In Moonstruck, the late Vincent Gardenia steals one particular scene as Cosmo, a wizened plumbing contractor in Brooklyn who tries to convince a young couple of the virtues of expensive copper piping."There are three kinds of pipe. There's aluminum, which is garbage and you see where that's gotten you," he says, pointing to the rusted-out faucets and showerhead. "There's bronze, which is pretty good, unless something goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. Then, there's copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money."

Now, it would be a bit of a stretch to liken the not-inexpensive costs of remodeling a bathroom to the costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, but for anyone who followed the 404 roundtable held last month in Washington, you probably understand where I'm headed.

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