A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
There has been a considerable amount of triumphalism evident in US government statements following the arrest of Artem Vaulin, the alleged head of the Kickass Torrents website, and the subsequent shutdown of seven domains it was using.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has admitted to lying all these years about the length of time it held on to the names of Australians collected in the five-yearly census.
The torrent site isoHunt has put up a partial version of the well-known Kickass Torrents website which was taken down on Thursday after the owner was arrested a day earlier.