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Repel All Boarders
Thank you for the excellent article on bots ("Beware The Bots," Oct. 9). The infiltration of government computer networks by hackers through the use of bots is obviously a clear threat. What's less clear is the nature of many commercial bots that ignore legal precedents and industry standards.

While there are differences between the objectives of zombie bots and commercial bots that are perceived to bring value-added services to the Internet, both arguably commit property trespass. We have turned a blind eye to commercial bots that constantly infiltrate computers and servers, gathering data about us and exploiting us without obtaining consent. Meanwhile, we're outraged and prosecute hackers who use the same methods and techniques to achieve different goals.

Bill McComas
Partner, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler
Baltimore

Regulation: A Fact Of Life
If there were no bad guys in human existence, there would be no need for regulation ("The Next Tech Profession: Let's Lay Down The Law," Oct. 30). But as long as there is one "entrepreneur" who thinks he's going to be oh so very clever by "borrowing" someone else's work and selling it under his own name, there will be copyright protection. And as long as executives find 83,000 excuses for backdating options, there will be SEC oversight.

When technical staff can personally guarantee that no one will ever misbehave again, we can get rid of regulation. Until that day arrives, technical staff (and business staff) will be dealing with regulatory oversight. I have every confidence that they are up to the challenge.

Lynn Gitelis
Retired
Minneapolis

Who's The Real Bad Guy?
The real question is, is Apple successfully engaged in what should be illegal under antitrust regulation ("Hacker Unlocks Apple Music Download Protection," Oct. 25)?

Apple appears to be creating programs designed to eliminate fair competition. If Microsoft were to do this, the fines already would be huge, particularly in the United Kingdom.

DVD Jon has simply--and it may appear legally--sought to obviate the EU taking actions against Apple for stifling free trade. DMCA shouldn't be a tool to trump antitrust, and I don't think it will be for long.

Daniel Westcott
Color Scientist
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Microsoft's Monopoly
Vista has been touted as a panacea for the security and other deficiencies of XP, but what's the true motivation for Vista ("Windows After Vista," Sept. 4)? It's just another deficient product whose sole goal is to make Mr. Gates an even richer man. How convenient to be the monopoly supplier of a product and unilaterally declare that it will become obsolete at some predetermined time.

Many businesses have paid pretty for their Me, 2000, and XP machines and related software. I don't intend to dump fully functional machines for dubious performance enhancements and a guarantee that I'll need more memory to run Vista's inefficient and bloated code.

Thomas J. Kesolits
President, TJK Technology
Holmdel, N.J.

Correction
In "Get Smart," the BlackBerry 8700c packs an Intel XScale processor with speeds of up to 312 MHz (Oct. 30).

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