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Keep Up The Fight
The Linux community is holding its collective breath to see if the latest two victims fight or not (In SCO's Sights, March 8). I sure hope they fight. It will bad for the community if anyone settles out of court.
Robert Cole
CEO, Questnet Linux Services, Fullerton, Calif.

Other Side Of Story
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration objects to allowing broadband-over-power-line technology to be implemented without complete testing because BPL will cause radio interference to government services using the 2- to 80-MHz frequency range (The Net Via Power Lines, March 8).

Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency told the Federal Communications Commission in December that broadband over power lines could "severely impair FEMA's mission-essential [high-frequency] radio operations in areas serviced by the technology." Commercial broadcast groups also are teaming up against the technology, because rural radio listeners will be affected by the radio-frequency noise.
James Johnston
Senior Engineer, Astronav Engineering, St. Petersburg, Fla.

E-Voting Passes Test
In E-Voting Systems Face Security Questions, you indicate that the security assessment commissioned by Ohio's secretary of state "found problems with electronic-voting systems from four vendors" (Feb. 9).

After finding 57 issues with the systems' technical security architecture, the Ohio assessment concluded it "found no 'show stopper' to indicate that the introduction of computerized voting systems in Ohio should be slowed or stopped solely because of security concerns."

Our firm, along with Compuware, authored the Ohio study. We found that the systems could be deployed as scheduled, provided vendors take necessary mitigating steps and election officials implement proper policies and procedures.

After the successful use of direct-record electronic systems on Super Tuesday, it's fair to admit that there's no evidence that in these elections weak password control had any negative impact on the conduct of the elections or their results, anyone altered the smart cards to allow multiple voting, anyone accessed modem-equipped election machines, or the lack of a paper trail was a relevant concern.
M. Glenn Newkirk
President, InfoSentry Services, Raleigh, N.C.

Women Lag In Tech Careers
I was sad, but not surprised, to see the statistics about the low percentage of women in the technology field (What The Numbers Show About Tech Employment, Feb. 23). Several years ago, I read that many women moved away from the field because of the glass ceiling and the perception that it's a "man's job."

I should have given up and switched careers then, but instead I persisted in spite of many obstacles and unfair treatments. I now find myself in the apparently impossible position of being over 50, female, and out of work.

All one has to do to confirm your numbers is attend Comdex and see the long line for the men's room, while there's no one waiting for the ladies' room.
Linda Cline
Adrian, Mich.

Future Bleak For IT
The combination of corporate downsizing and offshore outsourcing has significantly reduced the opportunities available for American IT professionals. As the tide of offshore outsourcing continues to grow, there will be fewer opportunities for American programmers and less incentive for college students to pursue a career in IT. How can you convince a college student that a career in IT is the way to go when they see articles in the newspaper every week about companies downsizing their IT staffs and sending more IT jobs overseas?

I've seen these effects firsthand. I love working in IT, and I hope to finish my career in this field, but I don't believe the future is as strong as it was two years ago.
Tim Powell
Columbia, S.C.

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