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Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million 265

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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @03:53AM (#40600033)

    A kid is merely an adult who we haven't chosen to blame yet.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:17AM (#40600115)

    I'd make a great Mafioso if I weren't so squeamish about Cement Overshoes. :-D

    A little bird lit on my windowsill as I was having my morning coffee today to explain Barbados Bearer Bond Corporations.

    I don't know the procedure for actually incorporating, but I expect there are services in Barbados that will handle it for you for a reasonable price.

    Barbados Bearer Bond Corporations are Legal People just like the United States Disney and Heartst corporations, but when one incorporates one, one is issued a bond by the Government of Barbados.

    Whoever physically posseses that bond owns the corporation, so be sure to keep it in a safe place.

    ProTip: don't put it in a safe deposit box; The Man can legally drill out your lock if they obtain a search warrant. Instead, when you don't actively need to use it, pack it securely in a strong, leakproof container, then bury it three feet underground out in the woods somewhere, while noting your location with a GPS.

    Once you have incorporated, your Bearer Bond Corporation can be the legal holder of a bank account. I suggest you don't open that account in the United States. I don't know about Barbados in particular, but many Caribbean nations have strict bank secrecy laws. They don't have taxes either. I understand Lichtenstein is that way if you live in Europe.

    Once you have that bank account, you can receive wire transfers, EFTs and paypals.

    Now you need to find a way to register a domain name anonymously. I looked into that a while back, and found some registrars that pointed out they were not beholden to United States Legal Authorities, but those registrars were in law-abiding nations, and so would be vulnerable were they to be served with a warrant by their own government. One way to do it would be to set up a second bearer bond corporation, so it could be the registrant. Slashdot once reported that Turkey permits anonymous registration, but I haven't yet looked into it.

    Now you need an anonymous web hosting service. There are lots of those; they will accept payment by international money order. Just be careful not to get your fingerprints on the money order, its envelope or your cover letter. I recommend PRQ [www.prq.se] of Sweden; they will host anything that's legal in Sweden, and have their own full-time legal staff to fight takedown orders; I've been doing business with PRQ - under my real name - since 2010 and cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Now you set up a completely legitimate website that monetizes itself in some way that doesn't require disclosing your true identity. A real good way would be to post Software Engineering Tutorials [dulcineatech.com], then get Slashdotted once you build out your site. It's not that your Slashdotting will bring your site revenue, but that all the "organic links" that result will boost the SEO of your site, so that at a later time, it will actually get more visits every day as a result of search engine referrals than it did from your Slashdotting.

    So don't be in a hurry to monetize your site. If you really are in a hurry to hide your assets, fly over to Amsterdam, buy a bunch of diamonds, then leave them deeply buried underground somewhere within the European Community - so you don't face customs inspection with a pocket full of Rocks, you see. Whenever you need some cash, dig them back up, keep a few with you then sell them for cash in Amsterdam.

    You would do well to build several different sites, each on a widely different topic. Each will attract a distinctly different clientele, and its hard to know ahead of time what topic for a site will pay off. Whatever you do, you want a low-maintenance site, because you don't want to have to hire a webmaster to look after your money laundering operation. Every single one of my own sites consists entirely of static documents; the closest thing I come to a web application is that I now u

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:23AM (#40600157)

    (in a related note, I do sometimes wonder indeed what happens to such hidden Swiss bank accounts, where only the account holder knows of, when this person dies)

    What happens is the same that happened to the assets of the jews that were killed in ww2.

    The money goes to Jewish bankers smart enough to be in Switzerland?

  • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @04:52AM (#40600253)

    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.

    And yet GP (gweihir, here [slashdot.org]) strongly implied that the OPs trolling was indicative of all "opponents of FOSS"-- and got modded +5 for it. Double standard much?

    Im not saying YOU'RE wrong, its just wacky how someone can say almost anything supportive of FOSS on this site and get modded up for it.

  • by Paradise Pete ( 33184 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @06:11AM (#40600517) Journal

    Seems perfectly fair if I agree to hold people's money and take liability for it for many years, and you disappear with no will or anything else, that I should keep the money

    So if you hold my money for years, then I want it back, you have to give it to me and get nothing extra. But if I die without instructions then you get to just keep it? Seems like that gives you the wrong sort of incentive.

  • by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @09:33AM (#40601361)

    His mouth was what got him convicted in the first place. The prosecution's case against him was circumstantial. It was fairly good, but as I said circumstantial, no physical evidence, not even any evidence his wife was dead. While they can and do get convictions on that (they wouldn't bring it to trial if it never worked) it is harder.

    There is a reasonable chance he may have gotten off had he kept his trap shut and let his legal team work. They did have an at least somewhat plausible theory: That his wife had run off to Russia. While that isn't without issues to poke holes in, it might just have been plausible enough, combined with the lack of physical evidence, to generate reasonable doubt.

    However he insisted on taking the stand and that was the end of him. Between his completely arrogant attitude and his logical inconsistencies, the prosecution was able to just skewer him on cross examination, sealing the outcome.

    The problem is he has a sever case of something many geeks seem to have: Smartest Motherfucker in the Universe Syndrome. He really believes he is WAY smarter than everyone else and he's not afraid to let everyone know it. While he may consider that he's doing people a favour by "enlightening" them to his superior intellect, most people see that as being an arrogant prick and don't like him for it. Also, it leads him to believe he can get away with shit like, say, murder. He can do as he pleases because he's so much smarter than everyone, there's no way those poor dummies can ever catch up with him.

    Hence, this bullshit. He still thinks he's smarter than the courts, the police, the lawyers.

  • Re:Yes, they did. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @11:47AM (#40602717)

    The only reason the bank protected peoples' money for many years in the first place, and why Switzerland draws so many international deposits, is because they have (IMO) a long history of completely ignoring illegal deposits and are complicit in money laundering. They are the first bank of criminal enterprises that want guaranteed security without fear of disclosure or seizure. Why else do you think they were the bankers of the Nazi's? Why else do you think most of the worlds wealthiest citizens and biggest despots store "hidden" money in swiss accounts?

    The Swiss have always been the bankers for the evilest people in the world and they have been because they don't care who you are or where your money came from. According to the lawsuit the US government is undertaking against the Swiss banks they not only solicited but actively assisted US citizens in hiding assets. Investigations by other countries have revealed the same pattern of behavior. There is a bit of purity in not caring about where the money came from, but a lot of that money is covered in blood and the Swiss have never cared.

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