Monday, February 16, 2009

More (D) Tricks From 7th-Grade "Minds"

Some people never left middle-school maturity levels.

Democratic staffers released the final version of the stimulus bill at about 11 p.m. [Thursday] night after delaying the release for hours to put it into a format which people cannot "search" on their home computers.

Instead of publishing the bill as a regular internet document -- which people can search by "key words" and otherwise, the Dems took hours to convert the final bill from the regular searchable format into "pdf" files, which can be read but not searched.

Three of the four .pdf files had no text embedded, just images of the text, which did not permit text searches of the bill.

Jimbo Doylie's campaign staff pulled the same stunt, submitting their campaign docs in a non-standard format, too.

HT: Moonbattery

2 comments:

John Foust said...

OCR.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

As someone who knows how to do it, it doesn't take much time at all... Of course in this case, there were 1100 pages. What does scare me is that they DID it.

As an FYI, this is a method that was adopted by plagiarizers that they didn't want people searching their documents for others' works. They would convert the text in their documents into images - this way search engines can't "read" the documents.

Going to this type of trouble to hide the contents of the bill just goes to show that the devil is clearly in the details (or lack thereof).