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John McAfee (McAfee Antivirus) reveals details on gadget to thwart NSA

SAN JOSE -- John McAfee lived up to his reputation Saturday as tech's most popular wild child, electrifying an audience with new details of his plan to thwart the NSA's surveillance of ordinary Americans with an inexpensive, pocket-size gadget.

Dubbed "Decentral," the as-yet-unbuilt device will cost less than $100, McAfee promised the enthusiastic crowd of about 300 engineers, musicians and artists at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

"There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are," he said in an onstage interview with moderator Dan Holden at the inaugural C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival.

And if the U.S. government bans its sale, "I'll sell it in England...
read on at http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_24198989/john-mc...

Edit: After reading about McAfee and the tech further, the terms "quixotic" and "pie-in-the-sky" used in the article may not be at all unfair or a minority viewpoint as it implies. I'll leave that for you to determine, but now that I have some doubts about the legitimacy of this guy, and effectiveness of the tech, I couldn't, in good conscience, leave the post alone completely.

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Bump for an end of the surveillance state

however it comes.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

McAfee Press Conference: ThwartNSA Device

Details on gadget to thwart the NSA:


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I'd like to see something from Phil Zimmerman ...

... anybody know if he's been up to anything lately?

John McAfee

One real bad guy. A crook. Acused murder. His anti viurs was horrible and you can bet he created the viruses to legitimize anti virus software.

Just one more scam from a huge low life.


He is not a bad guy! He did

He is not a bad guy! He did NOT have anything to do with McAfee anti-virus for the last 20 years!!!! And the accusations are an OBVIOUS response from him refusing to bribe a Belizian cop! The facts surrounding that case make it absolutely undeniable!

Get your facts straight! This guy is awesome and has good things to say. Let him have his right to innocence until proven guilty.

Your facts are wack

McAfee from day one was trash and a self supporting BS. You assume that I was talking about the last twenty years, WRONG. FROM DAY ONE>

His neighbor murdered and he hides runs away to a place he cant be sent back and you defend him. Nice.

Sorry your so wrong about this one. Very bad guy. One of the worst.


You keep saying he's such a

You keep saying he's such a bad guy but you can't cite ONE legitimate reason.

Yeah, he ran for his life, because he was going to be killed by authorities. I would have done it too, and if you pass judgment for just that, I don't think you'll find anyone is a "good" guy.

Do your own home work

I did mine and I came the conclusion he is not trustworthy to do anything with. From the murder of his neighbor to his running and hiding to his criminal garbage spyware that he created the virus to justify the bloatware that just destroyed computers. I dont have to prove anything to you, I proved it to myself. Now if you want to worship such a nasty bad guy bow down i dont care. Use your own choice of search engine and read for yourself.


I already did my 'homework'

I already did my 'homework' as I have made quite clear. It's quite obvious that he was framed.

You get a grade of F

Go do your home work again. Stop being a shill for a criminal.


You are a joke. I present a

You are a joke. I present a legitimate argument, you refuse to counter it, and instead make analogies about how I get an "f" on my "homework". What the hell? Are you reading yourself?!

When I found out...

I was still using a 486 with DOS.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.


Years ago I was getting viruses all the time and being asked for more money to repair them while using McAfee. I uninstalled it and downloaded Microsoft's free software and have never had a problem since. By the way, Norton does the same thing, just had to uninstall it from my Daughter's brand new laptop for the same reason. As soon as the trial expired it came to a standstill with warnings. All I did was uninstall Norton and it was as good as new. I then downloaded MS essentials and ran a scan, absolutely nothing came up, the problem was all in the Norton software.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I am using Kaspersky

Sometimes it stalls what you're working on, but otherwise, it's highly recommended.

Anyone else have an opinion on anti virus software?

RP R3VOLution


I strongly suggest the Microsoft antivirus and antimalware option if you have MS as an operating system for a few reasons. First, I cannot see them doing damage to their own product especially when they are sharing it for free. They already have and will always have access anyways. Second, it updates by it's self in the background without interfering with anything you are doing, it can be forgotten about yet it is always doing it's job. The updates are just bundled into your normal windows updates as they download. Last, It eliminates a third party being involved with the processes, In reality you want as little of this as possible. The only other option for me would be as I have been told many times, and working on, is switch to a Linux OS.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Wait, so let me get this

Wait, so let me get this straight, your two reasons to use MS Anti-virus are 1) You trust them and 2) It works like every other anti-virus solution?

I mean MS anti-virus is inherently the weakest one because it's what most people have. If that's all you run, guaranteed your computer has a lot of spyware. But that's pretty hard to avoid in such a thoroughly insecure operating system. And it is true that most of these solutions actually cost you more performance than you will gain by running them.

No because...

1) I have had the protection racket play on me too many times by other programs if I didn't pay up. MS is not going to do this, Whats the point? it's free.
2) When was the last time you used it? They have been right on the nose with current malware and spyware issues. Maybe they have improved as of late?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Not really. Most people just

Not really. Most people just have tons of crap on their systems that they don't know about.

Yeah the "update" thing....always suspected.....

It's connecting, it's downloading new virus definitions, it's updating the scan engine, file sizes and modified dates are changing, does anybody really know what's going on in there?

The ugly beauty of McAffee is he got us hooked on this "weekly update" thing whether there was a new threat or not. We all got something for our money, we got to sit there and watch this stupid thing update and we all agreed to believe it was doing something to make us safer.

As a business model it's pure genius. Why sell security when you can sell reassurance?

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Why manufacture this crap?

Why would they manufacture this crap? There are legitimately hundreds of thousands of people out there making viruses, and it really is a problem, and it really does need software to stop it. (Mainly because the Operating system is insecure to begin with, but that's a separate topic). I mean I will grant you that McAfee's current software (which is completely unrelated to John McAfee) is incredibly annoying and there are much better alternatives. But they aren't the ones putting out all the spyware and malware.

I agree

"As a business model it's pure genius" I agree it truly is, but after noticing the pattern, I had no choice but to define it as a 1920's protection racket. He would send a few thugs by to beat me up and then offer to protect me from these thugs for a regular fee, lol.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

To me this is awesome

If he suceeds in producing it I want one. Unconditionally. Because I wish I could build it myself.

Sadly, McAfee is mistaken when it comes to demand. College kids will not line up for this. They will not pay $10 for privacy let alone $100.

This device already exists

Awesome, Do you know if the

Do you know if the full interview is up anywhere?

I searched for it for like 20

I searched for it for like 20 minutes...I can't find it in its entirety. :( If anyone can, please post it in the comments and I'll link to it, or just make a post...either way I'd really like to read it.

Haha yeah I've been looking

Haha yeah I've been looking ever since I posted. I guess it's not up yet.

However, I did find some additional incredibly amusing videos put out by McAfee and I'm now watching an episode of Alex Jones he was on.

Interesting character! Thanks for the alert :)

Haha... It turns out this

Haha...It turns out this guy's quite colorful. I never knew anything about him until I read this article, but yeah, looking a little further, he's definitely a character...to put it nicely...

I am not a college student

But I would wait in line for this.