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From: Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:06:05 -0500
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Aaron is dead.
Wanderers in this crazy world,
we have lost a mentor, a wise elder.
Hackers for right, we are one down,
we have lost one of our own.
Nurtures, careers, listeners, feeders,
we have lost a child.
Let us all weep.
I didn't realize who this guy was until today. Very accomplished at a young age. Sucks that sometimes our most talented are the most troubled.
I agree with sublocked, very sad. Rest in peace.
Very sad, and ridiculous the charges that were brought against him.
35 years and a million dollars for downloading some documents??
Criminals often only get a few years for killing someone FFS..
such a shame.
How worked on RSS at 14?
I never understand how people do things that young.
Don't try suicide. Nobody cares.
RIP, this guy was a genius and good man.
Shame he wasted it :( He coul've been great.
Sometimes I dont understand how can people get so weak. I know life hard for some but it'll end eventually so no need to fast forward.
Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was indicted Tuesday in Boston on charges that he stole over four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
The charges were filed by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Carmen M. Ortiz, and could result in up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
In a press release, Ms. Ortiz's office said that Mr. Swartz broke into a restricted area of M.I.T. and entered a computer wiring closet. Mr. Swartz apparently then accessed the M.I.T. computer network and stole millions of documents from JSTOR.
the Aaron Swartz / JSTOR and MIT story is far more complicated than that, especially as BOTH JSTOR and MIT have essentially forgiven Aaron once they researched it all.... but the vendetta of Ortiz is profound, and hopefully this will be seen as an example of how prosecuter overkill is exactly that....
How can you have compassion for someone that committed suicide?
Feeling sorry for a situation he got himself into, this was his choice?