CowboyRobot writes: "InformationWeek has an editorial disputing the New York Times' recent assertion that data centers are wasteful and polluting. Among the numerous flaws in the Times' argument are that "the first part of the story describes an aging, mixed-system data center straight out of the 1980s or 1990s," that no distinction is made between the enterprise IT manager and cloud data center creator, and perhaps most importantly, that although computing-driven electricity consumption is going up, consumption per computing action is going down. "Nowhere does the Times address this salient point. Instead, it concludes we are doing a lot more computing and, therefore, we are all guilty of driving environmental degradation. If you're going to reform the world, you need to build a better soapbox than this.""