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The school may have a claim against Pearson, since they delivered shoddy, half-ass work. The school has no claims against Apple, since Apple supplied a device not designed to do what the school wanted, and the school intended to extend it with Pearson's product.
Funny, given how the school contracted with Apple for the Apple+Pearson solution. The school paid Apple and contracted with Apple. Pearson was a sub-contractor for Apple. RTFA. They have a claim against Apple only, but not Pearson.
The guy in charge was a former exec at Pearson, and probably broke the law pushing his ex-employer's flawed "solution."
a special software device (thats not a firewall!) that acts as a firewall
A firewall is a special software device. There are lots of Linux firewalls out there and other purely software firewalls. Aside from protecting against electrical attacks, there is little that can be done to a software firewall that will be different from what can be done to a software firewall. I remember cracking open a Cisco PIX and seeing a bog-standard Intel wireless card plugged into the motherboard that was running an Intel Pentium CPU. But that relatively-standard PC is called a "hardware firewall" by most (and by "most" I mean "all", except for those who would lie to try to prove a point on Slashdot).
Also he seems to think that engines 'breath' air, and that the air inside the cabin of an airliner is not at all isolated from the air that goes into the engines.
"Breathe" The process to take in and expel air.
How is that not what an engine does? And he never said the air in the cabin was not isolated from the engines, but that stating to physically close networks that run over similar protocols are inherently connectable is silly, as silly as saying that a human can hack an engine while strapped into a seat because both the human and the engine take in and expel air.
The reality of it is, what the GAO said IS TRUE.
Yes, the useless GAO report says that "no security is 100%". There is no assessment of risk, recommended changes, or other useful statements being reported from the GAO report. Just FUD.
Or be polite as I am and: simply explain stuff to the not knowing.
I'm simply explaining to the people that you don't know what you are talking about. I did so politely. You took offense because I was explaining how you are an idiot. I have a pilot license. I know how these things work. I've seen the news report it using the word "ultralight" http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Have you seen any stating it isn't? No? Then you are guessing in direct opposition to the facts reported, in order to make yourself feel smarter by finding something to argue about that isn't actually a point of interest. Good for you. I hope you feel better, and that this makes up for all the times you were piked on in school. Now sit down, be quiet, and let the adults discuss the actual facts of the matter.
No, they arrested an idiot who is supposed to have a pilot license
Supposed to? Does he or doesn't he need one, and if he does need one, does he or doesn't he have it?
Don't know? Then shut up and learn something before opening your mouth.