Okay: This is my ironic face.
(Same face. I don't gamble, otherwise it would be my poker face, too.)
I am having enourmous trouble resisting the urge to say "v gbyq lbh fb", so, er, v gbyq lbh fb, only you mistook it for pulp/genre fiction. And by you, I don't mean you, I mean everyone who had the opportunity to read Applied Cryptography or The Puzzle Palace back in the day, and didn't. (Or even Bruce Sterling's Hacker Crackdown, which is free on the interwebbytubes these days and they know you know it, too.)
Ah, what's the use? We did this to ourselves, or by negligence allowed it to happen. This is the emergent consequence of the west lacking the moral spine to keep its utilitarian appetites in check in the wake of the collapse of the ideological rivalry that was the only thing that kept the Owners straight for so many decades.
And now we're screwed. Welcome to the Panopticon, it's been nice being able to live in ignorance of your innermost secrets for so long.