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The Nodding Meant We Had No Idea What You Were Talking About

If you've been playing along when people start discussing cloud computing (nothing to do with the sky, FYI), Mark Chu-Carroll breaks it down at his blog. "In the cloud, you don't have a specific server that you use. You have computing resources — that is, someone is renting you a certain about of computation on some collection of computers somewhere," he writes. "You don't know where the disks that store the data are. And you don't need to care."