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04/04/20 — While illegitimate University of Iowa president J. Bruce Harreld basks in the glory of his la-la-land fantasies about online learning, cracks are starting to appear in the corporate infrastructure that is suddenly handling loads it was never designed to meet. From Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post: School districts, including New York City’s, start banning Zoom because of online security issues.
As noted in yesterday’s story from the Gazette’s Vanessa Miller, UI does use Zoom and is aware of recent security problems. Now add corporate gaslighting and dirty tricks to weaknesses in any application or service, and we’re about to see an all-out war for market share in virtual/online learning — even though no one knows how long the spike in demand might last.
* Well that didn’t take long. Only a couple of days after the president of the Iowa Board of Regents (who is a former medical doctor) committed to having the state campuses open for business-as-usual in the fall, the governor of California said the following about the NFL season kicking off in August [full quote here]:
I’m not anticipating that happening in this state.
As noted below, it is going to be very hard for college football to kick off as scheduled if the NFL isn’t committed to the same timeline. In fact, even if the NFL tried to push ahead, public Division I programs would be under tremendous pressure to hold off until the pandemic was truly over. Again, I do understand that the regents and state schools want to keep people engaged on the chance that things break their way, but short of a sure-fire miracle vaccine, I don’t see any scenario in which that happens. [ Read more ]