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Comment Sobering (Score 1) 369

I agree that /. is nearly unique in this regard. I don't get as much out of the glory of free speech etc. But I wish more sites with a select audience would do this. It's sobering to see how vile the AC comments can be. Other places don't let it out and you could have the wrong assumption that your peers are just decent people. The vitriol is sobering around here

Comment Re: I'm glad they shot they Gorilla :) (Score 1) 12

I acknowledge that there's room for more explanation. I have no interest in points, however. My dilemma is that I also don't believe that matters of social complexity can be discussed here at all. While I can readily ignore the seemingly deep debates around here to just get some news about tech stuff, the racist and sexiste remarks are sometimes more difficult to ignore. I will happily discuss this via a more suitable medium if you wish and I can better explain my initial shorthand response for Sartrean bad faith

Comment It makes sense to me (Score 2) 143

Its ease of use is second to none and that does matter. It also makes sense, sadly, that its plugin repo is now full of freemium. There's clearly a large market but I hope that the genuinely free and quality plugins will remain. Without them, this number wouldn't be.

Submission + - Aaron Swartz and MIT: The inside story (bostonglobe.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Boston Globe has reviewed over 7,000 pages of documents from Aaron Swartz's court case, shedding light on the activities that got in trouble and how MIT handled his case. Quoting: 'Most vividly, the e-mails underscore the dissonant instincts the university grappled with. There was the eagerness of some MIT employees to help investigators and prosecutors with the case, and then there was, by contrast, the glacial pace of the institution’s early reaction to the intruder’s provocation. MIT, for example, knew for 2½ months which campus building the downloader had operated out of before anyone searched it for him or his laptop — even as the university told JSTOR they had no way to identify the interloper.

And once Swartz was unmasked, the ambivalence continued. MIT never encouraged Swartz’s prosecution, and once told his prosecutor they had no interest in jail time. However, e-mails illustrate how MIT energetically assisted authorities in capturing him and gathering evidence — even prodding JSTOR to get answers for prosecutors more quickly — before a subpoena had been issued. ... But a number of JSTOR’s internal e-mails show a much angrier face in the months that Swartz eluded capture, with employees sharing frustration about MIT’s “rather tepid level of concern.” JSTOR officials repeatedly raised the prospect, among themselves, of going to the police, e-mails show.

Submission + - WSJ: Prepare to hang up the phone - forever (wsj.com) 1

retroworks writes: Telecom giants AT&T and Verizon Communications are lobbying states, one by one, to hang up the plain, old telephone system, what the industry now calls POTS--the copper-wired landline phone system whose reliability and reach made the U.S. a communications powerhouse for more than 100 years. Is landline obsolete, and should be immune from grandparents era social protection?

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