Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and later played a key role in stopping an online piracy bill in Congress, has committed suicide at age 26, authorities said on Saturday.
He was also to face federal court this year on computer fraud charges which could have seen him imprisoned for decades.
Pretty sad. Before age 26 he achieved more than most of us even begin to aspire to in our entire lives, and it still wasn't enough to put his mind at ease.
The power of the Swartz was strong in this one.
Here are some better eulogies than just calling him a computer criminal:
talented guy, seems like a huge waste over something like a lawsuit
What I was thinking is that the legal system pays no attention to mental health. No doubt the stress of something like a looming prison sentence and the pressure and drain of going through the court system (federal trial no less) - probably not a great thing from someone suffering from depression. The prosecution would probably just love it if you killed yourself anyway.
mental health, and also the idea of people being sent to pound me in the ass prison for breaking copyright laws
prosecution only wants you to kill yourself after they get a verdict. can't chalk that s*** up if you never make it to trial.
related to my post
Aaron was depressed about his pending trial; the charges carried theoretical maximums of decades in prison. If that was the chief cause of his suicide, then the U.S. government has caused a great evil in the course of trying to punish a much lesser one. He was almost certainly guilty of some computer-misuse misdemeanors at least, but to press such heavy felony charges against him was a serious misuse of prosecutorial discretion.
From trog's link http://laboratorium.net/archive/2013/01/12/aaron_swartz_was_26
Up to 35 years in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison for 'hacking' an unprotected site with a simple python curl script? What the hell... http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/
Here's the original indictment:
he certainly didnt know much about easy to use interfaces for his websites.
The classic case of where someone says "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" and there isn't the option to be able to live on another one.
He achieved more in the last dozen years than whole family trees have in generations on generations.
I feel bad for him, it sounds like his forward thinking and improvements to society were rewarded with criminalisation, being treated with punishments worse than rape and manslaughter.
It's like society lost something valuable when someone like that dies.
The money wins again.
Depression is different to suiciding because you fear Prison.
Seems he was already Ill.
""Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves," Swartz wrote in an online "manifesto" dated 2008.
I f*****g hate the way the term manifesto is thrown around to make someone sound like the crazed author of the next mein kampf. The dude published lots of essays.