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bijou
01-13-2013, 10:21 AM
The Internet genius behind the popular Web site Reddit.com committed suicide at his Brooklyn home, police sources and friends said.
Cops found Aaron Swartz, 26, unconscious at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the bedroom of his Sullivan Place apartment building in Crown Heights, law-enforcement sources said.
He had used a belt to hang himself and left no note, the sources added.
Swartz helped create Reddit and drafted an early version of the RSS format, a Web feed that syndicates frequently updated online work, including news, blogs and audio.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/net_genius_in_klyn_suicide_ZR44y1oefLDwUmnrrAOinK

noonwitch
01-15-2013, 10:00 AM
I don't know who he was or what Reddit is, but it's sad. I wonder if it was suicide, given there was not a note left behind, but if it was that choking orgasm thing.

Generation Why?
01-15-2013, 02:16 PM
I don't know who he was or what Reddit is, but it's sad. I wonder if it was suicide, given there was not a note left behind, but if it was that choking orgasm thing.

Aaron Swartz was an activist who helped "lead the charge", if you will, against the SOPA Act. In 2011, he was charged with fraud and tampering with secured computers when he downloaded 4 million academic journals from JSTOR. JSTOR is a free database. He said his intent was to make the journals available through P2P. He was facing a $1,000,000 fine and 35 years in jail. For downloading free content.

Swartz was a very gifted person who started working in the tech field at 14, when he collaborated with experts who authored the RSS 1.0 Specification. He dropped out of Stanford after one year and founded infogami, which would become Reddit, a bulletin board style website that literally covers every topic known to man. He is responsible for advancements in computer code such as Python and web.py.

In short: Computer genius responsible for advancement of the internet. Internet activist who was charged with a BS crime.

Rockntractor
01-15-2013, 02:38 PM
Aaron Swartz was an activist who helped "lead the charge", if you will, against the SOPA Act. In 2011, he was charged with fraud and tampering with secured computers when he downloaded 4 million academic journals from JSTOR. JSTOR is a free database. He said his intent was to make the journals available through P2P. He was facing a $1,000,000 fine and 35 years in jail. For downloading free content.

Swartz was a very gifted person who started working in the tech field at 14, when he collaborated with experts who authored the RSS 1.0 Specification. He dropped out of Stanford after one year and founded infogami, which would become Reddit, a bulletin board style website that literally covers every topic known to man. He is responsible for advancements in computer code such as Python and web.py.

In short: Computer genius responsible for advancement of the internet. Internet activist who was charged with a BS crime.

You are right, the victim of an out of control government.