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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.


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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1×11: Internet of Thugs

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, The Invisible and Inaudible Ghost of Lunduke, and Jono Bacon present a new Bad Voltage, in which we discuss:

  • Our new series, Breaking Down The Bullshit where we delve into the current buzzwords and trends and determine if they are all hype or have substance. In this show, we discuss the Internet Of Things: crock of doo-doo or the future of technology?
  • Jeremy reviews the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer and we discuss it and the notion of measuring your body to get fit
  • Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media joins us to discuss print media, free culture, publishing, the Internet, privacy, and where the future is taking us
  • Jeremy and Jono saw Lawrence Lessig keynote recently, and we all discuss whether his ambitions of ridding governments of corruption is in any way possible
  • We talk about Bad Voltage community goings-on, on the forum, the chat channel, such as selfie contests, gaming servers, Bad Voltage apps and more!

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1×10: Midnight Throne Travels

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

  • Tech conferences — which ones are good, which ones are not, and why?
  • Desktop machines versus laptops, and a review of Stuart’s new gorgeous desktop computer from PC Specialist
  • Whistleblowing. In the light of the Snowden and Manning revelations, is whistleblowing a good idea, what’s available to protect whistleblowers from problems, and do we need to protect against those motivated by malice?
  • Miguel de Icaza, head of Xamarin and past founder of the Gnome and Mono projects, talks about why he was singled out as a “traitor”, what he’s doing now, and how to best work in the open source world
  • The winners in the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition! See this forum post for more details and all the entrants
  • A Bad Voltage community update covering growth on our community forum, the formation of our gaming community, the IRC channel, the Bad Voltage app, Bad Voltage at SCALE12x, and interesting post-show discussions.

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1×09: The Starting Pitstop

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Bryan Lunduke, and Jono Bacon wend their troublesome ways down the road of:

  • We weigh in on the upstart/systemd brouhaha in Debian and discuss what happened, why it happened, and whether it was a good thing or not.
  • Bryan reviews the Lenovo Miix 2 tablet and we get into the nitty gritty of what you can do with it.
  • We take a trip down memory lane about how we each got started with Linux, which distributions we used, and who helped us get on our journey.
  • We take a recap and look at community feedback about guns, 3D printing, predictions, Bad Voltage gaming, the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition and more, all making an appearance.

Also, be sure to join in the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition to win some free O’Reilly books!

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1×08: We Don’t Need Roads

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Bryan Lunduke, and Jono Bacon present an hour of talk about leafblowers, dust-resistant paper, fruitflies, and:

  • Back to the Future II, the 1989 film, predicted a raft of technology for 2015. With only a year to go, is anything they suggested even close to achieveable?
  • We speak to Matthew Garrett, notable Linux kernel hacker and commenter on security, UEFI, and hardware about the NSA in your firmware, why computers are more compelling than fruitflies, and his work at Nebula on providing trust to the cloud
  • Guns. As a followup to our previous discussion about 3d-printing of guns, we talk about the issue of whether guns are a good idea, the arguments for and against gun control, and how this differs internationally
  • The second half of our predictions for 2014: Bryan and Stuart give theirs

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1×07: Life On Mars

It’s a god-awful small affair
To the guy with odd facial hair
But his co-hosts are yelling “No”
And his comrade has told him to go
But again he’s nowhere to be seen
Now he walks through his sunken dream
To the mic with the clearest view
And predicts for 2014

Making money from open source
Is it truly a hopeless cause?

He could spit in the eyes of fools
As he asks you to focus on

Hulick writing for the game team
Oh man! Look at those four guys go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the tall man
Beating up the short guy
Oh man! Wonder if they’ll ever know
They’re in BV’s seventh show
Is there life on Mars?

(With apologies to David Bowie. Sorry for stealing your song, Dave. Tune in to hear us talk to magnificent musician Sam Hulick, argue about 2014, sorrow over indie open-source developer prospects, and laugh at Mars One. Discuss this show on the Bad Voltage forum!)

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1×06: 3D Taco Firepower

In this episode of Bad Voltage, Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Bryan Lunduke ring in 2014 with their first show of the new year, covering such exciting nuggets as:

  • 3D Printed Guns: we delve into the technology, the people, the rights and wrongs of it, regulation, and more.
  • Review: Jono reviews the Sony Playstation 4 to see if it lives up to the hype.
  • Interview: Simon Phipps from the OSI, MariaDB, and potentially The Fast Show shares his thoughts on the evolution of Open Source, Free Software, licensing, and the Jedi, and more.
  • The Linux upstream/downstream relationship: is it still relevant, could it be holding Linux back, or is it what binds the Open Source community together?
  • We re-visit some of the topics from our last show with updates on Bitcoin, the Roku 2, and your feedback!

Be sure to give us your thoughts on the show on our forum!

1×05: Never Gonna Give You Up

In this episode of Bad Voltage, Bryan Lunduke returns to the fold after his holiday in Europedreadful illness, and these things happen:

  • Bitcoin. The team discuss Bitcoin (and crypto-currencies in general), whether it’s a good idea, and whether it might be successful
  • Review: Jono reviews the Roku 2, mass-market tv streaming device. Is it any good?
  • Open-source phone platforms: Jolla, Ubuntu, and Firefox OS. What is success? Will these platforms get anywhere? Are Android and iOS ripe for unseating?
  • Interview: Jeff Atwood talks about Discourse, the modern forum system, and why it’s an improvement over the horror that is web forums currently. You can ask follow-up questions which Jeff has agreed to answer at our own Discourse forum

Give us your thoughts on the show as a whole on the forum thread!

1×04: Fat Drone Backups

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and Jono Bacon (Bryan Lunduke is unable to make it again, although we do of course hope that he recovers from whatever horrific disease he’s contracted) bring you:

  • Open Source Health: are the open source community more unhealthy than most? Perhaps the trend for health-related gadgets will save us
  • Review: Stuart talks about Ender’s Game, the film, the book, and the author
  • Chris Anderson, CEO of 3dRobotics, ex-editor of Wired, and author, talks about his current venture, creating pilotless autonomous “drones” and what they might mean for Amazon Prime Air, agriculture, and society at large – ask Chris your questions too here!
  • How do the team actually back up their stuff? Surprisingly, we all actually do (as should you), but how do we do it?
  • Your feedback: video podcasting, Bitcoin, new phone OSes, and pod love

Remember, send us suggestions for who we should interview, what we should review, and what you’d like to hear us discuss, to show@badvoltage.org!

You can also discuss this show in our new forum, community.badvoltage.org. Start with the discussion about this particular episode!