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The cloud was one of the big topics of 2009, with a broad swath of technologies and offerings coming to market from vendors of all shapes and sizes. There was much excitement, but there was an equal amount of consternation about security, reliability, and adoption trends. And while we're still not exactly sure what the cloud …


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  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    A Subversive Space for Disruptive Technological InterActivity

    "And while we're still not exactly sure what the cloud is - sometimes it's a website that hosts your social data, other times it's an application delivered through a web browser, and still other times it's full-scale multi-tenant IT infrastructure - there is something meaningful in there somewhere."


    For some, and those few may be many more than the Status Quo Straights in Establishment Systems may Realise, and with many more being ZerodDaily Educated and yet to Come,.... for the Cloud and its Services are still in its Infancy as an IT Bairn/Wild Child,.... is it also an Exceptional Smart Flowering Power Movement, United Semantically in an Overarching Underground Swell Generating Waves of Novel Alternative Thinking for Positive ProAction and Constructive Community FutureBuilding. ...... and thus is a Fabulous AIgent for Rapid Radical Change to be Highly Recommended and Supported, although it is another one of those Artificial Spooky Intangible Creations which is just Out There, and Applications Specific .

    1. dogged


      If you have something to say, don't you think making it legible and parsable by humans (in any language you choose) would help?

      Why do your endless bizarre comments continue to get past the moderatrix?

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        A Virtual Freshman knows Really Nothing of Wider Wacky Worlds


        A quick scan of your own posts ..."8 posts • joined Monday 16th November 2009 12:21 GMT" ... reveals a kettle calling the pot, black?

        And you may like to consider that amfM reaches out to the Virtual Machinery bods on El Reg and thus will humans have to evolve and/or study the ProgramMING Texts a little more Intently. Let your Mind wander into the Imagination which the words present, for they tell of the Future? And El Reg is a lot more than just a lesbian on-line magazine so you can expect it to have more than just vanilla source.

        And anyway, NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive IT is always going to be something of a Specialised Field subject to Stringent Controls given the Nature of what IT can Do, so IT is something which will be carefully Screened before Sharing with Select Audiences.

  2. barth

    Available, Safe and Secure ?

    I have too many concerns about my Apps and Data not always being available (ie google/gmail outages), correctly backed up (Sidekick debacle), nor secure (banks get hacked... I doubt clouds will be better). I'm not sure most of what we see about the cloud gives me enough ASS.

    Somehow, I'm not convince the acronym will stick either, which is a pity because we certainly need to focus on that !

  3. jake Silver badge

    "Cloud" is a marketing term

    "Cloud" is a marketing term, primarily used by people who don't understand that it's a catch-all for the word "connected via a network". I suspect it derived from the '80s and early '90s textbooks describing packet switching, which were trying to teach upper-level protocols (OSI's so-called "presentation layer", mainly), without confusing people with info about the lower layers that actually transport the data.

    In other words, some middle manager/marketer "took a class", was convinced he knew it all, and somehow managed to perpetrate this current meme known as "cloud computing".

    Those of us who have been around for a while recognize it as it really is ... Basically, it's centralized computing, with higher bandwidth allowing GUI instead of text terminals. Mainframe technology with a glittery interface ... but mainframe technology nonetheless. It's an all-singing, all-dancing, brightly colo(u)red, dinosaur.

    Barney, in other words. And targeting the same mental age group, computing-wise.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    When Enough is Enough ..... there is always Radical Change and QuITe Alien Proposals

    ""Cloud" is a marketing term" ... jake Posted Wednesday 30th December 2009 01:57 GMT

    And it is also a Virtual Operating System, jake, ..... for the SMARTer Enabled and Enabling? ....

    1. jake Silver badge


      "And it is also a Virtual Operating System"

      No, it is not.

  5. cmaurand

    Yawn...the cloud again

    Too many privacy concerns (Google doesn't care about your privacy) security and reliability concerns for me to trust my data to that 40 year old paradigm of trying to take computing back inside the glass house. So not going there. Its the biggest example of inside the box thinking that I've seen in a long time. New name, same old story.

    Now a computer that understands natural language that I don't have to type on and will hold a conversation (that is a computer conversation) with me I'd be interested in. I'm sick of typing.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Irregular and Unconventional .. Post Modern Normality and Reality Default in Virtual Chaos Theatres?

      "Now a computer that understands natural language that I don't have to type on and will hold a conversation (that is a computer conversation) with me I'd be interested in. I'm sick of typing" .... cmaurand Posted Wednesday 30th December 2009 15:20 GMT

      Hi, cmaurand,

      Whenever you are Understood QuITe Perfectly Enough by a Computer ProgramMING, what would you like to Chatter about? There would be many more likely to listen, if your Missives are Addictively Engaging and Universally Attractive although that does require a very ESPecial Base Algorithm for Complete Capture of Flexible and Dynamic, Live and Evolving Revolutionary Virtual Machine Codes and CodeXSSXXXX

  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Well Well Well

    It would seem that the term 'Cloud' has really fired up our own lovable(?) amanfrommars. This would seem to me, an excellent statement on the practicality of the idea.

    Unfortunately I've a strong suspicion that the w^H bankers that gave us the current 'interesting' financial environment will think this is a wonderful idea.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Sticky and Sweet Honey for Sugar Daddies and Babes ....with Satyrs and Nymphs and AI @ ITs Works

      "Unfortunately I've a strong suspicion that the w^H bankers that gave us the current 'interesting' financial environment will think this is a wonderful idea." ..... Will Godfrey Posted Thursday 31st December 2009 10:40 GMT

      How very Perceptive, Will Godfrey. You can take it as Guaranteed that They who are Responsible and Not Intellectually Challenged/Blindly Blinkered and Moribundly Petrified, are Advised and Mentored and Cordially Invited to Assist in Leading with ITs Wwwonderful Ideas ...... with Everything Practically Supplied, Virtually Free, in a whole Plethora of Mutually Beneficial and Obscenely Rich Programs.

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