the ‘wilder side’ of the internet

Was just reading Slashdot, and got pointed to a NYT article that examines the usefulness of IRC today. When I say ‘examine’, I use the word in just about the loosest sense possible. Basically, its a piece that derides IRC as being the backwater of the net where all the warez and script kiddies hang out, and where not a whole lot of legitimate stuff happens. They say that it’s hard to find a decent technical conversation on IRC. Funny, I seem to have them daily. I guess they just spend too much time hanging out of EFNet. It’s not often that the NYT really does trashy reporting, but this has to qualify as one of those times.