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Update: UK military denies iPod ban

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2004
News Categories: iPod

“The pocket-sized digital music player, which can store thousands of songs, is one of a series of banned gadgets that the military will no longer allow into most sections of its headquarters in the UK and abroad.

Devices with large storage capabilities—most notably those with a Universal Serial Bus (or USB) plug used to connect to a computer—have been treated with greater suspicion of late by government agencies and corporations alike.”

Update: The British Ministry of Defense has denied to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) that the military has imposed an outright ban on iPods or portable storage devices in general. A spokesman clarified that only specific secure areas are or will be deemed off-limits to such devices, and that the iPod was not specifically targeted by the government.

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1

What about key chain drives?  They’re getting larger in capacity and are much more concealable.

Posted by Obadiah on July 13, 2004 at 7:22 AM (PDT)

2

most ppl would probobly think it sucks as an idea,but, the UK military has ther reasons. not something good for the soldiers :(

Posted by THE bomb on July 13, 2004 at 7:56 AM (PDT)

3

it’s a good idea- maybe they can keep them in a special clear holding locker or something, but not inside the base.

Posted by g on July 13, 2004 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

4

You can’t deny that they deny denying the use of iPods. I deny anyone who denies that.

PS how about just disabling the use of external drives on sensitive machines? Lock it in a cabinet if nothing else—probably a good idea anyway! (Someone will come along and clip the mouse cord and splice in a drive though… better have software protection too.)

Posted by Nagromme on July 13, 2004 at 9:47 AM (PDT)

5

It must be a slow news day for the media to spin such a story like this.

This made the front page of CNN….boo….

Posted by AMG on July 13, 2004 at 10:20 AM (PDT)

6

It’s the military…they can ban whatever they want.  It’s just like banning the use of cellular phones that have photographic capabilities.  Doesn’t that make sense though?  It does to me…but I use my mini every day at work!  BTW, I’m in the US Air Force.

Posted by Asian_N02 in Delaware on July 13, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT)

7

Sam denies caring.

Posted by Sam on July 14, 2004 at 11:30 AM (PDT)

8

Yeah slow news day me thinks! Which government wouldn’t want to stop people walking away with vital security informantion…

Posted by wobble on July 14, 2004 at 12:55 PM (PDT)

9

I’m to tired to write… Please rearrange the letters in your own mind….

Posted by wobble on July 14, 2004 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

10

This is almost as stupid as the US aemy banning cans of coke because they might contain a GPS and a cell phone

Posted by Brad on July 14, 2004 at 5:16 PM (PDT)

11

The Beeb, again.  Sheesh! They still have a credibility problem even without Gilligan!

Posted by Obadiah on July 15, 2004 at 7:59 AM (PDT)

12

It’s the ‘Minsitry Of Defence’. not Defense.

Why?  because that’s how we Brits spell it.

Posted by Mr Pedant on July 16, 2004 at 5:19 AM (PDT)

13

Isn’t that because the language was called ‘English’, I wonder why they would call a language that?  After all there’s a country called something similar wink

Posted by UKBloke on July 30, 2004 at 9:55 PM (PDT)

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