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    Security of "Web 2.0"

    Ok, so for those that haven't heard yet the concept of web 2.0 is to go back to a system of smart mainframes with all your apps and data and using only a dumb terminal. I basically want to hear people's views on the idea.

    A live example is of course google docs and spreadsheets.

    The pros as far as I'm concerned are:
    * Documents are available anywhere on any pc
    * All pcs in a network are always running the same version

    Cons:
    * Performance depends on how many other people in the world are doing the same thing
    * A system with more users is inherently less secure.
    * Any breach of security will allow access to a LOT more data than storing on local workstations or local networks.

    Given this report:

    Google Malfunction

    I want to know what you lot think.
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    OK, my personal experience is restricted to thin client deployments. All I sense here is a liberal spreading of BS. Sure the trend will be to provide more comprehensive and possibly sophisticated web services, but that is only a fraction of computing.

    the concept of web 2.0 is to go back to a system of smart mainframes with all your apps and data and using only a dumb terminal
    As in a herd of white elephants waiting to be DDoSed?

    Immediate problems that I can see:

    • Security, particularly of data subject to regulatory compliance, financial information and intellectual property.
    • Trust and reliability of service
    • Licence fees
    • Copyright
    • Cost
    • Control
    • Privacy
    • Resistance from consumers, a fair proportion of whom have difficulty with what they have already.
    • Resistance from hardware and software manufacturers
    To name but a few
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    Ard- Web2.0 is really just a marketting phrase meant to imply that you are getting a richer experience from a web page than you would have 5 years ago... Server side apps brought about through AJAX is a hallmark of what people call web2.0 but I've never heard of web2.0 encompassing a switch to thin clients.

    Of course, if you ask 10 different people what web2.0 means you will get 10 different answers. The main reason I try to avoid the term..

    As an example ebay, flicker, craigslist, and wikipedia are considered web2.0 sites. None of those involve thin clients or anything of the like.

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    well, the IDEA is to switch over to thin clients, make the browser the centre of everyones world. Yes, the term is a bit vauge. Hence the quotes.
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