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    Reddit co-founder, Aaron Swartz, commits suicide

    Swartz's mother has posted a statement on the site YCombinator:

    'Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. Aaron has been depressed about his case/upcoming trial, but we had no idea what he was going through was this painful.

    'Aaron was a terrific young man. He contributed a lot to the world in his short life and I regret the loss of all the things he had yet to accomplish. As you can imagine, we all miss him dearly. The grief is unfathomable."
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...epression.html

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    Smart kid. Very sad.

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    From the above link
    "In September 2012, Swartz was charged with 13 counts of felony hacking stemming from his July 2011 arrest and subsequent indictment by the Department of Justice for allegedly swiping MIT papers from the JSTOR online journal archive.
    Two years earlier, Swartz allegedly connected a laptop to MIT's systems through a basement network wiring cupboard.
    He registered as a guest under the fictitious name, Gary Host - a hacking in-joke in which the first initial and last name spell 'ghost.'
    He then used a software program to 'rapidly download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR,' according to the indictment."

    'Cos this was really bad wasn't it? Worth making someone a criminal for? Threatening them with a conviction, even jail? Meanwhile the wealthy and connected do far worse and benefit from it. Look at the fraud committing British MPs.
    Poor guy, I am so sad for him and his loved ones. This world is completely fecked up, as the Irish would say
    England's dancing days are done...

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    Sad to hear about this. Reddit is one of my favorite sites.

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    A brillant young man. I'm sympathy to his family, friends and loved ones.


    Off topic:

    At this link if you scroll down is the indictment against him. For anyone who wants to know what he was charged with doing:

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0...th-data-theft/

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    Horrible...... so young and so gifted...
    JMO, MOO, Doing my best. I am not perfect and I don't expect you to be either.

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    Very sad.
    Just my opinion

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    Aaron Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to go on trial on accusations that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an attempt to make them freely available. If convicted, he faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.
    From the family:

    "Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy," Swartz's family said in a statement Saturday. "It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death."
    "Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable—these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter," the family statement said. "We're grateful for our time with him, to those who loved him and stood with him, and to all of those who continue his work for a better world."
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/st...rnet-obit.html

    Very sad. So young and brilliant! I do wonder, however, if the trial was the result of his depression or if he was already diagnosed with mental illness.
    Justice for Holly Bobo🎀

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    When Swartz was 14 years old, he helped create RSS software, revolutionizing the way people subscribed to and consumed information online.

    As an adult, he co-founded Reddit, a social news website, and rallied against Internet censorship through the political action group Demand Progress.

    Technology bloggers paid tribute to the the man who “had more work to do, and who made the world a better place when he did it.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technolo...26-found-dead/
    Justice for Holly Bobo🎀

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    Quote Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post
    'Cos this was really bad wasn't it? Worth making someone a criminal for? Threatening them with a conviction, even jail? Meanwhile the wealthy and connected do far worse and benefit from it. Look at the fraud committing British MPs.
    Poor guy, I am so sad for him and his loved ones. This world is completely fecked up, as the Irish would say
    More proof that we are on our way to a police state, that is if we aren't there already.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ears-jail.html

    Surveillance shot that ruined tragic Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz's life: Moment he was caught breaking into MIT archive in sting that left him facing 30 years in jail
    Just know one thing, I am the majority.

    Adios amego's

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    MIT President Expresses Regrets Over Suicide

    The president of MIT released a statement of contrition yesterday regarding the university’s involvement in the federal case against Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/s...2lgdc4Hkh64tVK

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    so sad; a brilliant young man gone so soon....RIP
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    This is an interesting interview with Aaron Swartz from May 2007

    http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-05-07-n78.html

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