iOS 7: The Dark Path that Dominated LAUSD’s Destiny!

A big favor.  A very big favor.

A big favor. A very big favor.

As about a thousand high end iPads in military grade cases languish in the sub-basement of our school, I am forced to consider what caused them to be cast out…both by the district and specifically by our school, which has “opted out.” At the heart of the problem is iOS 7, and the idea that the district professionals (including the school board) bought into every fiction that Apple told them about iOS, and computing in general.

A district official actually told me, to my FACE, “iOS 7 can’t be jailbroken. There’s no way for a security risk to exist, because that’s impossible.”

Me: “Do you have a degree in Computer Science?”

Suit: “No. I don’t”

Me: “Then how do you know that?”

Suit: “Because Apple told me so. You’re just an english teacher.”

Despite the blood boiling rage this exchange inspired, as we all know, it took mere hours for students to figure out how to jailbreak the iOS 7 devices. In fact, they used the district’s own network to do it, doubling the shamefully poor understanding of technology and its applications on the part of LAUSD.

Seen “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?” The whole point of the end of the film is the selection of the Holy Grail from a bunch of unrelated cups. The Grail is really cool, and has awesome healing powers…but if you choose the wrong cup, you explode into ashes. This ancient knight guards the grail. Metaphorically, iOS 7 was supposed to be the Holy Grail of internet security for the school. Let’s check in with the Grail Knight.

Shouldn't the school board be exploding into ash?  Just saying.

Shouldn’t the school board be exploding into ash? Just saying.

iOS 7 failed to meet the expectations. Obviously.

Regardless, the district is stuck with having made this purchase, and is sticking to stories of ignorance. “We thought it was uncrackable,” or my favorite from Steve Zimmer, “We considered hardware, but not so much software.” Genius quote, that one. The depressing part, is that no one involved in the decision making knew Thing One about computers, technology, or programming. Instead, they took the sales pitch from a major company for at least 47,000 units at seven hundred bucks a unit at face value. As if there was no chance of anything at all being misleading, or left out.

Hence the art above. At this point, someone just needs to put the iPad initiative out of its misery, instead of beating it up every week in the media. Sadly, the School Board keeps delaying such decisions.

Tomorrow: Modern Warfare!

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