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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the read-all-about-it dept.

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Last week you had the chance to ask software designer and international man on the run John McAfee about his exploits in business, programming, and the jungle. Mr. McAfee provided some extraordinarily entertaining and frank answers to your questions. Read below and enjoy.Do you still write code?
by sosume

Do you still write code, perhaps for fun?

McAfee: I haven't written code in 20 years. In truth I was a terrible programmer. At all the companies I worked at I did everything within my power to avoid coding tasks. I was just good enough though to be able to spot the truly outstanding programmers. At McAfee I hired the best and then stayed out of their hair. If I had been responsible for even a tiny amount of code I fear we would never have gotten off the ground.



McAfee Antivirus
by AmiMoJo

Doesn't it bother you that your name is being used to peddle one of the worst anti-virus products on the market? Often it comes pre-installed on computers as a 30 day trial (crapware), with dire warnings flashed up in the event that the user fails to pay (scareware). The performance hit it brings is huge. Would you advise anyone else to name their product/company after themselves in this way?

McAfee: I haven't been involved with McAfee Ant-virus for 21 years. When I ran the company the software was the best and least intrusive on the market, and in 1991 we had 87% of the world market. What happened after I left was none of my doing. As to name association, I am a master at sullying my own name and, all things considered, being associated with the worst software on the planet ranks way down the pole. It's barely a blip in the ocean of associations - madman, paranoid, child molester, murderer, drug addict, unstable, liar, to name but a few.Thank god I'm 67 and will probably be too hard of hearing soon enough to have to listen to them rattling around wherever I go. Amy, thankfully, did half the job already by bursting my left eardrum when she tried to shoot me in the head while I slept back in 2011.



What was the problem?
by lazylion

If I understand correctly, this whole episode began because a local politician visited you in your home and he had the expectation (for whatever reason) that you would pay him USD $30,000 as some kind of protection money for his campaign and your expectation was that politicians are supposed to work for people and not the other way around. Is this a reasonable characterization? If so, how do you think such a large missmatch in expectations came about? Do you think you were overly naive? Or is the political environment in Belize changing? I can easily believe that this might be the normal expected way that people do business down there based on other things I've heard, but I really have no idea. Now that you've had time to reflect, what would you say was responsible for the conflict in the first place?

McAfee: Had it been $30,000 I would have paid it in an instant, ushered him out and then returned to my task of molesting the underage girls (as some would characterize them) populating my property.However it was not. It was $2 million.I am not naive and I expect politicians and public servants, in all countries, to do one thing only - everything in their power to annoy, delay and inconvenience me. At least that has been my experience with public servants. Perhaps yours is different. In any case, two million was not even in a negotiating arena and, not being someone prone to wasting time, I told him to fuck off and not to come back.



German tourist disguise
by coldsalmon

Did you really evade the police by dressing up in a speedo and screaming at people in German, as you describe here?

McAfee: I favor disguises that change character rather than looks when running from the police. The German Tourist disguise was terrific. I looked exactly like me but no-one searching for me paid me any mind. Here is another common disguise I used that would work for any well known CEO.

*

What Happened with Vice.com?
by eldavojohn

While you were moving around, Vice.com got to spend time with you. If memory serves me, it was later revealed that the image they uploaded with you had GPS data that you then claimed to be spoofed. Coincidentally the news styled documentary they were going to do with you never seemed to surface ... now that things have died down can you give more context to that whole situation?

McAfee: Yes....... well...... The exif data attached to the photo was supposed to have been removed prior to putting it on-line. Rocco Castoro, the senior editor at Vice, and Robert King, the intrepid war photographer who has been shot twice in the ass and proudly shows the scars, accompanied me for 11 days of my escape. Good comrades and brave companions - not quite the balls that Samantha, who also accompanied me, swings, but brave lads nevertheless. We became fast friends. After our escape from Belize and our illegal entry into Guatemala, we were all four breathing sighs of relief and were in good cheer. I went back to Samantha's and my room for a few minutes to search Sam's luggage for weapons. There were too many good looking women at the hotel for my comfort. Samantha is extremely jealous and twice tried to stab me when she thought I was looking at another woman.In any case, I happily found no weapons and was about to return to the group when I heard a knock at the door. It was a very agitated Rocco. "Bad news" he said.

Chills ran up my spine as I imagined Samantha sweet talking the hotel security guard into lending her his gun after seeing me glance at the undulating derrière of a striking Peruvian woman an hour or so earlier.

He then told me about the location data accidentally included in the photo and that there were already posts on the Net showing google earth images of the hotel we were staying at.It didn't sound so bad to me really - not in comparison to an angry Samantha.It meant that Guatemalan soldiers had probably already been dispatched to arrest us and that we were on the run again - this time from a different authority, but we had at least a half an hour before the authorities arrived and taxis, which did in fact effect our escape, were plentiful. I didn't see a problem.

Robert was beside himself with agitation about the exif data because, as he correctly reasoned, people were going to think that he and Rocco did it on purpose so that they could get a better story by documenting my colorful arrest In Guatemala. To calm things down and to get everyone focused on our need to hastily scram, I told Rocco and Robert that I would take the fall and claim that I manipulated the exif data myself and they would be in the clear. Satisfied, they got packed, we left 10 minutes before the soldiers arrived, and i did what I said I would do.It was a stupid plan but it did clear the minds of the two journalists long enough to allowthem to function properly in the shaky circumstances.

When we got to Guatemala City that night and we were safely ensconced in a new hotel, Sam hit me in the head with an ashtray.She she had not missed the overlong glance at the Peruvian woman.I still have the scar.



What would you do differently?
by oic0

If you had to relive the whole debacle, what would you do differently the second time around.

McAfee: Absolutely nothing. Everything that has happened has brought me to this present moment - and not a bad moment at all. You may view my life as chaotic, tragic, comical, whatever. From where I sit it's a great adventure and an unending mystery. I have no complaints.


Why Portland?
by MAXOMENOS

Why did you decide to camp out in Portland for 18 months? What was it about Portland that brought you there?

McAfee: Why not Portland? Everyone here has bumper stickers reading "Keep Portland Weird!", there are 17 Asian restaurants within a three block radius of where I live, coffee here is a high art form and the police smile and are actually helpful - providing that no risks are involved.

A couple of subordinate reasons are that the gentleman producing the comic novel of my life (Chad Essley) and the screenwriter for the feature movie of the Belize incident both live here.



As a microbiologist...
by acidfast7

I'm very interested in hearing about the natural antibiotics. Can you please describe some general background about how you became interested in the project and what happened to the project?

McAfee: I became interested in quorum sensing (the means of communication favored by bacteria) the instant I heard about the concept. I hired a young Phd who had written the definitive paper on the subject - a young woman named Allison Adonicio - and set up a lab in the jungle to research anti-quorum sensing properties of tropical plants. You can read all about it at quorumex.com. Against all odds, the woman turned out to be crazier than myself. After a year and a half, the fractured elements of her psyche reassembled themselves into an exact likeness of a snarling ferret and she self destructed. She destroyed all of our research results, destroyed our bacteria samples, erased the hard drives of our computers, destroyed our carefully collect plant samples and went home to Boston. I cogitated the situation for a brief period, said "Fuck it!" And went into the coffee business. Thus was formed the New River Coffee Company.



Why George Jung?
by eldavojohn

"Boston George" Jung (a man who has lived quite an unusual life himself) has been tapped to write McAfee's biography titled, No Domain. I don't get it. Jung is a convicted drug smuggler. You have had no such charges ever filed against you (to my knowledge) by the United States so, if nothing more than a publicity stunt, why did you pick him to write your biography? If you feel you are wrongly accused, I can understand why you would pick someone wrongly accused to write your biography -- they can relate. But George Jung was certainly a key part of Pablo Escobar's deadly and pervasive criminal organization. You are (again, to my knowledge) far from that so why bait the readers with that author as a link? I have had very little associations with you and illegal drug activity but now I think you view yourself as a modern George Jung, am I wrong in making this assumption?

McAfee: It's odd that people focus on the possibility that I might now be doing drugs (I'm not) and totally ignore the fact that from 1971 to 1982, 99% of my income came from smuggling and selling drugs. It's a well documented feature of my past life. I was also taking more drugs weekly than most of you will do in a lifetime, and I was a totally indiscriminate user. Whatever came across my desk went up my nose, down my throat, in my veins or up the nether region. I never reached the notoriety of George and my writing, in comparison to him, did not merit writing books about my exploits, but we were not so totally different, he and I. I had my right testicle shattered by a hammer in 1974 when I ran afoul of some local drug barons in Oaxaca. Its the size of a grape now and shaped like a small frisbee. I have been in Mexican jails on three separate occasions and, frankly, I cannot recommend them. I was arrested in Bristol Tennessee in 1971 and charged with felony possession of a dangerous narcotic. A good lawyer got me of. (I always, oddly had tons of money that helped integrate me slightly back into humanity and smooth my transgressions).

All this madness stopped in 1982 when my life disintegrated. I joined AA in 1982 and stopped drinking and drugging. If have not used any drugs, except for caffeine, nicotine and adrenaline, since.

In any case, George seemed perfect.

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Interesting (3, Informative)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#43665483)

Thanks for making the interview. Highly interesting to read. Didn't actually know that he's not involved with the antivirus vusiness anymore.

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665529)

Did you miss the part where he was on the run for weeks/months? If he had still been involved after that, I don't know what would've convinced you.

Re:Interesting (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#43665563)

Notice they didn't ask him about the "bath salts" which he was talking about how great it was for weeks...which just FYI also causes major paranoia as a side effect.

This whole "story" frankly makes me a little sick, treating this guy like he was doing something great when he was running from a MURDER CHARGE, lets not forget that folks, he had an argument with the neighbor, he was doing a drug that causes paranoia and fear of persecution, and the neighbor ended up dead...frankly it don't take Kojack to see who should be the #1 suspect, and just because the guy is rich does NOT mean he should just walk away.

Re:Interesting (3)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#43665617)

Absolutely. I got tired of the whole murder story a long time ago. That said, this particular interview by itself is interesting.

Re:Interesting (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about a year ago | (#43665673)

So you do not think it is beyond the realm of possibility that it was a trumped up charge?

Re:Interesting (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43665757)

Heck no, HairyFeet is known for his stance that if you are arrested or charged you must be guilty. He knows that all police and govt officials are honest saints that would NEVER made a bad decision..

Especially in a perfect democracy of honesty that is Beliese...

Re:Interesting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666219)

And I think your faggot ass believes the US government's story about 9/11 is entirely true. I'm pretty sure you were the idiot I responded to this morning.

Do you and hairyfeet have a lovers' quarrel going on right now?

Re:Interesting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665769)

At least while he was on bath salts he didn't go bat shit crazy like that nigger who overheated and thought he was a four legged predator and ate off most of a homeless guys face right down to bone and muscles.

Re:Interesting (5, Insightful)

morgauxo (974071) | about a year ago | (#43665859)

I don't believe we will ever know if he killed the guy or not. Is there really any credibility on either side of that debate? We can't do anything simply based on suspicion, otherwise there would be a whole lot more inoccent people in jail, on death row or already executed. So... let's just sit back and watch the show. Actually, given enough attention to his 'adventures' maybe he will one day slip up and tell about an adventure he had with a certain neighbor... If such a thing actually happened. Meanwhile.. there doesn't seem to be anyone acusing him of attacking random strangers so if you are afraid he will kill 'again' just don't associate with him.

Re:Interesting (3, Insightful)

pla (258480) | about a year ago | (#43666121)

This whole "story" frankly makes me a little sick, treating this guy like he was doing something great when he was running from a MURDER CHARGE

Meh. Regardless of what he did or didn't do, his adventures make for a hell of a lot more interesting read than coverage of Betty "Free Jahar" Crocker and his sidekick Speedbump, or Three Useless Girls Who Can''t Break Windows.


just because the guy is rich does NOT mean he should just walk away.

Absolutely not! And if the events described had taken place in the US or really any country without so much corruption that it refuses to even release enough information to rank them [plustvbelize.com] , we'd have a much different story here, more OJ than Three Stooges. But as it stands, we have the story we have.

Re:Interesting (3, Insightful)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#43666385)

Running from a murder charge from a South American country doesnt really deserve bold lettering. If the charges held any water at all they would be moving for extradition.

Re:Interesting (5, Funny)

Aerokii (1001189) | about a year ago | (#43665583)

This is probably now my favorite Slashdot interview. Nothing to do with tech, really, but it was an outright entertaining read. It also helps to put into perspective some of my failed relationships, given that none of them tried to kill me (well, not quite as blatantly, anyway.)

Re:Interesting (5, Insightful)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about a year ago | (#43666217)

I'd personally rank it at 2nd.

Just a suggestion, - check the WayBack(tm) machine for the interview of Alton Brown (of Good Eats fame).

Re:Interesting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665685)

Didn't actually know that he's not involved with the antivirus vusiness anymore.

Disappointing.... Guess I'll start getting my A/V from Peter Norton instead.

Did he do it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665503)

Nobody asked if he killed the guy? Or did he just not answer that question?

Re:Did he do it? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#43666091)

asked, but either not modded to +5, or the editurs were too wussy to submit it.

Re:Did he do it? (2)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year ago | (#43666211)

Why would they even bother asking? Honestly, if he has said no a billion times before now, what makes anyone think he would say yes for slashdot?

Awesome (5, Interesting)

schneidafunk (795759) | about a year ago | (#43665521)

This reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson. One of my favorite interviews I've read on slashdot.

Re:Awesome (5, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#43665697)

Maybe Hunter S. Thompson minus quality pharmaceuticals.

It should really be read as clear and convincing evidence that 'bath salts' are bad for you.

Re: Awesome (2)

Brummund (447393) | about a year ago | (#43665869)

Yes, agree! This reminded me of reading Wired in the nineties, minus the fancy layout and length. Great read!

why he's a criminal.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665539)

...because he's partially responsible for that monster piece of shit program that zapps cycles from millions of PCs around the world.

If dumb IT Ceos love a product you know it has to be poor.

Re:why he's a criminal.. (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#43665565)

I think he was pretty clear about the fact that he's not involved with the antivirus business anymore, and that anything that has happened to it for the past 21 years is not something he's responsible for.

Man, what a piece of shit!! Fuck 'em. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665543)

n/t

PROTIP (5, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#43665545)

For a disguise, use an old scratched up hardhat.

Re:PROTIP (5, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43665785)

It is actually accurate. If you want to gain access to a place you dont belong, dress like a utility worker, most security will not even look at you twice if you have a clipboard.

When I used to do social engineering I gained access to many server rooms under the guise of a building maintenance guy looking for water leaks, they did not even question me taking photos.

Re:PROTIP (2)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about a year ago | (#43665923)

For a disguise, use an old scratched up hardhat.

Nobody will question a person wearing a hard had and an orange vest.

Re:PROTIP (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#43666139)

You show up on a job site with a brand new hard hat and you'll have the crew laughing you right off the job site. You must either be the new apprentice who needs the initiation rites. Or you are an engineer from HQ who has never seen actual construction in real life.

Oh my (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665557)

This guy has led one fucked up life... it's a wonder he's still alive today.

Re:Oh my (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665577)

Well he sure seem's to have a way with women trying to kill him that's for sure.

Re:Oh my (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#43665871)

I like how he talks about Samantha's attempts to stab and bludgeon him like it's no big deal O_O

Re:Oh my (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665953)

I like how he talks about Samantha's attempts to stab and bludgeon him like it's no big deal O_O

Maybe viagra didn't work anymore to get it up and they had to resort to this to get the core rod up so to speak? *Shrug*

Re:Oh my (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666055)

I like how he talks about Samantha's attempts to stab and bludgeon him like it's no big deal O_O

He is 67, and a damned rational thinker. What 67 year old (even a rich one) can attract the attention of a woman 1/3 his age? One who constantly lives in danger (real or perceived) and is perfectly OK with batshit crazy women, that's who. Here's to you, John McAfee, giving every old fuck the hope that before he dies maybe there is a little adventure left.

Re:Oh my (2)

deadweight (681827) | about a year ago | (#43665681)

Reminds me of a couple I knew that had a number of knife and bullet scars. After the first few, you have to be doing something wrong...........

Re:Oh my (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666295)

Reminds me of a couple I knew that had a number of knife and bullet scars. After the first few, you have to be doing something wrong...........

But doing it wrong feels oh so right!

i like the part (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665571)

where even he, founder of the company (although not affiliated with it for 2 decades), refers to mcafee antivirus as the 'worst software on the planet'

hint to intel: if the guy whose name is on the box says your software sucks --- IT SUCKS.

Re:i like the part (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665601)

I was suprised to read that he admitted to being a terrible programmer. Which made me think back to the early 90's when Mcaffee virus scanner for DOS was pretty much the top choice for scanning for viruses it just means it really wasn't him that made the software to begin with. Actually come to think of it F-PROT for DOS was good for years too for virus scanning.

Re:i like the part (1)

yuhong (1378501) | about a year ago | (#43665777)

So I wonder what went wrong at McAfee afterwards.

Re:i like the part (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665811)

So I wonder what went wrong at McAfee afterwards.

Easy enough to answer I think. Once the source code for Mcafee and even Norton products got sold off they both became bloated pieces of crappy software that for some reason people still seems to think is actually good? Sure mcafee was a great DOS based virus scanner in the 90's and norton software was actually semi decent in the 80's and 90's until it got sold off.

In a way you do have to wonder if Mcafee and Norton software rights and code were never sold off would they have been better and completly different products today?

Re:i like the part (1)

yuhong (1378501) | about a year ago | (#43665967)

To make things worse, I remember Symantec improved it's resource consumption quite dramatically in the 2008 release, leaving McAfee in the dust.

Re:i like the part (3, Informative)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#43665975)

So I wonder what went wrong at McAfee afterwards.

I would bet that someone with poor business sense and a high degree of greed got hold of a successful product with 87% market share, and started thinking about how they could make as much money as possible with it.

Re:i like the part (2)

jeffmeden (135043) | about a year ago | (#43666081)

So I wonder what went wrong at McAfee afterwards.

He, against all odds, built a company of very good programmers who produced a very good product. When it comes to security, trust is everything, and the brand built a lot of trust out there. Some vultures came along, bought him out (that was what went wrong, if you had to pick a moment) and then started cashing in all the trust by turning McAfee antivirus into a money machine, not bothering with conventionally ethical business practices or even keeping decent coders around.

Re:i like the part (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666607)

Writing this from a corporate PC in Germany which runs McAffee virus scanner, I can testify it is only a pain for the five minutes of loging. According to the Windows Resource Monitor, it competes with the Windows Search Indexer process for disk drive activity. That indeed pissed me, because for five to ten minutes after login, my machine would be extremely slow. So I got rid of the Windows Search crap and now it is acceptable.
It does not interfere with my MSVC compiler generating *.exe files, so overall it could be shittier than it currently is.

The whole concept of "virus scanner" constantly eating system resources is of course braindead. But corporations love the MS crapola and don't force them to get substantially better. My employer definitely could, as they have about 100k Windows seats - if they threatened to defect to Ubuntu or Apple I am sure Mr Ballmer would go into panic mode and essentially do whatever they demanded. Not because these 100k seats make a monetary difference, but because it would set a precedent for other 100k-seat companies. Our CEO even got a personal visit of Mr Gates then.

But alas, our bosses won't dare to threaten that cozy relationship. And overall, the crap works more or less. I have firefox, cygwin, perl, SVN, LaTeX on my machine and quite a few more though.

nuts! (3, Insightful)

deadweight (681827) | about a year ago | (#43665585)

Is it just me or this guy totally batshit crazy? Among other things, how many times do you have to be assaulted before you get rid of your crazy girlfriend(s)?

Re:nuts! (5, Funny)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665647)

Is it just me or this guy totally batshit crazy? Among other things, how many times do you have to be assaulted before you get rid of your crazy girlfriend(s)?

I have a secret to tell you. All girlfriends/wives are batshit crazy. It just takes varying degrees of pressure or stress or other factors to bring it out in them and when it does you better hope you survive or can escape!

Re:nuts! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665687)

There's "yells at you to put the toilet seat down" crazy, and there's "shoot at your head" crazy. One is not a danger to your life and limb.

Re:nuts! (3, Funny)

Yakasha (42321) | about a year ago | (#43665729)

There's "yells at you to put the toilet seat down" crazy, and there's "shoot at your head" crazy. One is not a danger to your life and limb.

The other is a god damned honey badger in bed.

Lucky for me, my honey badger doesn't read /.

Re:nuts! (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#43665907)

Yep, it's all about the crazy pussy, few men can resist after the first hit.

Re:nuts! (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665931)

Yep, it's all about the crazy pussy, few men can resist after the first hit.

Sometimes even the most tasty and tightest pussy is not worth it if she tries to kill you no matter what!

Re:nuts! (2)

Yakasha (42321) | about a year ago | (#43666405)

Yep, it's all about the crazy pussy, few men can resist after the first hit.

Sometimes even the most tasty and tightest pussy is not worth it if she tries to kill you no matter what!

Says Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin.

Re:nuts! (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665737)

There's "yells at you to put the toilet seat down" crazy, and there's "shoot at your head" crazy. One is not a danger to your life and limb.

Technically the first one could be dangerous to your life if she puts your head in the toilet bowl with the lid up, then slams the lid on your head and yells at you to "PUT THE TOILET SEAT DOWN!".

Re:nuts! (2)

poetmatt (793785) | about a year ago | (#43666059)

there's a ton of misogyny in that statement but the long/short of any relationship is that if there is extreme pressure/stress there will be extreme responses to that pressure/stress, which usually involve inducing more pressure/stress.

probably helps that if you decide you don't want that stress, you decide not to have a relationship as opposed to hating on that decision after it has been made, unless it's simply a bad relationship .

The girlfriend in question (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665719)

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/12/ff_mcafee3_large.jpg

I hope this helps to answer your question

Re:The girlfriend in question (2)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665849)

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/12/ff_mcafee3_large.jpg

I hope this helps to answer your question

My first thoughts seeing this picture were...

1) Ok she has large boobs... definetly a plus but then are they fake?

2) At least she isn't an anorexic woman weighing 80 pounds that would snap in half if you banged her in bed. Gotta have some meat on a woman to look healthy

3) Oh god help me.. she looks like a crazy batshit woman already when you look up at the face. The kind that is very jealous and over-protective of "her man" and would not think twice of beating the living shit out of him for not paying 100% attention to her.

So yeah I'd say any man would be smart and avoid this one.

crazy chicks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665761)

Guess you never had sex with a crazy girl or you'd know...

Re:crazy chicks (3, Insightful)

deadweight (681827) | about a year ago | (#43666023)

Hang around long enough with them and YOU end up just as nuts - if not moreso - trying to model their insane thought process to anticipate the next chain saw attack.

Re:nuts! (1)

cifey (583942) | about a year ago | (#43665763)

frisbee nut? Sane girls probably wouldn't stick around long. Anyway nothing says true love like getting smacked by an ashtray. Separately, smuggling narcotics for 10 yrs, not really defensible.

Re:nuts! (1)

ADRA (37398) | about a year ago | (#43665827)

Sometimes, its the abuse that makes life worth living!

Re:nuts! (1)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#43665879)

Sometimes, its the abuse that makes life worth living!

Until it becomes the kind of abuse where she takes a very sharp knife and cuts off your penis and shoves it down a garburator in the sink or tries to flush it down the toilet while you are on the floor or bed bleeding out to death between your legs.

Re:nuts! (2)

Princeofcups (150855) | about a year ago | (#43666365)

Is it just me or this guy totally batshit crazy? Among other things, how many times do you have to be assaulted before you get rid of your crazy girlfriend(s)?

And if he is batshit crazy, how much of what he said is true, and how much is PR to keep him out of jail and to sell (sensationalize) his new book? I'd trust his responses rat spitting distances.

Just cut'n'pasted, or did this get read first (0)

tekrat (242117) | about a year ago | (#43665591)

There's quite a few typos in this interview. Did the editors READ it, or did they just cut-n-paste into the "post" form? Can anyone advise what differentiates Slashdot from an amateur's blog?

Re:Just cut'n'pasted, or did this get read first (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#43665709)

There's quite a few typos in this interview. Did the editors READ it, or did they just cut-n-paste into the "post" form? Can anyone advise what differentiates Slashdot from an amateur's blog?

Most blogs can handle unicode. Slashdot can't.

Re:Just cut'n'pasted, or did this get read first (1, Offtopic)

CaptainLard (1902452) | about a year ago | (#43665813)

It's barely a blip in the ocean of associations - madman, paranoid, child molester, murderer, drug addict, unstable, liar, to name but a few

Wow, whoda thought poor spelling would move to the top of that list?

Molesting underage girls? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665605)

Wait what...?

Familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665623)

Is it just me or does McAfee have a very similar writing style and voice to Robert Heinlein? I swear his answers to the Belize questions sounded exactly like Lazarus Long.

Samantha sounds like a real winner (1)

Pope (17780) | about a year ago | (#43665649)

I went back to Samantha's and my room for a few minutes to search Sam's luggage for weapons. There were too many good looking women at the hotel for my comfort. Samantha is extremely jealous and twice tried to stab me when she thought I was looking at another woman...

Chills ran up my spine as I imagined Samantha sweet talking the hotel security guard into lending her his gun after seeing me glance at the undulating derrière of a striking Peruvian woman an hour or so earlier.

Yeah, that's someone you want to have around on the regular.

Re:Samantha sounds like a real winner (5, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43665805)

Actually they do have a value. I dated a very young (I was 39 she was 20) latino woman that was over the top nuts, scared for my life nuts. But in the sack..... Porn stars are no talent amateurs compared to a completely batshit crazy woman.

That reminds me, It's probably time I need to move again so she doesnt find me.

Bugging the belize government? (1)

mveloso (325617) | about a year ago | (#43665671)

I missed the question thread, but:

How much time did it take to go through the laptop intercepts every day?
Is your house in Belize for sale?
Have you tried the Fish & Chips at the Frying Scotsman?

My question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665789)

Why is the software with your name on it so bloated and a resource hog that I have to remove it everywhere I find it?

This guy is such a fucking loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43665937)

It is incredibly pathetic that people fawn over him.

Paedophile, not a hero (-1)

norfolkboy (235999) | about a year ago | (#43665957)

I'm not sure why he's considered one of the lads. McAfee is a paedophile, who purchased the company of a 14 year old girl, Amy. He claimed in 2010 she was 16, but curiously, in 2012, she was discovered to be 18, by Wired Magazine.

http://john-mcafee.com/2013/01/john-mcafee-psychotic-pedophile-trying-to-murder-his-victims/ [john-mcafee.com]

Re:Paedophile, not a hero (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666209)

The pedophile scare is really getting out of hand if buying companies from underaged people is considered wrong.

Re:Paedophile, not a hero (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666429)

Oh no, what a monster! Having sex with a 14-15 year old is truly the mark of the condemned! Kinda funny how many countries not considered part of the third world put 14 as the age of consent. Even many states in the US are set at 16. We don't even know her age at the time of incident, just that it was between 14 or 15.

The dude's rationale in that exhaustive rant is even more funny. What would they even talk about with such an age gap?! It's a big turnoff having a big age difference for him, so naturally it's gross for anyone to be in such a position with someone much younger than them.

Re:Paedophile, not a hero (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666565)

uuhhh...what? in 2010 she was 16, and in 2012 she was 18?
I may be crazy but that sounds perfectly in line with how we measure progression of time...

Just "Wow"... (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43665965)

No regrets, yet I wouldn't want to be him. Still, he's got balls of steel, I'll give him that. But, no. I'll do without the drug dealing, the murder, the running, the acting like a lunitic, even if it is a fascinating life. He kind of makes it sound like he happened into the AV business. Right place, right time, no business plan? It happens. *mind blown*

Re:Just "Wow"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666395)

Still, he's got balls of steel

A ball of steel, just one.

Re:Just "Wow"... (1)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about a year ago | (#43666499)

Well, by his own admission, they aren't made of steel; or are a very soft and hollow steel. One was crushed with a hammer in 1974 by mexican drug lords...

this guy is FOS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666293)

what a bunch of BS. mcafee is a lying sack. what a waste of bytes.

Kinda sad (3, Insightful)

deuterium (96874) | about a year ago | (#43666473)

It seems as though, since no one asked the question "how crazy are you?", he's simply steered all of his responses into answering it anyway. It also seems like half of what he does is only valuable to him if he can tell other people about it. Why does he care? It reminds me of a 12 year old bragging about the time he stole a car or slept with a teacher. They probably didn't happen, and even if they did, it's childish to broadcast it. And this guy's 67? Agh.

Entertaining (0)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about a year ago | (#43666493)

...Mr. McAfee provided some extraordinarily entertaining and frank answers...

Entertaining? Yes, in a watching a train wreck type of manner.

.
Frank? Unknown. It is difficult to ascertain the truthiness of his answers.

But my original question still stands, why is everyone wasting so much time on this person?

John does it again. Bravo. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666505)

I'm a big fan of smooth talking chutzpah. The man is my idol, I love his spoken style... someone said Hunter S. Thompson.
McAfee seems to have lived out Thompson's fictional works by comparison. I hope to shake his hand one day.

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