Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Jun 2008 15:53 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
Legal The story of Hans Reiser, the eccentric file system programmer, is a tragic one. The author of the ReiserFS was arrested under suspicion of the murder of his wife Nina Reiser in 2006, and was declared guilty in April 2008. Some still placed doubts about the conviction, stating that he might be innocent. It now seems that all doubt has been quelled, since Alameda County District Attorney Thomas Orloff has revealed that Hans Reiser will disclose the location of Nina's body for a reduced sentence.
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Interesting news...
by Ford Prefect on Sun 8th Jun 2008 16:23 UTC
Ford Prefect
Member since:
2006-01-16

This is very interesting news.

But what I *don't* understand is this unnecessary piece about ReiserFS. This story is about a mother of two children been murdered. And you have to whine about the outcome of a filesystem inside the news. How cynical!

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RE: Interesting news...
by sbergman27 on Sun 8th Jun 2008 16:37 in reply to "Interesting news..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

But what I *don't* understand is this unnecessary piece about ReiserFS. This story is about a mother of two children been murdered. And you have to whine about the outcome of a filesystem inside the news. How cynical!

Not cynical. And quite appropriate. The events surrounding Hans have effects upon a lot of people. These kids happen to have loving grandparents to take care of them. Far worse atrocities are occurring in the world at this very moment. We can't and don't mourn all of them. Getting all somber and respectful about one that happens to make the news is well intentioned, but essentially hypocritical.

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RE[2]: Interesting news...
by Ford Prefect on Mon 9th Jun 2008 09:54 in reply to "RE: Interesting news..."
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

I disagree. It's right that this is not the place to discuss earthquakes. And live has to go on, etc. Sure.

The problem I see here is that we are talking about someone being murdered. If we do this, we should do it respectfully. Saying "there is news in the murder case. My opinion: please let the filesystem survive!" is just inappropriate.

If you talk about these things, you should mind what you have to say about it. Or just don't do it. That's my opinion on this. Think about being a family member googling on news about this case and reading this. How would you feel about this? (I'm not talking about cencorship here! Sure ReiserFS is another interesting topic! But if you talk about this case and you want to introduce a personal complaint about what happened, it should not be solely about the future of the file system!)

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RE: Interesting news...
by Moredhas on Mon 9th Jun 2008 05:00 in reply to "Interesting news..."
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

What do you expect of technology news sites? This is OS News, linking to Wired, and Hans Reiser's personal life (guilty or not), or the personal life of anyone in the industry, shouldn't be a part of technology news. It may sound callous, but if this were a case about anyone else, we wouldn't care (at least not as much as we do).

If, on the other hand, the story were on a criminal news site (there must be a few, but I don't know of them), then ReiserFS would be totally irrelevant. It would just be a story about a man suspected and convicted, however flimsily, of murdering his wife.

Just my two cents: whether or not he's guilty, having no crime scene, no weapon, and no witness to any actual crime shouldn't have resulted in a conviction.

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RE[2]: Interesting news...
by Ford Prefect on Mon 9th Jun 2008 09:59 in reply to "RE: Interesting news..."
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

What you say essentially translates to that "Hans Reiser Offers To Lead Cops to Nina's Body" is totally irrelevant to this website and shouldn't be covered here at all.

About the case: I think I'm with you about the conviction. Still it is not 100% clear to the public how much hard evidence they really had. From what I read from Wired's blog, it should not be enough to convict anyone. Still I trust the jury more than my personal opinion which is only based on journalist's coverage.

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