted both in terms of privacy and reliability. So follow these steps and you'll be fine:

    1) Thou shalt not store unencrypted files in the cloud
    2) Thou shalt have backups of files in the cloud

    Does that reduce the convenience of the cloud? Yes. Because that is all that online cloud storage can offer - unreliable privacy invading storage.

  • by AwaxSlashdot ( 600672 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:25AM (#45212729) Homepage Journal

    For the "someone nuked all my files", this is why you should backup your files (or use a Cloud service with integrated backup/history or better use both).

    Remember, a proper Backup uses MULTIPLE Backups and not all from the same service provider.

    PS: for the "someone saw all by financial records", you should use an encrypted Cloud service where YOU own the encryption key and where the service provider can NOT help you should you ever lose that key.

  • Stuff happens (Score:5, Interesting)

    by swillden ( 191260 ) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:26AM (#45212733) Homepage Journal

    This is rather unfortunate for him, of course, particularly if he didn't have a backup anywhere else (duh!), but I'm sure we'll get a lot of slashdotters saying "See, this is why I'll never use the cloud!", and that's silly. Now, there are other valid reasons to avoid cloud storage (e.g. privacy and security, assuming you're not encrypting the data), but reliability really isn't one of them. Thumb drives die, get lost or get damaged, hard drives fail... there is no perfectly-reliable storage medium, but I'll posit that a good cloud storage provider has a much lower failure rate than anything you can manage yourself.

    The solution, as always, is backups. Any one storage medium may fail, but the odds of several of them failing simultaneously is very low. Personally, my most important files live on a RAID-6 array with a hot spare on my home file server, and on my laptop's SSD, on my workstation's HD, and on Google Drive. There is a fair amount of low-priority stuff which lives only on Google Drive. It gets automatically synced to multiple machines, but that wouldn't help if someone else got access to my account and deleted my files (of course, I use two-factor auth). It's still better than what I'd do without a cloud service, which is that I'd have those files only on my laptop.

    Hmm... It occurs to me that it'd be trivial to write a small script that uses rdiff-backup to copy the contents of my Drive folder to another folder, then run that in a cron job. Then I'd have automatic, persistent synchronization to multiple devices. I think I'll do that right now :-)

    Bottom line: This is a sad story, but not a reason to avoid cloud storage. It is a reason to recommend backups. Especially completely automated, effortless backups.

    • "completely automated, effortless backups" I'm sorry, let's backtrack for a second:
      - "my most important files live on a RAID-6 array with a hot spare on my home file server"
      - "It occurs to me that it'd be trivial to write a small script that uses rdiff-backup to copy.."

      Let me brew a couple gallons of espresso while I try to cover this with my mom. She's heard that the "cloud" was that icon that you click on and put your important files so they're safe and accessib

  • Setting aside the issue of cloud storage, I'd like to point out that any file you don't back up is one you may lose. Leaving the only version on Box is as bad as leaving the only version on your hard drive.

    • Very true! With most of my stuff, I have at least 3 copies; one of Dropbox, one on my desktop (outside the Dropbox folder), and one on my laptop (also outside Dropbox). I think the odds of DP screwing up at the same time I lose 2 machines is very slim.

  • As the old saying goes: there are two kinds of people. Those who keep backups, and those who have never lost data. I think this blogger has now moved from the second to the first category.

  • 1) You are sharing a work account with your wife who has her own work universe. So when she is working on an article about the "ultimate cloud deletion tool" you will get dragged into her experience without knowing it.
    2) you seem to (in theory) have no problem separating your work files from your professional files.
    3) you let strangers (yes they are people you are working with but) access accounts that have files that you need for more than the moment. box.com should be no more than a ftp server for transfe

    • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

      Most users are that stupid, even when you talk backups to them they are busy listening to the wind whistle through their heads.
      Those of us that know better need to make them pay dearly for any recovery efforts. Yes I will try to recover your files, I need $500 in cast to start looking and that does not guarantee anything another $500 to $7500 upon recovery depending on the difficulty and time involved paid before the delivery of the data. Sorry grandma, you dont have cash, you dont get your recipies b

  • by sl4shd0rk ( 755837 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:45AM (#45212967)

    You should have Truecrypted. Doesn't keep people from hijacking your account but your files are of no use to them.

    Pro Tip: Use a different password other than your login password for the encryption.

    • by kbg ( 241421 )

      Except that NSA can read your Truecrypt files:
      http://threatpost.com/truecrypt-audit-could-answer-troubling-questions [threatpost.com]

      • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

        No they cant. there is some wild speculation out there about it and the nutjobs are trying to whip up fear about it.

        • by kbg ( 241421 )

          When no one has any idea who are the authors to Truecrypt and there has been no audit and no one can be sure if the binaries have not been tampered with, Truecrypt is useless and you have to assume that NSA have infiltrated the Truecrypt developers.

          If I was the NSA then I would have put together a team already to create the most user friendly encryption tool available (with NSA backdoor of course) to make sure that the common people will use that tool if they want encryption.

        • by Kardos ( 1348077 )

          Ohhh so you've audited the software and checked it for problems? Thanks Lumpy. Hey guys, looks like we're good to go with truecrypt now!

  • What is the most disturbing part of this story is it seems that box.com doesn't have any major infrastructure for backup of users data. I would have thought that it would be as simple as pressing a button "undelete" for the box.com support people to restore last available data before deletion.

    • by Dahan ( 130247 )

      What is the most disturbing part of this story is it seems that box.com doesn't have any major infrastructure for backup of users data. I would have thought that it would be as simple as pressing a button "undelete" for the box.com support people to restore last available data before deletion.

      Well, maybe they do. As the Fine Article says, he did get his data back. It just took them a while to figure out the chain of events that caused it to disappear in the first place.

  • by ichthus ( 72442 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:51AM (#45213033) Homepage
    Two adages apply here.

    1. Security is inversely proportional to convenience.
    2. If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself.

    So, lesson learned: Be your own cloud.
    • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

      No, use the cloud for all the free parts, just put your own systems on top of it to protect yourself.

  • Cloud services are the spiritual succesor to the BOFH. All the power, none of the responsibility.
  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @11:59AM (#45213113) Homepage

    I have a malicious and friend delete proof dropbox. I simply have my linux server copy and sync the files. if they all disappear, they all reappear as the server puts them all back. The only way to delete them is to rename then with a special prefix, then the server will actually delete them.

    IF you trust the cloud for security or reliability, then you are a fool. Always set up your own systems to automatically back up and manage on top of the cloud service.

  • by drachen ( 49779 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @12:18PM (#45213355)

    I own a Synology NAS. It's great and includes plenty of useful features, including a dropbox/box-like application where one can sync files easily to any of their devices. No storage limit (other than the NAS and the storage of whatever devices I'm syncing to) and there's far more other things you can do besides the dropbox-like feature. Why should I pay a monthly fee to let someone else have all my important files, when I can easily host my own? It works great and I never have to worry about some provider getting hacked or changing their TOS.

    Of course, one should back up their NAS (and there's plenty of easy ways to do so on the Synology), but the point is if people are concerned about their data, they should take responsibility for it.

  • Just because it is in the cloud doesn't mean you don't still need backups.

    The simplest way to remember how to back up your images safely is to use the 3-2-1 rule.

    3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
    2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.
    1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).

    A cloud service can count as a different media type and offsite, but it doesn't fit the bill for everything.

  • by gpronger ( 1142181 ) on Wednesday October 23, 2013 @01:13PM (#45213987) Journal
    What has always struck me about "The Cloud"; is that it is mostly wonderful marketing; "The Cloud". Now if you called it remote servers folk would have been a bit tentative, and maybe a bit more mindful of the potential problems. Convenient sure, but sh** happens, and for me, I tend to like to have only myself to blame when something goes wrong with my sh**. Do I use some remote server services (I get a bit creaped-out by sticking stuff in "The Cloud"); sure. But only there, seems to me I'm playing Russian Roulette with my info.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?