"never underestimate the bandwidth of a semi full of mag tapes".
Agreed! My recollection is that it was from Andrew Tanenbaum, and it was "never underestimate the bandwidth of a stationwagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway". http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Andrew_S._Tanenbaum
So the real issues is that these guys found a way to inject software onto it - less a charger security hole and more a regular iOS USB security hole.
So wonder if this could be a new jailbreaking vector?
I'm not sure what point you're trying to argue, but it sounds like you're a perfect candidate for a charger that distributes malware. How would you know if your current charger is not sending your data back to China?
Mine certainly isn't, as I always wear my tin-foil hat while charging.
I think software development should eventually follow the model of academic research. There is scientific research done by the universities that have no immediate application or exploitation potentials. The tenured academic professors teach courses and do research on such topics. Then as the commercialization potential gets understood, it starts going towards sponsored projects and eventually it goes into commercial R&D and product development.
It sounds like you have a very 1980's appreciation of university research.
Or do they just want to exclude access by anybody without the latest gizmos?
Modern browsers, all free to download on a wide variety of platforms, are hardly "the latest gizmos".
Are you sure you aren't just regurgitating groupthink that you got of some website? Why don't you try thinking for yourself for a change?
No need for the ad-hominem attack - I am thinking for myself, on this day, the 10th anniversary of that fully justified invasion of Iraq, also under your precious 'quite strict ROE (rules of engagement)', by the Coalition of the Killing.