One lost everything the other had a lucky escape as it just turned out to be a dodgy SATA (hard drive) cable and they were most pleased with the fact they still had all their content (including photos). Cloud storage offers many conveniences, one being granting you the ability to access your content from any device but the biggest one is that it protects, under almost all circumstances, from data loss.
This is quite possibly the best cloud storage plan around at the moment... Amazon have a number of plans but their new top tier plan beats anything else out there (bar for the free, probably fly by night types). For $59.99 per year, you get unlimited storage of all file types.
Compare that to the competition and you are looking at:
Google 1Tb for $120 per year
Dropbox 1Tb$100 per year
Microsoft 1Tb $84 per year
The big caveat around Google and Microsoft is that there are a number of file types you can store for free. Both allow you to store documents and spreadsheets for free (if they are stored in the file types associated with each companies applications) then Google allows you to store 50000 music files free, via their Play music service and allows you to store photos (up to 2048 Pixels) and 1080p video files that are no more than 15 minutes long all for free so unless you have a truly epic music collection and ant big files to store Googles free service (which includes 15Gb of storage) is enough for many people.
Amazing tech that is capable of recording over 1million frames per second.
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This week, as I am sure we all know a plane crashed into the alps. It turns out it was quite possibly done intentionally by what was probably quite an innocent man who may or may not have started out his day with the intention of crashing said plane into a mountain. As this story unfolds it would appear he was hiding "an illness" but as yet we do not know what that illness was and if it was in any way related to what made him make the decision to fly the plane into the mountain.... time will hopefully reveal more about this.
What we can assume is, that if Germanwings were aware of an illness that could have, potentially, put people or property at risk, it is likely that they would have taken him of the flight roster. However because of his complete and undisputed right to absolute privacy, the "potential" information that he was suffering from an illness that might have directly or indirectly contributed to this tragedy was left for him to report to his bosses. This is of course all speculation right now but, if in a hypothetical world, where there was no right to any kind of privacy it would be conceivable that this "accident" would have never happened.
Now I am not saying we should go to a world where every tiny detail is recorded, reported and acted upon but there needs to be a middle ground, where we can give up a certain level of privacy to help prevent the worst of planned atrocities from taking place and where we can piece together who is responsible after the fact, if all reasonable efforts to prevent such things fail.
Another way of looking at it is...
Outside the digital world we leave meta data everywhere we go, in fingerprints, dna and in the impressions on peoples minds. We make financial transactions and telephone calls, all of which have been recorded for at least 50 years and longer. In the event of a crime happening the police gather that meta data, sift through it all, work out what is relevant and not, recording everything. In the event of a murder it is likely that the authorities will take DNA samples and fingerprints from anyone they think may have been anywhere near the victim or location on the day of the crime, in part to catch the culprit and in part to discount those that did not have any contact.
They then piece together the story of what happened on the lead up to the event, ultimately working out who was responsible.... if they have enough metadata available and details of motives and events leading up to said crime. All we are doing here is ensuring that each person's digital fingerprint is left behind and not wiped clean, so that investigators can piece together crimes in a digital age when they do happen but only the meta data not the detail.
Recording who sent an email to who is no different to recording who phoned who. Your IP address is your like your car registration number and tells the authorities which computers visited a site or sent a message not who.... though it does give the authorities a good starting point in which to start their investigation.
Going back to some of the comment in the attached post...
and the analogy of visiting someone's home while they are out and looking around. I want to put into perspective as to why I would be comfortable with this, if you look at my home in the same way authorities look at our data i.e. you gather only meta data. So this is what you can do using the same rules as the authorities have about data gathering... broadly speaking:
-Count my wardrobes, the number of doors they have, their size and material but you cannot open them to see what is inside.
-You can look at my chest of drawers; count the number of drawers, the size of the chest and material it is made of but you can not look at what is inside them.
-You can look at my computer and record; the make and model, the size of the hard drive, how much space is left on it, the amount of memory, the applications installed but you cannot look at the content of the files... though you could record the file names, file sizes, file types, date created and other meta data.
-If you found a bunch of old letters, you could record the number of letters, who they were from and when they were written but never what was written in them.
So when I say "I have nothing to hide", I am not saying you can look through my wardrobes I am saying you can look at them and understand their properties, I am saying you can know that Osama Bin Laden used to write to me when we were boys because I have nothing to fear about you knowing that, as I know the content of those letters are harmless and all you will find in those wardrobes are ordinary everyday clothes. Now if you during the course of a separate line of investigation your are given reason to look at those letters in more detail and look inside my wardrobes then, go ahead, what will be, will be.... and that will be, you will find nothing worth finding.
The most important thing is that there is good solid rules around how the information is gathered and used and under what circumstances. I do not believe it is inherently wrong to do this, if the motives are right and there is a justification to do so the information is only used under the right circumstances for the right reasons and that is what we have to be fighting for, how, not if we gather and use this data!
Happy Friday folks ;)
Today Google updates Keep by adding Labels and reoccurring reminders.
Labels have been on the most wanted list from day one with this app so this is a most welcome addition.
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