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Software Genius John McAfee Wanted For Murder

 

-Aubrey Wieber

John McAfee, once renounced for his brilliant innovation that created the idea of anti-virus software, has now become a cliché.

McAfee saw the industry for personal computers take off overnight and realized that the probability for virtual rogue behavior was high. He hired a team of coders to create anti-virus software that he then put on his website for people to download at no cost. He charged a licensing fee to corporations, which in a few years made him millions.

Jeff Wise, journalist for Gizmodo.com, has been profiling McAfee for years and has watched McAfee transform from a tech genius to an overly eccentric 67-year-old shut-in living on in Belize.

This type of story seems strangely familiar—thrill-seeking white guy gets rich, falls in love with the party lifestyle to the extent that reality passes him by, and eventually moves to Latin America in search of people who find him impressive.

But as time went on, McAfee’s eccentricities became more extreme. In April, Belize Special Forces raided his house where they found large amounts of cash, weapons, and expensive chemistry equipment.

Everything turned out to be legal and McAfee was released from custody.

Monday, Gizmodo reported that McAfee became the prime suspect for the murder of Gregory Faull, another American living in Belize. Recently, tension between the two had grown to the point where Faull filed a complaint against McAfee with the mayors’ office last Wednesday.

Sunday morning, Faull was found dead. Here is the police report:

MURDER
On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone. No signs of forced entry was seen, A (1) laptop computer brand and serial number unknown and (1) I-Phone was discovered missing. The body was found in the hall of the upper flat of the house. A single luger brand 9 mm expended shells was found at the first stairs leading up to the upper flat of the building. The body of Faull was taken to KHMH Morgue where it awaits a Post Mortem Examination. Police have not established a motive so far but are following several leads.

According to Gizmodo, through out the past year McAfee has taken to Bluelight, a drug-based forum, to talk about his new fascination MDPV or “bathsalts,” a new drug that has dramatic psychiatric effects on users, sometimes rendering them insane, according to US News.

On these threads, McAfee recounts his MDPV-fueled escapades, even describing how he has found rectal consumption of the drug to heighten the effects.

McAfee is said to have fled his home in an attempt to elude the police after the murder in question.

Update: This morning, John McAfee called Wired editor Joshua Davis while hiding from the Belize police force. McAfee has a long relationship with Wired going back to his correspondence with Jeff Wise, who is now working for Gizmodo.com. McAfee rants to Davis, often showing signs of delusion and paranoia mixed in with a rational thought process. Gizmodo has the whole conversation.

Image from http://http://www.sanpedrosun.com.

The Pillow with a Heartbeat

-Laura Lundberg

College is a time where individuals begin to grow, find what they want to do in life, and become a different person than they were in high school. Sometimes high school sweethearts fade away, and sometimes they stay. However, one of the hardest things for high school couples entering college (or are still together while in college) is a long distance relationship.

Long distance relationships are difficult, and they require just as much maintenance as a non-long distance relationship requires. There have been many ways to help long distance couples feel closer together via technology, such as Facebook, Skype, and Google Hangouts.

However, there haven’t been very many inventions of late that have attempted to collapse the barrier that computers cannot overcome. One invention, however, has succeeded in making it easier for long distance couples to feel closer together. What is this grand invention, you ask?

It’s a pillow. But this pillow isn’t just any pillow; this pillow has a heartbeat. And not its own heartbeat, but the heartbeat of your loved one, playing in real time.

Scottish designer Joanna Montgomery created this device, known as the Pillow Talk. It works by using a ring that measures your heartbeat, and a flat panel inside the pillow that glows and beats in sync with your partner’s heartbeat.

While some see the Pillow Talk as somewhat of an oddity, this is one of the first inventions that is aimed at bringing long distance couples closer together and feeling like they’re truly together, even though they could be hundreds of miles apart.

According to Joanna’s website, she says that Pillow Talk “is an intimate interaction between two lovers, regardless of the distance between them.” She’s won several awards and funding for her innovative and disruptive design of this product.

Her product has also been featured o several TV shows as well as an article on Gizmodo. Also, her YouTube video went viral, gaining over 400,000+ views. Joanna says that she has already had an overwhelming amount of requests for her product and that she hopes to receive enough funding through donations to begin manufacturing the product, which is why it isn’t currently available on the market.

While Pillow Talk isn’t the perfect model of a product that will help make long distance couples feel closer together, it’s the first of its kind, and is a good first step in the direction of making long distance relationships easier. This can only lead to more odd, eccentric ideas of closing the miles for those couples.

Follow Laura at @LmLundberg