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Is learning for life?

Readers give their opinions on H1-B visas, the lack of knowledge in IT, and the future of computainment.

Reader David Bean’s take on lifelong learning (“Programmers: 10¢/doz.?”) is crass and wrong. His point is that the H1-B workers growing tired of hard work and low wages will “burn out” and those jobs will be there for all of us fine U.S. citizens to take. If you were willing to do the job for $10 per hour, there wouldn’t be any H1-B workers.

Lifelong learning is essential to growth in any trade or field, and can never be used as a excuse for not willing to change or learn something new or different. You have no inherent right to any job you cannot stay educated about.

The technology field is overstuffed with people who aren’t IT professionals, but rather were put into a niche of making sure the DHCP server or the RAS server was giving out an IP address. Those same people today cannot keep a job in the industry because they did not know IT to begin with–they only knew a repetitive process designed, set up, and configured by someone else. — Jim Ramey, Account Operations Manager/IT, Bowne Business Solutions, Chicago, [email protected]

If you are a United States citizen looking for an IT job here, you may be in for a long wait. One only needs to perform an Internet search on H1-B protest to see the outcry against our government’s policies concerning U.S. tech jobs.

In 2001, nine out of every 10 new job openings in IT were taken by H1-Bs, and despite record unemployment, the INS issued 312,000 visas in 2002. If you are an American and you want to work in the technology sector, you must get involved in this issue. — Tommy R Vinson, [email protected]

I read Paul Hyman’s article “PC games rule”. I’m hoping to see mention of the game “Anarchy Online” in a future issue of the magazine.

Most of our family is hooked on this game–even the son-in-law who originally said that it “wasn’t his type of game, is having a great time playing. — Cynthia Rivers

Regarding “That’s computainment”, I was interested in this subject, and the article was a disappointment. In the first place, convergence is the wrong term. Also, I always thought PVR as applied to TiVo meant programmable video recorder, but I already have a programmable video recorder; it’s a Sony Betamax.

The author wrote, “It might be some time before we know whether digital products can be integrated into home entertainment systems.” I suggest she study the ATSC DTV, NTSC TV, and VGA standards to find the answers; but I doubt if she understands the roles of digital and analog signal and display processing in any of these standards, so she may not understand them.

Proprietary solutions are not the real reasons because any marketable system must work with signals generated in accordance with the applicable standards. — Robert Palmer, [email protected]

Correction: In “Simulation brings e-learning to a new level”, the abbreviation for Raytheon Learning Institutes was misstated. The correct abbreviation is RLI. We apologize for the error.

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