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Letters To The Editor

Stiff Sentence Sets Example
Bob Evans got it just right with his editorial on hackers ("Don't Turn That Cheek To Hackers--Be Unchic," Sept. 8, p. 80). Computers are tools, and if you mess with them and break them, you should be held accountable. These people aren't innocent kids. They're smart enough to know what they're doing and old enough to know better. Perhaps 10 years and $250,000 is a bit stiff for Jeffrey Parson, but there has to be some well-publicized punishment meted out for anyone found guilty.
Tom Chalmers
Meadville, Pa.


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Treat Spam Like Faxes
I really enjoyed "Let's Reclaim Our E-Mail In-Boxes" (Sept. 1, p. 6). I don't understand how our legislators can't come to a consistent policy. They've prohibited unsolicited faxes to the extent of requiring written permission to send a document under the threat of heavy fines for each and every violation. I still get some unsolicited faxes, but nowhere to the extent I get spam.

Simply adding E-mail to this existing law would help dramatically!
James L. Szatkowski
JL Szatkowski, Consulting Engineer, Boise, Idaho



A Question Of Security
Offshore outsourcing introduces a security problem for consumers ("Offshore Outsourcing Drags Down U.S. Bonus Pay," Aug. 25, p. 14).

I live in Charlotte, N.C., where we have headquarters for two major U.S. banks. If you shop with these banks, your personal data at some point will be in India or another country. When it comes to security in foreign countries, regulations aren't the same, so my personal data and sometimes the data of the whole bank are vulnerable.

As IT pros, we have a responsibility to explain to the public the danger this brings. The government won't do anything until the first major accident.
Maxim V. Karpov
President/Chief Architect, Faith Interactive, Charlotte, N.C.



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