My personal definition of "in the cloud" is that it's running or stored on a server whose location you do not know and cannot easily find out.

If you know where it is, it's a "hosted server", not the cloud.
If you can touch it, it's "in your server room", not the cloud.


I'm bringing this up after reading more stuff talking about "your personal cloud" or "can be hosted on your on-site cloud" NO THAT'S NOT THE CLOUD YOU NITWITS.

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@zorinlynx i feel like using "the cloud" to refer to any general-purpose managed infrastructure is probably a better semantic distinction

i.e. purpose-built "private clouds" which are just task-specific data centres makes no sense

but the idea of like... servers as a general-purpose commodity is the line I draw for the use of the term

@zorinlynx "cloud" stands as one of the most persistent IT-grifter buzzwords IT has ever been party to

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