What's wrong with the standard 3.5mm jack?
After which you immediately gave the answer " It works, it's universal(and I believe unencumbered by patents) and the peripherals are everywhere." Which of course is why Apple wants to replace it with a jack that is not universal and IS encumbered by patents.
Cloud providers, for instance, will usually be quite happy to enter contracts promising that they'll protect your data from illegal release,
The key word here being "illegal release" and what the definition of "illegal" is. "Oh, that wasn't an illegal release, a government agency provided us with a official letter telling us to release that information to them. How were we supposed to know that wasn't legal?"
This study shows what should have been obvious to everyone: if you put your data on someone else's server (the cloud), you are putting your data in their control. It is then your data only so long as it is in their best interests for you to have it.
I am confident that if someone else controls the hypervisor there will be a way for that someone else to access the data stored on any virtual machines running on that hypervisor. You say that the cloud is not any more inherently insecure than hosting your own servers. However, that is clearly not true, because if I host my own servers, I can determine exactly who has access to them (the fact that many IT departments do not keep their servers any more secure than if they were on the "cloud" does not mean that it is not possible). Further, you argue against something I never said. I never said that there was not a valid use for the "cloud", all I said was that it is inherently insecure. If you need a place to store data that does not need security, the "cloud" is perfectly acceptable.
Reference the NULL within NULL, it is the gateway to all wizardry.