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Reddit co-founder dead
Brisbane, Queensland
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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.
10:42am 13/01/13 Permalink
10:42am 13/01/13 Permalink
Perth, Western Australia
1359 posts
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.
11:42am 13/01/13 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
1937 posts
The power of the Swartz was strong in this one.
12:20pm 13/01/13 Permalink
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
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01:52pm 13/01/13 Permalink
4190 posts
talented guy, seems like a huge waste over something like a lawsuit
02:07pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10665 posts
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.
02:18pm 13/01/13 Permalink
4191 posts
mental health, and also the idea of people being sent to pound me in the ass prison for breaking copyright laws
02:26pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
7094 posts
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.
02:26pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10666 posts
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
02:31pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Gold Coast, Queensland
5591 posts
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...

Here's the original indictment:
03:09pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
34945 posts
he certainly didnt know much about easy to use interfaces for his websites.
03:09pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
6307 posts
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.
03:32pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
3041 posts
The money wins again.
04:23pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
11796 posts

It's interesting how hard they pursued this guy for the 'damage' he caused. Compare that to stock brokers and CEO's who put the entire world into the s***... only Iceland has done something about that.
05:57pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9761 posts
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.

"The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. ...sharing isn't immoral — it's a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy," he wrote.

06:30pm 13/01/13 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
7096 posts
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.
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