We just realized that any data going through the wire should be considered as directly provided to state agencies, and now we're excited to be able to put our private data on chinese servers ? I genuinely first thought it was a joke.
If you regularly watch your server logs, you know your ssh servers are continuously tried for bruteforce. And if you often run "whois" against attacking IP, you know that since last year, most of those attackers are chinese.
Of course, nothing allows to say those attacks are made by government rather than individuals (China is the biggest country in term of population, after all), but that's enough for me to decide not to elect this country as the place where I put my data (and yes, I try as much as I can to not store anything in US too).
An analogy: a teenager who sneaks out of the house at night, worries much more about their own parents finding out, than some other random adult. Other adults might be strictly more powerful than their own parents in any sense you'd like to measure, but the teenager isn't living under their rooves.
All countries are not equals, though. China and US are known to have no regard for privacy, and are prone to violent actions - so I'd rather chose an other country. Of course, we can't expect any country to behave good, simply because we have no mean to know it. But we can expect countries with no aggressive reputation and with low budget to be less dangerous.
You have to admit this is hardly suggesting it's the case :)
My point was : I can't know if there's problem with China government, but provided their background, I would rather go elsewhere. I don't see how this could not be perfectly reasonable.
It's a Chinese download manager that has a cache of a large percentage of all bittorrent content available on the net.
It works kind of like a communal seedbox, whenever a person opens a torrent using Thunder, it gets sent to the server which also downloads the same files, unless the server already has it (which it usually does). You'll then be downloading from the normal P2P network in addition to downloading from Thunder's servers. It always manages to max out my bandwidth (2 megabytes/s) so I'm not sure what the max speed you can get is. This also works for old torrents with no seeds and no peers, as long as someone once used Thunder to download the torrent, you can grab it from their servers.
The service costs ￥150 per year ($24.5, €18.56), which seems incredibly cheap for all the storage and bandwidth costs they'd incur
They also allow you to stream the content on their servers instead of downloading to your local disk. You can then use torrents as a kind of 'bookmark' and use Thunder as a practically unlimited cloud storage + video streaming service. They also transcode all HD content to 'fast', 'HD', and 'ultra HD' versions for you to choose between when streaming.
It's really incredible the things you can do in a country unencumbered by copyright restrictions
Plus you need to increase your costs to cover backup, geographical redundancy etc.
A 3TB Seagate Baracuda costs $127 on Amazon, 10TB worth of 3TB drives is $423
But heck, 10TB is 10TB. I'm signing up, I hope I press the right buttons.
There is also a desktop client (in English or other languages) that connects to the same backend (at least I can see my 1TB quota there and the files are visible on the iOS app as well, not sure if adding files there will trigger the quota increase): http://blog.imqq.com/what-is-qq-disk/
My concern is this type of services can be taken away from us anytime, even in US, google and yahoo already shut down a number of services that they don't think useful/profitable
It is the same question, given that USA spying is the biggest in the world, specially industrial spying, and that thanks to the patriot acts they could spy on you even legally.
You could put something important in the cloud, but this could not be secret.