Talks About Tech Weekly 111: Tom McCarthy Nuclear Fusion Reactor

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yosemiteMac OS X Yosemite Beta
Apple have started releasing open beta’s of their up and coming releases of OS X and a few weeks ago they released the first open beta of OS X Yosemite. I got a chance to play around with it this week.

My first impressions are that this is a huge overall in the look and feel department for OS X. Apple have made many iOS 7 like appearance changes to keep a consistent look across both platforms and it looks pretty nice. Apple have done a good job to give OS X a new, fresh look although I’m a huge fan of the clean look of Mavericks. I sort of feel like Yosemite adds a little bit of clutter and certain chosen colour schemes are a little hard to read (like in the mail app for example) but it’s all in the name of design which I suppose is an adequate sacrifice.

If you are interested you can try out the Yosemite beta at: appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram. I will warn you that it is a beta version of the software and is in no way a finished product so I wouldn’t recommend installing it on your main computer.

Justin.tv Shutdown
This week justin.tv posted a notice on their website saying that they had shut down the site and you will no longer be able to use it.

This comes weeks after Justin.tv announced that they were going to stop archiving live streams. It isn’t that surprising that justin.tv decided to shut down as YouTube have been interested in buying its sister company Twitch for some time. However, what is surprising is the urgency of the shutdown. They did not give any notice before hand.

The Biggest Hack Ever!
This week the New York Times reported what they called ‘The Biggest Hack Ever’. According to the article over 1.2 billion accounts were hacked, 500 million unique email addresses over 420,000 websites. The hack was from a Russian hacker group called CyberVor. Yep. CyberVor. Class name lads!

The company behind exposing the hack is the private security firm, Hold Security. However, there has been a lot of controversy with the story. It sure does seem to have a few issues.

1. If you want to find out if your details have been hacked, you must pay $120 per year subscription. Initially the company were asking for $200 per month but after complaints they decided to offer a 30 day free trial and a $120 per year subscription instead. Hold Security say that the cost is to recuperate some of the money it cost to track the hack. However, there is something wrong with a company warning people about cybercrime and then asking you to pay up.

2. The hacker group probably didn’t hack any major websites. Why? Because if that was the case Hold Security would be the first to let everyone know.

3. The data on the hack comes from hundreds of thousands of compromises over the course of months, not in one go like what was initially implied. Maybe the hack wasn’t a big as was first implied? It sure would be in Hold Security’s best interest to hype it up.

4. Possibly the strangest thing is what the hacking group appears to be doing with the account information. Nope, their not selling it on the black market for a killing; their using it to spam Twitter accounts.

All of the information for this story was from Russell Brandom’s article on The Verge at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/6/5973729/the-problem-with-the-new-york-times-biggest-hack-ever

Tom McCarthy Interview
I met Tom at a recent Tech Startup Galway meeting in the NUI Galway college bar. Tom is working on a nuclear fusion reactor in his shed! I was really interested at the concept so I had to have him on the show.

You can follow Tom’s progress on the project at: tommccarthyprojects.com and follow him on twiter @fusorfusion. I wish Tom the best of luck in this incredible project.

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