Slashdotters rain on 'cloud computing'

Runaway winner in 'least worthy' poll

Picking just one from the list Slashdot offers in its "least worthy tech world clichés/buzzwords" poll takes a fair amount of determination, as they are all worthy contenders. Your choices: ultrabook, the cloud/cloud computing, advanced persistent threat, solution, God particle, and "some other option (explained in comments)."

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The clear leader as I type - with 43 percent of 16,500 votes registered -- is the cloud, although many a spirited case is made in the comments section for the others and various overlooked alternatives.


Among the better rants:

It was e- and cyber... But to make some people with bigger budgets feel better, they were enterprise. Solutions were great. They could have their own solution to sell to someone else, or if they didn't want to go through the work, they could find someone else with a solution. Now they want to be in the cloud, with their enterprise cloud solutions. Of course, this is the logical progression to outsourcing to offshore 3rd party solutions. Too many words. "Cloud" fits them all.

Are you cloud compatible? Cloud compliant? Don't you do all your work in the cloud?

On so many occasions, I've had to decrypt what the buzzword of the day was for senior and middle management. They'd say enterprise cyber e- solution in the cloud. I'd ask "What the (bad word) do you mean?" Their answers are always the same. "Enterprise will give us sustainably, grow with our needs forever, and give us the perfect solution." Cyber, "e-", solution, and cloud, are usually answered with grumbles, some magic hand waiving and assurances that it's everything we've ever needed, wanted, and we can have it for just $19.95/mo. Of course, that $19.95/mo becomes $1,000/mo very quickly.

And he was just getting warmed up.

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