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(MSNBC) NewsFlash McAfee founder arrested by police. His 21 day free trial begins next week   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 30
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2012-12-06 02:56:37 AM
8 votes:
Best headline ever.
2012-12-06 06:01:23 AM
7 votes:
Its quite hilarious when you think of the paralells between him being present in Belize and being present on your computer.
At first, he's welcome and seems to be innocently being a welcomed addition. Things start getting weird and not making sense, he begins to cause big disruptions, but always seems to have an excuse. Next thing you know, other systems and people are totally pissed and someone turns up dead. You want him out of your country, but you cant find him. You keep seeing signs of him, but the amount of time you are spending looking for him is costing a fortune. You wish hed never shown up and just want your old way of life back. He tries to go next door to Guatemala, but they've already learned they want none of it.

Now just think of him in terms of his crappy software, Belize and Guatemala both computers and you will see history repeats itself. I wonder how this cycle will play out in Belizean prisons. Maybe theyll just delete the file and all remants.
2012-12-06 08:21:44 AM
5 votes:
I find it hard to be sympathetic to the guy. He deliberately moved out of the US just to avoid taxes. He didn't want to contribute his financial share to American society and moved out of the country to make sure he didn't have to. Part of what you get in exchange for those taxes is a far less corrupt police force than places like Central America. If he's innocent he should avoid prison etc....

/It's like asking me to be sympathetic to someone that pisses into the wind.
2012-12-06 07:52:50 AM
3 votes:

skinink: For a rich dude he's a complete idiot. Why couldn't he just retire to Europe? He could have gone to any country there and had hookers for life if sex was a big consideration of where to go. And he wouldn't have had to worry about corruption so much.


From what I've seen in my life so far smart has nothing to do with being rich. Greedy and psychotic are much better traits for becoming rich.
2012-12-06 06:29:16 AM
3 votes:

Bathysphere: Did one of his ten girlfriends help rat him out? DRTFA


nope. Some lame-o reporter from Vice magazine didn't wipe their EXIF data from a photo upload.

It's really easy to find someone WHEN YOU GIVE AWAY THEIR GPS COORDINATES.

/Pro Tip; If you're on the run, STOP BEING AN ATTENTION WHORE.
2012-12-06 05:32:40 PM
2 votes:

Fark_Guy_Rob: The most American of all beliefs is freedom of the individual over the desires of the government. At least, the American the founding Father's fought for. Freedom from oppression and tyranny, remember all that jazz?

The idea that you should be forced to pay taxes to help the greater good of the country is pretty much the opposite of an American value.


Taxes =/= oppression

Take your filthy and moronic BS elsewhere. We're full up on crazy.
2012-12-06 09:51:15 AM
2 votes:
Let this be a lesson for all of the other dipshiats that talk about going Galt. This is how it will end - in filthy Central American prison.
2012-12-06 06:40:00 AM
2 votes:

ingineervt: "arrested...for illegally entering the country?"

Um...yeah...take that Americans. Have a taste of your own medicine!


You think the US is the only country that has immigration laws?
How cute.
2012-12-06 05:53:28 AM
2 votes:
I thought the headline was some form of misdirection but then read in TFA that it actually is the mcafee who makes the virus checker software who is wanted for murder in south america!

Truth stranger than fiction indeed.
2012-12-06 04:49:34 AM
2 votes:
He doesn't have anything to worry about. The trial will freeze as soon as it starts.
2012-12-06 04:31:58 AM
2 votes:
So I've been wondering...are the cops in Belize really as corrupt as McAfee claims? Or is this some elaborate setup for an eventual insanity plea?
2012-12-06 04:08:02 AM
2 votes:
That's a good f*cking headline.
2012-12-06 04:06:58 AM
2 votes:

MadSkillz: Best headline ever.


Absolutely. Cancel HOTY preliminaries.
2012-12-07 11:24:16 AM
1 votes:

Rev.Veggie.Spam: /not sure where this joke is going//intends to ride it to the end


I support this approach.

To that end, I think the very core of his identity is no less than John Titor.

It makes perfect conspiracy-theory-logic sense! John Titor first time traveled to the recent past to start McAfee so that he could have many backdoors to PCs around the world to help with his mission relating to computers (cuz programmers are all scary l33t hackers, and scary l33t hackers always leave backdoors just in case, duh).

Now he has completed his mission and must get back home. Somewhere in the Belizian jungle is his extraction time machine....but unfortunately, the exact coordinates were lost when he was testing a new version of McAfee on the computer that had the coordinates. The new version wiped EVERYTHING.

So now he's been on a desperate mission to find the extraction point. Up to and including cocaine and/or meth binders so that he could explore the jungle on a 28 hour awake/4 hour sleep schedule (yes, he's hardcore enough to use a migrating sleep schedule - mainly due to all the cocaine).

As a time traveler, he is most definitely (using conspiracy-theory-logic) also have been DB Cooper, Batman, Milton Waddams, etc.
2012-12-06 06:03:34 PM
1 votes:
I was here
2012-12-06 04:00:04 PM
1 votes:

Big_Fat_Liar: onyxruby: I find it hard to be sympathetic to the guy. He deliberately moved out of the US just to avoid taxes. He didn't want to contribute his financial share to American society and moved out of the country to make sure he didn't have to. Part of what you get in exchange for those taxes is a far less corrupt police force than places like Central America. If he's innocent he should avoid prison etc....

/It's like asking me to be sympathetic to someone that pisses into the wind.

What exactly would his financial share to American society be? Is he supposed to pay for your local fire department or something? I don't feel he owes me anything in particular. Were you thinking you should receive some part of his wealth for some reason? That doesn't make any sense at all. He makes money selling people things they want, and he does so while paying all the required fees and taxes, and then he owes something to someone else in addition because he didn't piss all his money right away?


Well, the "moving out due to taxes" is somewhat inaccurate (it's actually more likely he moved out to avoid having assets seized in a wrongful death suit that an ultralight club he owned was involved in, and specifically involving him allowing his nephew to give "training" flights with minimal licensing or training of the nephew in question).

That said--with the 1 Percent, it does seem that they've forgotten this little thing called "noblesse oblige", and (more precisely) that noblesse oblige does not mean "Fark the Poor, I Got Mine" but "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" (quoth the Spiderman).

Basically, even in Royal Times it was seen that people who had a lot of money and/or power...well, yes, they did have a shiatload of money and power, but (theoretically) this money and power were supposed to be used to the betterment of those who put them there in the first place. (Even Chinese emperors had a variant of this--the "Mandate of Heaven", which not only pretty much stated the emperor was placed there by the gods to keep things running in the earthly realm, but that if he did a shiatty job that the gods could "revoke the mandate" and allow the emperor to be overthrown by someone less full of fail.)

Now in practice, it didn't always work like this--humans do tend to be bastard-flavoured bastards with bastard filling--but the whole idea still works with the rich, and there are some--like Bill Gates, like Andrew Carnegie--who were bastards in the business world but gave back in the world when not making fistfulls of cash.

The general concept of higher income tax rates on the rich is kind of a "legal version" of noblesse oblige--you're richer, so you should pay more of a share to keep things running for everyone (yes, even you; even the richest still use public roads and police and firefighters and FAA-licensed-and-maintained airport facilities).
2012-12-06 03:24:04 PM
1 votes:
Well...that's it - time to start closing up Fark..

::folding up a set of Beer Looter dioramas::

We had a good run.

/srsly, HOTY right here
2012-12-06 02:40:40 PM
1 votes:

skinink: What an idiot. First he retires to a country who has a reputation as a corrupt country (surprisingly there's no data on them on The Corruption Perceptions Index). Then he gets into some issues with the Belize police. Then he gets involved with a murder. He flees but regularly keeps in touch with the press while he's on the lam. Then he has some bloggers or whatever take a picture with their smartphone, and the picture's EXIF data reveals his locations.

For a rich dude he's a complete idiot. Why couldn't he just retire to Europe? He could have gone to any country there and had hookers for life if sex was a big consideration of where to go. And he wouldn't have had to worry about corruption so much.


It's my understanding that he went to Belize because:

a) Belize has a bit of a rep as a tax haven, compared to Europe (yes, even Switzerland will now report US bank accounts to the Treasury, so no good on hiding taxable assets there--and no, not even voluntarily giving up US citizenship will absolve you of tax responsibility if you actually owe taxes).

b) Much more to the point, though, Belize has a reputation of being a Good Place To Go if you have a judgement against you in a US court because Belizean courts will not enforce said judgement as long as it doesn't involve a felony.

Which would be good for McAfee, because he had been targeted by quite a number of lawsuits in the US.

And interestingly, after at least one round involving lawsuits over McAfee "cramming" McAfee Antivirus customers by subscribing them to paid third-party services without permission.

That's probably not why he left, though--there's also a wrongful death lawsuit against McAfee in the US dating from 2006 (specifically, relating to the death of his nephew and a passenger in a hang-glider based "trike" ultralight that was doing canyon flights--it seems that the survivors of the passenger are suing McAfee as he managed the ultralight club in question and there are serious questions over his nephew's qualifications to fly at all much less with passengers). When it started looking seriously like McAfee could lose all his assets in said lawsuit, he suddenly left as CEO of McAfee and ZoneAlarm and went into "pharmaceutical research" in Belize.

tl;dr--this isn't the first time he's been linked to a death by misadventure, and he's basically attempting to make himself judgement-proof by putting himself in the closest jurisdiction available where the US government can't persuade a national government to seize his assets in judgement.
2012-12-06 09:42:23 AM
1 votes:
You know, with all of this crazy being outed you really have to sit back and wonder if some of these virus scanning companies weren't doing a lot of the virus making as well.
2012-12-06 08:07:33 AM
1 votes:
he looks like Danny Bonnaduche.
2012-12-06 07:57:01 AM
1 votes:

hitlersbrain: From what I've seen in my life so far smart has nothing to do with being rich. Greedy and psychotic are much better traits for becoming rich.


word up. If I wasn't so damn lazy, I'd be a brazillionaire.
2012-12-06 06:59:25 AM
1 votes:

sexorcisst: Now that he is in prison, he is actually going to want some trojans.


Yeah, if he's not careful, he may end up with ClamXavidia.
2012-12-06 06:46:21 AM
1 votes:
Avast majority loving the headline I see... Comodo, it isn't THAT good.

/bravo +1 Subby
2012-12-06 06:16:00 AM
1 votes:
Nice headline, subby - it isn't often that fruit hangs so low that it actually touches the ground, but this is certainly one of those moments.
2012-12-06 06:07:09 AM
1 votes:
Guys, I was hoping one of you had already been 'that guy.'


This joke has been in every comments section on that guy's story since he was FIRST 'arrested.' If subby's honest, these earnest kudos burn in his gut.


Not that I'm 'that guy'.....
2012-12-06 05:52:19 AM
1 votes:
Admit it subby you've been sitting that one for a while
2012-12-06 05:51:31 AM
1 votes:

thenewmissus: I see what you did there subby.

+1 internet for you.


EVERYONE sees what subby did there.
2012-12-06 05:43:34 AM
1 votes:
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His full scan cometh, and that right soon
2012-12-06 05:33:54 AM
1 votes:
Good headline... but a newsflash? Am I missing something here?
2012-12-06 05:31:56 AM
1 votes:
I hope the crimes against humanity charge sticks.
 
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