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Re: Train in vain (May 18)

It seems that the TTC is quite close to the top of the “”lack of accountability”” heap. As a simple commuter, I’m often left with the impression that the TTC

believes it has a given right to issue itself poetic license whenever it deals with the public, whom it seems to view as more of a necessary nuisance than anything else.

Brian Thomson

Re: Feds create task force to attack spam problem (May 11)

A big reason that people are getting spam is purely due to their own lack of knowledge. If you constantly use your e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters on every site you visit, then you should expect spam.

There are products out there that work. They just aren’t big enough to be in the public eye or on the shelves of the “”Big Box”” stores. For instance, X4-Business and X4-Youth, a fully configurable and customizable Internet filter that restricts access to various sites that may contain spyware used to acquire your personal information used in the sending of spam, restrict access to P2P sharing sites and programs, monitors e-mail and allows or disallows access to IM programs. The Federal Government has spent the last few years researching ways to fight this ongoing battle, but hasn’t had the sense to go to the private sector for information that might already be out there.

So a note to the Federal Government and all the other governments out there: stop wasting money on studies and research that have already been done. Look around Canada’s great information technology sector. You might be surprised at what you find. If you want more information, I would be more than happy to give it to you and save the tax payers some money.

Grant Finlayson

Re: Feds create task force to attack spam problem (May 11)

Unfortunately, the role of government appears to be to form a group and plan how to spend a huge pile of taxpayer money to resolve the spam problem. If the Canadian government thinks it will have any effect, they are even less effective than most people suspect them to be. It seems everyone on the panel agrees there is neither the will nor the resources to affect spam (among law enforcement generally). So how many hundreds of millions of dollars will this take? How many hockey rinks and daycare centers will not be built? How many potholes go unpatched? How many seniors won’t be able to afford to take a new medicine?

Government cannot regulate good behaviour, manners, courtesy, respect or honesty. Spammers violate all of those. This is not a problem solvable by more regulation, or by pouring more money into enforcement of useless regulations. I don’t know what the answer is, but I think any thoughtful person can recognize that this isn’t it.

Joe Seigo
Calabasas, Calif.

Re: Feds create task force to attack spam problem (May 11)

Very happy to read that article.

If invited, I’ll be happy to volunteer my time. I have a background in Electronics Engineering, and Post Diploma in Interactive Multimedia. Call me and I’ll help you track down spammers, bogus e-mail/virus perpetrators, and 419 scammers, if there is indeed a will to bring them to justice.

Robert Mainwaring

Re: Feds create task force to attack spam problem (May 11)

Legislation won’t stop spam any more than it has stopped theft. If you believe legislation will work, I challenge you to remove all the locks from your home’s doors and windows.

We have been using EVS Mail for over two years. It’s a technical solution that requires no changes to SMTP nor to legitimate e-mail processes, and has been 100 per cent effective since day one. All legitimate complaints I’ve heard regarding specific features used by other services and products that are similar to EVS Mail have been addressed. With our EVS Mail gateway, we now use less bandwidth than we would even using no spam/virus control.

With the service being based primarily on individual white listing (though it is much more sophisticated than that) and several failsafes, we can be 100 per cent confident that we also don’t lose legitimate mail to false positives. With an efficient and effective technology like this available, why is everyone else running around like chickens with their heads cut off?

Roger Walker

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