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Richard Stallman Falls Ill At Conference 460

Posted by samzenpus
from the outcome-uncertain dept.
itwbennett writes "Stallman, 59, was speaking at the North Campus of the Polytechnic University of Cataluna when he started to feel ill and called for a doctor. It was originally reported in the Spanish press that Stallman was hypertensive, but it is not yet known what his eventual health status was, just that he left the building later under his own power." He is apparently okay and any significant confirmed updates will be posted here.
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Richard Stallman Falls Ill At Conference

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2012 @06:59PM (#39960499)

    Richard Stallman Falls the 3rd is?

  • Falls Ill (Score:5, Funny)

    by Twinbee (767046) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @07:01PM (#39960515) Homepage
    Isn't it wonderful that a a capital I looks like a small L? It adds a little 'puzzle element' whilst reading therefore adding more spice to life.
  • by thetoadwarrior (1268702) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @07:06PM (#39960583) Homepage
    Face it, lots of people in our field die young. Being fat and sitting around all day is not good. I hope it's nothing and he's ok but likewise I wouldn't be that surprised. Just as I wouldn't be that surprised if someone said Gabe Newell had a heart attack. We've got some really awesome people we're risking losing early do to choices of a career.

    Shame it can be a fun and healthy career.
    • by evil_aaronm (671521) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @08:03PM (#39961123)
      Speak for yourself, you insensitive clod! I play semi-pro box lacrosse, race bikes, occasionally coach wrestling, and chase my grand-daughter around on the playground for kicks.

      Yeah, I do spend a lot of time on my butt-tocks, but I make up for it by doing other things outside of work. Having said that, my younger brother falls more in line with the stereotype: he's fat, can't run 20 meters without stopping, and thinks walking over to the vending machine to get some Cheetos is exercise.

      In between those poles, you'll find other people involved in technology. In my office, we have all kinds. It depends on your mindset: you either want to stay active and healthy, or you don't. That goes for any segment of the populace regardless of career.
    • by Kjella (173770)

      Face it, lots of people in our field die young. Being fat and sitting around all day is not good.

      People in general, but RMS? I have the impression he's always at a conference or university or somewhere giving a speech, if he ever sits down it must be in airport lounges and airplane seats. I wonder how many travel days that guy has per year. Maybe he should watch his blood pressure when he starts ranting about free software and the GPL, but I don't think he could keep it down if he wanted to.

  • Hmmm. (Score:2, Funny)

    by azav (469988)

    Maybe he forgot to bathe.

  • On the scene (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2012 @07:20PM (#39960753)

    Stallman on the stretcher https://twitter.com/#!/Cribstopper/status/200641059389313024/photo/1/large

  • GNUmonia? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2012 @07:29PM (#39960843)

    He probably has GNUmonia.

  • by nimbius (983462) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @08:34PM (#39961543) Homepage
    last i heard Darl Mcbride was rushed to hospital with an erection thats reportedly lasted well over an hour now.
  • correction (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    He fell GNU/ill

  • by Beelzebud (1361137) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @09:06PM (#39961827)
    Looking through the comments, I'm reminded again why I visit this site less and less. I think this might just be my final post here. This site is a shadow of what it was when I joined, and I came along fairly late...
  • Curses! (Score:4, Funny)

    by IonOtter (629215) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @10:29PM (#39962479) Homepage

    The agent comes into the room, closing the door behind them, and walks up to the front of the room. There is a large desk, and behind it is a large chair, turned to face the window.

    The agent stops in front of the desk and waits. "Reporting, sir."

    The chair does not move, but a voice comes from the unseen occupant. "Is it done?"

    "Yes sir." The agent stands stock still, as several laser dots play over his chest, head and groin. "I mixed the first half of the binary agent in the bottled water at the hotel. No one else should be affected."

    "I see. And the second half?"

    "I placed that on the end of his underarm deodorant." The agent smiled at his own ingenuity.

    There was a sigh from the chair. "Ah. I suppose that explains it, then."

    "Sir?"

    The chair slowly turned around. It was bright outside, so the occupant was lit from behind, and impossible to see. "He's alive. He's currently at the hospital and doing well."

    The agent fidgeted. "Sir, I.." One of the lasers came close to his eyeball, giving him pause.

    "He is a geek, agent. Geeks do not use deodorant. Or soap, for that matter." There was a soft clicking of buttons on a phone console being pressed.

    "Begging your pardon sir, but you do." All of the laser dots jumped, as if shocked. In the shadowed chair, a pair of Giorgio Armani glasses gleamed in utter silence.

    "Indeed I do." There were a few more soft taps, then a final tap, and the laser sights on the agent began to wink out. "Fair enough, agent. Good try, at least. And good recovery."

    "Thank you, sir." The agent let his breath out slowly.

    "Yes, I like to think I learned a few things from Steve, before he died." The chair began to turn again. "The receptionist will have your payment. We'll have use for you again, I'm sure."

    The agent nodded. "Thank you, sir." He turned sharply on his heel and left the room, closing the door behind him. At the desk, the chair slowly turned to face the Redmond skyline.

    "Another time, Richard."

  • I don't see eye to eye with RMS on a lot of things, and I was appalled by his reaction to the death of Steve Jobs, but I certainly hope nothing is seriously wrong with him. There's no doubt he's contributed a lot to technology and it'd be sad to see something happen to him. I like to think heaven has its place for tech visionaries, though. Get well soon, RMS. (One more thing-- not trying to really be funny or condescending here, but I think maybe he should avoid eating toe jam from now on, or whatever he pu

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