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On "Backscatter: The Case for Aptitude Testing" (September 2014)

My general comment is that we are undergoing a throwback to Taylor's "Scientific Management" (see my article "Where's the Silicon in Silicon Valley," EE Times, 22 September 2014.) I believe the long tested model of liberal education remains the best model, and I believe students will find their own way given opportunity and support.

Daniel N. Donahoe, Ph.D., P.E.
IEEE Senior Member
Bountiful, Utah


On "Why Copyright Still Matters to Today's Tech Pros" (August 2014)

Nice article with some contrasting of copyrights to patents. HOWEVER, this article really should have mentioned the new twist on copyright protection for computer-related technologies, APIs in particular, arising from the Oracle v. Google case. That case may be increasingly significant in view of the rising difficulties with software and business method patents after the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court case.

John Harris
IEEE Member
Atlanta, Ga.




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