“If you’re using Yahoo you have a larger problem.”
It’s time for episode 91 of Yet Another Tech Show. Also affectionately known as #YATS. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our podcast. We are the tech evangelist that love to discuss (or argue) about the latest interesting tech stories as well as some of the entertaining ones. Myself (Ant Pruitt), producer Mat Lee, Larry Press and Mike Rothman are all on the horn yelling about the week’s tech stories. Click play above to follow along with the show notes. Click that subscribe button over on the right to get these updates automatically. Now let’s roll with the show!
This week the world wide web took a beating with the announced security flaw in OpenSSL. This protocol is widely used across web. The HeartBleed bug allows attackers to steal information from the server RAM at 64KB at a time. This was found and fixed quickly by most sites around the world. The problem is if data was stolen, there’s no way to track it down. We discuss how big this story is. We debate if it’s a big deal or nothing an average person should worry about. Mat did a great explanation illustrating the bug that has now been patched.
Have you gone out and purchased a Tesla? If so, have you plugged in your laptop and attempted to modify the vehicle’s operating system? No? Well what are you waiting on? The folks at CNET reports that the system is vulnerable allowing for the proverbial jailbreak or rooting. We discuss why someone would even do this to such an expensive vehicle.
Long live Windows XP. Well at least on Mat’s computer. The last security update has come and gone for the legacy operating system from Microsoft. In all honesty, consumers are fine running XP. The problem is the consumers that are careless with security as in not running anti-virus protection or opening items from unknown sources. In actuality, running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will give you the same issues with such carelessness. Should Microsoft continue to support XP? Probably not. Forbes agrees with most of us. If you have an XP machine running, leave us a comment below.
This next part of the show I totally zoned out and didn’t pay attention. Kidding. Nah, Facebook is going to remove the messenger service from its app. It was just another piece that was built into the app to keep you in its “hooks.” Similar to how Google worked with it’s Messenger versus Hangout app.
Now we get all nerdy with our discussion. Mat brings up the announcement of the MDK that will be used in the forth-coming modular smartphone called Ara. This modular smartphone concept is cool in theory. We all agree on that. Our debate revolved around feasibility and ease-of-use for average computers. I mentioned comparing modular computing with this and how the Xi3 computers we checked out at CES was small but manageable. The computer was small, but not too small for part swapping.
Larry’s son bragged about his great internet and pricing plan. We all began rants of hate and jealousy towards him. Just wrong that we can’t have that same pricing in the US. Hopefully Google will get in the game and disrupt the pricing range. Will having more than two ISP’s in your area make the pricing better? Or will it be collusion?
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