Remembering Aaron Swartz: Commons man | The Economist
TO CALL Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift. In 2001, aged just 14, he helped develop a new version of RSS feeds, which enable blog posts, articles and videos to be distributed easily across the web. A year later he was working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, and others on enhancing the internet through the Semantic Web, in which web-page contents would be structured so that the underlying data could be shared and reused across different online applications and endeavours. At the same time he was part of a team, composed of programmers like himself (albeit none quite as youthful), lawyers and policy wonks, that launched Creative Commons, a project that simplified information-sharing through free, easy-to-use copyright licences.
As Sir Tim put it, in fewer than 140 characters, “Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.” And the web wept.
Both iOS devices and Macs seem to be impervious to the discount game. In fact it’s so rare to find a significant price variance between retailers that, when it does happen, the event usually draws considerable press coverage.
With so many laws regulating competition among retailers, how does Apple pull off this amazing feat? It turns out that the company uses a fairly straightforward strategy, known as price maintenance, that takes advantage of the popularity of its products and exploits a quirk in the way retailers are allowed to advertise their merchandise.
Stay Curious | Daring Fireball
Massachusetts is one of the high-tech capital of the world. This involved a major network breach at MIT, a major institution. Free information is a nice principle, but right now everyone is trying to bury it behind a paywall. Swartz ran up against the power of money. As smart as he was, he didn’t know when to back downand it sounds like his lawyer didn’t tell him.
Prosecutor as bully | Lessig Blog, v2
Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.
Lawrence Lessig on Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball
RIP, Aaron Swartz | Boing Boing
Beautiful tribute to Aaron Swartz from Cory Doctorow.
‘Unsolved Forever’ | Daring Fireball
Remember Aaron Swartz | aaronsw.com
Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.
Remember Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball
Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide | Daring Fireball
Aaron was a friend and a brilliant mind. He was my only beta tester for Markdown back in 2004, and frequently offered keen feedback on my work here at DF. He had an enormous intellect — again, a brilliant mind — but also an enormous capacity for empathy. He was a great person. I’m dumbfounded and heartbroken. Good thoughts and best wishes to his family and those who were truly close to him.
The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime” | Unhandled Exception
Aaron Swartz, hacker, information activist and developer, took his own life on Friday at age 26. Cory Doctorow has posted a eulogy for his friend at BoingBoing.net, and if you’re not familiar with his work, it’s a good place to start.
Apple’s Tribute To Steve Jobs | Apple
– Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1
– Yo-Yo Ma: “This is what I would have played for your wedding,”
– baroque pitch
In many ways, Apple is still sweating the details.
Il tributo a Steve Jobs e quel Preludio di Bach mezzo tono sotto | The Apple Lounge
About Steve | The Loop
スティーブ・ジョブズの一年忌 | maclalala2
血を分けた兄の死（１） | maclalala2
ジョニー・アイブの追悼スピーチ | maclalala2
最後に見たスティーブ・ジョブズ | maclalala2
ジョブズ最後の日々 | maclalala2
Steve Jobs の追悼記事 | maclalala:link
スティーブ・ジョブズ逝く | maclalala2
善き隣人スティーブ・ジョブズ | maclalala2
心温まるジョブズ夫妻の写真 | maclalala2
クレージー・ワンへの讃歌 | maclalala2
ミニマリスト Jobs | maclalala2
The Puppet Master | maclalala:annex
A Tribute to Steve Jobs | Charlie Rose
A Tribute to Steve Jobs with Eric Schmidt, Ken Auletta, Walter Mossberg, David Carr, Walter Isaacson, Lawrence Ellison, Bob Iger, Marc Andreessen, Marissa Mayer, Steve Wozniak
Schmidt, Seriously! | Om.Is.Me
That said, I do think by placing a link to Steve Jobs 1955-2011 on the Apple website from the Google home page was one helluva crazy gesture.
Why is Eric Schmidt doing all these media appearances? I agree with Om Malik’s conclusion, he’s trying to re-write history. He’s trying to insist that everything was always hunky-dory between these two men, when that’s clearly not the case.
If Schmidt truly knows that things didn’t go down between them as he is saying, I find it pathological and scary that he would seemingly be waiting by the phone for Steve to die to hit the talk show circuit giving his view of history — all seemingly so we think highly of Schmidt as a smart guy and friend of Steve’s.
We will see what Walter Isaacson’s book says in a few weeks. We will also see, over time, what people who were on the Apple board before and after Eric’s tenure have to say. The truth will come out.
Apple : un dernier hommage à Jobs le 19 octobre à Cupertino | MacGeneration
Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.
Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We’ll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Steve Jobs Died at Home of Respiratory Arrest | Bloomberg
ジョブズ、死因はがん腫瘍による呼吸停止：Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest, Pancreatic Cancer | Long Tail World
“Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
John Lasseter, CEO
Ed Catmull, President