Letters to the editor

Re: Chief must not stand alone (May 30)

Once the comfort level sets back in, this position will be relegated back to that of night guard and personnel officer.

Will McCutcheon


Math skills don’t add up in the enterprise (May 24)

I really enjoyed reading your latest article on math skills taking flight to the U.S. Software engineering in this country is rejected, not just by the industry, but the financial system as well. The information technology industry in Canada needs math skills badly, especially algebra, which is a key ingredient of software development. Yet take your ideas, creativity and skills to the institutions that can provide funding and all you get is laughed out of the office.

Canadians need a better perspective on intellectual property to qualify it as an asset. We reject the concept as intangible and laugh at our students and innovators who might otherwise become leaders in the software industry. We could change things in Canada, and keep our innovators at home, simply by giving them the badly needed respect that they deserve instead of laughing at them and making them the brunt of our misguided belief that intellectual property is intangible.

We as Canadians need to open our eyes and stimulate a software engineering industry as a tangible reality instead of just a backroom department of the corporate elite.

Darrel Brooks
Sr. Partner
Media Masterworks Internet Guild of Canada

Re: The closer IT gets (May 17)

If the e-touch product ever takes off it will be interesting to see if there is a drop in the abortion rate that will correspond to the rise in e-touch’s popularity. On another side of this, I wonder if people will now be able to e-touch other body parts using the system?

Cynthia Lebeuf

Re: The hoax with the most (May 17)

You’re preaching to the converted. What we (the collective IT profession) need to do is to educate the great unwashed, so what I do whenever I receive such nuisance mail is to go to the Symantec site, find the corresponding write up and forward it to the offending party.

A. N. Sharko

Re: Ontario call centres distressed over privacy law (May 10)

Well Hallelujah. After years of being pestered by these people–usually at dinner time–it’s a relief to know someone is finally listening.

My 90-year-old mother, who has trouble getting back and forth to the phone, has been completely unable to get rid of the telemarketers. She’s on all the “”don’t telemarket”” lists from the Canadian Marketing Association, but, evidently, the call centres don’t read these lists.

The call centres have no one but themselves to blame. This is clearly a situation where self-regulation doesn’t work. At one point we counted over 100 calls one month, doubtless the result of all the list trading.

I can only hope and pray that their lobbying efforts are completely unsuccessful and that people who don’t wish to receive these calls will finally be spared these ongoing and intrusive interruptions. Now if only something can be done about the spammers.

Jeri Danyleyko

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