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Submission + - Google SSL Blocked by Schools Across the World ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Over the past several weeks, the rolling out of Google SSL search has been getting attention here at slashdot, but also some not-so-pleasant obstacles have been in the making much to the frustration of school students and teachers alike. All of this is due to the fact that many content filter vendors have decided to block all google ssl traffic.

While this is being worked on by google to appease these vendors, my question to slashdot is this, "Is it the right of a company to restrict SSL traffic so they can snoop your data, or is it the right of an individual to be entitled to encrypted internet facilities? Also, is the search data you create your data, or your company's?" IANAL but this all seems at odds with the Data Protection Act as some local governments here and here possibly use the very same filtering service for their government employees (as well as the one I work for), and it would also seem to go against the spirit of FIPS (though I appreciate Federal standards are separate from schools in the states).


Submission + - Confessions of a Cloud Skeptic (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Matt Prigge argues that it is high time to count 'cloud computing' among history's most prominent IT snake oils — technical trends fraught with "transformational" sales pitches that fell far short. 'After a couple of years of obsessive coverage by trade rags and analyst firms, I think "the cloud" has jumped the shark,' Prigge writes. 'We've been inundated by stories declaring that cloud infrastructure will mark the end of cap ex for IT — and almost as many articles labeling the cloud as an unreliable, underpowered security nightmare. When I first started hearing rumblings about cloud infrastructure a few years ago, I actually thought I might have missed some huge technological development. It didn't take me long to figure out that at a very basic level, cloud infrastructure isn't new at all. It's the marketing and spin that's new.'"

Comment Re:Another meaning ... ? (Score 1) 135

Perhaps I can resolve this: the normal definition of "person" does not allow you to consider two persons to be equivalent to one in general. However, the definition of "computer" - a device that computes - allows this, because "device" is suitably vague with respect to spatial boundaries, physical form etc.

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