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  •  i support cracking down on hackers (1+ / 0-)
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    and i support punishing people who expose information that is classified, but not as extremely as they have been punished

    as for aaron, i felt bad for him and his family and friends (and even his fans) when he killed himself.  but i was cool on blaming his choice to kill himself on the government.  it's kind of hard to swallow that when so many people who have never lived the life of privelege that aaron did go to prison and just do the time and work on appeals and on getting out on parole.  

    and i don't have a lot of patience for hackers.  i am a programmer.  hackers piss me off.  i kind of feel like they are like con artists.  and they use skills that i have to do it.  i feel like they are one of my own who have gone bad.  that makes me extra angry at them.  they should be using their gifts for creative and constructive uses not fucking around.

    having said that, if this diary is accurate, then my coolness toward blaming the government will have turned decidedly HOT.  i am PISSED just thinking about the possibility that some ladder climbing FUCK just USED aaron for her own ambition.  THEN his death will be on HER hands and everyone who knew what she was doing.

    the door of judgment for my fellow programmers swings both way.  if they fuck around, i get pissed at them.  but if someone FUCKS with them, THEN i get pissed at THEM!

    Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?

    by AntonBursch on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:49:43 PM PST

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    •  I think the term (1+ / 0-)
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      to cast with such broad brush strokes.  In the context you use it it sounds like you're talking about site-defacing script kiddies or people doing espionage.  Let's not forget however that what Swartz was accused of in this case was downloading scientific research.  Something that a large chunk of the scientific community thinks should be free to begin with.  He wasn't defacing websites or giving government secrets to the Chinese, he was doing something that while unarguably illegal was arguably just.  Heck, it's not even certain that he was planning to release them on P2P as was alleged.  It's quite possible that he simply wanted them downloaded to have his own personal library (I've done stuff like that before).  Given that he had full legal access to JSTOR...

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