USAF withdraws its request to buy several thousand iPads for the pilots and administration
0. phoneArena posted on 23 Feb 2012, 04:41
Due allegedly to security reasons like the inclusion of the Russian-developed GoodReader software as part of the purchase, the Air Force Special Operations Command has apparently canceled its immediate plans to acquire several thousand iPads...
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1. Birds posted on 23 Feb 2012, 05:55 7 0
YYYYEEEEESSSSS!!!! Get the transformer prime. ROFL same price but twice the bang for the buck.
2. roscuthiii posted on 23 Feb 2012, 07:17 4 0
Android would be the better choice... costs less for the tax payer, more customization, better security, wouldn't have to send them to Apple for service.
3. alterecho posted on 23 Feb 2012, 08:10 0 2
Air force personnel won't have time to customize their tablet in situations. Besides, any OS will have the same hurdle if apps with Russian origin is the problem.
5. remixfa posted on 23 Feb 2012, 08:24 2 0
how would every OS have the same required russian app problem? that doesnt even make sense as an arguement. that was a specific ipad only issue.
Also, why would they need to "customize" their tablets in situations? the tablets will come with only approved apps and will probably not be very customizable because they will be locked down for security.
did you have a point?
6. squallz506 posted on 23 Feb 2012, 10:21 0 0
i flew virgin for the first time before the holidays. i was absolutely stunned when the person sitting next to me booted up a laptop, i was tempted to swat it to the ground and stomp on it. i kept looking up expecting to see if an air marshall or flight attendant sprinting for dear life to stop this maniac. not only is it allowed but they have wifi. WTF??! i remember when i was maybe 8 i had the original gameboy on a plane and the stewardess wouldnt let me play it (even though my father showed them the FCC label under the battery cover). the times they are a changing.
7. SuperEd posted on 23 Feb 2012, 12:06 0 0
Seems to me like they just found out about Windows 8 and decided that a secure OS would be a better way to go.
9. Droid_X_Doug posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:41 0 0
The Russian software could likely be stripped out and the security risk from the software would no longer be an issue. The greater security risk comes from Apple's supply chain vulnerability. There is no way to guarantee that the chips that are produced in China do not come with vulnerabilities. Unless and until Apple can produce an iPad outside of China that does not use chips produced in China, they ain't selling any iPads to anyone in the DoD community.
10. tward291 posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:02 0 0
my unite our ini is using xooms but my brother base he said they had samsung but there was no access to the android market