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?"
Openstandards.net writes: "Whether or not you believe man is causing global warming and we are all going to die from the devastation to our pristine beaches as sea levels rise; and that we must sacrifice everything, including jobs, families, and food for small children counting on their parents to have a paycheck to pay the bills, there has to be some part of you that questions the true scientific objectivity behind the assumptions that have lead politicians to gamble our livelihoods and economic prosperity on the faith that only drastic intervention can save the planet. Now we have a new climate theory using CERN that appears to be proving that "charged subatomic particles from outer space" have a large impact on cloud formation on earth, which in turn helps to create the greenhouse effect we are all introduced to by being told how clouds trap heat, and why it is cold at night when the sky is clear."
Openstandards.net writes: "IBM is suing AOL over patent-infringement. This raises interesting questions. Is this justice for AOL's ridiculous 1-click suit or is it a cause for concern because IBM is now launching first strikes at Internet companies with their huge patent portfolio?"