Technology enthusiasts often complain that members of Congress regulate industries they know precious little about. You may remember these complaints, most recently, when legislators began meddling with the cat-video-streaming tubes by trying to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Whatever you thought of the ill-fated SOPA, it's simply not true that Congress doesn't know anything about bittorrents and online piracy. They are experts at it.
According to a report by IP address-tracking service Scaneye, Congressional employees have illegally downloaded dozens of files since October. Maybe we'd be faster to forgive the hypocrisy if they had better taste in downloads, which included:
* Season 4 of Glee
* Season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter
* The Smurfs 2
* Bad Santa
* The Ellen DeGeneres Show
* Tron: Evolution video game
Hopefully, there was some bipartisan cooperation when they were downloading these. If there's a torrent comment thread of SpkrJB writing "harry reid Y U no seed the smurfs?????," America will be more disappointed in our political institutions than anyone thought possible.
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Tags: House of Representatives, Internet, Senate, SOPA