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Because iPads are cool man! Borked IT buys from the ACT Government continued.

By johnboy - 12 July 2011 35

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The Canberra Times has the woeful news that the ACT Cabinet has been issued with ipads to read their cabinet papers on.

But not just any ipads. No, they’ve been specially crippled!

The iPads have had all of their capabilities, except the e-reader feature, disabled, making them impossible to hack and preventing bored frontbenchers from surfing the web while their colleagues address the room.

Remember, we let these plonkers make our laws.

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35 Responses to
Because iPads are cool man! Borked IT buys from the ACT Government continued.
Felix the Cat 1:05 pm 12 Jul 11

They could have continued to read the hard copy documents @ no charge….

The Frots 1:05 pm 12 Jul 11

Just morons……………….really!

banjo 12:59 pm 12 Jul 11

More areas of the Government will see iPads shortly, DSD are expediting the risk assesments against the devices and the software which can incorporate them into their environements. Deffinetly a case of the cart before the horse but who mandates that the executives in government caln’t do such things? It has happened before and it will happen again as it was the same with Blackberries many years ago, unfortunately for RIM they haven’t done anything new since. Apple devices are perceived by most as the “bee’s knees” at the moment, Executives and other officials are not immune to the marketing of such things no more than the next consumer. A waste of money? perhaps it can be argued that they are overkill for the job, perticularly in this example, but the government wastes a lot more money on things that perhaps we should cry over as “tablets” are peanuts in comparison… even the most expensive ones.

p1 12:57 pm 12 Jul 11

harvyk1 said :

….plus you can remotely wipe an iPad if it gets left somewhere…

Not so much if you have disabled all the wireless features…

harvyk1 12:52 pm 12 Jul 11

I’m not sure how many iPad’s they’ve brought, but lets assume it’s 20, at the average price of $599 for a base model you’d be looking at $11,980 for the hardware…

I expect the consultants which they no doubt brought in to advise them cost more than that…
Knowing how configurable these things are, and I do have to hand it to apple, they are also pretty secure (to the point of being a pain in the arse to a developer like me), I’d say they have picked the right tech for this job.

A kindle on the other hand costs only around the $150 mark, so 20 of them will only cost $2,780. That’s a $9,200 saving…

Kindle was designed to read e-books, that’s it… There is an software development kit available which is in beta, you don’t have the same ability to lock the device down as it was only ever originally designed to read books with it, not classified documents… Plus Amazon has the ability to remotely access the devices at any time – Ironically look up Animal Farm \ 1984, both titles which Amazon removed from sale, then removed from everyones devices without user interaction.

alaninoz 12:00 pm 12 Jul 11

I can just imagine the decision process:

– boss wants an iPad – ’cause it goes to 11
– underling buys an iPad – ’cause that’s what the boss wants
– some other underling comments on security problems
– underlings compromise on a crippled iPad
– the boss gets another EFD that they won’t use

No-one bother to ask what the thing would actually be used for, and before that was figured out and the security problems examined, the iPads had already been bought. At no stage did an underling suggest that an e-reader would fill the bill as that’s not what the boss wanted.

Seen it too often.

bitzermaloney 11:55 am 12 Jul 11

johnboy said :

compared to an e-reader?

Better option would have been an Android tablet. Same functionality as an eReader or featureless iPad, but significantly less cost.

Seems someone in the Chief minister’s office has been spending too much time at over-priced conferences and envy got the best of them.

harvyk1 11:54 am 12 Jul 11

johnboy said :

compared to an e-reader?

I expect an ereader would be cheaper, but it would be far more inflexible, and it’s far easier to lock down an iPad, plus you can remotely wipe an iPad if it gets left somewhere…

Mysteryman 11:51 am 12 Jul 11

seanneko said :

grundy said :

What a waste of great hardware….

idiots.

Of course, what were they thinking disabling the wireless functionality of a device that contains various highly sensitive documents.

Idiots.

I know you really mean, “what were they thinking wasting money on a device with stack of features that didn’t need and had no intention of using”, don’t you?

I hope so.

johnboy 11:49 am 12 Jul 11

compared to an e-reader?

harvyk1 11:45 am 12 Jul 11

I think it’s a great idea… iPad’s are cheap, can have additional software writen for them to preform more functions as needs arise (something dedicated e-readers can’t really do), and they don’t take 10 minutes before they become useful… (How often have you sat in meetings waiting for one of the participants laptops to boot \ log in \ get the right document open)

About the only disadvantage with an iPad is they have limited ability to type large amounts of text, but in the case I doubt that would be a problem…

eily 11:43 am 12 Jul 11

Well, least they can’t say; “Oh, I need a new one. ‘Lost’ the last one.”

When in reality the kids have ‘borrowed’ it.

seanneko 11:35 am 12 Jul 11

grundy said :

What a waste of great hardware….

idiots.

Of course, what were they thinking disabling the wireless functionality of a device that contains various highly sensitive documents.

Idiots.

Cheap 11:27 am 12 Jul 11

Very stupid. iPads are expensive and pointless at the best of times, so to remove the only features that make them possibly worth buying is just ludicrous.

grundy 10:56 am 12 Jul 11

What a waste of great hardware…. idiots.

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