Posting this in off topic because I just need to vent.
I’m getting so fed up with all of the “cloud” services, and the “cloud” in general. It all sounded so great in the beginning. “Stop worrying about maintaining your own server or website - use a cloud host or just have a Facebook page instead.” It was so great to see people empowered because they could not have root on their “own” server, or have their own place on the web (Facebook profile/page) without all of the headaches of owning hardware, setting up a site, etc. But then, as always when someone else owns your data, people found out their data was being stored and mined and sold and read by the NSA. And it turns out now that everything is in the cloud - you don’t own anything - you have no control.
New services come out all the time that look so great - e.g. I was just checking out ThisLife for automated photo storage, analysis, etc. The problem is, now there’s ANOTHER place all my photos need to be uploaded to, and ANOTHER company that will analyze them for their own gain. I have to decide whether it’s worth giving up a lot to sign up to the service.
If you’re into MaidSafe already, you know this wouldn’t be a problem. The photos could still be mine (and also ‘backed up’ at all times in the SAFE Network), yet an app could perform complex analysis like face recognition on my own computer and share the data with no one else.
I could have a social network page that no one owns but me.
And … servers? Who needs to worry about servers?
Keep up the great work guys - the future of the internet is counting on you (no pressure)