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#1 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:08 AM

http://www.mercuryne...ia/14050101.htm

Google looking to provide 'infinite' storage to computer users
MICHAEL LIEDTKE
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. apparently hopes to persuade everyone with a computer to entrust all their digital data with the online search engine leader, even though the company is having trouble controlling its own internal communications.

Plans for a Google service offering "infinite" storage capacity leaked out last week when the company inadvertently shared some information about several projects, including one named "GDrive," on its Web site.

Google quickly removed the previously confidential notes, but not before some eagle-eyed Web surfers had already made copies. Excerpts remain available on some Web sites.

In its internal notes, Google discusses an ambitious storage system that would keep its users' word processing files, e-mails, Web history and photos on the company's own computers. Google believes the service would be enticing because the information would be unleashed from a single computer in a home or office, allowing users to access their data from any place at any time.

"The online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy," Google's notes said, while the original information kept on a users' personal computer would serve as a backup.

Google spokeswoman Lynn Fox declined to discuss the possible storage system. "We are always working on new ways to enhance our products and services for users, but we have nothing to announce at this time," she said Wednesday.

If the service blossoms, it would represent Google's latest challenge to Microsoft Corp., whose Windows operating system and other popular applications dominate the personal computers and laptops where most people currently store digital data.

In its leaked notes, Google acknowledged it would have to overcome current limitations on transmission speeds and storage capacity.

Google also would have to overcome privacy concerns and possible trust issues.

A federal government subpoena for people's search requests has already set off privacy alarms even though Google is resisting the demand in court.

Google's mishandling of its GDrive notes, coupled with the inadvertent release of a 2006 revenue forecast made last fall, will likely raise concerns about the company's ability to protect its users' data, Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Fine said in a Wednesday research note.


This blog goes into specifics.
http://glinden.blogs...te-storage.html


like most people, my daily surfing begins with google and I use gmail. but I wouldn't want all my base to belong to them. seems like a good back up plan though, in case your computer craps out.

#2 Graystone

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:25 AM

What's next for google, revealing itself as the supreme being of the universe.

I say its possible.

#3 guardian_owl

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:35 AM

The seeds of Skynet have been planted...

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#4 Maklershed

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:37 AM

but I wouldn't want all my base to belong to them.


I find myself using that quote and "a winner is you" in my every day conversations. Video Games are infesting my brain and I dont even play that much.

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#5 wbc1228

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:48 AM

Seems like it is time for me to back up the 1TB of stuff I have on my hard drive.

lol
I don't think this "infinite file storage" will work. Who the heck is going to be paying for all this storage (shareholder??!!!)??

#6 sblymnlcrymnl

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:49 AM

The seeds of Skynet have been planted...

Indeed. :robot: :robot: :robot:

#7 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:52 AM

this is particularly ominous:

Slide 20 says (in the notes) that Google plans to "get all the worlds information, not just some."


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#8 RedvsBlue

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:57 AM

The seeds of Skynet have been planted...


But Google just doesn't sound as ominous as Skynet.

#9 vherub

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:59 AM

meh, in 5 years when google disasterously merges with time warner, it's still going to be impossible to find the English version of Rem's song from Trigun.

#10 SpottedNigel

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:07 AM

But Google just doesn't sound as ominous as Skynet.


True, but Google backwards, or "Elgoog" sounds quite evil... or Spanish

#11 RedvsBlue

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:13 AM

True, but Google backwards, or "Elgoog" sounds quite evil... or Spanish


Ok, let's see:

3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. (well that's off a little but oh well) The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet Elgoog, sent two Terminators back through time...


Hmm, I dunno, still not feelin' it.

#12 SpottedNigel

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:21 AM

Goog-El? Make it sound like a rogue Kryptonian computer?

#13 RedvsBlue

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:23 AM

Goog-El? Make it sound like a rogue Kryptonian computer?


Now you're just trying too hard.

#14 umcthomas

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:31 AM

[FONT="]It could rearrange to Gel-Goo, foreshadowing plans to use a gelatin-based-file-storage system. Soon Google will be the world’s largest purchaser of grape jelly![/FONT]


#15 SpottedNigel

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:33 AM

Now you're just trying too hard.


Been watching superman production videos for the last 45 minutes... kinda got stuck in my head...

That being said, the thought of infinite storage sounds cool, but I personally like holding on to my own stuff.

#16 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:57 AM

adding an -or makes everything evil in the He-Man world...

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#17 munch

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:24 AM

Can someone explain to me how Google became so "all" powerful? I just don't understand where all of there money comes from.

#18 Liquid 2

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:30 AM

This blog goes into specifics.
http://glinden.blogs...te-storage.html


like most people, my daily surfing begins with google and I use gmail. but I wouldn't want all my base to belong to them. seems like a good back up plan though, in case your computer craps out.

I'd like it for transferring my school files, but I'd be really selective about what I put on there

#19 soulvengeance

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:35 AM

Meh, at least I could put my porn somewhere then.
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#20 wbc1228

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 03:41 AM

Can someone explain to me how Google became so "all" powerful? I just don't understand where all of there money comes from.


Google have a large amount of cash on hand due to its IPO (initial pulic offering = issue stocks). It will cost you about $350 just to buy ONE share (with a high of $475 and low of $172).

more info at wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google

#21 theq87

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 06:07 AM

Infinite storage?

I'ma rip my brain or genetics or something via itunes, and upload.

Everyone may copy my personality to their robots. My soul is open-source.

#22 lionheart4life

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:45 PM

Teenagers from around the world can now store their porn without having to hide it or delete it from the family computer. Plus if they make any kind of file sharing, free music and movies will continue on forever, who can afford to sue Google?
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#23 Danro

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:12 PM

Wasnt there a project like this before, not from Google though. I thought it was called X-Drive or something to that effect? Offering remote storage and such.
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#24 Sleepkyng

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:29 PM

does this mean that the governor of California is going to go back in time and try to kill the Google engineers...

#25 sblymnlcrymnl

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:46 PM

Infinite storage?

I'ma rip my brain or genetics or something via itunes, and upload.

Everyone may copy my personality to their robots. My soul is open-source.

I wouldn't anticipate a high level of demand. :lol: