* Posts by Pascal Monett

4123 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

A Dyson car? Don't rule it out. We're suckers for innovation, says CEO

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Dyson is a difficult beast to peg

Never had any of their vacuum clears, but I've heard from both sides of the fence on them.

I know some people who like their products, and some who don't at all.

Online isn't better, so I guess I'll just have to but one to make up my own mind.

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Cognitive computing: What can and can’t we do, and should lipreading be banned?

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"he doesn’t believe that computers will never be truly conscious"

Could we please have confirmation that there is indeed an "n" before the "ever" ?

Because there is an enormous change in meaning there, and the sentence, as it stands, does not compute with the general tone of that part of the article.

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Woah there

Since then, Google has developed a self-driving car, computers can type what you speak, and phones have become really good at playing chess.

First, the Google Car isn't finished, and there is no AI in there, just a PC with a (very) complex set of instructions reacting to its sensors and instructions. If it were AI, it might want to stop and admire the view every now and then.

Second, computers can type what we speak, most of the time almost accurately, but again, that's not AI in the sense that it's not an artificial brain doing it, just another set of complex instructions. if it were AI, it might interrupt us now and then to say "REALLY ?".

As for chess, yeah, I'll leave you that one. The damn thing beats me every time.

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Unconfirmed PayPal 0day auth flaw lingers after XSS gets fixed

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Ah, PayPal

Don't like them much, but can't fault them for leaving stray issues. As far as security is concerned, they actually are leading the pack.

The fact that the lawsuits would be humongous might be an incentive.

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Boffins build magnetic field cloak 'wormhole', could help MRI scanners

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Cool.

I stand corrected then, and I'm happy for it.

I always thought meta materials were more of a thought experiment. We still don't have invisibility cloaks though.

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They don't, apparently. They've only theoretically demonstrated the theoretical possibility of doing something.

The word "supraconductor" is generally a tell-tale sign. Room-temperature supraconductors don't exist yet. The word "meta-material" is another sign. I don't anything meta exists either.

But when they do, it'll work. Promise !

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Soyuz docks with ISS, delivers trio of fresh 'nauts

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Nice pics ! A bit blurry though.

I don't suppose they have HD cameras out there yet. Obviously, the problem is not buying the kit, but making sure new kit would work flawlessly with the rest.

Oh, and there's the cost of getting it up there and putting it in place as well. And the fact that a spacewalk is a potentially dangerous thing, so keep 'em to what is needed.

Okay, so no HD. But what's with all the numbers ? Do they really need all that data all the time ? (independantly from the fact that it's NASA, so if they have it, they most certainly need it).

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

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"irrational human fear from loss of control"

Sorry, but given how everything computer-controlled has demonstrated a marked ability to go haywire with, sometimes, dreadful consequences, the fear of loss of control is decidedly not irrational.

That said, I will welcome a car that drives itself properly and securely at all times, under any conditions, with open arms. The thought of sitting in my own private taxi, telling it where to go and then opening a book for the trip to work is one I would really, really like to see come true.

Alas, it most likely won't happen before I retire. Oh well.

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Stingray stung: FBI told 'get a warrant'

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So right.

It doesn't matter how many laws and checkpoints are in place if we can't reliably determine that the data collected is actually deleted when it's supposed to be.

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Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak

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So they want to be paid in funny (and traceable) money ?

Multiple people having their names on this most famous list were contacted and Bitcoin payment demanded.

So that means that, had my name been on that list and had I received such a demand (and were I stupid enough to not realize that it's way too late to hide now), I would have had to go and buy a bitcoin because I don't have any and no intention of dipping into that particular pond either.

Talk about a roundabout way of doing things.

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IoT baby monitors STILL revealing live streams of sleeping kids

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And that's how you make good publicity for yourself

Philips and Weaved are the names I will be recommending on this point - if ever it crops up around me.

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Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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If I'm not mistaken, that's far from being a new idea.

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

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So it's a scorcher, then ?

External GPU ? I can't believe that performance is not going to take a hit for that. And frankly, lugging that humongous box around plus the laptop is rather ridiculous, but if it rocks your boat, good for you.

I'll stick to upgrading my desktop box. Watercooling that is not a problem, there are no more space constraints and besides, LAN parties are in the past for me. Much easier and more practical to game with my friends over the Internet.

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Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

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"greatly enhance intelligence and surveillance operations"

That they will, not a shred of doubt about that.

The only question that remains is : who decides what is a valid surveillance operation ?

Whatever the answer today, what happens when a new government takes power and decides to abuse the system ? People die, that's what.

Catching criminals is an essential endevour, but the potential for abuse - especially in the current state-sanctioned-universal-surveillance we currently live in - is enormous. Add to that we simply cannot trust politicians to not do it, and I think that this is, overall, a bad idea.

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Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

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"Windows Hello and RealSense Camera support bring facial recognition"

Facial recognition - the final nail in the coffin for our privacy. Your phone/tablet/whatever is going to be the industry's portal into your life, recording everything you say, watching everything you do, and tracking you everywhere you go, "for a better customer experience".

And you won't be able to turn it off, because they'll lock it into the phone's function "for security reasons".

I am so going to live in a cave as soon as I retire.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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The developer didn't do something entirely stupid, he thought he was submitting to his private repository and, without GitHub's mistake, that's what would have happened and we would never have heard of it.

He apparently would not have included the keys if he intended to use a public repository.

To me this story is just another confirmation of "never put confidential data in the cloud". Ever. Under no circumstance.

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"GitHub [..] has apologized for the error in its code"

A proper apology would be to pay the bill. Anything else is just words.

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Judge flips class-action switch on Uber drivers' lawsuit against cab biz

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"Uber has maintained"

And Uber can keep on maintaining until hens grow teeth, what matters is what the judge says.

I love it when corporates try to redefine the law. They have to know that they'll lose, but PR dictates that they have to pretend they'll win.

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Victims of US gov't mega-breach still haven't been notified

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Standard Form 86

Among the data that is thought to have leaked are records of Standard Form 86, an exhaustive questionnaire designed for people who are requesting security clearances

Well it looks like that's all the hackers needed then. Jackpot for them.

Now all the government's got to do is create an ITB - Identity Theft Bureau. Because it's gonna take a whole new Bureau to deal with the fallout on this one.

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Ed Snowden crocked cloud, says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

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The poor little things

"multinational businesses will need to pick a collection of suppliers that comply with various jurisdictions' requirements"

As opposed to their usual attitude of "do it however we bloody want and ignore what we're told by local authorities while pretending to listen politely".

My heart bleeds for them, really it does.

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Giant sea scorpion which prowled ancient oceans revealed

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Re: we take your privacy seriously

Oh but they do - they are seriously interested in your privacy.

They're just not interested in protecting it.

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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

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Just one thing

Could we just get rid of region locking ?

I know all about unlocking the player, but I really shouldn't have to since I bought the bloody DVD/BluRay in the first place. The box says that I have the license to view the material, it doesn't say that the license is restricted to the country where I bought it and it doesn't have the right to say that.

Keep the regional code as an informational notion, but cut it out with locking the players to one region.

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Liars anyway

They lied about removing people's details, they're lying now to save whatever's left from sinking.

The only time I will believe them is when they say "We're shutting down" and file for Chapter 11.

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NCA targeted by Lizard Squad in apparent DDoS revenge attack

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Re. such a measured and informed way

It might have something to do with the fact that the NCA has seen and regularly sees worse than that (in real life, I mean), coupled with the fact that the NCA is not political or politicised, so nobody there has anything to gain by going nuts over a simple and unavoidable DDoS.

But it's still nice to see, indeed.

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Mac malware has a neat trick to install itself on OS X fans' machines

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There's just one thing

Cars cannot be reconfigured after purchase. Software can.

It's like all the rage around the TIFKAM thing. Wouldn't have happened if Microsoft had just made an option out of it.

Curiously, it is very rare that software makers bolt on entire new functionality and include a checkbox to enable/disable it. Maybe it has to do with being to lazy, but I think it has more to do with avoiding the angst of dealing with masses of stupid customers not able to read instructions and wailing about how something ain't available when the checkbox is unchecked.

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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WTF?

So, settings-win.data.microsoft.com is hard-coded, eh ?

Sounds like DDOS time !

Effing bastards. From now on, I am nuking anything with "telemetry" in its description.

Now, more than ever, it is a good idea NOT to auto-install WU patches and wait for feedback before choosing anything.

Really Nadella, if you want us on the warpath, keep it up.

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The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one

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Well, price is a rather important axis for a bloody large amount of people.

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Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

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"Liquid democracy systems tend to be meritocracies"

Citation please ?

I do agree that this affirmation appears to be, at first glance, a reasonable one, but is it actually true ?

The wikipedia article makes no mention of meritocratic influence on this Liquid Democracy thing.

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All pixels go: World's biggest sky-gazing camera gets final sign-off

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3.2 gigapixel camera

That's going to put the smackdown on smug cameraphone types for a few years . . .

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Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

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If the protocol is open and publicly documented, I don't see how Google can be sued for using it.

If it is not, then Google has to have made a deal to use it, otherwise it would indeed be legal suicide.

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

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Don't see that Mozilla needs to steal anything. Using NoScript and AdBlock, nothing moves on my Firefox until I click on it.

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Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

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Re: and probably fewer complaints about their current data collection activities

They're already not getting enough complaints about the data-hoovering, so fewer complaints is not a good option for us.

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Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker

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If being right stopped lawsuits there would be no patent trolls.

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Re: Why don't they ever name the top 'selling' dodgy applications ?

Because they publish in Lawsuit Country ?

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Friday beers scam up 240 percent, inflicts $1.2 billion in damages

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Good on the CFO, but that seems to indicate that the scammer got some insider info, or he wouldn't have been able to spoof the CEO's email. Must have been some social engineering involved.

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Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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Your point of view as a developer is valid and I totally support being paid for one's work.

The point of jailbreaking is not, however, just cheating on app payments. It can also very much be getting rid of preinstalled crap that your operator foists on you without asking for your opinion on the matter.

I do not jailbreak my phone as a matter of principle. I do get pissed off every time I see yet another update for Google Play or whatever other piece of crap thing they want to update, instead of letting me use my bandwidth as I see fit.

Of course, I am rather laughing at the moment because, after almost 3 years of use, the available space for downloads is now insufficient for the crap updates to load. The only problem is that I can't get the other updates I need either.

So it's a clusterfuck, basically, and it demonstrates that nobody in that food chain has given a moment of thought to the problem because everyone expects consumers to change their phone as soon as the new shiny comes out.

If I jailbreak my phone, then I can get rid of all the crapware I don't want and keep my phone storage space for the stuff I actually need.

But I still won't do that, because the risk of exposure to malware by simply being jailbroken is too great.

Seems I'm gonna have to give thought to replacing that phone after all.

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Boffins unveil open source GPU

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That proprietary junk has given me over a decade of beautiful game visuals.

I do look forward to an entirely Open Source hardware computing platform. That way we might have some measure of assurance that our tablets and phones of the future are not 5-Eyes-compliant right out of the box.

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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I don't think that someone who is rich and powerful has any need of a dating site.

All he needs to do is throw a pool party, then he can pick and choose among the candidates - because there will be candidates.

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Channel surfers and the irresistible rise of Content Delivery Networks

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Worse, it's an atmospheric processor on LV-426 !

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Re: not distracted by the Celebrity Tits and Arses

That's because you were on a CDN network.

You should try a CTA network instead !

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Well of course

Obviously Google does no want an open hearing - why allow your competitors to have a voice ? They just might have an argument that sticks.

Google is not about openness, and nothing about the inner workings of Google is open in any way. Google is all about backroom deals, lobbying and whispering softly in the right ears. With a brown envelope if need be.

Anything to avoid proper regulation and oversight. It's such a hassle to find ways around that.

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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

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"walk voluntarily"

Somehow I think they'll reach their designated goal, what with the atmosphere being rather toxic these days.

The real question is ; after all these years of hearing about how HP is not a good place to work (at all), does it stand a chance of changing ?

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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"Bacs is aware of an isolated issue affecting one of its member organisations"

Oh, it's just another "isolated issue". And it's only affecting one customer. What's all the fuss about, eh mate ?

Gotta love PR drones.

Before headshotting them, that is.

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Spooks, plod and security industry join to chase bank hacker

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"extortion attacks against major banks"

Wrong move, bud.

Never threaten the money. You'll spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder.

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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Re: who on this planet buys a new baby shoes

Sorry ?

We have an article telling us that Zuckerberg is planning to allow Facebook to automatically order and pay for stuff in our name and without our consent* and you're up in arms about baby shoes ?

Wrong priority, man.

* yeah, I'm sure there'll be opt-out in some version of an upcoming change to the T&Cs but, from the article, it sure doesn't sound like Facebook is going to pop up a confirmation request every time

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Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

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Absolutely

Thanks Google !

Best shot to the foot I have ever seen !

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Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

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Microsoft refused to comment

I wonder why.

Maybe it's because there's nothing they could say that would be taken seriously unless it were the words : "We goofed. Big time." ?

One thing I wonder, why didn't they push back the launch date when it was becoming obvious that they were not on track to succeed ?

Is it that urgent that Microsoft push out a new OS now ? They could have easily pushed the date back eight weeks to coincide with delivery and I don't think anyone would have actually noticed.

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Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

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Re: Hope to read more on this subject

We might find more in the fried graphics card column in some weeks or months.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

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Re: Try getting this plan past the accountants

Apparently, to get accountants to approve this plan, all you'll need to do is show them the trend in ad-blocking software.

Yes, it will cost money. There is no such thing as a free lunch. But I do believe that something along the lines of what I said is the only viable solution to the problem the article outlined.

Anything else is just going to cost more money for nothing. We have no way of tracking which ad shows up where, and if Google knows it ain't talking (as usual on this kind of matter).

The industry urgently needs to inject some oversight on the whole ad publication process, and the logical place to put that oversight is where ads are accepted for publication. By removing the ad-creation tools from the hands of the ad makers, you straightjacket them into a scenario in which they simply cannot abuse the system any more.

You nuke the problem from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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ClearSky: Keeping your premises free of unwanted clouds

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Re: Welcome to the Real World

In the Real World, you don't go putting confidential company data in the hands of complete strangers, penalty clause or no. Fat lot of good a lawsuit will do you when your IP starts showing up in competitor's products, or your customer base starts shrinking so fast your head spins.

When you have your data in-house, you have the possibility of witnessing the progress, assessing the situation, calling in expertise if necessary, switching to another server you hastily set up (or have carefully planned). You know what is going on.

You can't call for expertise when your data is managed by another company - that is their call.

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