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New Way To Search

When I was reading this article, I thought I was in a time warp to the '90s ("Search Engines Face A Different Type Of Spam," April 4, 2005).

Internet keywords are an archaic method of trying to lure people to your site. Google changed the way search engines search using its PageRank technology. At least until 2003, most engines were licensing Google to compensate for their poor indexing. Yahoo even did until it incorporated the technology of another company it purchased.

Tony Parodi
Consultant, New York

Seek A Global Solution

In response to Steve Pagano's letter that the struggle to stop spam, viruses, adware, etc., would prove to be impossible to win, this is an excellent lead-in to how we actually will attempt to overcome this problem ("Internet Knows No Borders," March 28, 2005).

This is a worldwide problem that requires a worldwide solution. No one country can stop it, but all the countries that are connected to the Internet working together can resolve this problem.

Lou Ruggiero
Newtown, Conn.

Keep Cookies To Yourself

The fact that a consumer's deletion of cookies prevents Web sites from tracking that person's habits is just a dirty, rotten shame ("Research: Web Sites Crippled By Consumers Deleting Cookies," March 14, 2005). I cried all night over their problem--not!

This article comes very close to saying that these Web sites have a right to plant their cookies. I would take exception to that.

Maybe the rights of the Web sites need to be formally defined. I just don't see how you can call placing a file, no matter how innocent or well-intended, on someone's machine without express permission a right.

Mark Ross
Programmer/Analyst, Washington State Patrol, Tumwater, Wash.

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