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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk 124

John McAfee made a surprise appearance at Def Con to talk about privacy: he's for it. Trouble is, he says, lots of companies feel otherwise, and he took the stage to single out "don't be evil" Google: “Google, or at least certain people within Google, I will not mention names because I am not a rude gentleman, would like us to believe that if we have nothing to hide, we should not mind if everybody knows everything that we do,” he said from the podium. “I have to take serious issue with that.” The BBC has video. McAfee also announced his new complaints website, The Brown List. (Good usernames are still available, and your complaint can be about anything, not just privacy violations by humongous corporations.)
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

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  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by redeIm ( 3779401 ) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @11:14PM (#47640191) Homepage

    Because his arguments stand on their own merits.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 09, 2014 @11:24PM (#47640239)

    > A compelling illusion, but an illusion nonetheless.

    Absolute privacy is an illusion. In the real world privacy is a spectrum. Just because your friends know something about you doesn't mean anyone else should know it too.

    > the vast majority of us won't raise the eyebrows of any government employees in our lifetimes.

    Government is not the problem, imbalance of power is the problem. The lose of privacy is ultimately the loss of personal autonomy -- it doesn't matter if you lose that autonomy to a government bureau or to a corporation, you've still lost it to an organization that is more powerful than you.

  • Re:Why? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Smauler ( 915644 ) on Sunday August 10, 2014 @12:30AM (#47640415)

    Come on.... which arguments?

    This man has claimed shit loads of things that have been pure crap. Do you really need references?

    Of course privacy is important, everyone knows it's important, we don't need some washed up crapware peddler to tell us that.

  • Re:Why? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by redeIm ( 3779401 ) on Sunday August 10, 2014 @08:11AM (#47641239) Homepage

    Come on.... which arguments?

    That "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" is nonsense, among other things. That's an absolute truth regardless of who says it. Ad hominems don't exactly make for logical arguments.

    Of course privacy is important, everyone knows it's important

    Who is "everyone"? Because that's just false. I've encountered numerous people who think things like the TSA, the NSA's surveillance, DUI checkpoints, unfettered border searches, constitution-free zones, warrantless wiretapping, or stop-and-frisk are okay if they think it keeps them safe. Most people either think they're okay, or not important enough to do anything about. So who is this "everyone"? I vote, protest, and write to representatives based on my principles, but other people don't seem to do the same.

    Also, how could my GP comment ever be construed as a troll in any way, shape, or form?

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Sunday August 10, 2014 @09:48AM (#47641527) Journal
    I think I like this John McAfee person.

    You must be young.
    You sound like someone who was raised in this surveillance culture we're now living in, and as such have been so thoroughly indoctrinated by the societal, corporate, and government propaganda and conditioning, that you actually believe that 'privacy' is something only sought after by criminals and the mentally ill. Either that or you just don't understand that we're being surveilled constantly, with plans to surveil us even more than we already are.
  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Sunday August 10, 2014 @10:49AM (#47641753) Journal
    Yeah, it's true. I used to believe that I grew up in the 'Land of the free, home of the brave' that we were taught we were living in. Then I discovered that the U.S. wasn't so much the 'good guys' that I thought we were (although we have our moments) and that there are people like the entire Bush family of traitors (as in George and G.W., going back for generations) that have been actively working to *undermine* the U.S. Constitution for their own ends since shortly after the U.S. was even formed into it's own independent nation.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin