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Re: Trust Microsoft to keep your data secure ...

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____/ Richard Rasker on Sunday 11 Oct 2009 17:24 : \____

> http://forums.t-mobile.com/tmbl/?category.id=Sidekick
>  "Dear valued T-Mobile Sidekick customers:
>   T-Mobile and the Sidekick data services provider, Danger, a subsidiary of
>   Microsoft, are reaching out to express our apologies regarding the recent
>   Sidekick data service disruption.
>   ...
>   Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger's latest recovery assessment of
>   their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on
>   your device - such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos -
>   that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a
>   result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger."
> And oh, there's this warning too:
>  "Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove
>   your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power."
> Are they saying that this Sidekick thing stores valuable information like
> this in volatile *RAM*?! Sheesh ... what utter crap.
> And Wintrolls still wonder why I consider Microsoft incompetent when it
> comes to designing reliable stuff.

They got the facts.

> Anyway, I've always wondered why this "cloud computing" is hyped. It depends
> on too many factors outside the users' control to be dependable for any
> serious application -- and the above is only one example how things can
> (and will) go horribly wrong.

There's no such thing as a 'cloud'. It's just a new name for a
pile of servers with data. :-)

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