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post #21 of 41
Sounds very much like Internet censorship to me. At least he wasn't associated with the notorious hacking groups. Still to arrest them when they can be hired instead to go after hackers.
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post #22 of 41
so im guessing all of this stuff isn't something you can find on google scholar, or if you are in a university, an academic database?
post #23 of 41
Why did they have to scientific papers?
post #24 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by SectorNine50 View Post
He broke into an MIT network closet, from what I understand.

He was basically bypassing all throttling mechanisms on both networks.
I was under this impression as well. While what he was downloading wasn't a big issue, the methods by which he acquired the information was the problem.
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hackers rule
    
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post #26 of 41
I would download it, but it's 32gbs, and I probably won't understand any of it. I commend this guy for having the balls to do it, but I doubt a lot of people will download this torrent.
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I am completely two-sided on this situation.

On the one hand, its a gigantic neon sign for the government and community as a whole, its bringing the atrocious over-extension of the government and corporate management over the internet domain to light. Guess what United States, WE NO LONGER OWN THE INTERNET. SORRY. You don't have the legal right to go after all these "criminals" that aren't even from your own country. (In reference to the whole anti-piracy campaign as a whole, not this specific persecution of an otherwise honest college student who was - in my eyes - just looking to make his research more efficient.)

On the other hand, this will just provide more ammunition for the government and corporate entities to assault all of the global bittorrent communities as a whole and eventually get the entire protocol banned from the internet, at least within the United States. This "Victory" will then be shouted from the hilltops to let the world know that the internet is now a "better place" since everyone including non-profit linux distributions will have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars per month just to keep up with bandwidth requirements. The increased costs will see the death of the majority of Linux distributions, and almost all smaller operating systems, leaving just Microsoft and Apple to tango with the OS war.

TL;DR: Good for this guy, its bringing the world's attention to the problem at hand. Unfortunately the media and the government will probably turn this into another argument for banning all P2P protocols on the internet.
    
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post #28 of 41
One person tries to share knowledge, goverment silence him by busting him for "hacking", Academy doesn't.
Conspiracy?
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post #29 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
One person tries to share knowledge, goverment silence him by busting him for "hacking", Academy doesn't.
Conspiracy?
lolwut? How do you get from police ignorance and stupidity to conspiracy? Also as many people have remarked, all of these documents are readily available for anyone who is actually interested in them. I understand why he made this torrent but there really isn't any practical reason why anyone would want to download it. Do you really think the government will care if 1 million people download this?

I predict no-one will actually read more than two or three articles and will understand less than that!

TL;DR Good message - poor execution.
post #30 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
One person tries to share knowledge, goverment silence him by busting him for "hacking", Academy doesn't.
Conspiracy?
The government is probably stepping in because JSTOR is complaining. JSTOR is a for-profit organization that sells academic papers, many of which are funded by tax payer money.
Edited by Riou - 7/24/11 at 5:18am
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