Unbelievably dangerous surfing

Tow-in session of January 28th in Nazare, Portugal. / 28.01.2013 from Band-Originale on Vimeo.

From Kottke who provides this info:

The waves aren’t quite as big as 100 feet, but the sequence starting at 1:52, where the guy falls off his board and swims like hell to get out of the way before the whole ocean crashes down on top of him (watch the top of the wave), gives you a real sense of how insane this sport is.

Risks of “cloud” computing (updated x2)

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So, cloud computing has been a trendy meme for the last few years. The basic idea is that your digital data lives on computer servers connected to the Internet. This collection of servers is the “cloud.”  The upside of such an approach is that your data is managed by someone else and you merely access it via any device you choose, such as a personal computer or your smartphone. You don’t even need to back up if your data is on a cloud managed properly. And you can store gigabytes of data without upgrades to your local hard drives.  Services like Yahoo Mail and Google Docs are examples of cloud computing.

But here is the hitch. What if the Internet is down? What if you are somewhere with no data connection? And, even worse, what happens if there is a serious problem with the servers that make up the cloud? Well, a huge number of users are about to find out.

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Users of Sidekicks, a smartphone/personal data device made by Danger (now owned by Microsoft) and running on T-Mobile’s network, are being notified that all their data is likely lost because of server problems at Danger/Microsoft.  Besides server failure, it also appears (unbelievably) that Danger/Microsoft does not have backup of their users’ data.

This is a epic fail (and a huge cautionary tale) for cloud computing.

Update: T-Mobile is allowing their angry users to cancel their contracts without penalty and they are at least temporarily halting sales of all Sidekicks. That is certainly the least they can do. What is Microsoft offering to do? Nada.

Update 2: It is now being claimed that the data loss was due to internal sabotage at Microsoft. This story keeps getting more strange.