Re: Silence please (Sept. 14)

If CA, MS or IBM didn’t make their support known in some fashion, I suppose your ignorance of such behaviour would result in your being critical of them for failing to give back to the community in time of need. That’s probably why they do it.

Richard Miller

Re: Silence please (Sept. 14)

Thank you. Right on the mark.

Peter Landry

Re: Silence please (Sept. 14)

You shouldn’t chastise companies for promoting their names when they make large donations. In fact non-profit organizations promote names of major donors not because the donor asks them to, but because the name recognition furthers the charity’s causes.

The charitable world is a very peer oriented society. While companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Computer Associates do gain from the publicity, it is important that their names be associated with the donations as the association promotes others, both corporate and individual, to donate in kind. When hearing of a large anonymous donation we tend to say “wow that’s nice” but do nothing ourselves. Upon hearing that one of our peers donated we say “Hmmm, maybe we should be doing something too.” It may not be the altruistic ideal of why people should give, but it is effective.

Scott Mitchell

Re: And a hacker shall lead them (Sept. 13)

To incarcerate a youth for 8 months, a long sentence for any kind of property crime committed by a juvenile, remains harsh treatment. Think about it. He’s in jail.

I am not going to discuss the estimated damage rendered as these numbers cannot be substantiated even though they were used in the case against him.

The fact remains, that a young kid supposedly crippled our economy with little, if any effort. If banks did not secure your money, it wouldn’t be your money anymore. The event occurred, not as an act of terrorism as you implied (which I find offensive), but because nobody seems (still!) to be doing anything to prevent it.

If the Internet is so crucial to our economic welfare, why is it so fragile? It is not a “flawed” citizen (aka “Mafiaboy”) that is crippling, but a flawed business philosophy. To build an entire economy on the shifting sands which is the Internet is just bad strategy.

I am angry that we leave ourselves vulnerable and then cry fowl. In legal terms this is called entrapment.

P. Robert Wiebe
CTO – Security Biometrics Inc.

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