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RMS, Aaron Swartz Among 2013 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the barry-bonds-given-the-cold-shoulder-again dept.

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gnujoshua writes "The Internet Hall of Fame inducted 32 new members, today. This years class had a number of 'policy innovators' and activists including Aaron Swartz (posthumous), John Perry Barlow, Jimmy Wales, and Richard M. Stallman. Stallman had this to say upon his induction: 'Now that we have made the Internet work, the next task is to stop it from being a platform for massive surveillance, and make it work in a way that respects human rights, including privacy.'"

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First post (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115843)

I have nothing of value to add to the conversation.

Re:First post (1, Offtopic)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#44116151)

I bet you never even sailed on the RMS Aaron Swartz, did you?

Re:First post (1, Offtopic)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44116353)

The only thing that can sink the RMS Aaron Swartz is Aaron Swartz himself!

Re:First post (0)

TeknoHog (164938) | about a year ago | (#44116455)

I see your Swartz is as big as mine.

Re:First post (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#44116357)

Hey, at least that ship lasted longer than the Itanic!

Re:First post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117809)

I have nothing of value to add to the conversation.

Evidently.

A Plead from Jimmy Wales (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115853)

Please, Oh God, give me money! Please, oh, please, induct me in the Internet Hall of Fame! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a year ago | (#44115865)

As annoying and pitiful as those pleas are he certainly belongs in the internet hall of fame.

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116175)

Why? He promotes free sharing of facts through Wikipedia, but actually encourages people to delete everything if they aren't in some special elitist Wiki clique.

No, not everyone can edit Wikipedia. That is a bald faced lie.

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116373)

To be fair, anyone can edit Wikipedia. It doesn't claim that your edits won't be immediately reverted.

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (3, Interesting)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44117125)

http://xkcd.com/978/ [xkcd.com]

The problem is that they want everything to be backed up by a verifiable source, and fails to enforce it. You either allow everyone to edit, or you follow established scientific procedures. Wikipedia does something in between, leaving both sides unhappy with it.

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (4, Funny)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#44116177)

Expect a crazy video to soon follow from John McAfee, detailing how the Illuminati stopped him from getting in.

Re:A Plead from Jimmy Wales (0)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44116377)

He's already in his alternate "Free-Thinking Hall of Fame", sponsored by the letter B as in "bath salts".

RMS named (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115869)

I think the world is actually finally reaching a more dire version of the 2010 panel of this xkcd: https://xkcd.com/743/ [xkcd.com]

Re:RMS named (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116145)

It doesn't change the fact that you're probably autistic.

Re:RMS named (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116559)

It was reached a long time ago, but we're finally starting to realize it. Where are all the smug "chicken little" accusations now?

Re:RMS named (1)

brit74 (831798) | about a year ago | (#44116669)

How about this: open source software would've fixed NOTHING. The spying that's going on is on the network, it's not because you kept using Microsoft Word.

Re:RMS named (4, Insightful)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44117141)

How to you know that Microsoft Word doesn't spy on you? Do you have the source code?

Re:RMS named (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44118555)

Even if you had access to the source code, sifting through the entire thing looking for code that sends data back would be a huge waste of time. Better to use a packet sniffer like Wireshark. The "Waaa, without the source code, how can we know?" excuse is bullshit.

Re:RMS named (2)

readingaccount (2909349) | about a year ago | (#44119187)

How to you know that Microsoft Word doesn't spy on you?

Let me ask you this: how do you know that God doesn't exist? It's a stupid question because it's very difficult to proof the lack of an existence of something. Rather, the appropriate way to phrase the question is simply: how do you know that God exists? You have to prove your case, not get others to disprove it.

Likewise: how do you know that Microsoft Word is spying on you? The burden of proof is on you to show this is happening. You make the point that the source code is not available, but there are many other ways to analyze the behavior of software, even when closed. Off the top of my head would be Wireshark.

Do you really think, out of the millions (billions?) of Word users, including no doubt some very, very smart security researchers, that someone wouldn't have thought of this very issue and perhaps did some forensics to check to see if Word is somehow spying? If it could be shown that something nefarious was happening, it would be all over the net. But given this hasn't happened, it's more logical (and we geeks pride ourselves on thinking logically and rationally, right?) to assume that it's just a fucking word processor and nothing more.

Re:RMS named (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117209)

Load of bullshit. FOSS software such as GNUpg, TrueCrypt and bcrypt can be trusted, while commercial companies are pressured into collaboration with the government on a regular basis. Some even have so much money they start to whore themselves to the government and demand you to deliver them your real name and the like.

Yea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115873)

Good luck with that.

So do we have to call the Internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115879)

GNU/Internet now?

Re:So do we have to call the Internet (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#44116119)

GNU/Internet now?

... only the segment that orbits RMS.

Re:So do we have to call the Internet (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44117149)

Just make sure that you don't connect non-GPL parts of the Internet to the GPL parts and you'll be fine.

Re:So do we have to call the Internet (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about a year ago | (#44118027)

Wouldn't that be AGPL3?

Re: So do we have to call the Internet (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117977)

Word is that RMS has graduated from eating toe jam to eating boogers. Good for him. Good for him.

Richard Stallman! Hell Yeah! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115885)

If it weren't for RMS, us Internet Trolls would have much much less work!

I, Ac the union rep for Internet Trolls would like to support this decision.

BTW, the GPL is causing much of the shift from FOSS to Microsoft solutions.

I don't mean to Troll, but it is the truth. Folks ARE worried about the license.

And did I mention that XEmacs - That's _X_emacs is better than ANYTHING Stallman has EVER Wrttien - or ANYONE!

Except for Microsoft. They have Visual Studio - GOD'S gift to IDES - suck it ECLIPSE ASSHOLES!!!!

Netbeans people? I guess you like getting it up the ass from Larry - HOMOS!~

Speaking of HOMOS - APPLE users and developers. All of you got fucked by Steve!

Oh God, I'm tired. I'm gonna sleep well tonight.

Mommy.

Re:Richard Stallman! Hell Yeah! (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44117181)

Microsoft is integrating Git in Visual Studio [msdn.com] . It starts small but you'll see, soon all they do will be open.

Re:Richard Stallman! Hell Yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117235)

Yeah and Android will soon move to an NT kernel. Absorlootely.

Internet Hall of Fame? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115899)

What is this? Is this seriously a thing now? Who gave the people in charge the authority for this? Or is it just another group of old white guys sitting around congratulating themselves on being rich?

Re:Internet Hall of Fame? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116193)

That's progressive, activist, old white guys. Thanks.

In short, it's old hippies who don't see the irony.

Re:Internet Hall of Fame? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117261)

Yeah, I can't see Henry Kissinger or somebody from the Sachs family approve of this. Call AIPAC to investigate.

Re:Internet Hall of Fame? (2)

mapsjanhere (1130359) | about a year ago | (#44117851)

How can it be serious? They added RMS.

RMS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115955)

still spouting his rantings to anyone that'll listen. Maximum respect for the man, he tends to be 10+ years ahead of what's going on with the nastiness and corruption regarding technology. However, it's it about time he did a little more? I propose he does a sponsored bath and shave, complete with a proper haircut, all monies to go to the FSF, EFF and a couple of hookers for me^Whim.

Bath? Shave? Haircut? RMS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116281)

Yeh, we're gonna need one particular Aerosmith song in here, pronto!

Induced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44115971)

Inducted is not a word!

Re:Induced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116081)

Inducted is not a word!

Uhh, yes it is. [reference.com]

Re:Induced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117127)

Oops, my bad.

RMS and unintended outcomes (4, Interesting)

hazeii (5702) | about a year ago | (#44116005)

>Stallman had this to say upon his induction: 'Now that we have made the Internet work, the next task is to stop it from being a platform for massive surveillance, and make it work in a way that respects human rights, including privacy.'"

In retrospect, it would have been neat to have written that kind of thing into the GPL (the spooks would have run Windows servers instead, and our privacy would be safe if we used anything more complex than ROT13).

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#44116139)

In other news, when informed about the Internet Hall of Fame, most people said: "Get a life.".

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116405)

In other news, when informed about the Internet Hall of Fame, most people said: "Get a life.".

Says "Frosty Piss" on a dweebs forum!

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44116199)

The GPL would somehow stop the NSA?

Not seeing it.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (3, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year ago | (#44116367)

and our privacy would be safe if we used anything more complex than ROT13)

I like the naieve implication that the NSA is somehow incompetent. Recall that the original AES spec was amended with a recommendation from the NSA which was determined, around 10 years later, to have substantially strengthened it against just-now-being-discovered cryptographic attacks. Recall that the NSA is largely responsible for SELinux.

Im sure there are other examples of their competence which escape it, but needless to say they arent exactly bumbling; theres every indication that some of the best security folks in the industry work @ the NSA.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

hazeii (5702) | about a year ago | (#44116627)

That's not what I was implying.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116989)

SELinux is crap

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44117191)

SELinux is great. Configuring it could be somewhat easier.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

Burz (138833) | about a year ago | (#44118505)

Qubes OS is a heck of a lot stronger and less fuss than SELinux. Anything that is not using hardware VM features to keep apps and services from misbehaving is looking pretty outmoded, IMO.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117619)

You're thinking of DES, not AES.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116619)

100% correct. The GPL will stop the NSA where The United States Constitution will not.

I've never heard anything so stupid from someone with such a low UID... and you got modded up as well!

This is more proof that the freetards live in a fantasy land.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

game kid (805301) | about a year ago | (#44117465)

In retrospect, it would have been neat to have written that kind of thing into the GPL (the spooks would have run Windows servers instead, and our privacy would be safe if we used anything more complex than ROT13).

Even the FSF says the GNU AGPL [gnu.org] addresses some, but not all [gnu.org] , of their issues with software run over a network—best to just roll your own versions of the cloud stuff on your compy if you really give a fuck about not being mined and mailed out.

Re:RMS and unintended outcomes (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year ago | (#44118867)

The GPL would stop government spooks trained in illegal activities from doing illegal spooky stuff? I had not realized the superpower that GPL had.

Listen here. (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44116037)

"the next task is to stop it from being a platform for massive surveillance, and make it work in a way that respects human rights, including privacy"

Good. Is everybody now aware of the difference between warrantless, untracked government surveillance, and Amazon putting you into a list of potential Depends buyers?

actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44119195)

if you are shopping for depends, amazon has a very competitive price
truly, no bullshit

You lost me at Jimmy Wales. Where is Larry Sanger? (1)

Electrawn (321224) | about a year ago | (#44116051)

Jimmy Wales
Fueled the user collaboration and sharing trend as founder of Wikipedia

Uh, what the hell?

Re:You lost me at Jimmy Wales. Where is Larry Sang (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116205)

We're not talking about Woz here.
Sanger left Wikipedia before it got good.

RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (4, Insightful)

hojo (94118) | about a year ago | (#44116099)

In my idealistic youth, I thought of him as a programming God.

As I grew older, I began regarding him as more of a cranky old, "get off my lawn", impractical hard liner.

Now, with the whole NSA/Snowden revelations, I realize I was wrong to be complacent. He has reverted to deity status for me.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (3, Interesting)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44116285)

I'm not sure what you think has changed. Unless you didn't already realize the NSA was doing this unlike the other 95% of the population did.

We knew it already and still ignored him, because in the end, no one cares. They *say* they care, but they don't.

In fact, at this point, I'd put even money on the assertion that the only reason anyone is even talking about this is because the media is telling us to care about it. You know, it's sort of like Jim Carrey figuring out he didn't like violence AFTER Newtown, but somehow having amnesia about Columbine, Virginia Tech, and well... just about every other act of violence before that.

Were you wrong to be complacent? Maybe. Did *this* make you wrong? I don't see why it would. As far as can be told, other than finding out some details, you're still living in the same world you were complacent about a couple of months ago.

I'm already working to figure out how many weeks it will be after Snowden is either caught, or safely in Ecuador, before everyone stops caring again.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (5, Interesting)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | about a year ago | (#44116527)

In fact, at this point, I'd put even money on the assertion that the only reason anyone is even talking about this is because the media is telling us to care about it.

Really? The coverage I have seen is focused almost exclusively on "the hunt for Eric Snowden" and takes very little time to discuss the substantive issues raised by his revelations--chiefly that most of our privacy has been a facade for the better part of a decade. I was never that cynical before this, so congratulations for being the first ones to believe something was amiss.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44117941)

They've spent a fair amount of time looking at those implications already, I'd say. That they have moved on to the "action movie" drama that is unfolding only makes perfect sense for the news media.

I still am shocked to find people who believe that there was some sort of privacy "facade" out there. Don't you guys know what the capabilities of the NSA are? Have we not already heard of things like tapping Soviet undersea cables, ECHELON, and other fun toys?

Nothing has changed with this admission if you've been paying attention for the last twenty years or longer. They've always had the ability to spy on us. The fact that no one has actually shown that this has been abused in any way leads me to wonder how anyone, on sober reflection, could believe anything has changed at all.

This is a media amplified circus where they have something exciting to report on. "An NSA agent is a leaker! He's ON THE RUN! HE THINKS HE MIGHT BE ASSASSINATED!" All of that is narcissism further enabled by the reporting. He wanted to be a hero so badly that he didn't even care that he didn't actually expose anything worth getting himself thrown in jail.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44118157)

Nothing has changed with this admission if you've been paying attention for the last twenty years or longer. They've always had the ability to spy on us. The fact that no one has actually shown that this has been abused in any way leads me to wonder how anyone, on sober reflection, could believe anything has changed at all.

Not abused? What a load of shit.

Tthey abused their ability to spy on us when they actually did spy on us without a good reason.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year ago | (#44116397)

Its possible for a fanatic with no perspective to make good points. Hes still living in his own little world where all software should be created by publicly supported, roaming gypsy programmers.

FOSS can be valuable, useful, and desirable without it being necessary (or even desirable) that it be the only option.

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (2)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year ago | (#44116699)

> He's still living in his own little world where all software should be [GPL'ed]

Reach for the stars - hit the moon

Re:RMS is a hero in my eyes (again) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44119221)

Broken clocks are correct twice per day.

Oh and why can't your diety be a cranky old get off my lawn impractical hardliner? Go read the Bible. This sounds exactly like what God is.

Stallman (1)

Danathar (267989) | about a year ago | (#44116165)

Not that I agree completely with him on many topics, the idea about stopping the Internet from being a massive surveillance mechanism seems like a good idea...

Re:Stallman (1)

brit74 (831798) | about a year ago | (#44116739)

Thank God that Stallman is around to tell us this novel and enlightening idea. Or maybe he was just repeating what a million other people have already said.

Re:Stallman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116777)

I have an idea that everyone should have as much of anything as they desire as long as it hurts no one else. That's a pretty good idea too, eh? Where's my award?

Saw a video of RMS eating someting off his foot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116185)

WTF?

Why Aaron Swartz? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116309)

I hate to do this, but I have to question the inclusion of Aaron Swartz.

Yes, what happened to the young man is a tragedy. But a 'Hall of Fame' should be for people with actual accomplishments. All Swartz did was get himself into trouble, and instead of enduring his legal difficulties he decided to commit suicide. That's a symbol of cowardice, not heroism.

Should naive activists who are cowardly in the face of oppression be considered for any Hall of Fame?

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#44116433)

Suicide is not cowardice, it's either a mental disorder or logical. Probably a bit of grey in between those two.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116451)

They gave Barack Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for getting elected. Why not give Aaron Swartz an award for dying?

History is full of causes and awards for people who get their asses shot off. Let's take the Purple Heart. Here's your award for getting hit (or forgetting to duck) in the line of duty. The Medal of Honor: some percentage of people get it for jumping on live grenades.

Admittedly, those military examples are frequently a case of heroic self-sacrifice, but they're still effectively rewarding someone for getting hit.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

DrGamez (1134281) | about a year ago | (#44116475)

Should naive commentators who are anonymously cowardly in the face of Slashdot be considered for any mod points?

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#44116961)

Apparently Slashdot isn't your personal fiefdom, so the answer is: yes.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (3, Insightful)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#44116545)

1. The guy had depression. You don't fuck with depression. The government did, until he could finally take no more. If you knew fucking *anything* about depression, then you might have even the slightest clue of how he must have felt. Hint: It's not a happy feeling.
2. Yes, he got into trouble with a ridiculous federal law, and was made an example of by people in power who were had more greed than anything, wanting to utterly destroy his life just for a bit of fame and fortune on their end. In the end, their plan backfired--and deservedly so.
3. Enduring his legal difficulties? I'm pretty sure just before his suicide *ALL* hope for a reduced prison sentence was thrown out the window in Ortiz's infinite wisdom, meaning "enduring his legal difficulties" would be "stuck behind bars for 35 years or so." He hung in there for a couple years until the U.S. removed all hope.
4. The whole treatment the government gave him opened the eyes of a lot of people on the corrupt joke of the U.S. "justice" system, and in the end he has done the world a service on that alone. Changes are still likely to come, thanks to him.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116775)

> in the end he has done the world a service

This is the type of backward thinking schools produce nowadays.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#44117155)

What? My shitty schools always applauded everything about this country. I refuse to buy into all of it, because frankly, a lot of it is pure horseshit. Just blind patriotism. I can see where the U.S. does things great, but I am most definitely not blind to all the things they fail miserably at. I am not blind to the corruption in government that keeps getting unraveled.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44118145)

I don't know when or where you grew up, but in no way do schools push patriotism today. They stopped doing that in the 1980s. Most of the teachers I had were more likely to be in a peace march than extolling the virtues of America and patriotism.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#44118607)

Funny, I was born in '85 and *all* of my schools pushed patriotism every chance they could get throughout the 90s and early 2000s. I just learned not to believe all the bullshit they spewed, and to use my head to form my own conclusions from the facts. Same with all the anti-drug propaganda they pushed, those retarded DARE and MADD presentations... a few of which I just said "fuck this shit" and took off out of the school. Yeah, that wasn't allowed, but they can suck it.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116883)

I'm pretty sure just before his suicide *ALL* hope for a reduced prison sentence was thrown out the window in Ortiz's infinite wisdom, meaning "enduring his legal difficulties" would be "stuck behind bars for 35 years or so."

Care to cite? Didn't think so. Just another fanboy martyr is all he was. The Cult Aaron Swartz... just another fanboy brigade who will chant his name any time IP is ever mentioned again.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#44117091)

Care to cite?

"Last month, less than three months before his criminal trial was set to begin, Ortiz's office formally rejected a deal that would have kept Swartz out of prison. Two days later, Swartz killed himself."
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57570635-38/u.s-attorney-criticism-of-aaron-swartz-prosecution-is-unfair/ [cnet.com]

Didn't think so.

Not so fast. Can't I even get a chance to respond, dipshit?

Just another fanboy martyr is all he was. The Cult Aaron Swartz... just another fanboy brigade who will chant his name any time IP is ever mentioned again.

Nope, I guess not. You're just trolling.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116997)

You are the coward. You would never have the courage to kill yourself.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117543)

So what he did took "courage" now? I thought that it was a good old helping of clinical depression.

It doesn't take courage to do something that your brain chemistry is egging you on to do.

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (3, Informative)

TeknoHog (164938) | about a year ago | (#44117245)

Wikipedia:

Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site Reddit

This is just from the summary that doesn't fully capture the range of his contributions, so you might want to read some more [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Why Aaron Swartz? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44118991)

Yeah, the inclusion of Swartz shows you right there this is a political game. They want to make a statement. I guess all of these judged honors are political to some extent, but this is clearly on the "highly political" end.

I think it's unfortunate because it might give other young people the incentive to follow Swartz's example. It was a terrible precedent and it's irresponsible for adults to reward that behavior. Aaron Swartz died for what... so people won't have to pay for what seems to be inflated subscription rates to read academic journal articles?

RMS yes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116347)

some greedy selfish fagot who killed himself - A HUGE HELL NO

Re:RMS yes (1)

DrGamez (1134281) | about a year ago | (#44116479)

So edgy.
So hard-lined!

You really stuck it to that dead guy! Go hog wild!

Important question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116381)

So when will the goatse guy make it into the Internet Hall of Fame? If anybody deserves to be in there, its him.

Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44116489)

he couldn't hack it so he killed himself. If that is all it takes to be famous might I suggest you all partake.

Re:Who cares (0)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year ago | (#44117561)

Best way to get notice: die of something before you get old enough to grow up and stop making pointless demonstrations. That way you never have to deal with the possibility that people will catch on to the fact that your petulant little crusade is all you've got.

What a sham (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117007)

How can they expect to be taken seriously as an institution when they have repeatedly denied membership to internet pioneers such as Goatse Man and Ceiling Cat? And their refusal to adopt "You're the man now, dog" as their slogan is outrageous.

Get your privacy back! (1)

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Some things never change, Slashdot (1, Insightful)

petrus4 (213815) | about a year ago | (#44117219)

I've got mod points today, and I figured that a good use of them would be beating the Stallmanite trolls into submission, who I knew would be infesting this thread. Unfortunately, there are far too many of them to be stopped by a measly five points.

The vitriol directed towards Aaron Swartz, additionally, is nothing short of disgusting. Until someone is able to offer me concrete proof to the contrary, I am going to continue to believe that Swartz was the victim of assassination by the American government. If you want to convince me that I am wrong in believing that, then as I said, you had better have an extremely compelling argument.

Jimmy Wales does not deserve induction into the Hall of Fame, either. Wikipedia has long since degenerated into a cess pit of pro-establishment pseudoskeptics, who ruthlessly delete anything which is not entirely in line with their agenda. Wales has also done absolutely nothing to try and restrain said people.

Re:Some things never change, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117291)

* Parent post flagged for speedy deletion *

Re:Some things never change, Slashdot (1)

petrus4 (213815) | about a year ago | (#44117461)

They've started doing that around here, now? I've been gone for a while. Given how fascist everything is getting everywhere else, it would be consistent.

Re:Some things never change, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44117635)

Here's a compelling argument:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Absolutely no one with any credibility at all is suggesting he was "assassinated". There are people on Earth about fifty times as important or dangerous as he ever was that are still walking the Earth, still not assassinated.

What you need to give is an extremely compelling argument that you aren't a crackpot.

Fuck'em (0, Troll)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | about a year ago | (#44118705)

Fuck Swartz, he was an asshole who did something he knew was illegal then was so surprised he was going to be punished, he offed himself.

Fuck Stallman, he is a crazy piece of shit who thinks he should have the right to take what others do without paying for it. He isn't a communist, he is a fucking two year old.

Who are these people? (1)

Mehmet Kse (803792) | about a year ago | (#44118869)

Did I understand this correctly? RMS, Wales and Barlow has got in recently, so they are less famous then some guys have already been inducted, but I don't know any of them. Self appointed hall of fame?

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