For Security will Local Storage Die?

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Lilly

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  • Allocated Brain

    There are many interesting points brought up here. Being that I only got my first smartphone last fall, the whole mobile world is rather new to me. But from the rather limited information gathered over the past few months it does seem as though Apple is a tad better at having an overall more secure OS than Google did with Android. Namely, the holding back of updates to said system. That is why I went with the Google branded Nexus line.

    Yeah and as for offsite storage and computing I am more than happy to see it. So long as you have a decent pipe to the outside world. I still have a FreeNAS for raw video I take with my Sony Handycam (FDR AX53 🙂 – That needs more storage than I am willing to pay for and it is not on 24/7 which saves on electricity costs.

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  • DataStorm

    lol, company users allowed to install applications…. not in companies where I have any say.

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  • SpecTRe X

    Some of this logic is based on fallacy. The reason that smartphones aren't thought of as computers is because they aren't used to the same degree that computers, or even tablets, are. You don't generally see people typing out essays or other long form documents on a phone, and if they do it's with the help of an external physical keyboard and likely a larger display. In effect, smartphones are really expensive toys that happen to make calls and send texts. Aside from those two uses the majority of the smartphone user base uses them to take "selfies" and interact with "social" media.

    Then you have to recognise that there are people who either don't have constant access to the internet, are on heavily metered connections, and/or don't have fast connections. Someone who lives in the less urban parts of Oregon, for example, who only has a satellite connection or a wired 200KBps down with a 30 up hardline isn't going to enjoy a web heavy experience.

    Then account for the people who don't use their computers simply to check their email or watch youtube. Photo, audio, and especially video editing isn't practically done via a cloud based platform. Photographers may enjoy using a cloud based storage platform as a redundant method or backup but such platforms aren't productive for actively loading from and saving to while composing/developing images. Videographers, who work with ever increasing file sizes, would need huge amounts of network resources to even make web based solutions worth considering. Figure a bonded connection around 6 or so MBps plus no bandwidth cap. Then add in engineers working with CAD or flow analysis software and the gaming crowd, game developers, etc.

    Granted, not every home user has 4TB worth of hard disks in their computer, 2.5TBs occupied at any given time, and another ~6TB worth of backup images, but there those of us who do. There are people with home servers and home media servers, people with personal home based cloud servers.

    I think that local drives are a lot like paper; people don't think they need it or would like to move away from it but they don't realise how central it is to what they have come to expect in how they work. Cloud based services may be nice, and they may be convenient but local storage offers the most control both over your data and over your chosen security practices. And beyond that, cloud based systems aren't inherently any more secure or reliable than local systems plus you lose all but the most trivial control over your data. You also have to factor in the cost of your internet plan, because without a web connection the hosting service is worthless.

    I'm actually fairly surprised that Eli took this stance considering what he said about printers falling out of circulation and the mentality of going paperless.

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  • KP Tech Help&Reviews

    can you do a class on how to lock down windows?

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  • KalishAlexander

    if it's an industrial environment – lock it all up for security – I don't care, but I'll be cursing to hell anyone trying to lock up my home computer.

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  • AIlison Mickelson

    In my conversations, C-levels of larger corps seem paranoid about moving sensitive data to "the cloud." There seems to be a real lack of understanding, however, of the various cloud computing models and the numerous applications that already utilize off-premise storage.

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  • Amy Carter

    Cloud-based Operating Systems?

    There are so many ways that could go terribly wrong. Lose the internet connection, nothing happens at all.

    Portable Operating Systems stored on a flash drive that is removed after main drive upload?

    A lot more effective, and something MS should be jumping on, since Linux does this already and Apple could give a fuck less.

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  • Johnni Østergaard

    I don't hope we get to a point where PC is locked to the same degrade as phones are. I like the personal in PC, but I get that for work you want something that just works and I guess that's what Mac is for, and what Windows 10 is going to be. So I moved from Windows 7 to Ubuntu and I am having a good time.

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  • Carlos Bailey

    I think it's more of executives handcuffing admins rather than them just being ass stupid. These guys know the best practices since the basically absorb the text books through osmosis. Rather than listen to the experts, those asshats want to be able to install whatever crap they want or they're cheap bastards who don't want to pay for what they need (because bonuses) and then are surprised when you end up with the situations like the target and TJ Maxx hack.

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  • madscientistninja

    I like the idea of having devices locked down but having a option to turn it off for development and power users. This includes smart phones I really wish I could download a IDE on android.

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  • Nathan Davis

    I think Eli mischaracterized personal laptops some kind of seriously. The purpose of having a PC of your own will always be to make it your own – what he advocated for was only one degree of freedom aeay from state controlled computing access.

    I will never get why we cant let the tech illiterate succumb to the dangers of the web as they see fit. Their ignorance is their choice, and not license to remove all autonomy from others

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  • Matt CA

    I'm not so sure it will take a decade. The way i see it, with things like DeX, the dock you can use with the S8 that allow to turn a smartphone into a desktop environment that is still using cloud services and apps for the most part, it could get there a lot faster than we think.

    I mean, until this year with the snapdragon 835, the hardware available for smartphones wasn't up to the task (not enough RAM, processing power and GPU just couldn't provide enough power to the previous attempts made by HP, Microsoft and Ubuntu) but now, we can see it happening.

    We are at the lower end of the power necessary to make it seamless right now, so i expect it to start to take off within 2, maybe 3 years. With the usual smartphones life cycles turnover, you'd think we could see a lot of these within 5-6 years.

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  • grassy climer

    grossly negligent is appropriate

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  • Louis Rossmann

    phones are computers but they are crappy computers. For example, let's say I want to see how much I spent on online marketing last year. i open the QuickBooks app, and it doesn't allow me to load reports! Great! I go to quickbooks online and I still cannot load reports because the site is giving me some dumbed down version designed for a phone browser until I find a way for my browser to pretend that it's Microsoft Edge on a Windows 10 desktop. Only after all of that fuckery can I actually load my profit-and-loss report on my quad core device with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 100 GB of storage. that task would be easier to do on a Pentium 2 laptop from 1999. the YouTube studio app which I'm supposed to be able to use to manage my channel does not even allow me to edit comments. Nor can I take a scheduled video and turn it into a public video if I decide I want it to post early. I need to grab a computer to do that. Regardless of how powerful smartphones are, the way that we are dumbing-down Computing to be used on them is a sign that as computers become more and more widespread, they will be tailored to the lowest common denominator. at the end of the day this thing in my pocket is a mini Communications device, not a fully-fledged computer, or even half a computer. It may be there in terms of processor, but in terms of functionality, no way in hell

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  • Mārtiņš Kaktīts

    A reason why people might not thing of smartphones as computers is BECAUSE they are locked down and quite limited (without rooting)

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