Well, computing started as centralized (with terminals connected to a
server), but that method was abandoned because of lack of bandwidth,
connection reliability, etc.
These were the same guys coming up with things like UNIX, which is
still considered the best operating system foundation, living on in OS
X, Linux, etc. In other words, I'm sure they knew what they were doing
when they went for client/server access, it's just the technology
hadn't caught up with them.
But fourty years later, that's no longer a problem. I think we are
moving back to centralization, but at least technologically, I don't
think that's necessarily a step backwards. Privacy and
security-wise...it's a toss-up.
As for mobile carriers...hmm. Data plans in America are still
ridiculously expensive in my mind, but realistically, they are about
the same as Japan. It's just less societally normal to spend so much
money on your phone in the states. I hear that some European carriers
offer unlimited data for the equivalent of about $20/month. But I also
hear the European 3G network is crap.
hmm ramble finished. ok bye.
On 1/19/07, Nick May <nick_at_kyushu.com> wrote:
> This is just rumour/hype/vapourware, etc....
> But I am curious as to whether people think the idea - having all
> apps/data on the network - would fly?
> I am skeptical - whatever google knows about you, it would appear the
> US government can know probably about you just by whispering the word
> "terrorism" in google's shell like ear. Which rather puts me off.
> It's not just privacy concerns - it seems to be a backward step to
> keep apps stored centrally.
> Would carriers go for it? Lots more data transfers, true, but it
> relegates them to "data pipe"status.
> Any thoughts?
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