Nice article on Stan Honey and the work he is doing to create a better television viewing experience for sports fans by using technology ("Virtual virtuoso," Voices of Innovation, Oct. 31). Some of the technology you mentioned, like technology to trace the arc of pitches, has been in use in cricket for a while. Television viewers of cricket, a sport that is only beginning to become popular in the North America, can see the arc of the delivery bowled by the bowler, and it even helps them judge if the ball was going to hit the stumps or not (in case of a leg-before-wicket decision).
The latest technology: You can now see the speed at which the ball leaves the bowler's hand, its speed when it hits the ground, and the speed at which it reaches the batsman.
It has become too easy for Big Brother to be accepted by the general public by dressing him up in ordinary clothes worn by all of us ("'Working late' won't work anymore," Asian Business, Oct. 31). Any way you dress up [cell-phone location tracking], it still raises the question of privacy. One day the practice will turn the table on those who praise it now.
In "The Best Executive MBAs" (Special Report, Oct. 24), seven people are used to spell out "Kellogg" in the picture. Not counting the dean, there are an equal number of men and women, with two and possibly a third being a minority. Unfortunately, Kellogg School of Management's record for being No. 1 is compromised by information in the table that only 17% of students in their program are women and 8% are minorities.
Worse, at only four of the 25 schools listed do women account for 25% or more of students while only two have 15% or more minorities. I don't know the number of minorities graduating with a basic bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, but I do know that at most colleges today 55% to 60% of the graduates are women.
Big Business has a sprinkling of women and minorities on their boards of directors, but is not developing enough talent among women and minorities to run the businesses in the future. Until executive MBA schools get the percentage of women up to 50% and minorities up to 30%, they should hang their heads in shame.
Roland O. Reed
Sneads Ferry, N.C.
Measurements taken on the International Space Station that cosmic ray flux decreases following a solar flare simply confirm a phenomenon called the Forbush decrease ("Of solar flares and the rush on genes," Developments to Watch, Oct. 24). The decrease was first noticed by Scott E. Forbush in 1937 and has since been found to be attributed to coronal mass ejections.
Research Professor of Solar Physics
George Mason University