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Sorry, there is no reasonable interpretation of the facts of this case under which Swartz did not understand that there were people attempting to block his access to the MIT network and JSTOR.

... really? Has he been communicating with these people? Or was he just observing connections being dropped, which could be automated response?


When a computer says "No," a hacker figures out a way to make the computer say "Yes," perhaps unaware that the computer said "No" because a person told it to.


When a computer doesn't work, an engineer finds a way to fix it, perhaps unaware of who exactly, when and why broke it down.


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