GNU founder: using Chrome OS is "careless computing"

By Emil
Dec 14, 2010
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  1. Free Software Foundation and GNU founder Richard Stallman has declared that Google's Chrome OS should not be referred to as "cloud computing" as it actually encourages "careless computing." His argument is based on the fact that the rules over what information police can or can't seize without a search warrant change depending on whether your data is stored on your computer or on a company's machine.

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  2. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 416   +43

    I very much agree with Mr Stallman about personal data secrecy and the fact that storage cloud is different than cloud computing.It may come one day when we'll have no privacy on our fault .And I was beginning to like my Android phone...
  3. i put on my wizard cloak and tinfoil hat
  4. If the police have a search warrant, what does it matter where the data is stored? Either way they're going to get the data because they have a warrant.
  5. The issue is not about a warrant targeting specific individual -- it is about a company giving the feds access to all the data stored on a server because they asked nicely or because they had a warrant for an individual that had some data stored on that file server -- net result is that the feds have now 1TB or more of data unrelated to that individual that they can do with what they want. Don't get me started about the misuse of national security letters that are abused every day and can't even be challenged in court.
  6. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 195   +9

    Don't forget the information can also be leaked to the public when in their hands...lolz
  7. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    Exactly. The only difference here is that instead of walking in and getting what they want, they have to wait a few days for a warrant. Although, warrants can be denied if there isn't enough evidence to get a warrant. So I guess that's where the only true difference lies.

    Not that it matters to me. I refuse to use an OS that can only be used when you're online.
  8. " In fact, Mountain View has already declared its belief that 60 percent of businesses could immediately replace their Windows machines with computers running Chrome OS. "

    Not for me!
  9. Cloud computing could become Skynet or a Matrix network... Really... it's very dangerous.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,423   +470

    Its not about a warrant in any way, if you are not into any ilegal activity or anything at all, you are just suposed to be involved no judge will give anyone a warrant to search your private data, they need proof and evidence.

    In the other way, if they just have a hint they will look whatever they want wherever they want and at whatever degree.
  11. Big Brother is watching you.
  12. If you are not doing anything wrong you shouldn't have anything to worry about. We all know nobody does anything illegal on the Internet, right?
  13. now that`s where your wrong. what to you might be legal can be considered illegal to who wants to make it so. am not going to go into details but say for example your pc got infected with malware and it links to porn, which a lot of them do. and the porn it links to might contain some child porn, if your home safe then you could just close it fast and remove the malware and remove your browsing history. but with cloud computing a simple thing like that may land you in jail, as you don`t have 100 percent control of your data. and believe me you don`t. cloud computing has it`s uses but this whole thing about being right and wrong. can get very tricky very fast
  14. Here is some news on search warrants. Lets say you commit a petty crime online. You steal some credit card numbers. And lets say your daughter and friends being teenagers did some porn shoot with their friends being just teenagers. The computer forensic investigator makes a forensic copy of your hard drive as per the warrant. No a whole bunch of cops can jerk off to your daughter and her friends. Trust me cops are guys too. Its not like they can alter forensic copy or evidence. It has to be original. Buy who said they have the right to your daughters naked pictures just because you turned out to be a bad apple.
  15. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Never. Nope. And the government would never paint something as "illegal" because an official doesn't like your political or religious beliefs, or comments you made about government use of your tax money for fat new Pentagon war industry contracts. And even if some official did that, U.S. citizens have Constitutional guarantee that writs of habeas corpus will protect them, a guarantee protected by a non-corporate Supreme Court that honors the Constitution and more than 200 years of legal precedents. Right?
  16. Yep tell that to all the black criminals that got recently clear through dna testing and the government still say that the system was not wrong.

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