09 Jan 2017
Mythics: “An Alternative Approach to IT Modernization” Whitepaper Featuring Gary Foster CIO MBTA & MassDOT
I am excited to post a blog today, which is highlighting a new whitepaper "An Alternative Approach to Modernization: IT Appliances Offer a Viable Path…
09 Jan 2017 2:14pm GMT
What's in a Name? Everything… Some years ago, we put together a fun little map that shows some of the dangers our customers face in the treacherous waters of Identity Management. But now, after meeting with our customer advisory board during the recent Gartner IAM event in Las Vegas, we've had to expand the map […]
The post From VDS to a Federated Identity Service Based on Virtualization appeared first on Radiant Logic, Inc
09 Jan 2017 2:00pm GMT
Vittorio Bertocci - Microsoft: One year since “Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications” came out
About one year ago, I was all excited to finally hold in my hands the thing that swallowed most of the weekends and vacation days of 2015: a paper copy of my latest book, "Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for web Applications". And I just realized I never wrote an "announcement" [...]
09 Jan 2017 9:05am GMT
08 Jan 2017
Letters from the Land of the Protons #1
It has, as usual, been hot and cold here in Texas between the third Sunday of Advent and Epiphany. You could literally have given yourself a heatstroke while jogging at noon on December 17 and frozen your tongue to a metal pole at noon the next day, if you didn't have much sense in any kind of weather.
I have a record of the whole thing, because of the weather station I installed in my back yard (it's a long story, but the nub of my motivation is that we live in a kind of hyper-local rain shadow, so the Austin news stations' summaries of how much rain the area receives tell me nothing about whether I should turn the sprinkler system on or off). Here's the temperature graph for 15 December 2016 through 6 January 2017:
I love the weather station; it tells me lots of fascinating stuff about wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, rainfall rates and totals, relative humidity and dew point, and solar and UV intensity. But the weather station isn't perfect. For one thing, it doesn't store information locally - it can display data for just the current instant on a console inside the house, but all the storage and graphing happens on the Internet via Weather Underground. So unless I want to do a lot of work to design a data capture and storage system I can run in my house, I can't record weather data unless my internet connection is up and running. In lots of places that might not be much of an issue, but here in Texas, we get a lot of extreme weather, which translates to a lot of power outages. And so I tend to lose data about the weather at exactly the moments when the weather is most interesting.
There's another thing about the weather station that doesn't bother me, but does bother some people: it's hard to know for sure if it's telling the truth about the weather. The station itself is a bunch of sensors I've never seen, hiding inside a vaguely duck-shaped white plastic housing. I don't know exactly how those sensors work, and I'm pretty sure there's a bunch of software hiding in there with the sensors, which inevitably means the duck's guts are full of bugs. If somebody wanted to fool me about the weather, or if somebody at the weather station factory was just having a bad day and screwed up some of the software, it would be hard for me to tell that anything was amiss.
I don't worry much about this for two reasons: first, I can't figure out why somebody would want to fool me about the weather, and second, Weather Underground doesn't just report my weather station's results - it reports all my neighbors' weather stations' results, and I can check and see if they're all saying similar things. There are a lot of personal weather stations near me, and they're made by a bunch of different companies, and they all report pretty similar data all the time. Here's what the map of the weather stations near me looked like yesterday:
So if there's some kind of weather data manipulation conspiracy going on, it's a very big and very effective conspiracy.
Still, the weather station is not a majority-proton device; it's got a bunch of electrons. So a conspiracy is at least possible. And some people are very worried about weather data conspiracies. This guy, for example. Lots of folks have already made up their minds about whether anthropogenic climate change is happening or not, and I'm not going to argue about that here; I want instead to talk about the electrons vs. protons aspect of Tony Heller's article. The most obvious thing I took away from the article is that there's no way I can verify anything about his claims - and there's no way he can verify anything about them either. He's making claims about thousands (or maybe tens or hundreds of thousands) of sensors he's never personally inspected. These sensors are made by lots of different companies, operated by lots of different organizations, deployed in all kinds of different places under all sorts of different conditions - and most of them are stuffed with shifty little electrons doing whatever it is shifty little electrons do when we're not looking. And after the sensors' local electrons are done doing whatever they do, they're reporting little electronic numbers to big electronic computers far away, stuffed with more shifty little electrons doing more mysterious electron-stuff.
If "Heller" (who is "himself" a creature of the land of electrons; there is apparently a male primate mammal named Steven Goddard from the land of protons who invented this electron-character he calls "Tony Heller") wanted to argue, based on this reality, that there's a high degree of uncertainty about any result reported by all the sensors, that argument would at least make sense. But that's not what he's arguing; he's arguing that the IPCC and NOAA are interpreting the sensor data incorrectly, and that he (who does not own or operate any of the sensors) has a high degree of certainty that he's interpreting it correctly. Upon what, we might ask, is that high degree of certainty based? And how, we might ask, might we achieve a similar degree of certainty?
The answer, of course, is that we really can't be as certain as Heller thinks he is. Achieving that degree of certainty involves hauling huge hulking bags of protons (us) all over the world to look at all kinds of complicated devices and figure out whether they're working - and doing that all the time, everywhere.
So if we can't be very certain about all those sensors, what can we do, if we want to have an informed opinion about climate trends? It turns out that if we're modest, we can do quite a lot, and we can do it with big, slow, reliable protons instead of shifty electrons.
George Washington Carver reportedly liked to tell a story about humility. He said that when he was a young man he prayed to God to tell him the secrets of the universe - and that God told him he wasn't big enough to learn the secrets of the universe. So after a little reflection he prayed to God to tell him the secrets of the peanut. And God answered "George, that's more your size".
If, like Carver, you want to be humble about how much of the universe you're likely to be able to understand, you might just want to give up on being really certain about whether the temperature readings from a sensor floating a yard under the surface of the Pacific Ocean off Tierra del Fuego are accurate, and focus instead on being pretty confident about knowing the temperature in your backyard.
And to be really confident about the temperature in your backyard, you'll want a sensor that works all the time, even when the power is out, and that can't lie to you, either accidentally or on purpose. In other words, you want a sensor that lives in the land of protons instead of the land of electrons.
Luckily, it's easy to find a proton-land temperature sensor. It's called a Spirit Thermometer, and you can get one for about two bucks. Mine is the slightly more expensive (but prettier!) version in the photo at the top of this letter. It's just a sealed glass tube with a little bulb of red-colored alcohol at the bottom. It works because of very simple proton-land physics: alcohol expands when you heat it and contracts when you cool it, so the hotter it gets, the higher up the glass tube the alcohol creeps. There's a handy scale alongside the glass tube so you can read the temperature in the degrees of your choice (PSA: just take a marker and scratch out the Celsius scale, because Fahrenheit is better, at least if you're a human.)
Unless the laws of physics which govern thermal expansion of liquids change, there's no way the Spirit Thermometer can make an error. Like George Washington, the Spirit Thermometer cannot tell a lie.
If you believe in conspiracy theories, you might be worried about someone tampering with your sensor; the good news here is that since the Spirit Thermometer is a proton device rather than an electron device, it's pretty hard to tamper with: to get it to change its behavior you have to change the size of the space inside the glass, or you have to add or take away alcohol. Doing any of these things would mean you'd have to open the sealed glass tube and then close it up again without leaving any evidence that you'd messed with it. It's a little easier to replace the scale that sits alongside the glass tube with one that's marked differently; my take on this is that if you live in a neighborhood where there's a real chance that people are breaking into your backyard to replace parts of your thermometer, the climate might not be the first thing you should worry about.
Living in the land of protons with my Spirit Thermometer provides me with a kind of existential calm. The land of electrons is full of arguments about whether the globe is warming, whether the scientific community is cooking the numbers from millions of shifty-electron sensors, and whether the government is lying to us. I don't have to worry about that. My stolid, boring little red liquid protons and clear glass protons tell me - with the majestic authority of the physical laws of the universe - whether it's hot or cold in my backyard. I can write down what they tell me every day at 3pm, and after a year, I know with a very high level of confidence whether this year is warmer than last year in my own back yard. And if someone tells me "the world isn't getting hotter", I can smile and answer "well, my backyard is hotter. The protons told me so".
By the way, my protons approve of the weather station. Right now the protons say it's 51 degrees. The weather station says 50.2, which is pretty close for a bunch of shifty electrons. And, give or take 0.8 degrees, it's a mighty nice day down here in Austin.
08 Jan 2017 11:36pm GMT
06 Jan 2017
If you have use for digital pressure gauges or any number of other items that you're not going to find in your neighborhood store, where do you go to find them? Given today's digital age, more and more consumers are discovering that the online buying experience is oftentimes their best call of recourse. For those not aware of their place in the world, such gauges are used to give an individual a well-placed reading with a connected digital display (oftentimes used to monitor pumps etc.). The display receives a message (signal) from the transducer and performs an action tied to the settings. This provides the user with a pressure reading within the measured unit they select. Keep in mind that digital gauges are constructed to withstand demanding conditions such as water, notable vibrations, constant pressure etc. So, if you're in need of a digital pressure gauge (good for both local and remote indicators for the pressure at hand) going online can be your best bet.
The post Using Digital Pressure Gauges When Needing Readings appeared first on All Peers.
06 Jan 2017 5:35pm GMT
Lots of good stuff in here and it's not all Kanye West, David Bowie and Solange. If you only look at a couple, check out White Noise - Albums and Tracks.
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We've picked out the top tracks from 2016, from classic club killers to experimental, ambient and disco fire. Check the list or our handy Youtube roundup.
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06 Jan 2017 11:06am GMT
Your dining table or the desk in your home office has seen better days; it was never a luxury purchase to begin with, it's been with you through thick and thin, and it's definitely showing signs of its age. You've hauled it with you every time you've upgraded your home or condo, but now it's finally time to upgrade your furniture, too. If you're ready to bring dignity and beauty into your home furnishings, you can't do better than buying solid wood. Modern wood craftsmen in Toronto have a special level of skill and dedication that goes back generations and…
06 Jan 2017 8:36am GMT
ENISA Homepage is Europe's 'cyber security' agency. Periodically, they publish "Info Notes" to provide background information and recommendations about cybersecurity. While not recommendations, ENISA explains that these notes "provide background information and recommendations derived from past experiences and common sense, and should be taken as starting points for discussions on possible courses of action." The … Read more >>
06 Jan 2017 4:41am GMT
05 Jan 2017
The OpenID Foundation plays an important role in the interoperability of Internet identity. This is to announce the OpenID Foundation individual community board member 2017 election schedule. Those elected will help determine the role the Foundation plays in facilitating the creation and adoption of open identity standards. Per our bylaws, three individual community board members [...]
05 Jan 2017 8:46pm GMT
These days users expect a fluid, app-like experience on the internet. Thus, the new web is being built with APIs and single-page frontends. This means it's more important that ever to build APIs that are easy to use, reliable, and scalable. ASP.NET Core makes it easy to build great APIs, but there are a few …
05 Jan 2017 8:32pm GMT
04 Jan 2017
Static sites are the best. They're fast, they're simple, and they're practically free to host. Since late January 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become one of the best static web hosting providers of all time due to their release of AWS Certificate Manager (ACM). Using AWS, you can now: Deploy your static site into …
The post The Ultimate Guide to Deploying Static Sites on AWS appeared first on Stormpath User Identity API.
04 Jan 2017 4:23pm GMT
03 Jan 2017
Mythics: How Do You Manage Your Cloud? Strategies for Multi-Vendor Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud Management
It's happening folks, the migration to the cloud. Over the last decade, the cloud has become one of the most defining transformation challenges to IT.…
03 Jan 2017 8:17pm GMT
The relatively nascent and rapidly growing world of the connected car has yet to realize the business advantages that digital identity can bring to its vast ecosystem; but that's about to change. From early internet screen names to connected devices of every kind, digital identity is everywhere. Receive a shiny new Apple watch over the…
03 Jan 2017 5:05am GMT
02 Jan 2017
Yet another year is over. 2016 was an incredibly busy year for midPoint. Lots of new midPoint deployments and projects. But most importantly the midPoint itself has significantly evolved. MidPoint is firmly based in the identity governance now.
First half of 2016 produced midPoint 3.4 "Heisenberg". Heisenberg includes a lot of new features. But one improvement overshadowed almost all of them: the user interface. We have received a lot of kudos for that. New user interface was a major leap forward towards usability.
Second half of 2016 was dedicated to midPoint 3.5 "Einstein". The release of Einstein was a real exercise in flexible planning. We have secured funding for a number of sponsored features quite late in the development cycle and we had to adapt the plans to make it possible. But we have done it. Einstein was released shortly before Christmas. It includes a lot of new features that turn midPoint into a practical identity governance system. Even though the release is still fresh there is a lot of potential in it.
All that was a huge amount of work. But there is still more. We had been secretly working on something that we have unveiled at Christmas: midPoint book. This is our gift to the midPoint community. It is a way how to thank you all. Knowing that you are there was a great motivation for us.
For those that want to see more details there is an infographic about Evolveum in 2016:
It is 2017 already. And it is time to look ahead. We have very ambitious plans for 2017. And we hope that we can make it a reality. However, we will need you to make that happen. As always. I'm really looking forward to it.
(Reposted from Evolveum blog)
02 Jan 2017 4:08pm GMT
Back on the saddle after a nice season break and quality time with the family. And there's no better start than sending to you all my best wishes for 2017 ! May this new year bring you (more) love, happiness,…
02 Jan 2017 11:53am GMT
Touchscreen technology has become a critical part of the medical field, used in everything from monitors and tablets to glucose readers and thermometers. They've become important tools in the operating room, they're used by nurses to monitor patients, and they have even been implemented in self-patient kiosks to streamline service in hospitals and pharmacies. In only a matter of years, they have reduced dependence on peripheral equipment (mice and keyboards, for example), reduced the frequency of mechanical failures, reduced the size of equipment, and overall improved the efficiency of monitoring equipment. Medical professionals need large quantities of information immediately whether…
02 Jan 2017 9:22am GMT