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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

damacus Re:What the hell (168 comments)

The OP is using GAFE, Google Apps for Education. It's basically the same as the commercial offering. Students don't create their own accounts, the district likely has a process in place that automatically provisions the new accounts using something like Google Apps Directory Sync or a 3rd party app that uses the Google Accounts APIs. Kids / employees go to sign in and it Just Works. (TM).

(Source: I've implemented GAFE / GADS at a K-12.)

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

damacus Re:Dealership model is so broken. (229 comments)

Incorrect. Original Design Manufacturers *design* and *patent* what they've designed. Apple designs and patents their own equipment.

They do outsource the manufacturing to companies like Quanta, Keytronic, and Foxconn, but that doesn't mean they wear the pants in the relationship, and they would be beholden to Apple to determine who they could or could not ship or sell units to. Purchasing from Apple is essentially a direct purchase without a third party.

about 9 months ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

damacus Re:Dealership model is so broken. (229 comments)

What? I believe you've always been able to order directly from Apple. No middle-man required.

about 9 months ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

damacus Dealership model is so broken. (229 comments)

Imagine if you wanted an Apple computer you had to buy it through Best Buy or Radio Shack, and dealing with their personnel. The companies that do business this way are maddening. Elsewhere, companies like Cisco choose not to sell directly to buyers, making them go through a partner or reseller. This may have been an acceptable model years ago, but these days it's tedious and I think people expect more; they don't want to deal with a third party whose interests are not wholly aligned with their own. At least when you're talking about tech vendors, you can opt to deal with someone else who does business differently. Government enforcement of a given model is quite wrong-headed and needs to be stopped. It smacks of protectionism to me.

about 9 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Developers Run Into Hostile Legacy Systems

damacus Re:404 on link (5 comments)

"Don't say anything until we can form a CYA Committee - not that those proles would understand it anyway!"

No, really though, I think some of the efforts would be heroic in nature. I would be interested in knowing how many agencies / companies / systems they have to integrate with, and how much push-back the people developing the system have had to deal with. Pretty sure there's a story there.

Unrelated, I'm not sure with rjmarvin's fascination with Cones of Shame is all about.

about a year ago
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HealthCare.gov Developers Run Into Hostile Legacy Systems

damacus 404 on link (5 comments)

Sounds like an interesting story, but no article / original source is problematic. :-)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

damacus Re:Budgets, not tax. Jeez. (301 comments)

Yeah, I agree, but not everyone works in an organization with that accounting structure. :-)

"Fund accounting is an accounting system emphasizing accountability rather than profitability, used by non-profit organizations and governments. In this system, a fund is a self-balancing set of accounts, segregated for specific purposes in accordance with laws and regulations or special restrictions and limitations."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fund_accounting

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

damacus Re:501(c)(3)'s CAN CHARGE FOR SERVICES!!!!! (301 comments)

Absolutely. Quoting Wikipedia, "While not-for-profit organizations are permitted to generate surplus revenues, they must be retained by the organization for its self-preservation, expansion, or plans." ... "The extent to which an NPO can generate surplus revenues may be constrained or use of surplus revenues may be restricted."

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

damacus Re:501(c)(3)'s CAN CHARGE FOR SERVICES!!!!! (301 comments)

Ever been to Kickstarter?

You can sell a poster for $500.

Sell a meeting with lead developers (to discuss project direction, feature requests.. whatever) for $2,500.

Get creative.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

damacus Budgets, not tax. Jeez. (301 comments)

"Dodging" tax laws has a negative connotation. Tax laws related to donations *benefit* companies generally as write-offs. I think your post was unfair and presumptuous as to the original poster's intentions.

I don't think the original poster's intentions / considerations had anything to do with tax laws and instead are directly relevant to financial budgets, hinted at by the "underspend" part. Budgets are different from a wallet or general corporate account. You don't want to get into dealings with the administration on misappropriation of budgeted funds.

As far as misappropriations are concerned: if your underspend is on a 'services' or 'software' category, and you use a lot of open source software, it isn't necessarily a misappropriation of funds (and the spirit of the account) to help ensure the projects on which your company depends stay in good health. The groups could've sold a $5,000 consultation or Support Meeting and just talked about how the org. used the software in question and had a chance to present ideas to them. And then at the end of the call or meeting, the project is $5K richer.

TL;DR large organizations that may have money to spend sometimes need some flexibility.

about a year ago
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Amazon.com is Down

damacus Was down, anyway. (1 comments)

Amazon *was* down. Up now. Was down for at least 30 minutes, from 2PM CDT until within the last 5 minutes.

Wondering if they're seeing what their impact is on traffic not unlike google's outage showed recently.

about a year ago
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EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

damacus Default blocking and non-comm OK, but make opt. (301 comments)

My opinion is that it makes sense for default settings (protecting those inadvertently sharing, preventing a trojan from starting up a common service or opening VNC to the world, etc etc), but a customer should be able to call in and ask that they be exempted from those restrictions. I do understand also non-commercial stipulations and am fine with that too.. but I should never have to wonder if, as a customer, I'm violating my ToS by having SSH and a VPN service sitting on my connection.. it's one of those things where even unenforced it can be used as means for termination and whatnot.

about a year ago
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Fantastic Voyage Microrocket Technology Coming To a Body Near You

damacus Re:Innerspace was far superior movie.... (19 comments)

I liked the part in Fantastic Voyage where Coolio was riding in the back of a super sweet convertible.

about a year and a half ago
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How to Get Conjurer James Randi to Give You $1 Million (Video)

damacus Richard Feynman (219 comments)

Interviewer didn't know who Richard Feynman was? Missing out on that one.... please renew your geek card.

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

damacus Google Glass (166 comments)

I think augmented reality could work well in cases like these. Inobtrusive, low/little light pollution compared to 3-5" screens, and not distracting the user from still taking in the sights before them. Sure, it's not traditional, but if done in such a way that it doesn't spoil the experience for others (in particular) and adds something for those visiting.. more power to them.

about 2 years ago

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