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> let's not forget that the mandate for them to be profitable did not exist until just before it started to become impossible for them to do so.

I'd be curious to read more about this. Looks like this isn't the first time the agency has been in the cross-hairs (from 1999) -

http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Commerce-Departme...

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snsr 22 days ago | link | parent | on: Amazon Fire TV

Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but this is referenced elsewhere in the thread -

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-instant-video/id54551...

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snsr 22 days ago | link | parent | on: Tarsnap price cut

> It also works everywhere where there's an Unix shell

This really is Tarsnap's key differentiator (for me).

It's also worth noting that Arq does have command line functionality[1] (on OSX) as well as an open source CLI restore tool[2].

[1] http://www.haystacksoftware.com/support/arq_help/pages/scrip...

[2] http://sreitshamer.github.io/arq_restore/

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I continue to be astounded by the unprofessional, predatory manner in which MIT, JSTOR and in particular the federal prosecutors in this case handled themselves.

The article also reiterates that the ridiculous CFAA charges centered on the claim that Swartz had unauthorized access to MIT and JSTOR’s networks (he was signed in as a guest).

- MIT officials openly mocking Mr Swartz - "LOL" -

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2014/03/29/documents-how-aaron-sw...

- JSTOR equates downloading files with loss of physical property while simultaneously admitting this is an inaccurate comparison -

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2014/03/29/documents-how-aaron-sw...

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mc_hammer 25 days ago | link

I came here to post this as well, and to say it sounds incompetent that they required no credentials and no authorization to let someone use their systems - yet claim it was a a crime. They did not even look for the person for 2 months (according to the article).

What's worse is he basically broke the terms and conditions on JSTOR's site, and the MIT networking terms, and got charged with 30+ years of felonies (!). Possibly because he was a critic of the government as noted in the article (!).

Be careful what crap you agree to when you agree to a network or sites terms and conditions!

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All comments will be censored until up-voted by multiple users with 1000+ karma. These pending comments will only be visible to the same subset of users.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7445761

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debacle 31 days ago | link

That's a very...interesting way of solving that problem. Thanks for the information.

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Astroturf everywhere.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=2903802...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weev

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roel_v 50 days ago | link

That's exactly my point - two cases that made the front page on two nerd sites doesn't substantiate the claim that

"By all indication anything relating to computers, hacking or security research is considered one of the "worst" crimes in the USA. Hackers seem to be getting longer sentences then career criminals these days."

The mere fact that there are just two such cases, and that everybody recites the same two cases when making such gross exaggerations as the one above, reinforces my point about living in an echo chamber.

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snsr 50 days ago | link

> such gross exaggerations

Echo chamber or not, the sentences either discussed or awarded in the cases above are disproportionate and unjust.

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> I've heard other thoughts in this thread about not trusting police

A rational individual in America is absolutely justified in not trusting police. Wake up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

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https://richardbrenneman.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/criminal-l...

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> defending a cultural value of openness

'Openness' amongst a community or society and openness with regard to the government are not one in the same.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_...

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repsilat 93 days ago | link

I think the more important distinction to make is between compelled testimony and voluntary testimony.

I think we should encourage people to come forward of their own free will, both by making it safer to do so and by educating them on the benefits to society. In a sense I think this because I have faith in my local police, and see them as a part of the community, not as an "other."

Same as you, though, I don't believe believe in expanding their powers to compel people to come forward, because that obviously has scary negative consequences.

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3825 88 days ago | link

Will you still have faith in your local police and see them as a part of your community after the conduct a triple anal probe on you or your children and hand you with the invoice for the procedure?

While I generally support unions, the police fraternity mindset is troubling. There are no good cops as long as the blue code of silence is the de facto mode of operation.

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