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Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million 265

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New submitter haruchai writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11, have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his children, to the tune of $15 million. It's believed he may have hidden assets and a judgment is sought so a search for these can be conducted." A judge denied requests that the kids testify or return to the U.S. for their own well-being.
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Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million

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  • "sued by own kids" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mfwitten (1906728) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:26AM (#40599939)

    Sure...

    His kids don't know what the heck is going on. As always, the kids are just tools in the machinations of the adults.

  • by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:26AM (#40599941)

    Hmmm, I guess the guardians can't wait that long. Besides, what are they going to do if he doesn't cooperate, throw him in jail?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:38AM (#40599983)

    Yes, but then the greedy lawyer would not get his 60%

  • by Compaqt (1758360) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:39AM (#40599987) Homepage

    Come on, man, you know perfectly well why the story was posted: because it's going to get upwards of 200 comments and a whole lot of pageviews because we're all morbidly interested in the nextgen filesystem developer turned murderer.

    Now, what you really meant to say is: Fellow geeks, we ought not to take interest in this story.

  • Children that sue? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wvmarle (1070040) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:48AM (#40600023)

    I wonder who really initiated the suit. Not likely the kids: what do they know about money, at that age, let alone law suits? Why would those children suspect the existence of hidden assets? They probably don't even know what the word means.

    So other than these two children, who's going to benefit? Is this initiated by some lawyers that do the suing on behalf of the children? Is it initiated by their legal guardian who hopes to get access to (part of) that money?

  • by EdIII (1114411) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:05AM (#40600077)

    I don't know if you are trolling, or seriously believe the shit your trying to sell....

    Open source versus closed source is not an indication of a trust in a persons professional capacity or ethics. To try to say that this man's mental state is any way indicative of all mental states of open source developers is just offensive and stupid.

    As for trust being placed in a high level developer of any software platform, it is actually a benefit when the source is available. You see, it then becomes inherently possible, to actually check the code and verify it independently. When it is closed source, trust is all the more important, because their word is all you are ever going to get.

    The very fact you mention Microsoft products being chosen over random open source products takes away any claim to an impartial position. Where are the plethora of closed source software vendors in that statement?

    You think closed source is more looked at? Really?

    "Real life recursions". Yeah.... Open Source never, ever, does any kind of recursion testing. You got me there.

    There are closed source platforms that you can add scripting to do basically anything. Some platforms are designed to be extensible, even while closed.

    Who checks the code they run? If you are making any modifications, plenty of people.

    Once again.. back to trust. Well Cisco is a closed source provider and they just screwed the pooch big time in the trust department when their users "just trusted them" and allowed automatic updates.

    Unbelievable.

  • by DevTech (2680865) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:16AM (#40600105)

    Open source versus closed source is not an indication of a trust in a persons professional capacity or ethics. To try to say that this man's mental state is any way indicative of all mental states of open source developers is just offensive and stupid.

    No, it's not stupid. The same logic is applied to closed source developers all the time. If half the developers would be bad apples, it would be a real problem and it would be looked at. That's not the case, of course, but Reiser was in quite high position. No one in closed source world within same position would work on code if he had mental problems. The company would had either taken care of him or let him go way before that.

    As for trust being placed in a high level developer of any software platform, it is actually a benefit when the source is available. You see, it then becomes inherently possible, to actually check the code and verify it independently. When it is closed source, trust is all the more important, because their word is all you are ever going to get.

    In comparison, closed source world has actual code verification and QA. There are tons of PRICY applications made for this. Large amount of people work just to test code and apps. Closed source code is usually checked really closely and actually tested with applications made for that. This part is often overlooked by open source developers either because they can't afford it or they simply don't care.

    The very fact you mention Microsoft products being chosen over random open source products takes away any claim to an impartial position. Where are the plethora of closed source software vendors in that statement?

    I mention Microsoft because they are 99% of the time chosen instead of open source competitors. Yes, that really is the case in real world.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:34AM (#40600205)

    If you think a 12 year old doesn't know what money is and want it, you've never had a 12 year old...

    Posting anonymously because I'm moderating.

  • by icebraining (1313345) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @05:17AM (#40600339) Homepage

    The bank didn't "earn" that money either. The only earned whatever fees and/or interests contracted with the account holder. If they hold it for 30 years, then they have 30 years of fees to subtract from the account, nothing more.

  • by gweihir (88907) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @07:03AM (#40600647)

    Read my statement again. Hint: "If opponents..." means "If some opponents..." or "If this one opponent ...", nothing in there about "all". And no, the "strongly implied" is really just in your mind, it is neither in the text I wrote, not was it what I intended to say. What I intended to say referred exactly to this one opponent and all others that made the same statement.

    True, there are people that would have though exactly what you accuse me of, but I did not and you cannot judge otherwise from what I wrote. The mod system is funky though and you have to look at the dynamics as well. Currently my posting is at 0,Troll. This may mean the MS shills are on me, or that I have hit a nerve.

    There are both FOSS and anti-FOSS zealots here. I am neither. I just prefer good FOSS (there is a lot of bad FOSS around too) to bad or mediocre commercial software. And I have to say that wile Win7 is halfway decent, the abomination that is MS Office seems to get worse and worse with each release. Fortunately I have to use it rarely, but I use Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 Word and PowerPoint on occasion, and what I sees is a dumbing down, features vanishing or being harder and harder to find (e.g. explicit formatting display in Word, which is essential to make documents look consistent) and generally being an incredible pain. By now I think for any type of professional editing, LaTeX is easier to learn than current Word or PowerPoint, and that says a lot. Of course, if you have very low quality standards, Office does cut it, but so does LibreOffice and it does it better.

  • by RabidReindeer (2625839) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @07:41AM (#40600765)

    "Pro bono" is short for the Latin phrase pro bono publico, meaning "for the Public Good". Implying that the work will be performed for free as the profit is a better world for everyone.

    As opposed, to "Pro Sunny Bono", which means that you can sue people for copyright infringements on works your great-great grandparent did and to which you contributed nothing.

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