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The first test flight is being hailed as a "major landmark for UK aviation". The vision shows the sleek Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, making a seamless take-off and conducting a number of manoeuvres over red desert during its first test flight. The British Military of Defence (MoD) will not confirm where the footage was shot, but in a submission last year to a UK parliamentary hearing, revealed that the Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator had indeed conducted initial test flights at the Woomera test range."
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"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.