Bah. Lawrence Lessig insists on using “data” as a strict plural in Code, and it’s driving me crazy to see “data are” and so forth. It basically causes a misparse, which totally breaks my stream of reading and throws me off.
It’s a collective noun now, no matter where it came from.
Incidentally, I’m posting this at 1:01, which in my file naming scheme becomes 0101. Highly appropriate for this post.