And the guy is a top notch hacker about to embarrass some pretty powerful conglomerates?
Sorry but I don't care how many bottles of champagne were in the room trash bin. This has MURDER written all over.
For the curious, here is an interesting story which might, or might not, be relevant:
The other drugs found in his system were Xanax and Benadryl again fairly common for people to take/to have in their system.
Go read /r/drugs sometime a lot of those people regularly mix a ridiculous number of drugs.
mixing heroin and cocaine is called a speedball. One is an upper and the other a downer, much like a cigarette and coffee can be combined.
It is certainly not that uncommon for people to combine drugs. Unfortunately death is not uncommon either. River phoenix and John Belushi famously died of speedballs.
But I'm guessing you'll believe whatever you want.
Gareth Williams was never a hacker - he was an academic mathematician who later became employed by GCHQ. Unlike Barnaby's death, neither alcohol or drugs played any part in his death.
The circumstances around William's passing is legitimately suspicious, however, given the 'ritualistic placing of sim cards' and the fact that no one has been able to prove it is possible to lock oneself in the sports holdal from the inside.
Yeah. That's sketchy and probably outside the parameters of a proper investigation.
The only people who think this is murder are clueless.
Mr Jack's death occurred shortly before he was due to demonstrate how heart implants could be hacked at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
This is an awful tragedy, but it seems hard to imagine that there was any foul play involved. They would've needed to subdue him and then make him ingest cocaine. Therefore they'd need to subdue him physically or chemically. Struggling for your life tends to show up on an autopsy, as does being subdued with chemicals.
It's not impossible, but the absence of evidence should lead us to accept the facts at face value.
RIP Barnaby Jack.
Also, this reminds me of an episode of House of Cards.
Ignoring the jumping out of the window part, seems quite plausible. Never trust girls that you meet at the pub, especially if they look interested in you and you are a computer guy.
A recipe for an amazing life.
Also, your movie scenario has actually happened before:
Yes, because coroners can't check for shot marks
Oh wait they can and do check for any possible injection marks and their type
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
The combination of drugs is not new:
“The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.”
-- Bertrand Russell
Moreover, APAP is not mentioned in the article at all.
Such as the girlfriend stating that he took drugs. Would you by any chance know the girlfriend's name and how long they had been together?
What kind of genuine girlfriend is so ready to confirm that her dead boyfriend took drugs, and apparently failed to discourage him from his alleged habit?
Doesn't his good name matter to her?
Where do people such as yourself come from anyway? Count me out of 'us'
And this same story was submitted two other times in the last day or so. What's with the duplicate detector these days?
It does remind me to leave a "i am dead" package with deletion instructions for some things and passwords for other things. A list of accounts that need to be shutdown or that people might want to download stuff from.
It's a bit harder with web services to do it automatically, as they end up breaking the login process, adding 2fa, etc. frequently enough that unless you test the whole system frequently, it probably wouldn't actually work. I guess 99% of the value is from mail, twitter, and facebook, though.
So the answer is yes.
Drug and alcohol use, even to "dangerous" levels, is probably 20-30% of the high-profile people in the hacker scene (or, really, people in the tech scene in SFBA in general), at the very least. If Barnaby were a known teetotaler, one of the hundreds of people who knew him pretty well would have stepped forward. Given that they haven't, you can assess with high confidence that this is what it looks like, rather than a grand conspiracy.
I agree that suspicion of foul play is premature. Hope he gets a good autopsy.
Are you just speculating?
I haven't really studied psychology but have an interest in it. My understanding is that in a familiar setting the body starts compensating before the drugs are ingested.
> These rituals produced drug-opposite physiological responses which resulted in an attenuation of the effects of the drug. Thus, tolerance was observed when the subjects injected the opiate, but not when the same dose was received by un-signaled intravenous infusion. These results are consistent with a conditioning explanation for the observed drug tolerance.
I faced the wall, cause the hairs on my arms appeared to me like ants walking on me and I also didn't want to look my friends' faces, caused their faces looked very pale, which scared me a little.
The other drugs were Xanax and an allergy medicine(benadryl). So they were likely already in his system when he decided on the speedball.
It doesn't seem like a particularly unlikely mix of drugs TBH.