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  •  Happy To See You Mention Aaron Swartz (6+ / 0-)

    here in your roundup. As a tech geek I think what was done to him was criminal. Look I produce content for a living so I got no desire for folks to steal it.

    But he downloaded FREE academic articles. Not a Stephen King book or a Beck song. But articles often produced by folks paid with taxpayer dollars.

    And they went after him in a brutal manner.

    I love living. I like a fight. I don't think I would ever, ever, ever take my life ..... but my gosh if what happened to him happened to me I might ponder it.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:47:46 PM PST

    •  evening webranding... (4+ / 0-)

      i've been following the aaron swartz issue with great interest.  i think a lot of folks at the center of the issue are seeing this as a computer or computer hacking issue where the problem is that the government doesn't understand the issues and can't be trusted to figure out when a crime has been committed.  unfortunately, it appears to me that this is an issue of a government which can't be trusted not to suppress dissent by twisting the law and abusing its powers.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:07:18 PM PST

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      •  I Don't Want To Get Too Geeky Here (3+ / 0-)

        But you are right. The government in this case didn't understand or didn't want to understand what happened.

        He didn't hack MITs network.

        He basically wrote a small script to allow him to download, or automate the download, of a lot of articles.

        He did this via MITs servers.

        MIT could have stopped this, but it is a tech haven and most tech people think as Araron did that information should be "free."

        So they have almost a totally open network.

        This is really dumbing it down, but it would be like you are staying over at my house. I give you my password for Daily Kos, and you login and then download all my Kos Mails here.

        Now what he did was on a much larger scale, but that is kind of exactly what he did.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:19:30 PM PST

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        •  it's all so stupid... (4+ / 0-)

          he downloaded material that he had a right to download.  the only question was about how quickly he was downloading it.  he never got to a point where he might have done something with the material (which at their request, he returned).

          this is not the basis for sending somebody up the river for 30-50 years.  it's just outrageously, maddeningly stupid - and it is proof that our government cannot be trusted.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:27:58 PM PST

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