back to article A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives

Whoever thought 2012 would be boring without Steve Jobs has been proven wrong ... Tech industry scandal-watchers have been blessed with colourful antics from the likes of Kim Dotcom, Larry Ellison, Julian Assange and more... Meanwhile, a supporting cast of folk like Eugene Kaspersky and Mike Lynch are also fun to watch. In …


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  1. Jason Hindle

    Bloody hell, McAfee's treatment was cruel!

    American Airlines in economy is cruel and unusual, even for a suspected criminal. Think none existent entertainment, paid booze and frumpy flight attendants!

    As for Kim Dotcom, if it's true the FBI cited files he'd kept to "help them", then I think there are clear lessons to be learned when it comes to cooperating with certain US law enforcement entities.

  2. Juan Inamillion

    Damn right

    "...deported in a cruel and unusual manner: an economy class flight on American Airlines."

    That is all.

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: Damn right

      I overheard an AA Cabin Crew discussing their employer a few months ago. They were staying at the same Hotel I was.

      "I prefer to fly the other AA rather than ours. Their Flight Attendants don't have the permanent hump.'

      The other AA is Alaskan Airlines.

      We were some 6,000 miles from Alaska at the time.

      Even Uzbekisthan Airways offers a better in-flight service than AA and that is saying something.

      Mines the one with:-

      1) a decent in-flight meal

      2) an E-Book reader

      3) A video player

      in the pocket as AA can't be relied upon to provide any of the above even in long-haul business class.

  3. Ketlan
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    The Reg should have had a Christmas competition (though it's not too late for the new year) which asks, "Who would YOU like to disappear up their own arse in 2013?". The prize for the best answer? An economy class flight on American Airlines (or a bus ticket) to your nearest Ecuadorian embassy.

    1. Bob Vistakin

      Re: Competition

      Stephen Elop surely? He was Microsofts 8th largest shareholder when Blamer concocted his last-gasp desperate attempt for some kind of relevance in mobile, and set him on his mission to infiltrate Nokia. Clearly doomed to failure from the start, his only success is in dragging Nokia down with them, but he'll naturally be very well compensated when he gets the boot.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Competition

        I'm guessing you've not seen the news?

        And it has only been out since about November.

  4. Petrea Mitchell

    Hadn't realized it was quite this active

    I guess next year's hot tech accessory will be the "go bag".

  5. Outcast


    Much kudos for the Awesome Yammie DX7 alone.

    What was the topic ? Sorry, got sidetracked.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    security software bearing his surname.

    Intel might want to review the actual value, or otherwise, of that name now

  7. tath

    Just in case anyone hasn't heard it...

    McAfee arrested?

    I bet his trial lasts 30 days.

    1. KjetilS

      Re: Just in case anyone hasn't heard it...

      Downvoted since it has been said far too many times in each and every comment thread. Sorry. Here, have a beer instead

  8. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Short memory?

    I see you forgot about A$$nut's hilarious attempts to claim his "horrific" (self-)imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy was making him ill ( And the hysterically desperate attempts of his Faithful to smear previously lauded and committed socialist Anna Ardin as some type of Nazi CIA spy ( And what about the scales finally dropping from the eyes of the Anonydupes when A$$nut tried to harvest his crop of suckers ( Too much Chrimbo sherry,Simon?

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Assange has got nothing to do with technology, he just uses it as his delivery mechanism for his leaks.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      "Assange has got nothing to do with technology, he just uses it as his delivery mechanism for his leaks." Perfectly true and completely obtuse at the same time. Technology by itself is nothing but geek froth, it is how technology is used that not only drives technological development but also defines the geeks of tomorrow. Businesses, governments, even educational institutions, all are USING technology because they have a (business) requirement to, not because they think "oooh, shiny". Therefore, the means and methods by which A$$nut makes (mis)use of tech to attain his goals is just as pertinent as the most altruistic, scientific researchers' use of systems.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    theyre putting flouride in the water

    tainting your fluids

  11. Allonymous Coward

    Yacht? Aim higher.

    In other 2012 news, Larry Ellison now has his own island. For 2013 I quite like the idea of him building a lair underneath, and holding the Moon to ransom.

    Mine's the one with the Walther PPK in the pocket.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Yacht? Aim higher.

      So Ellison is just catching/copying up with Sir Richard (I'm a Virgin) Branson then....

      What next for him? Oh yeah, an Airline. Well the price Oracle charge for their stuff is sky-high so it won't be that much of a leap now will it?

  12. Youngone Silver badge
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    Not sure I agree that the Dotcom trial has got less visceral, and while I might agree that he's trying to stir controversy, he has had nothing but wins against what might loosely be called the New Zealand Government. It's all rather hilarious for us down under, until we remember that when he wins all those law suits he is bringing, we'll be the ones paying the damages from our taxes.

    1. elderlybloke

      Re: Dotcom

      Paying up for the Government making so many cockups,is a small price to pay for such entertainment and the joy of seeing Key and co roasting on a open fire.

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