So we're watching a rerun of Law & Order: Criminal Intent tonight and I can't help but laugh when I hear when they describe the violent criminal exploits of a loan shark and mob boss named "Nick Weaver." I hear the name and think of someone I knew at Berkeley named Nick Weaver, and I can't imagine him breaking anyone's knees.
Of course, the association was probably reinforced by recently getting the June 2004 Usenix ;login: magazine featuring an article Nick wrote accompanied by a picture of him. Nick's earned his 15 minutes of fame by studying "Warhol worms" - worms that spread quickly across the internet and can be active worldwide in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately the worm authors seem to be getting better and the good guys have to fight to keep ahead of them. Good to see Nick is one of the good guys - sure seems to have come a long way since "I partied with Nick Weaver" was the in-joke catch phrase of the Berkeley Computer Science undergrad student group.