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U Can’t Touch This

In the halls of Ars Technica, Gizmodo, Wired, The Register, and CNET, traipse about the so-called intellectual elite of the technology sector.

Note, dear readers, how hard they pontificate over US anti-piracy law: Google “www.arstechnica.com:sopa”, or “www.gizmodo.com:pipa”.

Bask in the tales of how US patent law damages the private sector: Google “www.wired.com:patent” or “www.theregister.co.uk:patent”.

And marvel at how positively agog they are, each in their turn, over the NSA spying:

“www.arstechnica.com:nsa”
“www.gizmodo.com:nsa”
“www.wired.com:nsa”
“www.theregister.co.uk:nsa”
“www.cnet.com:nsa”

Now, try that again, but with a new Boolean argument:

“www.arstechnica.com:lerner”
“www.gizmodo.com:lerner”
“www.wired.com:lerner”
“www.theregister.co.uk:lerner”
“www.cnet.com:lerner”

Not one of these prestigious institutions have had the balls to say a word about revelations coming from the US Congress yesterday, in which representatives from the IRS notified the aforementioned body that emails from former chief Lois Lerner sent outside of the institution had been lost.  This, as you will note, involves data subpoenaed in the name of confirming whether or not US law was broken by the Department of Revenue in abusing conservative political groups.

What is amusing, dear hearts, is that any IT professional on the planet with even a first order certification is going to tell you that not only do backups exist, but that one would have to go to some lengths to actively target specific correspondence based on external ip from a given network.  Especially, my friends, any IT professional worthy of working the coals at any of the aforementioned establishments.  Any member of their respective staffs could crush the IRS’ contentions like a bug, in a matter of minutes, drowning the reader in a sea of techno-jargon sure to put one to sleep, but, whence pared down to the core, would prove one thing to be quite clear:

The IRS is full of shit.

Thus, this is the proverbial grape to the technological author set.  Poke fun at the stupidity of Congress and the Internal Revenue Service.  Easy win.  Clickbait.

And they won’t touch this with a fifty foot pole.  Telling, isn’t it?

You know, being that they’re from the Kingdom and all, I’d almost give the Register a pass; however, they are too consistently the first, and most lethal, of the sarcastic knives cutting to the quick of political-technological nonsense, thus they have the most to lose for not playing the middle road.