Apr 27, 2007 (08:04 PM EDT)
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Treat Laptops With Care
Most companies have seen laptops go missing, many with mission-critical information--think Los Alamos National Labs--and/or sensitive or confidential data--think Veterans Affairs ("Laptop Lockdown," April 2). Given this reality, the lackluster effort displayed by organizations in securing these devices continues to surprise me.
As I walk around the University of Washington campus, I see students leaving their laptops on tables and running to the restrooms or to get a coffee. Laptops get stolen, and, more important, data on them gets compromised.
The state of affairs in companies isn't much different. Employees leave their laptops in conference rooms, and when they attend off-site meetings they leave their laptops in unknown territories, like the conference room of a client. These laptops can easily get compromised.
Dr. Kevin C. Desouza
The mere suggestion that they clean up their act elicits howls of "censorship," as though any protest about such outrageous behavior were a call for criminalizing their bad conduct. Maybe that's because these seem to be the very folks who constantly call for incarceration (or worse) of anyone they disagree with!
U.S. Students Discouraged
As professor of electrical and computer engineering, I knew and worked with many foreign students and can tell you they were never as well prepared as our own, had little physical understanding, and lacked creativity.
Those who want to increase the number of foreign workers are looking for cheap labor and aren't helping our national security. If they want more good IT professionals, let them pay better wages! If they cut their CEO salaries, they could make it worthwhile for American students to go into technical fields once again.
Dr. Frederick J. Young
With Spam, Cost Is Key
Spammers, on the other hand, can send millions of messages for essentially no cost to themselves, and the costs for handling and disposal then fall to ISPs, enterprises, and recipients. Imagine what it would be like, in terms of both volume and expense, if junk mailers could send as much as they like and have you pay for the postage and materials. That's why there's a federal law prohibiting junk faxes.
Quality In Question
Do you think anyone in Redmond read the recent news about Toyota becoming the No. 1 automaker and compared themselves with GM?
Someday, it will be all about quality. Maybe even in our lifetime.