US State Department: iPad is a security risk

US State Department: iPad is a security riskThe US State Department has been scouting around for a device to use in overseas language-education programs, and the iPad has failed to meet its lofty criteria.

In fact, the iPad lost out on the $16.5 million contract to none other than the humble Amazon Kindle Touch.

The project demanded a device with international 3G capabilities, text-to-speech functionality, extended battery life (we’re talking way more than 10 hours use), and a "secure, centrally managed content distribution and management platform.”

The State Department explains: “Although the Apple iPad offers features that meet many of the requirements of this project it falls under the tablet/computer segment versus a single function e-reader device.

“The additional features are not only unnecessary, but also present unacceptable security and usability risks for the government’s needs in this particular project. Critically, the Apple iPad falls short on two requirements: the centrally managed platform for registration and content delivery, and battery life.”

The Amazon Kindle Touch, with its E Ink display, offers up to two months use on a single charge (reading for 30 minutes per day with Wi-Fi off). Cripes.

via: AllThingsD

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2012 at 17:52

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha
I laugh my a*s off.
Oh, wait - it's already off. Obama okay'ed StuxNet - we know that now. The FBI facilitated Sabu's Stratfor 'hack'; and they facilitated the leaking of the files, thus compromising the privacy and business integrity of thousands of Stratfor's clients.
The list is quite literally endless, as their shady activities are ongoing.
Google, we know that now, too - Google did NOT accidentally collect data from unsecured WiFi setups with their StreetView vans. They did it on purpose. And they did it to collect OUR info as future currency. While skriptkiddies are hunted like terrorists, while Assange's head is to be delivered on a platter to Rush Limbaugh... The main players in online crime and Cyber Terrorism are US alphabet soups. To such a degree that the FBI doesn't mind endangering thousands of US lawenforcement officers by playing footsie with Sabu. Hello!
Assange is the evilist of all because the collateral damage videos, so claims the US, could have endangered Iraqi civilians and US 'agents'... how convenient. That'd be the same 'agents' who kill Iraqi civilians, then, wouldn't it? My head's a smoking platform.
StuxNet could quite possibly bite back big time, but hey, lets execute hackers - right there in their mummies' basement.

There is no online security, no online privacy because of the very group of people who claim we HAVE to sacrifice liberties for 'security'! It's Kafka. Forget 'Orwellian'!

Andy247  Jun. 13, 2012 at 19:01

Anyone fancy a pint?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2012 at 19:32

Anyone fancy a pint?
:p

Pondlife  Jun. 13, 2012 at 20:21

Am I right in thinking the Kindle fire has no camera and that might actually be a factor in why it's less of a security risk?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2012 at 20:25

Am I right in thinking the Kindle fire has no camera and that might actually be a factor in why it's less of a security risk?
I guess...

Pondlife  Jun. 13, 2012 at 20:33

course I missread kindle touch as kindle fire so nothing to see here, move along please

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 13, 2012 at 23:26

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha
I laugh my a*s off.
Oh, wait - it's already off. Obama okay'ed StuxNet - we know that now. The FBI facilitated Sabu's Stratfor 'hack'; and they facilitated the leaking of the files, thus compromising the privacy and business integrity of thousands of Stratfor's clients.
The list is quite literally endless, as their shady activities are ongoing.
Google, we know that now, too - Google did NOT accidentally collect data from unsecured WiFi setups with their StreetView vans. They did it on purpose. And they did it to collect OUR info as future currency. While skriptkiddies are hunted like terrorists, while Assange's head is to be delivered on a platter to Rush Limbaugh... The main players in online crime and Cyber Terrorism are US alphabet soups. To such a degree that the FBI doesn't mind endangering thousands of US lawenforcement officers by playing footsie with Sabu. Hello!
Assange is the evilist of all because the collateral damage videos, so claims the US, could have endangered Iraqi civilians and US 'agents'... how convenient. That'd be the same 'agents' who kill Iraqi civilians, then, wouldn't it? My head's a smoking platform.
StuxNet could quite possibly bite back big time, but hey, lets execute hackers - right there in their mummies' basement.

There is no online security, no online privacy because of the very group of people who claim we HAVE to sacrifice liberties for 'security'! It's Kafka. Forget 'Orwellian'!


One of the better "Jan Rants", I've seen since I signed up to Mobot, well done ;).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2012 at 00:44

My dis-pleasure :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 14, 2012 at 00:51

Your displeasure tends to breed the best "Jan Rants" ;).

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