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[–] ToOnMaN 1 points 27 points (+28|-1) ago 

Ive been telling people this since the term became popular. Sure, its kind of a cool term IF people understand the concept.

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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

I cant really disagree but then again the definition of a cloud isnt just water vapor in the sky. A collection of small particles is also considered a cloud, electron cloud for example. Information can be broken down to 1/0's, they are pretty small but the medium they are stored on isnt.

Now im all up in the air on this one..

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[–] Trip 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I always thought it was called the cloud because of the way the data is streamed up and down to and from it.

Similar to how it's called a "torrent" because it's a "Torrent of data."

I just always assumed the cloud was sort of the same thing, you can upload to and download from cloud storage. The data is like rain/evaporation, especially since uploading is normally slower than downloading (just like evaporation takes a long time but you can get soaked from rain in seconds.)

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[–] RandomNumberGod 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Can confirm, my computer has daemons in it and they've made me commit the deadly sin ira many times.

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[–] Riobe 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

To devil's advocate:

Term Analog
Cloud (A very large amount of small water droplets not necessarily staying in one geographic location) Either the servers the data is on, or the servers themselves, that may not stay in one geographic location. The servers or chunks of data themselves being small compared to the whole.
Water vapor evaporating to the cloud Uploads
Rain Downloads

Just another way to think of it. ^.^

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[–] Drenki 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And it covers a lot more services.

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[–] Gracchi 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Honestly, it's awesome. Economy of scale means that a company that hosts these servers can do it much cheaper that each individual company or person. It's a great improvement in efficiency. The problem is that our laws haven't even close to caught up to this. If our laws provided protections and ensured that if I upload data to a server, that it's still my data, I'd be all about the cloud.

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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I have a 32TB network at home for the simple fact that if my network is cracked it is my fault. I just dont trust others with my personal information. I agree about the laws, look at what M$ is doing with W10.

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[–] kronal 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The cloud used to be just an image to represent the internet or the part of the network you don't know or don't care to represent.

Like, you have your local computer, others on your local network, the router, which communicated to the internet (drawn as a cloud) and on the other side another computer on another local network gets your message, and so-on.

Some examples:

Sub-networks as clouds

WAN

Internet

Internet