Dude! Where’s My Data?

My faithful readership may remember that I’m not a fan of cloud computing at all.

I feel that it’s just another way to restrict Internet usage, suck up your data, track your habits, and make $$$ for the greedy mega-corps currently circling around one another in the Internet seas seeking fresh meat (you) to gorge upon.

In light of the recent TERMINATION of operation of MegaUpload by Agent Smith and his colleagues, one has to wonder what happens to all the legitimate data that was stored on those servers? Are you one of the unlucky ones who is quite possibly having your private data scoured by the IT department gnomes at BIG BROTHER Central? Disturbing thought, huh?

Sebastian Anthony at ExtremeTech wrote an interesting article about the demise of MegaUpload. Here’s a tidbit:

There have always been two major concerns about cloud services in general, and cloud storage (Dropbox, Megaupload, SkyDrive, iCloud, and so on). The first is privacy: When you upload data to a third party, there’s always the risk that they can look at the contents of your files. Some cloud providers securely encrypt data, but many don’t. The second issue is data security and integrity: Does the third party keep a tight ship against hackers? What happens if a hard drive fails? What protections have the cloud provider put in place to mitigate against natural disasters, bankruptcy, or being shut down by the Feds?

Yes. What happens to your data? Who gets to look at it? The “folly of cloud storage”; it is, indeed.

Rebecca Lipman at The Motley Fool writes:

Government access to cloud computing files
Many note that the timing coincided too conveniently with SOPA online protests. And although SOPA has not passed, the death of Megaupload, which is seen as a kind of victim to the government’s fight against piracy, brings some interesting, if not disturbing, aspects of cloud computing to life.

Get wise, folks. Stop volunteering your personal data to these giant data-sucking companies like Google and Facebook. Keep your personal data where in belongs… in your personal possession; meaning on your own damned system. Drives and drive space are so BIG and cheap these days, you could have your very own server farm in the back room of your house to store all your stuff. You don’t need to be uploading it to Suckle or Slurpbox so they can sift it and then target you with advertisements.

Anywho… that’s just how I feel about this. Y’all have fun now. :)

Later…

~Eric

Further reading:

Megaupload’s demise: What happens to your files when a cloud service dies? – ExtremeTech

Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down - Yahoo Finance

Feds Shut Down Megaupload: Warning Sign for the Cloud Storage Model? - The Motley Fool

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17 Comments on “Dude! Where’s My Data?”

  1. comhack says:

    You have to remember that MegaUpload was not just for pirated stuff but it was a major resource for Android Roms and other configurations. There are other sites like RapidShare and others that host Roms but MU was a very popular site to host Roms and other fixes for Android. Also, a lot of application developers hosted material on MegaUpload but a lot of them are moving to either github or http://goo-inside.me

    Sorry I got off track. I was trying to point out that MegaUpload and others are not just to store personal files but they are also a major resource for file hosting on Android and other platforms.

    • Absolutely! I understand what you’re saying. Of course, MU and other such sites are useful tools for folks who need to serve data to a wide audience in an inexpensive way without having to pay for a domain and server provider of a standard type website. I use github and other such sites for that purpose, too, as do you.

      That’s not what I consider the “cloud”; not really, anyway. The cloud, as envisioned by the companies pushing for it, is more about making your home computer a “dumb” terminal with all apps and data stored on their servers. The ISP monopolies would provide the means for you to access these clouds to continue with your computing chores.

      Its purpose is to get people to visit sites instead of doing work on their own systems. While visiting those sites to access an app or some of their stored data (pics, docs, etc.), they’ll be data mined and targetted for adverts. It’s all about the $, buddy. Don’t forget. These companies are NOT opensource or free “as in beer”. You can bet on that.

      Later…

      P.S. I combined your comments. :)

  2. comhack says:

    I understand completely what you meant but I did not consider MU to be that type of place. I agree, I would never put any of my sensitive data on the “cloud” either but then again, we are not your “average” computers users.

    Thanks for combining the post!!

    Also, megaupload was setup to make their money on the premium accounts which allow you to store files for longer than the free account. Most of the developers I snagged stuff from, used the paid account to host their files but I know the actual MU owners were not so legit (supposedly if you believe the courts).

    • Yup. Combined again. ;)

      Oh, and in the U.S., you’re innocent until proven guilty, supposedly. I don’t know about New Zealand, but I’m sure it’s the same. :)

      • Tragic what can happen to folks who were using MegaUpload for those ROMS, for a bitlocker for family files, and backups. Or to make your own work available to others on the Internet.

        There are so many legitimate uses. As a matter of fact we know of a guy with an older Mac that he uses with some very expensive music creation software and midi keyboard. He needed a OS 9 install media for the Mac laptop and Apple no longer made it available (it is basically abandonware as far as Apple is concerned). To make a long story short, someone over at the Apple.com Discussions area had a copy and used MegaUpload to make it available. He paid a huge amount of money for that music creation software and it only runs on OS 9.

      • comhack says:

        Unfortunately that is not the case anymore in the USA. And this is not just the recent news with the NDAA, this has been going on for many years. If you have the money, then yes, you are innocent until proven guilty. The less fortunate find themselves guilty before they are even brought to trial.

      • You’re beginning to sound like a cynical old man… me, for example. ;)

  3. comhack says:

    Nah, I just pay attention to the news and the rights we lose everyday.

  4. comhack says:

    A little of both and I have lost all “faith” in our overlords. After all, we are not their employers after all. Money talks very loudly!!

  5. comhack says:

    Sounds good to me. I will know something happen when you stop posting in BATL for a bit….


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