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Cloud: Seven Words You Can't Say on TV (or the Web) in China

...And Other Random Observations from the CloudVerse

A few more random observations from the CloudVerse:

  • Maybe if MySpace didn't look and sound like a gangster porn site it could have diversified its user base a bit, and not have its doors blown off by Facebook.
  • Rupert Murdoch has foisted a lot of crap onto the world, but he's a master at the craft; no surprise that a crappy site he bought failed, while the crappy projects he starts succeed.
  • New Zealand wants financial information to remain on computers in-country; I'm still waiting for other governments (including my own) to latch onto this idea. I see an alliance of Peter King, Joe Lieberman, and Dianne Feinstein ganging up to push this through.
  • Hungary wants to control all media, to make sure there is nothing "imbalanced" or in violation of "public morality." Hey, you're in charge of the EU Presidency this year, guys, talk to your fellow Euros, the French, about how to restrict language and symbols. They're the ne plus ultra of all that.
  • While on this topic, here are the seven words you can never say on television (or on the Web) in China: Tiananmen, Falun Gong, Guo Baofeng, Shi Tao, Liu Xiaobo, Dalai Lama, and tits.
  • If Japan mattered anymore--it doesn't--its abhorrence of "confusion" in reporting would belong in this discussion, too. "Confusion" means anything that deviates from press releases.
  • Meanwhile, Steve Jobs is able to command a public/private police force to kick down an inept reporter's door; Steve, it's Eric Holder on line 1, can you take the call?
  • Don't underestimate the Obama administration's will to get Julian Assange executed. Politicians tarred with the dreaded "liberal" brush will often do outre things to pander for popularity; remember Bill Clinton making sure a brain-damaged guy got executed in Arkansas in 1992?
  • In summary, it seems the technical issues facing the growth of Cloud Computing are trivial details compared to the very non-trivial, double-plus ungood actions within the global political community.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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