Comments: Storage Technology meets Shameless Self Promotion

Is there a downside to cheap, reliable terabyte scale data storage? Only insofar as government is involved. But these days, what isn't government involved in?

The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone.

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RT: You say they sift through billions of e-mails. I wonder how do they prioritize? How do they filter it?

WB: I don’t think they are filtering it. They are just storing it. I think it’s just a matter of selecting when they want it. So, if they want to target you, they would take your attributes, go into that database and pull out all your data.

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RT: What are they going to do with all of that? Ok, they are storing something. Why should anybody be concerned?
WB: If you ever get on the enemies list, like Petraeus did or… for whatever reason, than you can be drained into that surveillance.

Probably deserves its own post, but the tie-in was too ironic to pass up. Worth at least a brief click through.

Posted by johngalt at December 5, 2012 2:58 PM

The Refugee is considering a business model that will make him the Bernie Madoff of Cloud storage. That is, create a website that advertises to backup your data for just $.05 per GB per month. Then, when the user backs up their data, every last byte goes straight into the ol' bit bucket. No backend storage whatsoever. Users can't find their data? They musta screwed something up. Then just as the Feds come sniffing around, sell all credit card numbers to the Russian mafia on the way to the airport.

Seriously, everyone assumes that Cloud hosters are both here forever and best-practice organizations. It's a matter of time before one of them blows up petabytes of data, never to be recovered.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at December 5, 2012 3:27 PM

Observation the one: You never know if your immigration, abortion, gun rights, or football post will draw comments on ThreeSources. But storage brings out the loquacious around here like $1 margarita night.

Observation the two: good point br. The accumulated wisdom of ten blogging years is subject to single point of failure from Lunarpages.com. But an odd old guitar solo on a demo of mine from 1990, living on Vimeo, YouTube, and Lunarpages seems awfully stable -- especially compared to the single Sony minidisk in a Rubbermaid tub in the garage where it lived last week.

Observation the three: Dr. Yaron Brook and BB&T Hoss John Allison both assure that Bernie Madoff was miserable. A better model might be to charge customers and store it on free sites in the cloud. I pay you, you send it from one Gmail account to another...

Posted by jk at December 5, 2012 3:50 PM
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