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I'm not going to complain about WWE coming to AppleTV because I can turn it off but I'd really like to see more mainstream channels being added that would really tempt me to get rid of Comcast. Oh wait, I can't get rid of them because my only other ISP choice is Frontier over DSL. I know there's no way Apple would ever want to become an ISP, especially because they would have to lease existing broadband lines, but Comcast has become too large for any realistic competition...
It would make sense for Apple to hold back on the 10.9.2 release until a fix for the SSL problem can be fixed. People can wait an extra week to keep from having to run two OS updates back-to-back. I checked the latest version of Xcode and the offending file isn't included so it's something Apple has to fix anyway.
Qualcomm announced a quad-core 64-bit CPU but what mobile OS can use it in anything other that 32-bit mode and 1 or 2 cores at a time? My hope is that Imagination's 192 core GPU would be fully usable by iOS and possibly OS X(?). If it isn't, then all they're doing is playing the spec game, something Apple doesn't need to do.
The historical posture supposedly addressed accidental and malicious compromise by restricting access to anything close to classified information. In fact, most information was considered sensitive enough to keep everything in a limited area. It wasn't until maybe 15-20 years ago that management got tired of having to escort people they wanted to talk to into meetings that they started to open things up. Classified information was declassified, computer systems were...
The ironic thing about cameras is where I worked, there originally were only a few people authorized to use cameras on site. All of a sudden, anyone with management approval could carry a point and shoot. Our desk phones had speaker phone capability and they weren't controlled the same way as computers or mobile devices so you could have a speaker phone active in a classified area. Go figure.....
For those of you who don't understand the acronyms being tossed around, that's ok, just realize there are many Mac users in the government and many who would like to see more Macs and iOS device purchased. I don't know about the others but it was always a pain to get management to understand there were other computers other than Windows PCs. Maybe the old guys are finally retiring and the new management actually knows what a Mac and iPhone are. We can only hope.   I said...
It all depends on what your DAA says and what level of risk they are willing to accept. One of the reasons the government is slow to upgrade or change is because they aren't willing to accept any level of risk that doesn't meet their understanding of a piece of equipment. Laptops of all brands have been difficult to purchase that contain removable disks so they had to accept the risk of embedded storage and force people to encrypt it. Getting a DAA to accept a software...
We were able to get our blanket computer service company to remove and/or disable microphones and cameras in laptops before they were delivered to the user. This changed a few years ago when they started letting us keep them intact. Apple laptops are not meant to be opened so we'd have additional problems after they were "fixed." I won't tell you what they are doing now for two reasons: 1) I'm retired, and 2) you don't have a need to know. :-)
I didn't work for the Department of Defense (DoD) but interacted with them occasionally. They have a ton of acronyms just like every other government agency. They probably have an employee who keeps the acronyms up to date. Unless you work for them you'll never need them but you can tell who does by the way they answer things. --like Lloydbm4 who shouldn't even be mentioning the acronym for those sealed rooms. :-) 
The USAF is subject to all the rules of DISA and iOS 7 has been approved to operate while using an MDM system. (See http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/wireless/u_apple_ios_7_stig_v1_release_memo_signed.pdf) There also is an approved Risk Analysis available for those with DoD PKI access. DISA also has STIGs for iOS6 and iOS7, which contain configuration settings for proper operation. These are for unclassified use. I don't have access to any documentation for...
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