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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can using ADFS limit your options in the future? 1

Openstandards.net writes: "A fortune 500 company is currently using Active Directory (AD) and needs to support SAML to provide SSO and integrate a cloud provider of email, calendar, docs, etc, they are switching to. They are considering Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), which is included in Server 2008 licensing, so incurs no additional licensing cost. The question I have is can this limit the company's SSO options later? What if the company wants to integrate two LDAP servers used for different e-Commerce systems, which include customer logins and self-registration. One reason to keep the LDAP servers separate is because they'd never permit self-registration in AD. Plus, they'd want to keep the customers of completely separate divisions apart to prevent stranded costs in the likelihood of a sale of one division. But, you'd want AD to play a role in authentication of internal users to the e-Commerce systems. The limitation of ADFS is that it only supports Active Directory as an underlying identity repository. Does this prevent you from integating the other LDAP servers into the SSO solution? Would you have to replace ADFS at that point? Has anyone tried an SSO solution involving multiple authentication sources that included ADFS? What would you recommend in this case?"
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3 739

Hann1bal writes "The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the 'Install Other OS' feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update." Updated 3:49 GMT by timothy: An anonymous reader writes "This comes as something of a surprise. Particularly because only a month ago Sony Computer Entertainment management seemed committed to the continued support of the Other OS option on the PS3."

Submission + - Vitamin D Deficiency Effects Billion Plus (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: If you are like most people in the world, you have absolutely no clue if you are getting enough vitamin D even though it can be determined with a simple blood test. Our bodies create vitamin D naturally from sunshine, but with a culture of sun starved people that are scared of skin cancer and stuck in front of computer screens all day, we have a perfect storm for a vitamin D deficiency epidemic. Estimates place as many as 1 in 5 of the world's 6 billion people deficient in vitamin D. The solution is as simple as going outside for just 10 minutes of full sun per day or to take a daily pill, but sadly more than a billion people are not doing so. Vitamin D is crucial for proper bone growth and maintenance, and a deficiency in vitamin D results in an increased risk of osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, and several other bad things.

Schneier On a Generation Gap In Privacy 166

goompaloompa writes "In the Japan Times, Bruce Schneier writes that a passing conversation online is not what it may seem and that maintaining your privacy is becoming even more difficult as social media and cloud computing become the norm. Furthermore, while users in Japan may think they are secure, their level of protection may vary when the computers that store their data are overseas. At the root of the problem is a new generation gap: old laws incapable of covering current-day scenarios. Quoting: 'Twenty years ago, if someone wanted to look through your correspondence, they had to break into your house. Now, they can just break into your ISP. Ten years ago, your voicemail was on an answering machine in your office; now it's on a computer owned by a telephone company. ... We need comprehensive data privacy laws, protecting our data and communications regardless of where it is stored or how it is processed. We need laws forcing companies to keep it private and delete it as soon as it is no longer needed, and laws giving us the right to delete our data from third-party sites. And we need international cooperation to ensure that companies cannot flaunt data privacy laws simply by moving themselves offshore."

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval