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Ellison, Stallman on that “thing” called “cloud computing”
September 30, 2008, 5:05 pm
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Selena Frye at TechRepublic cites some interesting comments from Larry Ellison and Richard Stallman (published in an article by the Guardian‘s Bobbie Johnson) on the this thing we keep hearing about, “celestial information computation” or whatever.

Frye: Cloud computing is ’stupidity’ says GNU guru Richard Stallman

Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle:

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do, he said. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

Richard Stallman, FSF founder/GNU creator:

“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control,” he said. “It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.”

Amazon and Google are two of the prominent pushers of this cloud computing concept.  With all the talk about Google’s EULA in relation to Chrome (See Google changes Chrome EULA over privacy concerns), you have to wonder if Mr Stallman might have a point there…

In related news, TR’s John Sheesley has a nice rundown on the several definitions of “cloud computing.”



I believe in free market capitalism but…
September 30, 2008, 2:00 pm
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Like many Americans, I’m at a loss as to what is the best course of action to get our economy out of this mess.  I cringe when I read/hear some of the details about several of the proposed solutions flying around.

Some of the proposed “powers” (read: “unconstitutional”) that seem to be intended for the Treasury Secretary include the ability for the secretary to attempt to restore liquidity to the markets.  As El Rushbo said, this plan brings two words to mind:

“Central planning.”

I am inclined to stick to my free market guns and just “let the market work itself out.”

Ace commenter Ella notes that most depressions last 4 years or so at best and in 5 years, the US will be back on track, sans the socialist intervention.

The short term will suck, but the long term is still fine. There’s a difference between mono and cancer.

But when even non-alarmist types like Steve Forbes are sweating, I begin to wonder:

“I’ve never been an alarmist…I’ve never seen a situation as dark as it is today…people genuinely don’t understand the magnitude of what is before us.”

Jawa blogger Ragnar frames it nicely – The Bailout : I’m at a Loss

A whole lot of folks I’ve always trusted as staunch free marketeers are telling us it’s time to put all that “nice theory” aside and accept that massive government intervention is an “unpleasant reality” if we’re even going to HAVE a market system tomorrow.

I feel a little bit like I might feel if my pastor advised me on the sly to visit the mosque every once in a while–ya know, just in case this whole “Jesus” thing doesn’t end up panning out.

These times call for the optimism of President Reagan:

“Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic ‘Yes.’

[This crisis] does require, however, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together with God’s help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.