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+ - How do you authenticate to Google Apps?->

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Saqib writes "Recently, I was discussing the NIST's draft Presentation on Effectively and Securely Using the Cloud Computing Paradigm with my colleagues. The discussion ultimately evolved into a discussion about authentication and access control methods employed by various organization to access their Google Apps Standard/Premier/Education accounts. We started talking and comparing Multi-factor authentication, SAML based SSO, OpenId, native Google Authentication etc. I would like to query slashdot readers who use Google Apps about the authentication method their organization currently employees and why. Also please take 2 minutes to answer a brief survey. The result summary of the survey is available here"
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+ - Should spammers be executed?->

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Saqib Ali
Saqib Ali writes "A rather long discussion @ LinkedIn on whether spammers should be executed.

Spammers are becoming a nuisance. We have to constantly improve the technologies like Captcha to prevent abuse by spammers. As the these Captchas become more and more complex, visually impaired internet users have a tough time deciphering them for legitimate use.

"Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen." George Savile a statesman, writer and a politician. Based on this famous quote by George Savile, should we be prosecuting and hanging the spammers as well?

I truly believe that in order to NOT punish often, we must punish severely. As Michel de Montaigne said, "One of the uses of our system of justice is to warn others... We are reforming, not the hanged individual, but everyone else."

The proportionality of punishment vs. the crime is not in question here. But as a society we have determined that spam is a nuisance and causes hardship for many. To deter this act of spamming, we need strict measures. Simply enacting laws against spam doesn't help if there no severe punishment associated with it.

And how come only criminals get human rights? What about law abiding citizens? What about their rights? Isn't it my right to live a life free of filthy spam?

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+ - US Gov't selects the encryption suites for FDE->

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Saqib Ali
Saqib Ali writes "If you haven't already heard, Data At Rest (DAR) Encryption Contract Awardees were announced today. The Office of Management and Budget, DoD and General Services Administration awarded multiple contracts today for blanket purchase agreements (BPA) to protect sensitive, unclassified data residing on government laptops, other mobile computing devices and removable storage media devices. Nine products were select to provide Full Disk Encryption and File Encryption."
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Comment: Government to use Full Disk Encryption on computer (Score 4, Informative) 88

by (#18712007) Attached to: Uncle Sam Earns C-minus Grade for PC Security
This is why there is a 90-day project currently in progress to select a Full Disk Encryption suites for all government owned computers. A Request for Quotation (RFQ) has already gone out on the April 12, 2007. See 1450&FileName=NOTICE_OF_AVAILABILITY_OF_A_SOLICITA TION_2.doc

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