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Special Interest => Open Source Tech Gulch => Topic started by: Adventurer, Explorer, Inquiring Mind. on January 21, 2016, 11:03:02 am

Title: So, a summary of strange Linux and tech happenings from 2015 and now.
Post by: Adventurer, Explorer, Inquiring Mind. on January 21, 2016, 11:03:02 am
Last year, we got this article:

https://www.oddonion.com/2015/12/31/tech-world-mourns-star-programmer-who-died-at-42/
https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160105
(Ian Murdock, founder of Debian and all around tech badass died, causes undisclosed, twitter account erased.)
Article says there's been a small rash of tech industry deaths in 2015.

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Qualcomm (QCOM, Tech30) marketing executive Michael Copeland was killed in August when the plane he was piloting crashed.

In June, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) executive was killed after being hit by a car while attending the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France. He was 29 years old and led Google’s brand marketing team in the United Kingdom.

Dave Goldberg, the CEO of Survey Monkey, died in May while on vacation. He was the husband of top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg.

Google executive Dan Fredinburg died while climbing Mt. Everest during the massive Nepal earthquake in late April. Fredinburg was privacy director for the company’s Google X team.


Not so well known is this one, which I've mentioned here, back when more detailed articles were available, to no response or even acknowledgement from any members:

http://www.infodrom.org/Debian/ths.html
http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20081229

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On December 26th, 2008, Thiemo Seufer (also known by his IRC and login nickname ths) died in a tragic car accident on his way back home.

I remember reading somewhere that he'd announced finding something mindblowing in the kernel at the time of his death.  And then he was dead and little reference could be found, and nobody else said a thing.  The odd thing is, no conspiracy theories arose, no discussion, nothing.  Then this last year, the rash of "accidental" high tech deaths struck me as peculiar.  Anyone wonder what they found or what they refused to do which their successors accepted without raising their voices?

I only re-edited to add another link.  I leave it to all to ponder and think, quietly or aloud, as to what all this means.