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(Ars Technica)   Remember millionaire fugitive antivirus baron John McAfee's legal problems in Belize? The story gets even better   (arstechnica.com) divider line 59
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2013-01-07 10:44:27 AM  
You mean being a millionaire who just somehow managed to get himself back to the US where he's likely to be tried for his charges in a "Judicial" system that favors the rich.
 
2013-01-07 10:44:37 AM  
McAfee sucks.

This is as true for the man whose namesake it carries. Not sure what's so surprising about this...
 
2013-01-07 10:45:09 AM  
What in the hell did I just read?
 
2013-01-07 10:45:10 AM  
No it's not better. It doesn't have any Chinese girls in hip boots kicking things around.
 
2013-01-07 10:45:48 AM  
He's seriously off his meds. Holy god, what a nutball.
 
2013-01-07 10:48:59 AM  
The story is so crazy it must be true.
 
2013-01-07 10:49:46 AM  
His little fantasy world is very rich indeed. He should write some books and then hire an editor to make them readable.
 
2013-01-07 10:50:11 AM  
I'm calling Chuck Barris to confirm this.
 
2013-01-07 10:50:34 AM  
Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get him.
 
2013-01-07 10:51:18 AM  
So... He made the whole thing up, or is there any evidence that these laptops and what they recorded actually exist? I have always admired the work ethic of the crazy, and would not be surprised if he spent hours typing up fake keylogger logs.
 
2013-01-07 10:52:00 AM  
John McAfee rumors have been confirmed:

ts1.mm.bing.net

He is freak'n crazy.
 
2013-01-07 10:52:58 AM  
Much of my life is a mystery to me.

He is a pisser.
 
2013-01-07 10:55:29 AM  

AbbeySomeone: The story is so crazy it must be true.


vudukungfu: I'm calling Chuck Barris to confirm this.


Someone call James Frey, stat!
 
2013-01-07 11:00:47 AM  
Wait, wasn't this a movie?

blogs.westword.com
 
2013-01-07 11:01:37 AM  

Scrog Monster: No it's not better. It doesn't have any Chinese girls in hip boots kicking things around.


That's a very specific fantasy you have there.
 
2013-01-07 11:02:47 AM  
Meth and cocaine are hellish drugs.
 
2013-01-07 11:03:25 AM  

The Angry Hand of God: What in the hell did I just read?


Part VII of John Macafee's "2012-13 Howard Hughes Memorial Crazytrain Adventure and Getaway"

Except instead of Mormons, blood transfusions, and Las Vegas, it's computer hackers, bath salts, and Belize.
 
2013-01-07 11:05:37 AM  
FTA: No one could resist his operatives: after sending "increasingly irresistible women" to a local political boss, McAfee eventually tried "an alternate chromosome configuration and-success at last."

lol, I love that phrasing.
 
2013-01-07 11:06:06 AM  

SkunkWerks: McAfee sucks.

This is as true for the man whose namesake it carries. Not sure what's so surprising about this...


^ It really is the shiattiest system security you can buy, and it has to beat Norton for that title so holding it is no mean feat. You'd be better off just letting Windows firewall and anti-virus take care of your comp. As to the man himself I can only say damn; rich right-wing nutjobs never stop getting crazier.
 
2013-01-07 11:07:38 AM  

Glancing Blow: Scrog Monster: No it's not better. It doesn't have any Chinese girls in hip boots kicking things around.

That's a very specific fantasy you have there.


This might be what he means
 
2013-01-07 11:08:38 AM  
Megalomania?
 
2013-01-07 11:14:35 AM  
Evidence is everything. I suppose that most of what happens, if anything happens, happens happily very much under the radar.
 
2013-01-07 11:15:30 AM  

miniflea: So... He made the whole thing up, or is there any evidence that these laptops and what they recorded actually exist? I have always admired the work ethic of the crazy, and would not be surprised if he spent hours typing up fake keylogger logs.


I'd imagine he actually did stick his nose where he shouldn't have which is why the government of Belize raided his house, but I can also say with confidence that he probably didn't actually find anything because, even though the rightists have been hyperventilating over the secret alliance between Arab terrorists and Latinos since at least the 80s, there's never been any evidence of any such thing.

This is just your average, everyday, rich-white-guy race-panic, except instead of being about how the Mongoloid Russian Commies are training blacks to be 5th columnists, it's about how anybody tanner than pearl is a secret Manchurian suicide bomber because "they look just like" Arab Muslims. Honestly, the shoddiness of this paranoia makes me ashamed to appear Northern European.
 
2013-01-07 11:16:44 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: Meth and cocaine are hellish drugs.


based on his forum posts (which he later claimed were 'a joke') he was experimenting with MDPV (AKA "bath salts") and based on real feedback of MDPV users (probably NSFW), that stuff can seriously fark up your mind.
 
2013-01-07 11:17:39 AM  
Pfft, it's not like he had to modify any of his own software to do it.
 
2013-01-07 11:18:56 AM  
I'd have the worst paranoia in the world too given the profile of the operation I was running.
 
2013-01-07 11:23:16 AM  

PsyLord: Wait, wasn't this a movie?

[blogs.westword.com image 320x240]


cbswysp.files.wordpress.com

Yes, I saw this in a movie called The Net. I realized that this could happen. So I will start making computers and selling them, with porn already on them! Genius!
 
2013-01-07 11:23:28 AM  

Heron: SkunkWerks: McAfee sucks.

This is as true for the man whose namesake it carries. Not sure what's so surprising about this...

^ It really is the shiattiest system security you can buy, and it has to beat Norton for that title so holding it is no mean feat. You'd be better off just letting Windows firewall and anti-virus take care of your comp. As to the man himself I can only say damn; rich right-wing nutjobs never stop getting crazier.


Microsoft Security Esentials is actually a pretty decent anti-virus program. Not the best, mind you, but not bad.
 
2013-01-07 11:37:34 AM  
Stop picking on the millionaires Job Creators!
 
2013-01-07 11:54:50 AM  
So, in other words, even former security software moguls turned paranoid bath salts and bogus miracle cures hucksters have an unfilmed screenplay, or the treatment for same, tucked away somewhere.
 
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2013-01-07 11:57:08 AM  
I want it to be true.

Sadly, the truth is more likely that he goes to prison for hiring underage prostitutes, which violates U.S. law when done by an American overseas.
 
2013-01-07 11:59:18 AM  
This sounds about right, actually.

Except for the crazy parts
 
2013-01-07 12:12:43 PM  
I dare him to send me "increasingly irresistible women."
 
2013-01-07 12:20:00 PM  
That story doesn't sound like the truth to me.  It sounds like a story someone would come up with when they had a helluva lot of questionable stuff in their past that they needed to explain away.

/And they happened to be on a coke binge while they were thinking up the story.
 
2013-01-07 12:36:08 PM  

stuffy: Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get him.


It's not him they want, it's his epic bath salts recipe they want. They guy was off in the jungle brewing bath salts I think paranoid is just par for the course at this point. The story keeps reading like the greatest meth/bath salt binge ever.
 
2013-01-07 12:37:09 PM  

hawcian: Heron: SkunkWerks: McAfee sucks.

This is as true for the man whose namesake it carries. Not sure what's so surprising about this...

^ It really is the shiattiest system security you can buy, and it has to beat Norton for that title so holding it is no mean feat. You'd be better off just letting Windows firewall and anti-virus take care of your comp. As to the man himself I can only say damn; rich right-wing nutjobs never stop getting crazier.

Microsoft Security Esentials is actually a pretty decent anti-virus program. Not the best, mind you, but not bad.


Yeah it really is; I had my doubts at first, and I certainly wouldn't abandon Kaspersky for it, but MS Security Essentials is quite good as a basic systems defense package.
 
2013-01-07 12:38:45 PM  
"There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge."
 
2013-01-07 12:41:16 PM  
My company is currently gifting Ipads, so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2013-01-07 12:45:02 PM  
But, how did he solve the problem of the rats on his grandmother's island that were eating all the coconuts?
 
2013-01-07 01:32:32 PM  

kd8our: stuffy: Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get him.

It's not him they want, it's his epic bath salts recipe they want. They guy was off in the jungle brewing bath salts I think paranoid is just par for the course at this point. The story keeps reading like the greatest meth/bath salt binge ever.


Sooooo...Hunter S. Thompson of the new millenium?
 
2013-01-07 01:43:05 PM  

GranoblasticMan: FTA: No one could resist his operatives: after sending "increasingly irresistible women" to a local political boss, McAfee eventually tried "an alternate chromosome configuration and-success at last."

lol, I love that phrasing.


Not that there's anything wrong with that.

/came to post the same sentence
 
2013-01-07 01:43:17 PM  
The best part of this while story is that none of what he described actually happened outside of his own imagination.
 
2013-01-07 01:43:42 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: I dare him to send me "increasingly irresistible women."


K, we'll start with this one and work up from there.

cdn.stripersonline.com
 
2013-01-07 02:16:55 PM  

Coming on a Bicycle: Evidence is everything. I suppose that most of what happens, if anything happens, happens happily very much under the radar.


Completely, I once interpreted an entire months worth of wire taps for a local PI eavesdropping on suspected narcotics dealers. (Why a PI was doing this and not the actual Police I was not privy to) It amazed me how many conversations had "Effin cops are soo stoopid... We're so smart... yada yada yada"... They had no clue there was an entire month worth of surveillance when they finally got raided.
 
2013-01-07 02:22:00 PM  

Captain Steroid: But, how did he solve the problem of the rats on his grandmother's island that were eating all the coconuts?


Now they don't eat coconut anymore. Now they onl eat rat!

/best Bond villain ever?
 
2013-01-07 02:27:34 PM  

stuffy: Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean there not out to get him.


If he tried to did even a tenth of the things he claims, the entire Belize government should be out to get him.

/paranoia: the self fulfilling prophecy
//I'd never use McAfee if I had any say in the matter
///sadly, I have no say in any matter except my own home computers
 
2013-01-07 03:14:08 PM  

GranoblasticMan: FTA: No one could resist his operatives: after sending "increasingly irresistible women" to a local political boss, McAfee eventually tried "an alternate chromosome configuration and-success at last."

lol, I love that phrasing.


I was initially thinking:
i194.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-07 03:21:01 PM  

walkerhound: Billy Bathsalt: I dare him to send me "increasingly irresistible women."

K, we'll start with this one and work up from there.


Meh, he is cuter than a lot of things I woke up next to...
 
2013-01-07 03:23:59 PM  

Heron: hawcian: Heron: SkunkWerks: McAfee sucks.

This is as true for the man whose namesake it carries. Not sure what's so surprising about this...

^ It really is the shiattiest system security you can buy, and it has to beat Norton for that title so holding it is no mean feat. You'd be better off just letting Windows firewall and anti-virus take care of your comp. As to the man himself I can only say damn; rich right-wing nutjobs never stop getting crazier.

Microsoft Security Esentials is actually a pretty decent anti-virus program. Not the best, mind you, but not bad.

Yeah it really is; I had my doubts at first, and I certainly wouldn't abandon Kaspersky for it, but MS Security Essentials is quite good as a basic systems defense package.


ClamWin. You have to monitor it yourself, but it won't let you down.
 
2013-01-07 03:33:08 PM  
McAfee used to be the only one we used at my house back in the DOS 5.0 days. Ran it off a microfloppy.

Norton was a larger program and did cool shiat like "Compress" (defragmentation, same as defrag now).

Then McAfee started sucking. And Norton (now sold to Symantec) sucked worse.

Dad still trusts Symantec exclusively to this day and complains when he gets malware. I use MBAM and Microsoft Defender (the name changed yet again upon switching to Windows 8 - why? Dunno, but it does sound cool.. I envision a young Bill Gates holding a giant foam battleaxe with a scowl).
 
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