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What is Bad Voltage?

Every two weeks Bad Voltage delivers an amusing take on technology, Open Source, politics, music, and anything else we think is interesting, as well as interviews and reviews. The show is presented by Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and Bryan Lunduke.

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1×21: Everything Old Is Old Again

The Bad Voltage team present tasty things for your ears. Jeremy “stalwart” Garcia, Stuart “stalwart” Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Bryan Lunduke fight through the logistical challenges of being even further apart than usual to bring you thoughts, expertise, and arguments about:

  • Do Google still know how to make compelling technology? It seems that all Google’s successful products are ten years old. Have they forgotten how to build a new product that lots of people like?
  • Is the technology world ageist? Is being old a problem, and are you old at 40? And is the Valley worse?
  • Linux Voice is a print magazine run by the ex-Linux Format team, and which was initially funded by an Indiegogo campaign. Is this a good idea? A review of the team’s thoughts
  • Ask For Advice: Online payments are a mess. Lock-in everywhere — Android must use Google Wallet; all payments on iOS must go through Apple; Amazon won’t take Paypal; eBay pushes it hard; Verified by Visa is rubbish. What’s good about the current system? What’s bad about it? What could be fixed? Stuart asks for the team and the community’s input.

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1×20: Private Poetry Slam

The Bad Voltage team present tasty things for your ears, here for the twentieth time. Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Bryan “Stopped Clock” Lunduke bring you the Knowledge, specifically this time of:

  • The Bad Voltage Versification Perversification: the community gave us a selection of words around which to compose a poem and here are the distinctly poetic results, followed by some poetic justice
  • Uber and Lyft: are taxis relics of the last century? Does having an iPhone app exempt you from the law? Comparing the new cabs with the old, and whether disruption is inherently a good thing
  • We review the Dropcam: a webcam to protect your house and make the footage easy to review in the cloud, specifically by talking mostly about the privacy implications of this approach and not very much about the actual device at all, unless you have a meth lab in your front room
  • The Blackphone is “the world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else”. Following on from our discussion of privacy implications, we look at a device aiming to change the public debate on the topic
  • Bad Voltage apps for many platforms, and feedback on Firefox OS and free software from the community

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1×19: Fedora Murder Trial

The whole team return (remarkably) to speak, weirdly, only about things beginning with the letter F. Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, with the following “F-ing” things:

  • Fire Phone: Amazon release a phone, and we decide whether it’s exciting or execrable
  • Firefox OS: the Mozilla project’s phone OS, reviewed by Stuart and discussed by everybody
  • Freshmeat: the late-90s web store of software for Linux has finally closed its doors. Reminiscence, combined with some thoughts on how and why the world has moved on
  • Fedora Project Leader: Matthew Miller, the newly-appointed leader of the Fedora Linux project, speaks about the direction that distribution is planning, working with large communities, and whether his job should be decided by a Thunderdome-style trial by combat
  • err… our Fabulous community: we catch up with what’s going on

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1×18: Shows Restraint

Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and no Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, the greatest podcast in the history of this or any other universe. In this episode:

  • Breaking Down The Bullshit: Gamification – is gamification a useful thing or all smoke and mirrors?
  • Jono leaves Canonical and moves to XPRIZE – what is all this about, then?
  • Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
  • A big community update with lots of great things going on in the Bad Voltage community!

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1×17: Intermission

Owing to various singularities inflicted upon us by the universe — Jono is joining XPRIZE, Stuart’s on a tropical holiday, Bryan’s incompetent — we’ve put together a show giving you some behind-the-scenes technical details on how we make Bad Voltage, some of the early history, some reminiscences from the team, and a few of the greater hits. So if you’re curious about how Jono keeps the high quality of the audio up and running, Enjoy, and you’ll hear from us again as normal in two weeks!

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1×16: Forgotten to be Right

Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, the greatest podcast in the history of this or any other universe. In this episode:

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1×15: Why Dear Watson

Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, :

  • Bryan gave his yearly “Linux Sucks” talk at LinuxFest Northwest, and the rest of us take issue with his approach, his arguments, his data sources, and his general sense of being
  • The Xbox One reviewed as a TV set-top box, not as a gaming console
  • The up and coming elementary OS: is it any good, and what do we think of it?
  • Our discussion of elementary OS raised a number of questions: Daniel Foré, leader of the project, talks about the goals of the OS and answers our queries
  • Community recap: your emails and forum posts and happenings in the Bad Voltage community

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1×14: Cloudy Donkey Mascots

Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which the cloud shows up a lot this week, in the following ways:

  • Personal cloud storage: what do we use, what do we like, and what do we think? Companies, personal clouds, servers, and Dropbox
  • Christian Schaller, who manages the team at Red Hat producing their “Fedora Workstation” concept, wrote up what “Workstation” is and now comes to answer questions about it
  • Breaking Down the Bullshit: we look at “the cloud” as a whole. What does it mean? And why?
  • Jeremy reviews the Pebble watch: as one of its original Kickstarter backers, he’s now had the Pebble for long enough to form an opinion
  • Community recap: your emails and forum posts and happenings in the Bad Voltage community

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1×13: Weak Web Bronies

Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which the following things happen:

  • Special guest presenter Matthew Garrett hosts a game show, “The Weakest Geek”, in which the presenters attempt to demonstrate their knowledge of technology and the loser has to pay a dreadful forfeit
  • Brendan Eich has left Mozilla as a result of the recent issues surrounding his donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign. Is this evidence of bullying from the wider community? Did Mozilla do the right thing? What do we think?
  • Jono reviews Battlefield 4 on the PS4
  • Breaking Down the Bullshit: we look at wearable technology, smart watches, and ask whether they’re any good
  • Community recap: your emails and forum posts and happenings in the Bad Voltage community

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1×12: Concerning Virtual Shower

Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and Jono Bacon present a new minimal-Langridge-involved Bad Voltage, in which we discuss:

  • “Her”, the new Spike Jonze movie, has a man falling in love with a computer AI. Will AIs ever actually be our friends? What is love* and are computers capable of it? And will the Singularity happen?
  • The AquaAudio bluetooth shower speaker: is it any good? Also a great deal of completely-unjustified Stuart abuse
  • Brendan Eich has been appointed as CEO of Mozilla, and has in the past donated money to oppose gay marriage in California. Can a CEO’s personal life and work life be separated? Was the appointment a mistake by the Mozilla Corporation?
  • We interview Zohar Babin from Kaltura, an open-source-based video company about what they do and how open source fits in
  • What’s going on in the Bad Voltage community? Gaming Saturday on March 29th, Jono brags about having got a prediction right for the first time in his life, and Bryan still doesn’t know who Penelope Pitstop is

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