Quinn, on 30 June 2012 - 07:17 AM, said:
I just have a feeling that we, as in humanity, won't be here much longer...
What makes you say that? Much longer as in a few thousand years or....?
Yeah, I've been become increasingly paranoid about privacy too. (Last 6 months or so.) I'm starting to realise just how much you can find out about somebody based on computer/internet use.
I have and use services such as Dropbox and the like - but am considering moving away. I'm also considering making my own email server, just so all private emails are on my own server - rather than big brother Google's (know any good tutorials - SMTP/IMAP server?).
Facebook for instance, I am using less and less of. Same with Google. I rarely use it anymore - but rather search directly on sites (WikiPedia, other encyclopedia's for school stuff, inbuilt search engines on other sites). Funnily though - many site specifc search engines are powered by Google anyway
I do not like the fact that more and more stuff is "going to the cloud". Cloud computing scares me. It is just TOO big brother. Who owns the cloud? Why would I want to use somebody else's cloud for personal stuff? Its like I'm using and ok with, putting all my personal information on a major corporation's servers, while pretty much granting them access to it all. WTF?! I don't like it.
Operating Systems are likely to become cloud based (there are already some prototypes...or Betas I guess you'd call them). Video games in the cloud are common now too, as are documents and such (Google Docs). More and more of our internet and computing usage is actually done on "somebody's else's computer", where they have full access to it. Why should we let them? I personally think that this is a huge, willful, breech of privacy. We are letting it happen.
Whenever somebody says "in the cloud", I just think "in the hands of a stranger". Do you know the person who owns the cloud? Do you know the people who own the cloud? Do you know how MUCH of your information is there!?
If people knew that Google logged each and everyone of your searches, and Facebook logged every website you visit that has a "Like: button - people would be scared. Well, you'd think so. Many people DO know, but don't care. Lack of privacy, for the sake of convinience and ease of use.
And that is what technology will come to. Ease of use, accessibility, and connectivity at the expense of privacy, is where we are headed. Nothing is private anymore.
Now stay there while I go grab my copy of 1984
Mo3, on 30 June 2012 - 07:10 AM, said:
...rolling my own Owncloud (owncloud.org)...
Wow. I was looking for something like this. I am definately replacing Dropbox with that!