Weekly News Roundup 7/9/2015

John Mcafee – “Antivirus is dead.”, Hydrogen powered cars are coming, Toyota sinks $50M into making cars smarter and 17 year old charged as an adult for sexting girlfriend.

John McAfee holds a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and delivers some interesting thoughts on security.

Anti-Virus-is-Dead-250x180If you have ever looked at buying anti-virus software to protect your computer you may have seen along with Norton, AVG and Kaspersky the name McAfee. The man behind that name is John McAfee who left the company in 1994, 7 years after starting the business in 1984. He said in the AMA that he started out just doing the technical work himself with 3 others pulling apart viruses, developing countermeasures and making $10M a year.
Now, the McAfee software is a shadow of its former self. It is bloated, slow and according to McAfee totally ineffective much like many of the other competitors.
If you want to find out more, just go to TheNextWeb’s story here.
To find out about how to protect yourself against viruses and current security threats then stay tuned as I will certainly be writing about this later.

Toyota to ship world’s first commercial Hydrogen powered car by 2016.

miraiTo Britan. The lucky sods.
The Independant’s story tells us that on the news that the Japanese car maker has sold it 8 millionth hybrid car it expects to be shipping it’s new hydrogen powered hybrid to meet the estimated 1500 orders early next year.
The Mirai is different to the Prius and other hybrids in that it uses hydrogen to power a fuel cell to generate electricity to power the electric motor. It still uses the same engine, drivetrain and battery system used in existing hybrids but the fuel cell extends range a great deal by drawing on it 5kg hydrogen tanks to give up to 480km before requiring recharging or relying on the petrol engine which is a massive improvement on the existing limit of 120km.
A big improvement in my mind and as long as the hydrogen is produced and collected in environmentally friendly ways then we have another option that could deliver some really interesting results on yet another option for the future of transport.

Toyota stumps up US$50M to make cars that never crash.

This man’s work could change the automotive world. Image and original story from TechCrunch

In a pretty bold move, Toyota charges into developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) for cars that will eventually provide a long term goal of developing cars that are never responsible for a crash. Pretty admirable if not lofty goals in my book but in this article from TechCrunch, the automotive giant is not only putting massive funds behind the project but has also hired Dr Gill Pratt as their Executive Technical Advisor to the research efforts. Dr Pratt’s background includes starting The Robotics Challenge as well as his work with DARPA and MIT.
It seems that this is a half-step towards developing self-driving cars where AI built into the vehicles will assist and where needed take over from the driver to prevent collisions with possibly the end goal to develop self-driving cars when the technology and market is right.

Once again, sex and the internet is a bad idea OK?

sextingThis is something I have talked about on a number of occasions and how the law does not discriminate when it comes to sexual content regarding minors and technology. Sending images these days is as easy as ever and a 17 year old in North Carolina has been charged with 5 counts of sexual exploitation by exchanging naked photos of himself with his 16 year old girlfriend who is also facing charges as a minor.
As boy is over the age of 16 and has committed a felony he will be facing at least 2 years per offence and if convicted will be facing a minimum of 10 years in prison.
For the full story, go to The Independant.