Hans Reiser developed a file system a while back, for LInux computers (but in theory useful for other systems as well) which is probably the best file system out there. File systems vary in how good they are at handling very large vs. many small files, with something of a trade off between the two. File systems can be super duper fast or very very secure, but there is a trade off between the two. And so on. The Reiser File System addresses these trade offs better than other systems, at least, so many think. This is an open source file systems.There is one small problem:Hans Reiser has just recently been convicted of murdering his wife. This is a problem for several reasons.First and foremost, and let us not forget this, this is a problem for Nina Reiser the murdered. Second, it’s a problem for Hans because he’ll be in prison for a very long time. That is his own fault, of course. (He is guilty, for sure, it turns out … see below). Third, it is a problem for the Reiser File System because, as an open source project, sometimes maintaining a file system and life story of the maintainer interact badly. This could be a case of that.OK, so what is the new development? Hans is currently facing a 25 year to life prison term. Now, a deal is being considered whereby Hans lead the authorities to Nina’s body in exchange for a reduced sentence. Up until now he has denied having had anything to do with the murder, but now it appears that the implication is being made through back channels that maybe this was really second degree murder rather than first degree murder. The idea is, lead the cops to the body. If the Medical Examiner can’t find clear evidence of first degree murder, reduce the charges to second degree murder (for which, in California, the minimum is 15 years).I’m not even going to BEGIN to express my opinion about this guy getting a mere 15 years for what by all available evidence was a case of cold blooded, carefully planned murder. But I do want to put a bid in for the Reiser File System.I have two related proposals. First, forget about this finding the body thing. Yes, he has to tell the cops where the body is first … the family wants this and he should be waterboarded or whatever is necessary to make this happen. Fine.But what I want to see first is that his sentence … starting with, say, a presumed 50 years, is reduced on the basis of the performance of the file system. Set benchmarks, if the FS meets the first benchmark, five years are knocked off the sentence Second benchmark, three years. After that, only one year for benchmark. And so on … you get the picture.The other proposal, related to this, is the obverse. Every time there is a documented loss of data on any hard drive with Reiser FS that is due to the FS itself, one month gets added to the sentence.Now, please don’t argue about the details. The five-three-one year reductions and the one-month added are all totally negotiable. Presumably, a committee will decide on all of this. Some kind of combination of parole experts and data management and security experts.