My worst OD was with that mixture as well, only I was lucky enough to have people with me and live in a country where calling the emergency services doesn't end with police at your door for overdoses. Narcan in the back of the ambulance brought me back. I got clean a month later, and am still clean 20 months later.
Some of my friends weren't so lucky, and neither was Jack, the poor bastard. He did awesome work. Mudge had an awesome talk at Defcon where he told a story about Jack in Dubai, go have a listen, it's well worth it.
Drug abuse (opiates in particular) is more common in our field than we think, I believe.
For those interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tPPD0MRX7I
Heroin is made much more dangerous because it is illegal and therefore of unknown potency and purity.
Even opiates aside, drug & alcohol abuse is ridiculously common for people that have a very /public/ and forced extraverted role in any field. The creative field is probably one of the most heavy cases for this sort of thing.
I got out when I realized that I was consuming far too much alcohol for the life I wanted to live.
Is there something specific about this combination or do you simply mean generally with Class A drugs?
This allows you to do more of the alcohol, even past where you would have normally stopped and this is OK up to a point, but if the coke wears off you get re-drunk far past you could have gone. It hits you like a brick wall. Shit goes bad fast.
Coke has a much shorter duration than either alcohol or heroin. Timing is key and can get complicated. Either 2 combinations of the three are already dangerous enough.Adding the other is too much.
Again, best ignore DEA classing. I have yet to figure out rhyme or reason of it.
But your point stands that things get grossly mis-classified.
Infosec is a very strange slice of the tech industry/IT. I've been a generalist sysadmin for more than 25 years so I have broad exposure to most of the specialties in the industry. What strikes me about infosec is how the cult of celebrity is very prominent. Maybe it's just where my interests lie, but I can name a dozen high profile "hackers" or infosec researchers. If you ask me to name the names of linux kernel hackers or nginx hackers or whatever and I'd struggle.
Also, it seems like every week there is a security conference somewhere in the world. I guess maybe it's sexy or flashy but the security industry seems to have proportionally way more extrovert-type people in it.
For reference sake, Paul Walker, the star of "Fast and Furious", had his autopsy reported on today but he died on Nov. 30 (roughly 35 days)
Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who also died in a car accident, died in mid-June and his autopsy report was made available in mid-August: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/21/michael-hasting...
Both of those deaths may have been more in the news than Barnaby Jack's, but they also involved fiery car crashes. It's possible that Barnaby Jack's death was just forgotten about, which is not unheard of (how many people not related to you can you recall the date of their deaths, a month later?). I guess you can assume that news orgs don't follow up as quickly on non-celebrities, and that tech advocates don't do as much public records requesting.
Don't vote the comment up though - let it fall peacefully to the bottom of the pile where it belongs.
For that matter - what kind of terrible person would publicly go on Hacker News and say that they think minorities should die? Why would that be your first thought?
Are we reading the same HN?
I took your comment immediately to be what you intended, but how can you possibly act surprised at the comments here anymore? This isn't 2012's HN anymore.
logically, this doesn't follow. drugs already kill the people you don't care about (in your case, minorities, although i suspect you really mean hispanics and blacks, not "minorities").
the statement was about excepting the ones you DO care about (white people, in your case). so there would just be more white people, but no less "minorities".
Let's see you post that shit on your company facebook page and see what minorities looking for great apartments think.
I don't mind theories, but just throwing that out there with literally no supporting evidence is just a waste of energy.
I do agree that the timing is very suspicious, and i'm sure this will be construed as some kind of conspiracy- but realistically, considering the kind of death; I think it's most reasonable to accept that this was a standard mixed drug overdose death.
*may or may reflect the actual feelings of the author
You might want to fix the footnote when you're less high...
Sad that he went.
Not sure what gets you a black banner. Did Steve Jobs get one? I've never seen one personally. If it's only based upon how well known you are in the tech community than Steve Jobs would certainly deserve one.
What about Aaron Schwartz? Probably less known among the general populace but a minor celebrity within the tech community prior to his death. And much more well know post-mortem like many great and talented persons through the ages.