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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the rest-in-peace dept.

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maijc writes "Computer activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday in New York City. He was 26 years old. Swartz was 'indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them.' He is best known for co-authoring the widely-used RSS 1.0 specification when he was 14, and as one of the early co-owners of Reddit."

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He Is Free Now (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566747)

He wanted data to be free. Now he is free.

Re:He Is Free Now (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566757)

No he's not. He's dead, and you're a terrible person for implying otherwise.

Re:He Is Free Now (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566801)

If you read the indictment he is an idiot for doing what he did

If it was anyone else people would be making Darwin jokes

Re:He Is Free Now (1, Troll)

thunderclap (972782) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567113)

No, his body is dead. He isn't. He is simply not here. You can't prove I am wrong.

Re:He Is Free Now (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566759)

Actually, he's dead. There's a difference.

Re:He Is Free Now (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566907)

He chose to take his own life. It was his decision. I don't agree with it, and I don't endorse it as a reasonable choice, but it was his decision.

There is an endless supply of "we want everything to be free and open! don't lock us in! what if I want to ABC? who's to say I can't XYZ?" Are we not hypocrites to say he cannot be free with his own life?

The world lost something of value with his passing. It was his choice to deprive the world of what he gave it. It is sad, and it is hard, but it is done.

Re:He Is Free Now (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567089)

it's a philosophical question:

do you have the freedom to remove your own freedom?

death represents zero freedom

therefore, if you restrain a person, physically prevent them from doing what they want to do, which in any other situation is freedom depriving, in the instance of someone choosing suicide, it is freedom preserving

you can suicidal people everywhere who considered it, tried to do it, or were stopped from doing it, or failed in their attempt, later happy they did not commit suicide

if someone had been there to block Aaron's attempt, the man could have lived to fight another day, and maybe grown to be happy he would be still alive, and free

Re:He Is Free Now (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566781)

+1 to you

Re:He Is Free Now (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566807)

Freedom is a measure of how many options are available to you. If you are dead, you have literally zero freedom.

Re:He Is Free Now (1)

Nossie (753694) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567117)

freedom from life - depending on your thoughts, beliefs and opinions at the time.

Re:He Is Free Now (1)

Servaas (1050156) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567121)

Freedom is a measure of how many options are available to you. If you are dead, you have literally zero freedom.

Maybe. Maybe.

Re:He Is Free Now (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567125)

Freedom is a measure of how many options are available to you. If you are dead, you have literally zero freedom.

I did not say freedom. I said free. Free as in unrestricted or no longer burdened. He has no freedom after his last choice, but freedom to choose does not guarantee good choices.

I understand (-1, Flamebait)

Jetra (2622687) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566751)

Reddit is terrible. I'd suicide too if I was co-owner of that crap.

Re:I understand (2, Insightful)

FudRucker (866063) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566883)

Reddit serves a purpose, it keeps a lot of imps & trolls off of slashdot, i dont use reddit either because i dont like the content but it serves a purpose (it provides a place imps & trolls to vent)

Re:I understand (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567111)

Default reddit is terrible, but there are plenty of subreddits that have far higher quality than Slashdot. This place has been a fucking cesspool for years and nobody of note even posts logged in anymore.

Copyright kills (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566753)

This is the lesson - copyright kills. High time for a copyright reform.

So... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566769)

12 years past his prime, then?

suicide (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566777)

how terrible whos responsible? The government bullying him for what he did maybe

Re:suicide (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566795)

Typical liberal. It is always someone else's fault.

Re: suicide (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566811)

Typical conservative. Making broad generalizations with little to no information.

Re:suicide (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566815)

no shit!
I blame your mom for not aborting you...

Re:suicide (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566987)

Get off the internet dad!

Have some shame (5, Insightful)

benjfowler (239527) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566785)

A young man took his own life. And so far, I'm only reading sick jokes and flamebait. This isn't Digg.

The first posters to this discussion should take a long, hard look at themselves.

Re:Have some shame (4, Insightful)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566793)

I don't know him personally, but many people who are successful that early in life are rather high strung. The feeling of helplessness in dealing with a court case may have pushed him over the edge.

Re:Have some shame (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566873)

Imagine yourself stuck in a case where you are facing 30+ years for putting up documents online, then the organization saying "Haha! Nevermind, we were going to put everything out in public domain anyway!" (typical PR?) and still be trapped in it.

Re:Have some shame (4, Insightful)

cjjjer (530715) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567043)

Imagine yourself stuck in a case where you are facing 30+ years for...

Lots of people have been faced with worse time than this and don't kill themselves; some even face the death penalty. Most people who try and succeed in committing suicide have pretty much in some form or other harbored daemons their entire life. It would not surprise me that he has often throughout his life pondered suicide and maybe even tried and failed.

Re:Have some shame (5, Interesting)

Grax (529699) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566939)

Very said. I met him once at an ArsDigita event when he was around 14. I was surprised to find that the posts I had been reading came from someone so young. He was a very smart guy and he made a lot of waves. I am sad to see him go.

Re:Have some shame (0)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566825)

There's a filter. Use it preacher man.

Re: Have some shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566827)

Some people deal with death differently than you. Applying narrow minded judgement is hardly appropriate.

Re:Have some shame (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566829)

It's a terrible tragedy. He was bright and I wish he wasn't targeted by the (in)justice system.

Re:Have some shame (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567007)

He purportedly committed several crimes (breaking and entering, unauthorized access of a restricted access computer network), was planning on committing another crime and for that, he was the subject of a criminal prosecution. When he committed those crimes, he knew they were crimes. When he killed himself, he had still not yet been prosecuted. I seem to be missing the part where the "(in)justice system" did something they shouldn't have been doing? I bet you will argue the reason he was doing what he was doing should play into this (the means justified the ends), but in fact, it shouldn't. Justice should be applied blindly, so that's it fair to everyone.

Re:Have some shame (4, Insightful)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567143)

He purportedly committed several crimes...

He purportely stole some information created with public money, but granted to privated a privated party, with the objective of returning it to the public. And was in line to get 35 years of prision for that. How much can you get if you murder someone in the US, by the way?

When he killed himself, he had still not yet been prosecuted. I seem to be missing the part where the "(in)justice system" did something they shouldn't have been doing?

The (in)justice system did still not prosecute him, years after he was marked as a felon and had his life destroyed. That's what it shouldn't have been doing. If you intend to destroy the life of somebody while he awaits judment, that judgment must be quick.

But yeah, you are just trolling.

Re:Have some shame (4, Informative)

MartinSchou (1360093) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566915)

As a ... well, I'm never sure if I should use the term "suicide survivor" or "failed suicider" ... anyway, as one of those, allow me to respond to your polite request for having some shame with an equally polite "no".

Just because you don't like sick jokes about certain subjects, doesn't mean the rest of us don't.

To some of us, humour is a stress reliever and coping mechanism - telling us that we shouldn't use it, trying to shame and ostracise us for using it, is in fact likely to make us more inclined to follow in Aaron Swartz' footsteps.

There are few things as life affirming as laughter, and some of us have a really hard time finding those laughs in everyday situations.

Laughter is one of the very few parts of the universal human vocabulary, it is delightfully infectious and as far as I know the only emotion that is basically a one way street. I.e. once you start giggling and laughing, it is almost impossible to stop, whereas someone really sad or depressed will almost always start to laugh when faced with others laughing.

I do agree with you though, that the jokers in here should take a long hard look at themselves, but for very different reasons. I think anyone who can make light of a sad situation makes life more bearable, and for people like me, that is a life saver.

Re:Have some shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566927)

Your post is the first in this thread to annoy me. Everyone else has said what's on their mind. You have said what should be on everyone else's mind.

Humour comes in many guises and is a great way to handle life's little inconveniences - mortality being the littlest of them all.

As for me: I don't know why the guy killed himself. I'm sure none of us will find out. Even if a suicide note says "because of the copyright cartel" or "because of the government", we can't actually be certain that there wasn't some underlying problem which only close friends and family (or no-one at all) know about.

Influential people - whether through cunning or intelligence or just being at the right place at the right time - can live a lot of life in not many years. Rather than focusing on his death and how very awful we should feel about it, why not reflect on his life? Even if that means saying stuff like "RSS is cool" or "Reddit is awful" - what's wrong with that?

Re:Have some shame (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566965)

Took a hard look at self and decided that he should be nominated for a Darwin award.

Re:Have some shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566997)

No, it's worse.

Re:Have some shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567019)

The first posters to this discussion should take a long, hard look at themselves.

I was not joking. He is free. Free from his many personal demons, free from his overwhelming troubles, free from the bleak future that he brought upon himself.

It is very, very sad that he took his own life, but my heart goes out to his family and friends. Suicide is a very selfish act and I will not mourn for him for choosing it as a way out.

His accomplishments and contributions to the world should be celebrated, but he believed that things should be free. He had free will, and he had freedom of choice. This is what he chose.

Re:Have some shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567063)

In order to be free, you have to first exist. He no longer exists and therefore cannot be free of anything.

You must be new here... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567107)

The first posters

so far, I'm only reading sick jokes and flamebait

You must be new to the Internet! ;)

People are idiots. If you get angry at every stupid shit anybody says, you're gonna have a bad time on this planet.

I mean I'm with you. It's a natural reaction we inherited. But it only fulfills its purpose, if you're actually going over and punching them in the face, before throwing them out of the tribal village, if you know what I mean.

Otherwise, the only one suffering from getting angry, is you.

So since emotions, contrary to popular belief, aren't controllable, the best way, is to focus on more important things than stirring in scum.

Why is this not major news on Reddit? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566797)

I am astounded at the response to this.

This is major news over at Hacker News. The top 12 items on the first page are related to this.

Currently, it's the top item here at Slashdot.

But at this very moment, there is not even a single mention of it on the front page of Reddit!

What a rotten, rotten community Reddit has become. The hipsters and social outcasts there do not show even the slightest remorse nor any sign of sadness over the death of one of the core founders of their community. There is not even A SINGLE SUBMISSION relating to this on the front page! There are numerous stupid "meme" pictures, and much other asinine content, but nothing about this event! Astounding! It's astounding!

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566821)

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567001)

Why the fuck is the parent comment at 3, Informative? Did the people who modded it up actually bother to click on the link? The submission is some picture of a smirking cat, with 2 upvotes and 10 downvotes.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566875)

I saw this one the reddit frontpage with plenty of discussion in the comments before it even popped up on Slashdot, so uh... no?

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (5, Informative)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566889)

Incorrect: Reddit Cofounder RIP [reddit.com] . Front page. 1294 votes and climbing. Submitted 4 hours ago. 84 comments vs the 24 here.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567039)

Only at Reddit would the useful submission that links to the news article be nowhere to be seen, but the submission that gets the attention is merely a photo that gives absolutely no context or back story.

Even then, it's still ranked below several text-on-photo meme pictures of cats and Fry from Futurama, and other idiotic submissions.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567119)

There were posts in reddit.com/r/wtf and /r/pics, but those were pulled.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (2)

Simon321 (1933722) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566905)

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566973)

It's not on the front page at this time, however. The only other related submission that is there now is some picture of him with the Reddit logo superimposed on it, which doesn't explain anything about the situation at all. Oh, and it's currently below two pictures of cats, what appears to be a video of some Arab kid in Sweden yelling out his window, and something about Jurassic Park 4.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566919)

Don't be a prick, it was posted on reddit over4 hours, at least 3 before /. posted it.

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (1)

Karganeth (1017580) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566941)

Check your filters. Go to /r/all it is there

Re:Why is this not major news on Reddit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566943)

I am astounded at the response to this.

This is major news over at Hacker News. The top 12 items on the first page are related to this.

Currently, it's the top item here at Slashdot.

But at this very moment, there is not even a single mention of it on the front page of Reddit!

What a rotten, rotten community Reddit has become. The hipsters and social outcasts there do not show even the slightest remorse nor any sign of sadness over the death of one of the core founders of their community. There is not even A SINGLE SUBMISSION relating to this on the front page! There are numerous stupid "meme" pictures, and much other asinine content, but nothing about this event! Astounding! It's astounding!

You sir, are incorrect.

Terrible :-( (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566817)

Very sad :-(

Wish I knew why (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566833)

Without context this is just another sad story.

If he committed suicide because the government/JSTOR ruined his life then over what was claimed to be "trumped up charges" then this is a story that needs some action. But if this was because his girlfriend dumped him or some other personal reason, then this will fade into the background wand wont have the same impact.

Still it's sad to see that one of our esteemed contributes to society has been lost.

Re:Wish I knew why (4, Insightful)

kenh (9056) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567087)

I read a bit of the indictment [archive.org] and I find it hard to believe the charges are 'trumped up' because they are so easy to disprove.

Did he or did he not buy the laptop?

Did he or did he not access an MIT wiring closet?

Did he or did he not program the above purchased laptop to retrieve a massive number of documents in a manner inconsistent with their terms of use?

Personally I think his passion for his political/legal positions drove him to commit crimes, crimes for which the penalty was so great it may have driven him to suicide, but as the previous poster mentioned - we don't know why he did it. (was there a note?)

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among his age group (after accidental death), there are likely causes outside his achievements that drove him to take his own life, like the other 5-6,000 suicide victims in his age group each year.

Re:Wish I knew why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567131)

Perhaps he did. But he was facing 35 years in prison for intent to piracy

sad day, and sad reality (4, Insightful)

sketchbag (1946222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566837)

sad to see a statistic so tragic. among the age group 25-34, suicide is the second highest cause of death (cdc, 2010 [ http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/10LCID_All_Deaths_By_Age_Group_2010-a.pdf [cdc.gov] ]). All i can say is this is a tragedy in the specific, and its a tragedy in the general. Build communities where you can, and if you stand up for your beliefs try and make bonds that will help you through troubled times when the shit hits the fan as a result. our best and brightest should be here to fix the problems left behind by the poor choices of others, because if the best and brightest arent...who is going to? please stand by activists if you agree with them, and if you have suicidal thoughts (related to, or unrelated to activism), seek better bonds with others or medical help if necessary

Re:sad day, and sad reality (-1, Flamebait)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566863)

Committing suicide is just an act of stupidity.
It doesn't make me sad, it makes me mad that people would do this.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566931)

So you're saying depression is just another form of stupidity?

Re:sad day, and sad reality (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567009)

Depression is a form of selfishness. Suicide is an act of stupidity.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566935)

How the FUCK did this get modded up? Fuck you mods. Fuck you.

I will say this once again to the parent and to the people who modded this up. Fuck you.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (2)

sketchbag (1946222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566957)

some people have issues far beyond what one might call "choice" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii [wikipedia.org] or other disorders). studies recently link the mentioned disorder to suicide attempts (http://www.amsciepub.com/doi/abs/10.2466/12.13.PR0.107.5.424). you get to call it stupidity. but we dont have to agree with you when data shows otherwise. brain disorders (caused by external or genetic, etc) can influence how one behaves. tumors in certain brain regions can significantly reduce the self preservation motivation, or increase depression. remember folks, brains are machines. and machines can fuck up :)

Re:sad day, and sad reality (-1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567021)

If you can't seize control of your brain, then you're just an animal..

Re:sad day, and sad reality (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567057)

We ARE just animals. What are you, a sentient rock?

Re:sad day, and sad reality (1)

sketchbag (1946222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567069)

control your atp cycle. thats controlled by your brain. make your heart rate over 9000 bpm. oh, you cant? odd. i thought you could control your brain

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567101)

You ARE just an animal, a highly developed one perhaps, but an animal nevertheless.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566959)

You are a self-absorbed piece of shit.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566993)

Maybe so - but no matter how magnificent the peaks we rise to (of our intelligence specifically) - we can always fall. And no-one can ever stay at those heights for all contexts.

The default state of all matter is unintelligent - so that we achieve any at all at any time is marvellous. And there's quite a strong correlation between personal "intelligence" and suicide. The extra mental flexibility comes with attendant weakness - otherwise we'd long ago have continued to evolve towards higher and higher intellectual capability - and yet there is actually no historical evidence of this at all. Go read the earliest scientific papers you can find - probably ancient chinese. Marvel that the assumed steady increase in intellect doesn't exist - and then ask why this is so?

With so many deaths of suicide, I would have to consider that greater intelligence and a clearer view of the world leads inevitably towards fatal depression. eg: Boltzman. Figured out the thermodynamics we engineer upon today, and became so depressed at reality - that everything dead in the universe steadily gets only worse - including all our possible resources - that he committed suicide too. And then so did the next person to study his work.

Us useful engineers - we decide as a practical matter to hold an unreasonable belief in our own future achievements - a belief that the order of life grows with time, despite the fact that the universe as a whole must be decaying. If we lose this religious conviction because of a mistaken belief that all religion is to be abhorred - we commit suicide as the only rational course of action. The only way to win at a game this crooked, it seems, is not to play.

All of us surviving these tragic losses ought to be sad - for these are the very people capable of changing our plight the most, and we've lost them. Poor us.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566999)

Why? Didn't you say that if you don't know the person that dies, then it doesn't matter?

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566991)

among the age group 25-34, suicide is the second highest cause of death

Well duh! In that age group, there is nothing else that kills, besides other stupidity like drunk driving and Jackass-ery.

Maybe you should just say "stupidity is the leading cause of death amongst 25-34 year-olds" and be done with it.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (1)

sketchbag (1946222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567037)

break it down more. why isnt a person working 3 jobs to feed their kids in that age group living in south central la as likely as a privledged white living in the burbs in virginia? because time to think might be a cause. but more specifically, read my second post. we have actual disorders that cause increased suicidal behavior. just because most 53 year olds die of heart disease and cancer doesnt mean that virtually zero should be the number of suicides but still ranks in the top 10. that number should be picked at zero (well, of the people i agree with :P) and whatever the cause, especially if medical (parasites, tumors, chemical, etc) then we should try and remedy as opposed to call them "stupid". if there was an additive to pork that had a similar effect of the cat toxin i mentioned, jews and muslims might be pretty safe. should nobody worry about everyone who doesnt mind the pig products? especially if it could be traced back to a solid physical cause?

Re:sad day, and sad reality (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567023)

I wonder. What is the #1 cause of death for people age 24-35 that aren't popular, yet could be perceived as a threat by a corrupt government.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (3, Insightful)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567075)

Do you know why it's so high in that age group? Because you're healthy and likely won't die unless you take your life. It's not that hard to figure out.

Re:sad day, and sad reality (1)

sketchbag (1946222) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567123)

it should be less than second. homocide is third, which should also be lower. both of those shouldnt rank in the top 10. they do, so how to fix?

Re:sad day, and sad reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567127)

...IN AMERICA.

Never forget that.

There are reasons you're the lowest of the war-struck-non-3rd-world countries in terms of life expectancy.

And you them it perfectly well. But chose not to do anything about it.

The smoking gun (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566839)

"So I hope you’ll forgive me for not doing more. And hey, it could be worse. At least I have decent health insurance."

- http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/verysick

Re:The smoking gun (1)

nickserv (1974794) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566983)

That explains a lot, thanks for the link.

Great intelligence unfortunately often comes with great burdens. What a shame, he was so young, who knows what he could have gone on to accomplish. We have lost one of our own and I'm appalled at all the negative comments here. Have some respect people.

RIP Aaron.

Re:The smoking gun (0)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567011)

That explains a lot, thanks for the link.

Actually it doesn't. Notice the date: "November 27, 2007"

Re:The smoking gun (1)

nickserv (1974794) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567031)

Actually it doesn't. Notice the date: "November 27, 2007"

I assume his illnesses had progressed over the 5 years since he wrote the blog.

Re:The smoking gun (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567049)

No, you just fell for an AC that was trolling you.

The RSS specification is a piece of crap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566865)

So that's why this specification sucks: it was written by 14-year olds.

It's one of the cases where incompatible standards have the same names, and competing standard branches exist with different version numbers, while all are missing essential features. The kind of cases where you wish you never needed to support this "standard".

Re:The RSS specification is a piece of crap (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566909)

Well, you should have gotten your Cartmanesque ass off WoW and helped, maybe?

I'm profoundly underinformed but (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566867)

It's a shame. I can't imagine what he was going through. What exactly was on Jstor that they want kept quiet?

Re:I'm profoundly underinformed but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566955)

I hear it was about the aliens.

Re:I'm profoundly underinformed but (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567005)

What exactly was on Jstor that they want kept quiet?

Kept quiet? Why would they be keeping journal articles and primary sources "quiet" when they are a digital library?

I didn't know him... but this is beyond words. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566877)

I mourn for him, and his friends. This isn't funny. If the indictment had anything to do with it, I hope the people involved with it spend at least a few seconds thinking about it. They won't because they were just doing their job. Well. Job well done. If there were more people like you, the world would be a better safer place right?

I'm sorry... I just feel sick.

remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566881)

Respect the memory of Swartz - Smash the international information cartel!

Someone's got their priorities all wrong (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566899)

  • Spread knowledge: 30+ years in prison.
  • Kill a person: 10 years in prison.
  • Rape a woman: I don't even know how much.
  • Be a banker and fuck people's lives by investing their well-earned money into bad assets: Earn a bonus.

If this doesn't get you enraged about the larger problem at hand, I don't know what will.

Re:Someone's got their priorities all wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566961)

Welcome to the human race - we're all driven by greed.

Why wasn't that written on the Voyager craft?

Re:Someone's got their priorities all wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567013)

Am I?

Re:Someone's got their priorities all wrong (5, Informative)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567025)

Kill a person: 10 years in prison.

No, it's more like:

First-degree murder: Manadatory death sentence or life-imprisonment
Second-degree murder: Manadatory minimum 10-years to life inprisonment.

Am I just cynical/paranoid? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566901)

My first thought on reading about a guy who leaked confidential and possibly damaging documents which embarrassed/angered people with substantial political power suddenly committing suicide?

"Yeah. I'll bet he did. And I'm the Queen of England with a bridge to sell you."

Re:Am I just cynical/paranoid? (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566985)

Except that wasn't what he was doing. He was downloading journal articles from JSTOR and putting them on internet the for free.

Re:Am I just cynical/paranoid? (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#42566989)

"putting them on the Internet for free" that is.

how is this news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566947)

I don't know or care about the dumb shyte, nor do I want to know about him.

Dear OP.
Take this news and go elsewhere please.

Another great win (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42566971)

for project blue beam. :D

RIP (5, Insightful)

Marcion (876801) | about a year and a half ago | (#42567029)

"The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly." (Bladerunner)

DO AN AUTOPSY! Seriously! It could be murder! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567059)

Half of all deaths are assigned to the wrong cause.

And I would not be one bit surprised, if it turns out to be murder for lack of evidence in trial.

I know of similar stuff that happened to colleagues of close relatives, who were willing to give away government secrets. (And government secrets are secret *exactly* because you would not like that which is secret.)
Shot in the head by snipers from buildings... at the moment they left the airport of the 3rd world country they fled to, and nobody giving a shit about it. After threatening his whole family.
Yes, the great United States of America's CIA does stuff like that.

Worst of all, you'll probably mod me down because you can't accept it. (I don't blame you. I blame the propaganda machine.)

Reality (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567073)

MOST PROMINENT SUICIDES ARE murders. Remember the DC Madam, who said on the radio she'd never commit suicide? Murdered, not suicide.
Maybe Aaron had the dirt on somebody powerful.

He was facing 35 years for attempted piracy (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42567149)

The old world order resists change. RIP

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