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Comment SSO to Google Apps -- easy (Score 1) 168

This is fairly easy:
  1. Setup a Shibboleth IdP (
  2. Configure it to do Kerberos ( and configure the browser to behave
  3. Federate with Google Apps

User authenticates to machine & SSOs over to Google Apps & done. Since it seems that you're in Wisconsin, contact the IdP folks at UW-Madison: They can likely assist you with setting things up.

Comment Re:Smartphone (or feature phone) (Score 1) 113

We use Duo at work and I use it personally (free for up to 10 users with unlimited integrations). Their app is TOTP compatible so it works well with Google Authenticator and the like. The service also supports hard tokens and 3rd party tokens like yubikey. The push works as advertised and is dead simple, and yes, it works just like the demos. Their integrations are generally easy to use. We've found their APIs to be decent as well having written our own user-registration portal as well as custom integrations for some apps.

Comment Re:So... Covenants (Score 1) 324

There is one other process. It's called a variance. The Board of Directors, at their discretion, can under certain circumstances grant a variance to the CC&R. Now, if your 22 homes are truly of the mind to get high-speed, why isn't the HOA via the Board trying to negotiate something? If the declaration is what's getting in the way, and everybody wants the service, it seems changing the CC&R would be easy, especially for 22 homes. Now, move up to 300 homes, and life gets harder. Barring that (each state is different in regards to reqs for changing the CC&R). Alternately, the HOA has one other tool -- Special Assessment. You all find out the cost from the ISP to wire you up & the HOA as an entity pays them to do the neighborhood. The ISP is more likely to be willing to deal with one entity and one payer than 22 individual ones.

Comment Re:LOL, wrong question ... (Score 2) 177

Assuming the cost is on the same scale, would you pay a few hundred grand for a few weeks in orbit?

Would I if I had it to spend? Absolutely. Can I or most of us afford to spend the cost of a house on this? Sadly, no.

I suspect most of us will never get to do this, which sucks. Because I would dearly love to do this before I die.

Folks said the same thing about:

  • Automobiles
  • Air travel
  • Computers
  • Cellular Phones
  • ... and much more
    • Give it 30-40 years or so and you'll be getting daily deal notifications about $1000 one-way tickets to Disney-Space on Southwest.

Comment Re:A B1 visa is not easy to get... (Score 1) 332

The US has some amazing restrictions and employment laws. For example, I am a US citizen born abroad. Because I was born abroad and lived abroad, I didn't sign up for "Selective Service". Well, duh. However, this makes me ineligible for most government jobs or indeed student loans. (Yes, I have been told this in person by government officials.) I may have lived in the US now for over half my life, paid taxes, yadda yadda yadda, but if I want additional schooling then I'd have to go back to my country of origin (England) because I'd be refused it here.

So, why not just sign up for the Selective Service & get on with life? It takes just a few minutes to fill out the forms.


Submission + - Firefox Plug-in Check Lends Rivals Security Hand (

CWmike writes: Mozilla launched a Web-based tool that lets users of rival browsers to determine whether important add-ons may be vulnerable to attack. An extension of plug-in checking that Mozilla began adding to Firefox 3 last year — was originally slated for a late March debut, the 'Plugin Check' tool lets users of Apple's Safari 4, Google's Chrome 4 and Opera Software's Opera 10.5 scan their browsers for outdated plug-ins such as Apple's QuickTime or Adobe's Flash and Reader that are frequently targeted by hackers. Mozilla also made a plea for help from plug-in makers: 'If you're a plug-in vendor, we need your help! ... The directory is currently in alpha stages, and we need vendors to let us know as new versions come out, and old versions become dangerous.'

Comment Re:Now to get rid of noncompetes (Score 1) 214

I didn't have a contract with my old Cingular/AT&T service, nor do I have one with my new VirginMobile service. I also don't have a contract with Netscape ISP, or Dish Network. I *chose* not to take their offered contracts, and you could do the same, if you don't like being locked-in for 1-2 years.

I did the exact same thing with Comcast for internet and Dish for TV. They came at me with a contract, I declined & told them I'm definitely going elsewhere then as their competitors contracts come with more stuff. They caved.

Comment Re:Verizon is doubling the phone-subsidy to $350.. (Score 4, Informative) 520

Also, unlike most other services, with TracFone you don't own your number. You decide to switch carriers and your phone number goes with it. Personally keeping my number is worth quite a bit more than $350. To each his own though.

According to TracFone's FAQ. They will allow you to transfer your number out of TracFone, but your personal information on the TracFone account must match the information on the new carrier's account. Source


Submission + - SPAM: IBM Webmail aims at Google, Microsoft

alphadogg writes: IBM has launched LotusLive iNotes, an on-demand e-mail, calendaring and contact management system meant to compete with the likes of Gmail and Microsoft Exchange, the company said Friday. Pricing starts at $3 per user per month, undercutting Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $50 per user per year. IBM is aiming the software at large enterprises that want to migrate an on-premise e-mail system to SaaS, particularly for users who aren't tied to a desk, such as retail workers. It is also hoping to win business from smaller companies interested in on-demand software but with concerns about security and service outages, such as those suffered by Gmail in recent months. LotusLive iNotes is based on technology IBM purchased from the Hong Kong company Outblaze.
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Comment Re:Mesh networks in Aviation (Score 3, Interesting) 131

The HAM community already has this sort of thing. It's called APRS, and includes all the capabilities that you describe. All that would be needed is to put the necessary GPS and computer systems into the aircraft and wire them up to warn the pilot when another plane is getting too close.

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