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  •  I object to the general trend (1+ / 0-)
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    of the feds' priorities

    I object to it a lot.

    They're using tax dollars to prosecute stuff like this, where the injured party apparently is completely satisfied with the results they already have? And ignore people who have committed far worse crimes against the people of this country?

    Those are crap priorities, IMO.  They're making a court case where there needn't be one, while ignoring people who have committed far worse crimes.

    The heart is a bloom, shoots up through stony ground/But there's no room, no space to rent in this town

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 08:26:07 AM PDT

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    •  Crime and prosecution isn't a zero-sum game. (0+ / 0-)

      The fact that there are other, more serious felonies to prosecute doesn't mean hacking shouldn't be.

      This man committed a crime--he hacked into a network in violation of its terms of use, and further he planted a sniffer on the network, hiding it in an attempt to avoid being caught.

      This was a crime.  We can argue about how important it was as a crime, but it was a crime, and I shed no tears if he serves some jail time or has a record for a while.

      I say this as a hacker myself--the legitimate kind--and as someone who thinks "information should be free".  But that doesn't excuse breaking into a network to set it free.

      "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

      by rfall on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 02:57:36 PM PDT

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