Hans Reiser Turns Up 'Geek Defense' to 11

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Linux programmer Hans Reiser put the pedal to the metal on his geek defense at his murder trial here Monday, explaining to jurors that, as nonscientists, they may not understand his social ineptness.

"Scientists communicate by reference to data. I cannot communicate effectively. That's not how scientists talk. We cannot throw out assertions that cannot be supportive without data points," the 44-year-old defendant testified on his 10th day on the stand.

"I have a compulsive tendency to say things that I know are true that people don't want to be true. I do this by reference to the data," the developer of the ReiserFS filesystem testified.

All the while, some of the jurors were smiling while others appeared exhausted as the defendant explained again that he is a misunderstood scientist who did not kill his wife who was divorcing him.

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