Better off Elon

This week, we suppose we’re meant to have some kind of sideways take on Downtime icon Elon Musk selling flamethrowers to his lamewad fans, but documenting this man’s hijinks is starting to become as gruelling as working for him.

It’s so difficult to predict Musk’s next move. Not long ago, he seemed to at least be keen on warning human civilisation about the dangers of AI, securing a special place in our hearts when he put Mark Zuckerberg in his place for airing his breathtakingly callow thoughts on the subject. But now our darling Elon is arming goofy budding pyromaniacs with propane torches and, more than anything, we’re confused. What’s he up to?

If he sorts out some flash new underground transport systems and gets us all set up on Mars, he might yet find himself championed across the globe, but what’s in it for him? Is he just a rich guy who can’t move on from how sweaty he used to get on the bus?

Have we been had here? Are we no better than the pigtailed cheerleader inexplicably fawning over the jock as he bends over and sets light to his own fart?

Well, enough is enough. Downtime is in search of a new badboy overlord pin-up as of now, and rumours Jeff Bezos doesn’t let anyone wee frankly have us weak at the knees.

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How is 'The Cloud' new school? Perhaps if you've only been in IT for 3 years.

The cloud is just leasing server-time and storage, what is old is new again.

The biggest stumbling block is where are these servers hosted? Sure, there is no absolute security, but that is a false dichotomy: If you can get your hands on the metal, getting information is orders of magnitudes easier.

Thinking that 'The Cloud' isn't the hottest thing in industrial espionage is EXTREMELY naive. Moving your business communications to leased servers in countries you may not even consider doing business in - knowingly or unknowingly, is simply embarrassing.
The "Where we're at" may describe some people but not us. Our in-house Exchange server allows our users to connect with a number of devices. We have not used POP3 for email in the last twelve years. Remote laptops use Outlook Anywhere, mobile devices use Activesync. All of the other small businesses I know of are configured similar to ours. Are people really configured as you described? Also, you can configure SMTP clients to leave a copy of the message on the server so multiple devices can get a copy.
Honestly, this isn't even close to where we are at.

We have switched to Exchange, due to the fact that no cloud service has been able to adequately keep up with the amounts of emails that many of our users send and receive. Both in quantity and size, overall many users get over 100 messages, totaling around 1GB a day each.
Gack...this article is horrible and obviously paid for by a cloud service. This is the most innacurate portrayal of corporate email.
Wow, what they list as pros for cloud is laughable. Our current e-mail system does everything they list as pros for the cloud and more and is hosted in our private cloud in our own data center. People that fall in to this cloud hype are uneducated, unknowledgeable IT types. The only thing we would gain by moving to the cloud is the cons. Why bother?
> ...In this system of operation, messages
> are often deleted upon downloading
> from the post office protocol 3 or
> Internet message access protocol 4
> server, and thus, for a given user,
> usually reside solely within the endpoint
> client

IMAP only deletes the emails on the server if you've set it up WRONG in the first place. The only benefit of the cloud at that point is that the hosting company may have some people more competentent than the obviously dimwitted admin you have in house. Of course, the reality is the cloud host will have the same level of dimwits as well.
The only future for the cloud is like rain its coming down! The only reason for the hype about cloud is the companys who want to sell SAAS.
All you need to know is right in the article:

"Most cloud providers don’t guarantee security, but there’s no such thing as absolute security -- hackers can gain access to any server. "

Fort Knox is not absolute security, but I'm fairly certain it is safe, and they do guarantee security.

If we used the 'Cloud' model, Fort Knox would be a couple of tool sheds in Rwanda. With no doors. BUT! It's practically the same thing - Remember, there is no absolute security. LOL

If you value the security of your corporate communications, customer info, and trade secrets, it's pretty clear which implementation makes more sense.