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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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1×24: Bunch of Sockpuppets

Jeremy Garcia, Bryan “the Cheater” Lunduke, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we discuss operating systems, magnanimity in defeat, cheating, mendacious donations to charity, fingerprints being rubbish, how to kiss a Red Hat engineer, and:

  • The “reverso” debate: Jeremy and Jono debate whether projects should have a publicly visible figurehead or if that does harm to the project, but (and this is the key point) argue for the position opposite to what they actually believe. You can (and should) vote for who you think was the winner, by going to community.badvoltage.org and choosing in the poll! (2.48)
  • We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone running Android, and diverge into the nature of phones and way to choose (20.56)
  • Karsten Wade, CentOS engineering manager at Red Hat, talks about the recent partnership between Red Hat and CentOS and why it happened (36.25)
  • Is it possible to create a political party which runs like an open source project? Run as a meritocracy? (54.12)
  • Lots of stuff going on in the Bad Voltage community: we have a round-up (61.12)

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1×23: Maybe We Should Have Drill Control

Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we discuss technology, social media, milkshakes, history, and argue violently about:

  • Is putting together technical solutions to social problems a good idea? Can we enforce or encourage good social rules through technical means? (3.30)
  • Blender review by the whole team (18.34)
  • We speak to Emma Marshall from System76, who manufacture and sell laptops, desktops and servers with Ubuntu (29.34)
  • The “reverso” debate: Bryan and Stuart debate whether desktops should be simple or complicated, but (and this is the key point) argue for the position opposite to what they actually believe (40.16)

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1×22: Oval Ted Bag

We return to our normal places around the globe and continue to bring you tasty things for your ears. Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and an inexcusable absence of Bryan Lunduke think up a new competition involving things in our houses, and also discuss:

  • Where’s our free culture revolution? Lawrence Lessig predicted a world filled with remix culture and set up the Creative Commons, but little to none of it has actually changed the way people think. Or has it? (2.25)
  • Graham Morrison of Linux Voice answers some of the questions from our discussion in the previous show about their magazine, their process, and why the December issue comes out in June (17.45)
  • Mashed Voltage: we start a new competition. Read about it on the forum and listen to it on the show, and enter before September 10th to celebrate remix culture (36.48)
  • Jono reviews the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch and the team watch, smartly (40.25)
  • Open source projects sometimes decide that they’ll build their own hardware. When they try, they fail. Why? What motivates the decision to do it in the first place? (54.22)

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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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