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Interviews: McAfee Says House Fire Was No Accident

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the burning-down-the-house dept.

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According to reports a bush fire burned down John McAfee's home in Belize on Thursday. The local fire department was unable to to contain the blaze and the the two main buildings were completely destroyed. Property Manager Noel Codd (who was not there at the time) estimated the value of the buildings at $250,000 each. Despite the reported cause of the fire, McAfee says that the destruction of his compound was no accident. We caught up with him to talk about why he thinks the fire was set and what he plans to do now. Read below to see what he had to say.samzenpus: What have you been told about the fire and what do you think happened?

McAfee: Well, the investigators say that it was arson, in spite of the local police saying that it was a brush fire. People don't set brush fires in high winds, so this was the last of the properties. The government took everything away from me. I mean they've got so blatant that at the very end they were coming in, in broad daylight and carrying off, you know, millions of dollars worth of electronic gear and camera gear. And one time they took 300 stun guns that I was going to give to the police department, in broad daylight. But one property was not in my name, and that was the one at the river. And so, finally in one last desperate attempt to get at me, they just set fire to my two major buildings. It was at least a half a million dollars worth of buildings plus art work and invaluable items on the inside that all went up in smoke. But there it is.

samzenpus: Was anyone living there?

McAfee: Just a caretaker.

samzenpus: And he's okay?

McAfee: The caretaker was not there at the time.

samzenpus: This was your last property in Belize?

McAfee: That was my last property in Belize, went up in smoke. It's a very freeing sensation to have no burdensome taxes to pay or wages for upkeep and electricity and what have you. So they did me a favor.

samzenpus: Did anyone see anything suspicious or anyone hanging around?

McAfee: The police have actually arrested a couple of people. But if they're the ones who started the fire, they have nothing to do with it really. Just someone, you know, paid them $25 to "go and set that house on fire." The people responsible, I know who they are, and they're the same ones who've been responsible for taking all of my stuff since I was in Belize. And now there's nothing left for them to take. They must be pretty pissed off.

samzenpus: They haven't said anything to you directly or anything of course?

McAfee: No, of course not. And once I left the country, all attempts to do any formal charges simply disappeared because there was no way that they could do any formal charges. They had no evidence. They had nothing on me other than I refused to give a $2 million donation back in 2012. You know, so all they can do now is cause me a little bit of chaos and inconvenience, which I think they can cause me no more now.

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McAfee is an attention whore loser (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773913)

Stop feeding this loser's paranoia and fame, he is an irrelevant person, that hasn't mattered in decades.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774109)

Amen!
I wonder why /. keeps feeding this loser, media attention whore, troll here.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774581)

Page hits. People either agreeing or disagreeing, they don't care. It's page hits to sell ad space, the more hits the better.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (4, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774193)

"Irrelevant?" I found his legal troubles far more interesting than any antivirus software. "Attention whore?" If you read news, even news for nerds, you will come across people who are trying to get attention. Actually, let me back up further. If you take part in the human world, you will encounter people who are seeking attention. This guy isn't particularly bad either. It seems that he actually has an interesting story beyond the usual attention whore "Oops, I had sex while a camera was pointed at me and now it's everywhere."

... That said, samzenpus and McAfee, don't get any ideas. Please do not release a sex tape involving John McAfee. Ever.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774429)

Somehow - I find it hard to take any drug using nutcase seriously. Bath salts? Hmmm, yeah, alright.

"If there is one thing society can learn from the soap opera now engulfing tech zillionaire John McAfee, it is that rectal shelving is the best way to take the psychoactive drug MDPV, marketed and known colloquially as bath salts. “Measure your dose,” McAfee wrote on a psychonaut forum two years ago, under his Stuffmonger handle. “Apply a small amount of saliva to the middle finger, press it against the dose, insert. Doesn't really hurt as much as it sounds. We're in an arena (drugs/libido), that I navigate as well as anyone on the planet here. If you take my advice about this (may sound gross to some), you will be well rewarded.”"

http://www.vice.com/read/john-mcafee-bath-salts-belize-murder-fugitive-gregory-faull [vice.com]

Forgive me, but psychoactive suppositories?

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (3, Insightful)

Firethorn (177587) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774647)

Forgive me, but psychoactive suppositories?

Maybe it's my cynical nature, but I tend more towards 'Bath Salts? Really? You're a millionaire, get the good stuff!'

The difference between a lawyer and a stocker is that the lawyer is expected to keep a handle on his coke habit.

Meth, 'Incense', and 'Bath Salts' are for poor people. Rich people should be able to afford the real stuff with fewer side effects. :( (sad for the poor people, everybody should be able to get decent drugs if they're going to do it)

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about a year and a half ago | (#43776443)

McAfee had a local gang supplying him with what they had. That's the apparent issue that government actually had with him - he was very much in the local gang, and they supplied him with whatever they had. I guess their logistics weren't all that good and he had to do with what they supplied him with.

Again, Millionaire (1)

Firethorn (177587) | about a year and a half ago | (#43776793)

I guess their logistics weren't all that good and he had to do with what they supplied him with.

Then they weren't a very good gang, now were they? I'm surprised he couldn't arrange something better via the silk road and whatnot. Idiot(drug user).

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43777597)

Street Meth is different to pharmaceutically made (or Walter White made Meth).

Coke is for girls (They seem to get more out of it).

Even the best cocaine money can buy you can only have 2 decent lines of it a night.

dexedrine is probably what I would go for if I could have anything. No side effects at all. (up to about 3 days anyway).
No real negative effects whilst you do.

Decent high quality sleeping tablet if you need it. (Same that the air force use).

Lots of people cannot handle proper stimulants without becoming dysfunctional but it doesn't mean they are not the best drug.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about a year and a half ago | (#43776431)

The walls in colon absorb alcohol and many other drugs extremely efficiently, far more efficiently then administering them orally. It's a fairly widely known thing that if you want to get drunk off very little booze, you need to pour it into your rectal opening.

Of course the practice is extremely dangerous for a number of reasons, typically far more dangerous then oral administering of the same drugs.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (0)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774609)

It seems that he actually has an interesting story beyond the usual attention whore "Oops, I had sex while a camera was pointed at me and now it's everywhere."

No, instead this guy is the "Hey, the gubament/authorities are always out to get me in a big conspiracy" attention whore. This guy has cried wolf too many times, already. I wouldn't be surprised if he deliberately set the fire himself.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43775659)

instead this guy is the "Hey, the gubament/authorities are always out to get me in a big conspiracy" attention whore.

Which means his schtick will play very well on Slashdot. Hence the repeated posts masquerading as "news," in which John McAfee is fellated and celebrated.

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774353)

You know, so all they can do now is cause me a little bit of chaos
and inconvenience, which I think they can cause me no more now.

When he said that, he was looking at YOU!

But seriously, when you live in a strange place, you begin to think strangely as you acclimate to the environment and people around you.
I don't know McAfee, but smart people can (mentally) move in directions we won't understand when many social/cultural barriers are removed.
So they might appear perverted because they're outside of what we consider normal.

The US is a relatively stable country to live in, even with its "diversity", it really is a monolithic culture; we expect the same from other countries.
Ever talk to a missionary who has returned from some "distant" place you'll immediately know what I'm talking about. They are (generally)
completely unprepared for the culture and expect to be able to supplant it with their "message"; things that have continued for generations.

So I'm not as dismissive of his story and there are a lot of really dangerous people who don't believe themselves to be "bad" and this is our
difficulty in reconciliation.

McAffee the Ugly Kardashian for nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43776097)

who needs news when we have a fugly kardashian?

Re:McAfee is an attention whore loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43779109)

Stop feeding this loser's paranoia and fame, he is an irrelevant person, that hasn't mattered in decades.

Unlike you who is a loser who has never been relevant.

Slashdot Quotes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773921)

What is with the quotes at the bottom of the page that sometimes have strange words in all caps?

Never figured that one out.

Re:Slashdot Quotes (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774535)

What is with the quotes at the bottom of the page that sometimes have strange words in all caps?

Never figured that one out.

Didn't read that far.

I got this far, and stopped reading:

That was my last property in Belize, went up in smoke. It's a very freeing sensation to have no burdensome taxes to pay or wages for upkeep and electricity and what have you. So they did me a favor.

Sounds like it didn't come as a total surprise if you ask me. Just sayin.....

Re:Slashdot Quotes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774839)

The next part is even funnier. It sounds like he knows exactly how much it cost to hire someone to burn a house down. Fancy that.

Re:Slashdot Quotes (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774897)

Further he actually gives a (his?) reason:

And now there's nothing left for them to take. They must be pretty pissed off.

So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is real? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773923)

News at 11 pm, but you probably can't wait that long so here's the news at noon. It probably wasn't even the government. It was probably just an angry mob of McAfee users that finally found him. You can only piss off so many people for so long.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774011)

You're right...

It was probably a mob of angry sys admins who decided to burn down his house after suffering years of poor performance and system lag from the product that bears his name.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774393)

I bet you're real fun at parties.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774455)

I bet you're real brave at parties.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774593)

Yeah, telling a McAfee joke at a party can get you in trouble. Slightly ironic, this criticism, coming from a fellow Anonymous Coward. And what a stupid statement anyway. "Ha! You're an AC on Slashdot bet you won't tell a joke at a party, scaredycat!" Wow, you've really thrown down the gauntlet on this one. But you caught me. Instead of using my real name like Synerg1y, I posted AC. Huge difference there.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774807)

Wow, you must be really cool, comparing Slashdot to parties while posting as AC.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774843)

Please, for the love of humanity, tell me you aren't really this stupid.

Re:So paranoid douchebag swears his paranoia is re (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43775141)

Oh lord, here we go again. I bet you're really fun at parties!

And Yet You STILL Refuse to Name Them? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year and a half ago | (#43773937)

No, of course not. And once I left the country, all attempts to do any formal charges simply disappeared because there was no way that they could do any formal charges. They had no evidence. They had nothing on me other than I refused to give a $2 million donation back in 2012. You know, so all they can do now is cause me a little bit of chaos and inconvenience, which I think they can cause me no more now.

As I tried to ask during the first interview who are these people [slashdot.org] ? What have you got to lose in naming them right now? Do they have power in the United States? What's holding you back?!

They can cause you no more chaos or inconvenience and yet you refuse to name them -- WHY? This could only be further evidence in your accusations! Do I have to buy your book to find out or something?

Wait for it.... (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774161)

Good lord, my man, this is JOHN MCAFEE, you gotta wait for the book. And even then, it's going to be obfuscated through the form of popular internet memes. "All your base are belong to us" or something like that will indicate it's the Russians while a picture of an owl with the caption "O RLY" means the product manager for Microsoft Security Essentials is after him.

Re:And Yet You STILL Refuse to Name Them? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774289)

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-businessmen/ceos/john-mcafee-net-worth/ [celebritynetworth.com] and http://www.therichest.org/celebnetworth/celebrity-business/ceo/john-mcafee-net-worth/ [therichest.org] both say hes worth $4m but don't give a date.
I hope he's got enough left. Either way hes a smart guy so i'm sure he'll land on his feet.

Re:And Yet You STILL Refuse to Name Them? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774311)

When was that updated? Should that be $3.5 m?

Re:And Yet You STILL Refuse to Name Them? (4, Interesting)

DarkOx (621550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774579)

You don't name them because sometimes you have had enough trouble. He has no more interest in Belize; so he might be right they have done all the harm they can to him there and it should be over. Lets further speculate that they were not just interested in harming McAfee, they wanted to extort money from him like he says.

What has happened. Well they have used what leverage they had to get what they were able to out of him. There interest was always money they got what they want, they'll now move on. It sucks for McAfee but if the system is as corrupt their as he claims than its a safe bet anything he could do get restitution would cost him more than he could hope to recover. He'd probably have to hire his own goon squad. So for him it may be best to leave it alone now. Let these guys move on to more accessible targets.

On the other hand if he starts naming names and cause unwanted attention to be paid to these people now suddenly they might find motivation to shut him up. These are the type of people who commit extortion and arson, If I were him unless i had some way to get the upper hand in the situation I don't think I'd be especially inclined to find out if they are above murder. I'd want to disentangle myself from them.

Know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em. Fighting is best left for conflicts you can win; and revenge tastes just as sweet cold.

Mod parent up. (2)

bussdriver (620565) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774905)

Wish I had mod points... Escaping from being a target is one thing, waging war is quite another matter. Corrupt and even small organized crime eventually dabbles in drugs (readers do realize Belize is a drug haven??) and that market has a FAR reach not just with money but the employees in that industry are dangerous and some quite desperate. Bring attention to some mild players who may draw attention to some bigger "job creators" who don't want the attention and they can cheaply and easily afford to mark you for death. Hell, too much sunlight might bring up CIA connections causing even more troubles... it's McAfee... who will be thinking beyond just reasonable theories.

He is right about the $25 to some nobody to burn down a house. Could be somebody who just thought he was a crazy prick paid somebody to do it. Hell, if he could get insurance or publicity, he could wire somebody down there to do it to himself with little chance of it tracking back to him.

I don't find his story that crazy - clueless nerds living on the computer without much exposure to corruption, having hardly left the basement or cubical... Many people will sound a bit nuts when in a new unknown situation in a panic; it would be normal to be extra paranoid until adjusting to the reality. People who are odd or eccentric or a little crazy are often easily dismissed like a retard eyewitness. What they say could be completely correct and it is foolish to completely dismiss their word. I bet a lot of nerds on here would be hard pressed to win public support if they were accused of molesting children... the introverted nerd types who are not well known and popular are easy targets for people's imaginations... You don't even have to have any flaws to be mischaracterized.

Re:Mod parent up. (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about a year and a half ago | (#43775609)

What I do find odd is that he moves into computer software from being a drug smuggler.

Re:And Yet You STILL Refuse to Name Them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774617)

What, and spoil the conspiracy theory by being specific? Then people might actually investigate his stories and find out they're mostly in his drug-addled imagination.

Oh dear (3, Insightful)

Xest (935314) | about a year and a half ago | (#43773947)

The day that Slashdot finally became a gossip mag has arrived.

Tomorrow on Slashdot we interview Britney Spears about her new tits and on Wednesday we'll have an interview with Taylor Swift about how many times she feels she's been shafted by her boyfriends.

Really, McAfee is the best celebrity you can get Slashdot? He's not even had anything to do with tech for what, 20 years?

Re:Oh dear (4, Interesting)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774059)

It seems /. has a particular relationship with mr MacAfee, that allows /. to get some kind of confessions directly from him, that you won't see anywhere else. Well, Torvald, Ballmer or Steve Jobs (from the Dead) would be better, but that's a start.

Re:Oh dear (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774063)

Because Britney Spears and Taylor Swift basically invented the modern antivirus right. Great comparison there bud. Funny how i dont see people bitching when there is an article about the Woz saying someshit.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774449)

Oblig. [patrickgosch.com]
 
Woz hasn't been relevant in decades either. Now shut up with your stupid comparisons.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774669)

Woz hasn't been relevant in decades either. Now shut up with your stupid comparisons.

Yes, that's the major difference: Though he may not be as relevant NOW, Woz WAS relevant at one point.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43786497)

Because Britney Spears and Taylor Swift basically invented the modern antivirus right

If by "invent" you mean "ripped off competing products and released an inferior but more heavily marketed product" then yes, they did.

Re:Oh dear (2)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774087)

I think I'd rather start with the tits and shaft, that is certainly "stuff that matters".

I'm not sure that former owners of anti-virus companies are really all that interesting, and this one seems to have a fuller life than most.

Re:Oh dear (1)

D1G1T (1136467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774657)

I'm not sure that former owners of anti-virus companies are really all that interesting, and this one seems to have a fuller life than most.

Nope. These decadent, entitled, narcissistic expats are a dime a dozen in the third world. The locals get tired of the drugs and prostitutes and the related crimes and kick them out.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43778257)

"The locals get tired of the drugs and prostitutes..."
LOL. drugs and prostitution is the main business in those countries.

I find the reactions of all you boring gray nerds towards mr. McAfee's colorful life and adventures most amusing.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43787085)

"The locals get tired of the drugs and prostitutes..."
LOL. drugs and prostitution is the main business in those countries.

I find the reactions of all you boring gray nerds towards mr. McAfee's colorful life and adventures most amusing.

It's the main business, but along with it comes certain requirements in regards to how you treat the locals. If you want to own a big house and have your parties and drugs and hookers, that's fine. Just as long as you're not bothering anybody else and just as long as you're greasing the pockets of the right officials and making the right friends.
McAfee failed to grease the right pockets- he flat out admits he refused to "donate" to the "let me do what I want in your country" fund. And then has the balls to get uppity about it. If he'd paid the right people when they asked, they'd have had no problem with him entertaining the 12 year old prostitutes.

As for this story, I notice the one thing he didn't bother mentioning is whose name was on the insurance policy for the house that burnt. And just FYI, he still owns the property even without a house on it. Follow the money people.

Re:Oh dear (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year and a half ago | (#43775393)

You're on the wrong site. Try people.com or TMZ...

Re:Oh dear (1)

geek (5680) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774371)

Really, McAfee is the best celebrity you can get Slashdot? He's not even had anything to do with tech for what, 20 years?

Careful what you wish for. We'll end up with an RMS/Linus sex tape or something.

Re:Oh dear (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | about a year and a half ago | (#43775649)

LMAO!! For some reason I just pictured RMS getting reamed by Ron Jeremy in a penguin suit.

Re:Oh dear (2)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774901)

The day that Slashdot finally became a gossip mag has arrived.

I'd say it's becoming more like the techie version of the Howard Stern Show. McAfee is just one of the premier members of The Wack Pack [wikipedia.org] , like High Pitch Erik. People are fascinated by train wrecks:

  • CrackAfee (John McAfee)
  • Crazy Lauren Guy (Lauren Weinstein [slashdot.org] )
    The name informs people up front to take Lauren's submissions with a grain of salt, and heads off all the uninformed incorrect gender-specific pronouns that inevitably get applied to him
  • Nick the Troll Prostitute (Nerval's Lobster [slashdot.org] )
    The name informs people up front that Nerval's Lobster is actually Nick Kolakowski, slashdot "editor" and self-described "literary gun for hire" who writes brief provocative opinion pieces (often about stories we've already discussed) and sells them to generate page views by pushing slashdotters' buttons (he's a paid troll)

I'm just surprised they didn't go with "McAfee's Home Set A Belize" for the headline.

Re:Oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43775413)

I don't understand the hostility. An exclusive interview with McAfee is far better than one of those business intelligence articles, and you don't have to click on it.

Perhaps you should subscribe to more RSS feeds.

Who cares (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773963)

No really, who cares? What does this have to do with tech news?

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773985)

Um, this is McAfee. Name ring a bell? We keep hearing about it, because as long as he's running from "them" he can't write more shitty software. He's running from "them." We're safe from him. For now, but for how long?

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774153)

There's not much to do with tech news, but this is a good lesson in diversification. It appears that McAfee had a small percentage of his life (including but not limited to his wealth) tied up in Belize. When disaster struck, his losses (including but not limited to his wealth) were therefore contained. Perhaps I'm missing an important part of the story, so correct me if I'm wrong. But it appears that he was put into a position where he needed to dump his interest in Belize (including but not limited to his wealth) "asap" -- and in the end he did so with success.

Why he feels the need to talk publicly about it I haven't the slightest idea.

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774217)

The insurance company cares.
That guy can't go back, and he's stuck with the property. With all the drama involved, the odds of selling it at full price are kind of nil. So, yeah, I'm pretty sure the insurance company cares.

Re:Who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774291)

No really, who cares? What does this have to do with tech news?

Its John McAfee check out the wiki and you might figure it out.

apeshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43773997)

fuk jon mcafeeee

I don't get it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774015)

I don't get it: Why does Slashdot keep reporting on McCafee things? In the interview that he gave the other day, he made it clear that he has -nothing- to do with McCafee anymore: So as such, it just makes him 'a regular guy' (in as much, with his lifestyle, he can be called 'regular'). So why is Slashdot insisting on letting these articles come through? I seriously don't get it...

Re:I don't get it... (3, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774151)

Jobs doesn't have anything to do with Apple any more, but that doesn't stop all these articles about Jobs in tech, financial, and political news. Still not sure why he changed his first name to H-1B. Star Wars Droid fan?

FREE MCCAFEE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774529)

I read every JM story here on /. just for the amusement of watching all the neckbeards whine about why this is neither "news for nerds" nor "stuff that matters". Nerd rage is the funniest rage.
That, and watching a rich crazee person self-destruct from a safe distance is much more amusing than an ant farm.

The ghost did it. (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774045)

>> why he thinks the fire was set

"Because I killed someone and their ghost is mad." I kid, I kid...

FUCK OFF... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774051)

...with this McAfee bullshit. I hope most readers here concur.

Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774105)

"Mick-kaf-fee" or "Mack-uh-fee"? Never gotten a straight answer.

Re:Pronunciation (3, Funny)

kaizendojo (956951) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774441)

"Mick-kaf-fee" or "Mack-uh-fee"? Never gotten a straight answer.

It's pronounced "crazy as a fucking loon"; all the letters are silent. (BUT WHO SILENCED THEM?!?!?!?)

Re:Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43775067)

Mack'-uh-fee. Doesn't look right, but it is.

And Asus is pronounced ay-soose' instead of ay'-suss. Most people don't get that one right, either.

Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774113)

The question everyone asks whenever there is a story about this idiot.

WHWSTWH (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774131)

n/t

Obvious (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774195)

Since when was raising a firewall ever an accident?

Enough already (3, Informative)

sjbe (173966) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774237)

McAfee says that the destruction of his compound was no accident.

Remind me why we care about this guy? Just because his name is on some software that he is no longer involved with doesn't make it relevant. Every story I've had the misfortune of coming across regarding this guy leads me to believe he is a (possibly paranoid) publicity seeker who is telling a bunch of tall tales in order to get attention. Enough already.

Re:Enough already (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774323)

Page Clicks.

Now, was that hard?

Re:Enough already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43775461)

And yet you keep reading and you keep posting. You keep feeding the page click counters thus guaranteeing there'll be more of the stuff you claim not to like. You're either incredibly stupid or as fascinated by attention as McAfee is. At leas McAfee is... interesting.

Looks like Uncle $am (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774327)

learned from Edi$on...

Glad he's safe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774377)

He should be glad to get it all behind him.

I see lots of people don't know how it works in the world, but he escaped with his life, and should forget about it and move on.

Re:Glad he's safe (1)

minstrelmike (1602771) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774991)

... he escaped with his life, and should forget about it and move on.

Which is more than can be said for the person McAfee killed in the US: Robert Gilson.

Re:Glad he's safe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43777255)

Which is more than can be said for the person McAfee killed in the US: Robert Gilson.

[citation needed]

just throwing this out there... (1)

kcmastrpc (2818817) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774469)

Re:just throwing this out there... (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774591)

Yeah, that thought crossed my mind as well. You're a wanted fugitive and now suddenly your assets go "poof" anything that the government coulde seize is now just ashes. Well there is the land but in any event, this is one big made for TV movie. I'm just waiting to see who sponsors it.

Keeping Up with John KardAffeean (1)

Scot Seese (137975) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774531)

/. please stop paying attention to this man, and he'll go away.

don't forget (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774713)

Amongst all of the guilty or not guilty arguments and paranoia vs reality, let us not forget that he made one of the worst antivirus suites known to man and that's what's really most important here.

Psycho nutter claims persecution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43774945)

News at 10.

Howard Hughes (1)

minstrelmike (1602771) | about a year and a half ago | (#43774965)

McAfee is this year's version of Howard Hughes.
Just because a bunch of people make you rich buying your product doesn't mean you are particularly adept or smart. It just means you tapped into a vein of current popularity.Oprah isn't any smarter than she would be without $80 billion.
McAfee OTOH doesn't even appear to have the smarts he started with. He is correct to be paranoid because people _are_ out to get him.
He owes them money.

Re:Howard Hughes (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#43776207)

"owes" in what sense? As in, owes a politician protection money?

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EmagGeek (574360) | about a year and a half ago | (#43775479)

I was going to give this paranoid psychotic the satisfaction of another post, but decided the better and deleted it.

Missing Question (1)

jrumney (197329) | about a year ago | (#43778937)

How much was the insurance policy on those properties worth?

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