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Re: B.C. physicians put patient records under microscope (Sept. 5)

With respect to your story on secure electronic medical records, you should really check out the fact that Ultra Information

Systems Inc., with development facilities in Vernon, B.C., has a FIPS approved mechanism for securing the records and the transmission of these records and it incorporates multiple biometrics already. All we need is more companies living in the past to mess up more systems.

Lynn Spraggs

Re: B.C. physicians put patient records under microscope (Sept. 5)

Like any client/patient level data this database is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the data could help improve patient care and subsequently reduce the cost of similar treatments/tests. On the other hand, it could put the patient in the insurance quicksand with all their health information so easily available. What are the client/patient privacy protections for B.C. consumers?

Linda Blaschek

Re: School shipments delay 64-bit G5 orders (Sept. 3)

I’m sure I will not be the first person to point out that (the former) Digital Equipment Corp. released the Multia, a 64-bit Alpha based unit, about six years ago. I think it was billed as a personal computer. At least the packaging was desk-side or desktop friendly. It ran Windows NT for Alpha, which was certainly intended as a personal computer operating system, whatever its faults. Digital never supported Multia for OpenVMS or Unix.

Should we assume Apple believes that historical accuracy is not important to its current or potential customers? What’s next, did they invent the Internet? Is G5 really the fastest personal computer available?

Apple’s public relations apologists will doubtless have some quirky response to this complaint, but I have a different question for

It should be your business to know and report on the market, the technology and at least some of the history of the computing business. So, are you a publication that knows these things and reports the news in light of this knowledge, or are you merely a re-packager of news releases?

John Lloyd

(Editor’s Note: The Multia was not a traditional desktop but form of network computer. They had a history of unreliability and heat deaths — which is not something I read in a press release.)

Re: Curling association sweeps games onto the Internet (Sept. 2)

How will this work where most rural areas are still less than 50k?

K. L. (Larry) Taylor
Sr. client rep. IT services
Manitoba Hydro

Re: Canadian Linux group takes on SCO (Aug. 21)

I find it curious that just after SCO started this activity, Microsoft pumped $10 million into SCO (under the guise?) of licensing Unix.

Ray Ings

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