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Synthetic vaccines? They're all synthetic. We haven't used 'natural' vaccines since Jenner's day.
And speaking of crackpots....
Microsoft is doing us a big favor leaving
It's too bad that (to the best of my knowledge, and I've hunted a bit), no organisms have evolved to exploit RF signalling. It's not inconceivable, loads of organisms use electrical signalling internally, a fair number have magnetic sensory structures, and a variety of common metals are amenable to biological chemistry if you need a better antenna; but that's the sort of thing that would make linking multiple nervous systems with reasonable speed and without direct contact possible.
As for Apple, I'd be curious to know how much terminating the deal would involve for them. Obviously they'd rather have the sales than not; but there is a big difference between 'not making sales we had previously expected to make' and 'large piles of used inventory being returned and/or inventory prepared for this specific contract now without a destination.'
Particularly if it is only the former, Apple might well cave(not for honor's sake; but because an 'iPads in Education Program a Giant Clusterfuck; Lawsuits Fly!' is not a headline that Apple PR wants running any longer than necessary); if it's the latter they might be harder to convince.
Apple's first-party support for remote management is still better than Android's; but their grip is tight enough that it is them or nothing, while Android is all over the map; but 3rd parties can actually offer options without the keys to the OS.
Are you running something in-house(or off the shelf but fairly heavily specialized) enough that they couldn't just put together an equivalent test environment on their end and use that for the sales pitch, or are they actually that lazy and entitled?
We certainly deal with doing the various things required to make what our users choose work; that's sort of what they pay us for; but I wouldn't have imagined a salesweasel demanding that I set up their tech demo for them.
At least we didn't sink it off the coast of Japan.
That would have been way foolish.
Standard procedure. Every time. If something MIGHT be involved in a crime, the first thing law enforcement is going to do is put that thing someplace where they can prove provenance. It can be annoying and law enforcement over reaches at time, but I have a hard time getting mad at the FBI for this one. Especially the field guys - they aren't doing the detailed forensics or anything, they are just their to make sure that the scene is safe and secure.