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Hans Reiser Arrested On Suspicion of Murder

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the sad-day dept.

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Many readers wrote about the arrest today of Hans Reiser, author of ReiserFS, by Oakland, CA police on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife. From the San Francisco Chronicle: "Hans Reiser, 42, was taken into custody at 11 a.m., hours after Oakland police and FBI technicians searched his home in the Oakland hills. His estranged wife, Nina Reiser, 31, has been missing since Sept. 3, when she dropped off the couple's son and daughter at his home on the 6900 block of Exeter Drive... Police made the arrest based on circumstantial evidence and have not found Nina Reiser's body, [Hans Reiser's attorney] Du Bois said. 'I have no idea what the circumstantial evidence is,' he said. 'When I hear what the evidence is against him, I'll make a decision as to whether he'll talk to them.'" kimvette writes, "While the disappearance (and possible murder) of his wife is tragic, Linux users will wonder where this will leave Reiser 4. If Reiser is found guilty, will Novell or IBM pick up the pieces and finish up Reiser 4 for inclusion in the kernel or is this the end of the Reiser filesystem project? Will there be any future for the Reiser filesystem, and if Hans is found guilty and the project is continued, will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

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1651 comments

That really sucks (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386671)

I hope they let him code in prison.

Re:That really sucks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386863)

You've got to be kidding me. If guilty, I hope he is executed. A filesystem versus a mother's life? Poor kids.

Re:That really sucks (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386911)

Letting someone do something s/he loves while in prison, will sort of defeat the purpose of prison, i.e. make them wish they hadn't committed a crime.

Besides, for your average hacker (well, me at least), being stuck in a small room with nothing to do but work on a computer sounds more like heaven...hardy a fit punishment for any crime.

WTF?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386675)

n/t

wtf? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386677)

no really. wtf?

Unbelievable (5, Informative)

nubnub (795694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386693)

He's arrested for killing his wife and this post asks what's the deal with Reiser 4? Classy kdawson, very classy.

Re:Unbelievable (4, Insightful)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386719)

That wasn't in the original post. He added it later.

But honestly, how many people would think that even if it wasn't posted on the front page?

Re:Unbelievable (5, Insightful)

Random Destruction (866027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386775)

But honestly, how many people would think that even if it wasn't posted on the front page?


Probably a lot of people. But, what's wrong with that? It's natural for people to think of how an event will affect them.

Re:Unbelievable (4, Interesting)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386917)

I think the original poster had a case of "everyone thinks it, but we shouldn't say it out loud".

especially since that's the only reason it's here (4, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386919)

If Hans Reiser wasn't the author of a somewhat well known filesystem, but instead some other random guy who was uninvolved in free software, his being arrested wouldn't be on Slashdot in the first place.

Re:especially since that's the only reason it's he (2, Informative)

nubnub (795694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387043)

Reiser's past contributions and notoreity are why it's here. Not because of his involvement in Reiser 4.

Re:Unbelievable (1)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386805)

Too many, the fact he's been arrested is news, but our concern should be the fact we don't why?

What evidence do they have? I know, Microsoft have paid the police to do this, to discredit a Linux FS?

Only on Slashdot! ;-)

it's like ... the opposite of trust (5, Funny)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387025)

I know, Microsoft have paid the police to do this, to discredit a Linux FS?

Totally, dude. Like, this one time, Micro$uxx paid this chick to be this like hardcore open-source dude's girlfriend, and like, she made him chili with peanuts in it, which he like would like totally have died if he ate it? Way of the world, man *massssssivvvee toooooke* way of the fuckin' world.

Re:Unbelievable (1)

Rachel Lucid (964267) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386829)

If I were to care about this software, I think I'd worry more about how this affects the coding community in general (stereotyping and all) before worrying about the next iteration of software.

Re:Unbelievable (1)

topham (32406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386867)

What stereotyping? He had a wife; obviously he doesn't fit the profile of the people around here.

Re:Unbelievable (1)

TechnoLuddite (854235) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386843)

Ok, while I don't much care for the first thought in the story being "oh no, what happens to the filesystem?", let's realize that "kimvette", not "kdawson", was the one advancing that interpretation of the news. The worst "kdawson" was responsible for saying is that a bunch of us slashdotters reported this ... over and over and over and ...

You ain't seen tacky yet... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386815)

All Reiser has to do is roll back the journal on his wife's deletion. Problem solved by superior software!

There. How's that for tasteless?

Re:You ain't seen tacky yet... (2, Insightful)

wrfelts (950027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386901)

There. How's that for tasteless?

Very... Being that there is no body yet, I'm hoping that she isn't dead and your tasteless comment proves, in a way, true.

Re:You ain't seen tacky yet... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387033)

Yes, then there wouldn't be a need to fork the corpse..

You ain't seen flighty yet... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387041)

"Very... Being that there is no body yet, I'm hoping that she isn't dead and your tasteless comment proves, in a way, true."

That still leaves one question open. Were is she?

Dyslexic? (1)

Skevin (16048) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387029)

I realize that "file" system and "life" system are anagrammatic, but the latter has very little journalling capability. However, the latter may be reformatted, with the simple act of making weapons-grade uranium available to anyone who asks for it. It can be encrypted, by bashing the viewer over the head a few times. It is also read-only, once committed to memory^w posterity.

Solomon

Re:You ain't seen tacky yet... (-1, Flamebait)

suso (153703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387037)

There. How's that for tasteless?

Pretty bad. You know, its comments like this (even in the semi-anonymous and lame-black-humor-filled world of Slashdot) that keeps our image down. No wonder most people don't care about our opinions and treat us with lack of respect.

I know you probably don't care and think that its not that big a deal to not give a rats ass about someone else's life, but for once the news of a murder really does relate to us and look at what you guys do. Show some respect, humanity and learn how to properly express it, even amongst your own kind. Seriously.

Re:Unbelievable (1)

Watson Ladd (955755) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386861)

At MIT some students compute the energy of a students splattering the sidewalk. That's from The Idea Factory by Pepper White.

Surreal (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386703)

Does anyone else feel very weird when reading this?

Re:Surreal (1)

inhalentbroom (836865) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386921)

I'm with you on that. Knowing that someone famous in the Linux community could be murderer. It's like a punch to the face. I guess I spend so much time building up these people, putting them on a pedestal and then read something like this. I don't know what to think. It's insane.

Re:Surreal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387045)

Well, one cannot help but to ask - how many people has Richard Stallman killed and gotten away with it since he's so famous and above the law?

well great (0, Troll)

Ankou (261125) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386711)

I guess this means Reiser FS will never reach stability ... sigh

Re:well great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386757)

This is Awesome...just think. With a murder conviction he will have the rest of his life to focus on the project!!

hmmm...will they let him have a computer in Prison?? and if they do will he be forced to run Windows?? AAAAAAHHHH!!! a fate worse than death.

Re:well great (1)

karmaflux (148909) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386771)

Can an unstable creator create a stable creation?

Oh, right. [theos.com] Sorry. I rescind the question.

Re:well great (2, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386893)

I'm not sure I'd categorize him as unstable, just brusque.

Re:well great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386801)

Programmers developing public-facing applications and systems always have the fear of being exploited. Pretty soon Hans Reiser will discover new meanings for all his most feared terms, as he's "backdoor'd" in the showers and compromised in his cell. Serves you right for killing a person.

just as I thought (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386715)

Linux users truly are no better than murderers

Reiser 4 (4, Funny)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386725)

The filesystem with killer performance.

Re:Reiser 4 (3, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386777)

While the disappearance (and possible murder) of his wife is tragic, Linux users will wonder where this will leave Reiser 4.

On Death Row!

Re:Reiser 4 (0)

jechoe (414218) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386827)

Damn! Just when I was going to suggest the name KillerFS!

Re:Reiser 4 (1)

nxtr (813179) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386871)

Gives new meaning to killing processes... or does it?

Re:Reiser 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386967)

Is it possible to mod -1 Too Soon?

C'mon, Slashdot (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386727)

I know a lot of Slashdotters are antisocial, but "what will happen to t3h filesystem?!??" is not a reasonable question to ask when a wife and mother has disappeared and possibly been murdered. And being a famous Linux geek is not a suitable reason to drop an investigation against a murder suspect.

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (0)

st1d (218383) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386783)

Eh, well then, if anybody asks, I've been here all night, ok?

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386889)

It is an extremely reasonable question to ask for the people on here who are personally affected by the release, or lack thereof of software they depend on. It may be callous, selfish, and probably indicates some sort of emotional or social mental deficiency if it is the primary concern.

But, it is entirely reasonable. It just should not be the primary concern when compared to someone elses life.

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386959)

Why should I, with no life, be overly concerned with someone else's new-found lack of a life?

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (2, Interesting)

wrfelts (950027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387015)

There is no need to ask for a release. If it turns out that Reiser is guilty of murder and his team disbands, the GPL source is open for use and extension. Being that it is GPLed, it is already available in that sense. It is by common curtesy that we don't fork someone else's code. With the ongoing losing battle to get Reiser and his team to use kernal-approved coding styles so that it can get included into the kernel, forking of this project has come up more than once. Hopefully the following 2 things will happen:
  1. His estranged wife will be found, alive and well, and
  2. He will give up on the pride issue and reformat his, otherwise, excellent code.

I hope that at least the first one will come about.

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386939)

Well maybe not Reiser, but if Linus killed someone (perhaps he got ticked off or something), should he be pardoned for the better good? Or should he just be given a light sentence in a minimum security prison where he could continue coding?

Re:C'mon, Slashdot (1)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386993)

I know a lot of Slashdotters are antisocial, but "what will happen to t3h filesystem?!??" is not a reasonable question to ask when a wife and mother has disappeared and possibly been murdered.

It's an entirely reasonable question to ask, and the only reason this particular crime is getting attention here is the filesystem in question.

well... (0)

pretorious (905586) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386729)

When you deal with killer code for to long...

So if he's guilty (0, Flamebait)

bdigit (132070) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386733)

Would that mean if I used ReiserFS that I support murder? Back to ext

Don't bother with ext3. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386933)

Don't even bother with ext3. It's a lousy hack on top of a 1980s-era design. That is shown by its excessive space consumption for inodes. It's shown by it's extremely long fsck times. It's shown by it's markedly decreased performance both when dealing with larger files and smaller files.

There are far better options available. JFS and XFS are the best alternatives. Both are high-quality journaling filesystems. JFS is from IBM, while XFS is from SGI IRIX. Those are both names known for their high-quality, high-performance computing systems. So it's no surprise that JFS and XFS work so damn well.

Godwin's Law (4, Insightful)

NoTheory (580275) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387049)

Do doctors who use information gleaned through Nazi human tolerance testing (i.e. most of them) support Nazis?

Re:So if he's guilty (5, Funny)

failure-man (870605) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387063)

I don't know. If you ask me using a filesystem associated with a murder would be WAY METAL . . . . .

Innocent until proven guilty (1)

matgorb (562145) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386741)

but it doesn't sound really good for reiser wether it is FS or H.

This brings up an interesting line of questioning (5, Insightful)

Thnikkaman (818752) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386745)

This brings up an interesting line of questioning. Are OSS projects that rely so heavily on a single person able to be trusted for widespread use? OSS and Linux zealots scream the advantages of using that kind of software, but is it a smart business decision to deploy something that could potentially lose all support if its project manager is in a fatal car accident? I'm the first to admit my own ignorance on a lot of the heirarchy of OSS projects. Are concerns like this valid or is the community able to pick up where someone left off with minimal interruption to clients?

Re:This brings up an interesting line of questioni (4, Informative)

jonabbey (2498) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386781)

In the case of ReiserFS, the code doesn't get into the mainline kernel without it being reviewed by enough people that there is some hope of maintainability in the absence of one key person.

The problem comes in when no one else wants to maintain a piece of code, but then that's why people pay Red Hat or SuSE cash for their otherwise freely distributable distributions.

This ... is a test (1)

multimediavt (965608) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386981)

Well, this might be a good test of the open source community. Will an open source project meet the challenge of carrying something forward after its creator/lead passes, or will the project die due to developer natural selection. If it isn't that good, or better than a competing project, will it continue to live after something like this plays out to the negative? I would like to believe that if a project shows even the potential of being something useful and beneficial, it will draw a good support base and go forward.

Re:This brings up an interesting line of questioni (4, Informative)

Aim Here (765712) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386847)

The answer is no. When an OSS maintainer gives up, you can still maintain the software precisely because you have the source so that there are ways of maintaining the software. There is no danger that reiserfs will break in Linux in the forseeable future, because the kernel maintainers will keep looking after it. If Hans Reiser and Namesys had kept the source code to themselves, then his users should be worried.

That and it raises security issues (1)

BeeBeard (999187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386929)

Great point, and yes it is a valid concern. While your question is "What happens to the code base?" I think the more germane question in this case is "Was the code base ever safe to use in the first place?"

Once that one person in charge of that one project fails a test of moral turpitude so badly that they murder somebody, where do you go from there? If that person has no respect for human life, what assurances does the community have that his software is made with respect to privacy, security, and so on? If somebody is out murdering others, what does that say about the safety of using their code?

----------
(note: And before somebody tells me "Yes, but it's open source", I'll say that I know for a fact that rather ingenious backdoors have been introduced into open source projects in the past. I'm going on memory--a cursory /. or Google search would reveal more info. Fortunately, as far as I know they were detected in an audit of the code. The potential for abuse is out there. )

Re:This brings up an interesting line of questioni (2, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386941)

You'd be surprised the amount of proprietary projects out there that "rely" on one person, or perhaps 1 person per major section.

I've heard from enough managers some conventional wisdom, that if a programmer becomes irreplaceable, fire him/her immediately.

Often, but not always, this refers to bad programming style. But there is a certain truth in it the industry must have learned from experience.

Still, I think in private industry it happens enough to this day.

Re:This brings up an interesting line of questioni (4, Insightful)

oohshiny (998054) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386997)

Are OSS projects that rely so heavily on a single person able to be trusted for widespread use?

Compared to a closed source project that relies so heavily on a single person, the open source project is a much safer bet.

Are concerns like this valid or is the community able to pick up where someone left off with minimal interruption to clients?

You should very much take those considerations into account. With open source, you have two advantages compared to the same project when it's closed: (1) you know who the project relies on, and (2) it is clear under what conditions the project can be continued.

Re:This brings up an interesting line of questioni (5, Interesting)

garethw (584688) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387003)

A very important question.

A coworker of mine uses an indicator he calls the "bus factor" to determine the likelihood of discontinued support for a particular tool or library.

The "bus factor" is simply defined as "the number of people who have to be hit by a bus before the fundamental understanding of the underlying codebase is lost."

It might help the cops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386753)

...if Reiser used good journaling techniques.

I think I see Microsoft's next commercial (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386759)

Only nerds and murderer's use Linux.

or

Linux drives people to murder.

Shit happens (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386765)

This may sound harsh, but development communities (professional or not) lose developers all the time, seniors included, so even if he is found guilty the long-term consequences will be minor.

Re:Shit happens (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387065)

True, but not all open-source projects who have lost senior developers are named after convicted murderers. (I'm not saying there is such a project now, either, mind you.)

Can we get some more speculation? (4, Funny)

aiken_d (127097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386773)

What if he's found guilty, and the project is continued by other people, and renamed to avoid infamy, and Reiser loses his first appeal because his lawyer fails to subpoena critical records from the medical examiner's office, and Reiser 4 is finally completed and included in Linux 5.0, but develops stability issues, and around that time Hans is acquitted in a later appeal based on new evidence, and he rejoins the project? Will they change the name back?

-b

Re:Can we get some more speculation? (1)

user317 (656027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386907)


What if he's found guilty, and the project is continued by other people, and renamed to avoid infamy, and Reiser loses his first appeal because his lawyer fails to subpoena critical records from the medical examiner's office, and Reiser 4 is finally completed and included in Linux 5.0, but develops stability issues, and around that time Hans is acquitted in a later appeal based on new evidence, and he rejoins the project? Will they change the name back?


Yes

Re:Can we get some more speculation? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386979)

What if he's found guilty, and the project is continued by other people, and renamed to avoid infamy, and Reiser loses his first appeal because his lawyer fails to subpoena critical records from the medical examiner's office, and Reiser 4 is finally completed and included in Linux 5.0, but develops stability issues, and around that time Hans is acquitted in a later appeal based on new evidence, and he rejoins the project? Will they change the name back?

No.

Re:Can we get some more speculation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387051)

SorryTheLegalSystemFuckedUpAgainFS

anyone besides me think he did it? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386785)

i mean, heck, she was probably nagging him constantly about not paying enough attention to her, and how much time he spends in front of the computer ... i know i've had passing thoughts about killing my nagging bit^H^H^Hsignificant other, maybe he just followed through?

Let's not get caught up in the drama... (-1, Troll)

StringBlade (557322) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386789)

It's all well and good that Hans may or may not have killed his estranged wife, but what the geeks of the Linux world really want to know is...

Will this delay Reiser 4?!?

If he plea-bargins can he be put on a work-release program so we can get it on time?

i hope she is alright (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386791)

People need to remember that there are human lives involved here. There are also children in the mix. This is NOT a tragedy for the Reiser filesystem.

Could be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386797)

Could be Linus!

Reiser4 already renamed (5, Funny)

straponego (521991) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386807)

It will now be known as ojfs.

Okay, so I'm not a good person.

Re:Reiser4 already renamed (5, Funny)

st1d (218383) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386955)

What's the difference between O.J. and Hans Reiser?

Hans kept a journal.

(Sorry everybody...)

Re:Reiser4 already renamed (1)

cide1 (126814) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387023)

The three of us that got that find it really funny.

About time (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386813)

He should have been arrested long ago for the filesystem of mine that he murdered.

Is he enough of a celebrity to be acquitted? (2, Interesting)

gvc (167165) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386819)

In California, sports and TV stars can murder their wives with impunity. Can OSS gurus? Perhaps this is the bellweather case.

Re:Is he enough of a celebrity to be acquitted? (2, Funny)

froschmann (765104) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386957)

I say we get a posse together and break him out. Anyone else in on this?

Not to worry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386825)

"Will there be any future for the Reiser filesystem, and if Hans is found guilty and the project is continued, will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

It will be renamed OJ-FS!

The things we choose to worry over... (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386839)

"...will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

Bit late for that, eh?

Just remember! (4, Insightful)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386855)

In America, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty!

Really!

Well, that's what they tell us, anyway.

Re:Just remember! (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386913)

In the court yes. In the press not so much.

I have to say that with XFS and JFS as options I am not overly worried about the filesystem.
Instead I hope his wife is alive and well.
Call me strange but a persons life means more to me than a filesystem. There are other filesystems.

you mother fuckers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386857)

the guy gets locked up for a possible murder and you mother fuckers are worrying about his filesystem project?

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU

Reiser4 in the Linux kernel today (3, Interesting)

ArkiMage (578981) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386883)

Oddly enough, Andrew Morton included Reiser4 in his -mm kernel series today.

http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/akpm/pat ches/2.6/2.6.19-rc1/2.6.19-rc1-mm1/announce.txt [kernel.org]

Re:Reiser4 in the Linux kernel today (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387017)

Are you trolling, or just stuipd?

Re:Reiser4 in the Linux kernel today (1)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387031)

That's ext4, not Reiser4.

Alternate filesystems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386891)

This is hardly tragic, Linux has quite a few other options for a journaling filesystem.

Ext3: Okay it's a bit slow.
JFS: I hear it's nice.
XFS: Supposed to be fast with right options.

Searching for words to say... (2, Insightful)

bangenge (514660) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386897)

The ReiserFS, while still not the "default" FS of most distros was really an innovative one, and one that could eventually be the standard. While his work and his personal life should not be intertwined, I can't help but wonder how much his work affected his family.

Some things are just so shocking, and yet there aren't too many details yet, so I guess we just have to wait.

Arrest Requires Probable Cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386899)

Police made the arrest based on circumstantial evidence

I sure hope they had probable cause. Because, you know, probable cause is the legal basis for seizing (i.e., arresting) a person. I wonder what they found more than a month after a person allegedly disappeared to meet their legal burden. I will be watching this case closely. I sure hope they did not arrest him because they "think" he did it and want to "send a message." That, too often, seems the basis for much high profile police action. Just saying.

New ReiserFS acronym (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386923)

Reiser First Stab




:(

MurderFS (0, Troll)

ELiTeUI (591102) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386935)

MurderFS ftw!!!

Circumstancial evidence? (1)

DeAxes (522822) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386947)

It may be that I watch way too much "Law and Order" and CSI (the first one only), but unless the judge is trying to make a example out of him (like in the Fatty Arbuckle case), the circumstancial evidence is prob nothing more than hearsay about how the sister or whoever hates his guts and other stuff that is to distroy his character. Unless you have real evidence, you can't prove anything. They are prob just reaching for more info, when they have nothing at all. For all anyone knows, she left town with a boyfriend or got depressed and off'd herself, or something of that nature. Although we'd like to believe that it's innocent until proven guilty, people are judged really quickly (it's our nature).

Special website (5, Informative)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386961)

A website aimed at helping to find her, Help Find Nina Reiser [ninareiser.com]

Groceries? (4, Interesting)

Eto_Demerzel79 (1011949) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386963)

If she went grocery shopping after she dropped off the kids with him, doesn't he have a good alibi? They did find her car with grocery bags inside abandoned somewhere. It appears that the investigators were presumptuous unless there is some additional information they have that they did not release.

Just my $0.02

Re:Groceries? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387055)

Since they searched his house and tested a DNA sample before arresting him, I'm going to lean towards believing that they aren't just locking him up becuase they feel like it. It's interesting how Slashdotters go beyond assuming innocence until guilt is proven and start making excuses and justifications when a linux coder is involved.

tabloids baby, tabloids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16386965)

how in the hell is this "your rights online"?

Granted, finding a spot to post (effectively) tabloid news is hard, but YRO definitely isn't the spot..

This isn't meant to be funny or insensitive (5, Interesting)

Ssbe (614884) | more than 7 years ago | (#16386985)

This isn't meant to be funny or insensitive ... but if he did do it and is found guilty it seems like he'll have a bunch of time on his hand. You know, with the long jail sentence and all. Is their a reason why he can't continue working on this project from jail? Also, working on a OSS with your free time in jail seems like it might get you some good behavior points.

He could be innocent (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387001)

You gotta consider him innocent until proven guilty though, despite the jokes.

I mean come on, what happens if he's found innocent/charges are dropped, and he decides to pop back here to make a few comments of his own? You probably won't be feeling so good then, particuarly if he lets loose about his missing wife.

finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387019)

Finally, someone in open source is a bigger asshole than Theo.

I'm not really sure what to think here. (3, Insightful)

Dogun (7502) | more than 7 years ago | (#16387035)

We've all seen enough crappy investigative work to know that it's best not to speculate wildly and say things we'll all regret later and wait and see what unfolds. So for once, let's do that.

why mail order russians don't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16387057)

Is this a case of a mail order russian who divorces once her citizenship comes in? Or what happens when some U.S. guy marries a mail order since he he can't get an American girl and she finds out he is a dickwad... but waits till she has her citizenship. If he did kill her they can rename the fs to "murdering bastard file system", or "mbfs"
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