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2×15: One Mouse in a Row

Posted by on 10th August 2017 in Linux, News, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×15: One Mouse in a Row

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we will not be your friend, we learn some Italian, the show actually gets mixed on time, and:

  • [00:02:09] The news… Google “manifestbro” posts a screed about Google’s internal attitudes to diversity and opposing affirmative action programmes, says that the way to fix the gender gap is to stop alienating conservatives, gets fired (and we have a discussion thread going on this already)… Creators of GRSecurity Linux kernel security patches sue Bruce Perens after he says that using their stuff might lead to legal trouble… UK data protection people worrying about government employees use of Slack because it makes freedom of information and transparency harder…
  • [00:19:40] What should you use to run your website? Lots of people reach for WordPress, and that’s got a broad community; what else is out there? If you are using WP, are there a good set of plugins and themes that you might find good? Also including a whole discussion about IFTTT and Zapier and “glue code” for tying many services together
  • [00:44:33] Ben Thompson put forward the idea of “curated journalism”: that publishers stop being employers of creators and start instead being curated publications of creators who already exist, in a detailed article for Stratechery. Does this idea actually hang together? Is it just the obvious next step? And are we likely to see new companies spring up or existing companies pivot to becoming the service provider to creators rather than the owner of them?

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2×14: Continuous Partial Affection

Posted by on 27th July 2017 in News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×14: Continuous Partial Affection

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we do not have “excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance”, we mention that Oggcamp is coming up in the UK and you should volunteer to be on the crew, nobody buys any illegally traded goods, and:

  • [00:02:00] The news… Adobe kill Flash and Stuart defends it (up is down, down is up)… the police cooperate internationally to shut down two major darkweb markets in order to deny our previous assertions that the rozzers know nothing about technology… Microsoft kill MS Paint, internet erupts with sadness, Microsoft wire the corpse to the mains, er, grant a stay of execution and put it in the Windows Store, which is not quite the same thing as death…
  • [00:15:15] Is there too much screen time in our lives? Are we spending too much time looking at things on screen and not in reality, or is this merely more old man yelling at cloud? And are we seeing some more long-term psychological effects — narcissism, shallowness of affect, shortness of attention span — which have come about because our relationships are now mediated in 140-character bursts? It’s a worry. Or maybe it isn’t. We have… many thoughts

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2×13: Built With Alien Technology

Posted by on 13th July 2017 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×13: Built With Alien Technology

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the po-po are f***ed, accusations of posh schooling are levelled, and:

  • [00:02:00] The news… Someone raises $80k for a Jolla tablet… meanwhile Jolla themselves raise a startling thousand times as much to “develop Sailfish OS as the rival of Android”… Fedora 26 arrives for your full crimson headgear goodness… Ubuntu on Windows is now in the Windows Store, as the prophecy predicted…
  • [00:20:22] System76 release Pop!_OS, “a powerful operating system just for creators”. What’s the deal here? There seems to be some confusion, and we’re here to sort it out. Or be more confused. Do we like the idea? Do we like the company? Do we like the name? Two out of three ain’t bad
  • [00:49:37] In a previous show we referenced computers from our childhood, and here, a bit more depth. What did we use? What did you grow up with? Let us know on the forum!

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2×12: Infinite Loop of Hack Back

Posted by on 29th June 2017 in Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×12: Infinite Loop of Hack Back

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we don’t chop anyone’s Endless in half, we measure immeasurable things, and:

  • [00:01:58] The news… Google get fined €2.4 billion for antitrust violations by the EU (who have a different approach to antitrust than the US)… the Five Eyes (of Sauron) countries are now all thinking of banning encryption… you can now circumvent the DMCA to repair stuff, although you’re not guaranteed to succeed… the word of 2017 seems to be randomware with the new amusingly-named but not amusingly-functioned “Not-Petya”… a report on FOSS Talk Live and charity runs ending in New Era Field at the weekend… Mycrofts are starting to arrive, in accordance with the prophecy, so look out for a review…
  • [00:21:58] The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (or AC⚡DC Act, let there be rock) is a proposed US government bill which gives permission to companies and individuals to try and identify the computer or location of a cyber-attack against them. That is: if you’re being hacked, it makes it explicitly legal for you to “hack back”; to attack the perpetrator’s computer. Is this empowering people to help themselves in the face of an unhelpful government, or a romanticised view of the Wild West as applied to the internet? Crime prevention control a la the Guardian Angels or legitimisation of vigilanteism? There are some pretty nuanced outcomes from this law…
  • [00:41:57] Wikipedia and Benjamin Mako Hill invent a gamified tutorial for new wikipedia contributors; everyone who takes it likes it and lots of people take it but it doesn’t actually achieve the goals of increasing the number and richness of Wikipedia contributions from participants. Some thoughts on how to (and whether to) gamify your community, and how to decide on and track metrics, and doing proper statistics (referencing Evan Miller’s work (not Evan Williams, sorry))
  • [00:64:10] In the last show we asked you for your blue-sky suggestions for skills for Alexa and other home assistants… and we got a zillion responses, thank you all! We list a few of our best, and choose our winner, and they will be receiving their Mission One in due course. Thank you to Endless for giving us the prize to give away; now, skill developers, never complain again that you don’t have a good idea for a skill…

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2×11: Alexa play the Bad Voltage podcast

Posted by on 15th June 2017 in Development, News, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×11: Alexa play the Bad Voltage podcast

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we command Alexa to play our podcast and it works, Jono turns off his phone so it doesn’t explode with helpful comments every time we say “OK Google” (you may wish to do the same), and:

  • [00:01:55] The news… Verizon spends $4.5 billion on Yahoo for reasons we don’t understand… Pinboard buy Delicious, hilariously… Apple add podcast analytics with possible big implications for the advertising industry… and Apple also confirm that they’re working on self-driving cars… while losing a bunch of value in their share price, along with everyone else in tech…
  • [00:18:35] Voice controlled “assistants”, on phones (“OK Google”, Siri, Cortana) or on in-home devices (Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, the upcoming Mycroft and Apple devices) are a whole new platform in its early stages. We’ve been testing out some of what’s on the market, and experimenting with how they fit into our lives and with how one might use them in the future. Are they a revolutionary new thing like smartphones? Or a flash in the pan like smartwatches? The Bad Voltage verdict…
  • [00:51:15] You can win an Endless Mission One computer, which the Endless people have given to us to give away! Simply enter our competition: think up the best idea you can for a “skill” or plugin for voice-controlled assistants like Alexa or OK Google. You can aim to inspire us with a great idea, or make us laugh with a daft one. (And you don’t have to _write_ it, just think of the idea.) Email your suggestions to show@badvoltage.org by Monday 26th June 2017 and we’ll choose the best suggestion from somewhere in Europe and they’ll win the Endless Mission One! (You have to be in Europe to win, here. Loose definition; if you think you’re in Europe, you probably are. But this competition is only open to people in Europe, because the previous one was only US and Canada.)
  • and finally, if you want to hear Stuart answer a particular question, he’s doing a live “mashup” show as part of FOSS Talk Live in London on June 24th 2017; Stuart, Joe Ressington, Dave Megins-Nichols, and Marius Quabeck will be answering your questions, so fill in a question you want their views on!

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2×10: Rainbows and Unicorns

Posted by on 18th May 2017 in Design, News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×10: Rainbows and Unicorns

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which wifi is a problem, updating is a problem, and:

  • [00:02:10] Real news… WannaCry (or WannaCrypt; did the name just get cut off by a tweet?) ransomware worm infects 400,000 machines… Microsoft call out the NSA for hoarding 0-days… will anyone change their update policy… Android O focusing on “vitals”, modular updates, battery life… Stuart’s net connection dies and he receives a bunch of mean abuse for it…
  • [00:15:03] Fake news… it’s a problem. But maybe there’s a community solution? Jono has a plan for how a crowdsourcing karma-based approach might help provide balance to news articles. There is scepticism, certainly, but this also throws up some much deeper discussions about what “fake” news is, and who decides it’s fake. Can collective action help with this sort of problem? Stack Overflow may be an example of where it does work (and we spoke to Jeff Atwood about that); Reddit might be seen as an example of where it works or an example of it not working. And perhaps this is something worth building? A long-form discussion of how this might work, and a call to people who want to build such a platform

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2×09: Visible Private Network

Posted by on 4th May 2017 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×09: Visible Private Network

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are secure, we wear the juice, we get to the choppa, and:

  • [00:02:15] The news this week, including going to prison in Portland for calling yourself an engineer without permission, more fast-food incredulity at the KFC Double Down, robbing banks while invisible, and Intel’s chips are all vulnerable to a security exploit and you should check and get it fixed if it needs fixing
  • [00:12:38] In a world where Intel and ARM are massively dominant, is there space for some more open architecture? OpenPOWER and SuperH could be candidates technologically, but what’s standing in the way of this from a business point of view? Would anyone make hardware on these less-popular architecture? Should we even want them to?
  • [00:28:21] VPNs are the hot topic right now, for all sorts of reasons. Protecting your privacy from governments or your work from your client’s network, connecting to your employer’s systems from elsewhere, getting around geoblocking… there are all sorts of reasons you might want to use a VPN, but which ones out there are actually good, and how do you make a decision? A good place to start may be thatoneprivacysite.net, and we’re currently using some combination of Opera Browser’s built-in VPN, Lantern, PrivateInternetAccess, ExpressVPN, and Nord VPN; we certainly also want to hear recommendations for other providers and why you’re using those in particular; there are lots of different reasons why people want a VPN, and lots more why people should
  • [00:44:23] We were asked by a listener to talk about working for oneself: all three presenters either work for themselves right now or have done so for over a decade, so we’ve got quite a few thoughts and war-stories about all this. Herewith, some ideas on why working for oneself is good (or why it isn’t), and what we’ve learned (sometimes pleasantly, sometimes less so) along the way…

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2×08: Pique Oil

Posted by on 20th April 2017 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×08: Pique Oil

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Jono is repeatedly smug about Facebook VR, nobody urinates on a laptop, we devote almost the whole show to one topic, and:

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2×07: Exercise in Futility

Posted by on 6th April 2017 in Design, Development, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×07: Exercise in Futility

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia, present Bad Voltage, in which there are packs of hacks, backs are waxed, Aq has snacks, and:

  • [00:03:25] The first “hack” — suggestions and tips for little bits of software that we use and are amazed that others don’t — from Jeremy, which is a clipboard manager. Jeremy uses Diodon, but there are loads of others!
  • [00:06:24] In the news this week: the US Congress voted to allow US internet service providers to sell the browsing habits of their customers to advertisers, we solicit your opinions on which VPNs are good (tell us on the forum), Amazon’s physical staffless shop beta is a disaster, AT&T join the Linux Foundation, the Linux Action Show close their doors, and Google publish a site listing all their open source software
  • [00:23:50] Stuart’s “hack”: KDE Connect, which connects your Android phone and any Linux desktop (KDE or not) to show notifications, send files, control music, and generally tie them together
  • [00:26:15] Jono reviews the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ activity band, and whether it’s better than the rivals and whether you should get it if you wear an activity band like everyone does these days
  • [00:40:35] Jono’s “hack”: how does he edit the Bad Voltage show to get the audio production that he requires, and how do we record so that other people can use the same techniques for recording a remote podcast if they want to
  • The competition to win a Dell Sputnik laptop will close before the next show! So if you’re in the US and you haven’t already entered, go to badvoltage.org/fruit and get your fruit-based entries in!

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2×06: Cinderella Voltage

Posted by on 23rd March 2017 in Design, Development, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×06: Cinderella Voltage

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and special guest presenter Jeff Atwood present Bad Voltage, in which we all had baby hacker names, burner phones are probably not required, and:

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2×05: Bad Voltage Live at SCaLE 15x

Posted by on 20th March 2017 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×05: Bad Voltage Live at SCaLE 15x

The Bad Voltage live stage show, from SCaLE 15x in Pasadena, March 2017!

An epic time was had. Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge, live on stage, in which there was some downright unfair quizzing of Jono, a one-sh*t trumpet, the brightest suit that’s ever been seen, a machine to count eggs, Perl abuse, a hollow burrito, pies, more pies, hammer pants, the Phantom Zone, no air horns, the products of the Chevy company, and a reappearance of Bryan! As well as:

  • [00:07:00] The news! Featuring the Amazon S3 outage, Snapchat being worth $33 billion, System76 bringing manufacturing in-house, and how swimming pools have dustbins full of urine in
  • [00:11:30] Cloudflare had a pretty serious security flaw identified by the Project Zero team at Google, where sensitive data from all sorts of Cloudflare sites was leaked — passwords, auth tokens, and the like. What’s the deal with this sort of issue? It’s surprising how much of the internet turned out to be behind Cloudflare, and this sort of centralisation is a problem… but equally, there’s a reason we go to experts in the field and outsource services to them! So, what’s the best approach here?
  • [00:20:00] Quizmaster extraordinaire Jeremy plays Much Taboo About Nothing, in which team opensource Jono and Rikki team up to battle heroic ginger team Stuart and Hannah in a game of wit, erudition, vocabulary, guesswork, and trying to not be too nasty about Ruby people. Partially successfully, depending on your attitude on rule-bending and wide appreciation of cultures…
  • [00:33:20] Why are all our amazing technological advances being used to make stupid pointless gadgets that nobody should buy? Paper towel dispensers that magically detect your hand movement and then still dispense a bit of brown paper to dry your hands on; amazing iPad-based payment systems which still require you to sign your name with your finger; endless pointless stupid Internet of Things devices. Stuart rants, and Jono and Jeremy respond with various degrees of defence or agreement as to where we’re going and what to do about incredible technology put to wasteful ends
  • [00:43:00] Ig-NOT — it’s like the Ignite talk series, but… not. The presenters each do a talk, on an unknown subject chosen by the audience, using unseen images suggested by the community and the other presenters. And… well, see how they get on. Featuring some properly unkind choices, a brief and magnanimous appearance by Bryan, and a very weird old guy with an axe…

Many thanks to the extra participants in the show: Chris Smith for warming up, the ever-wonderful and ever-supportive Ilan Rabinovitch, and show guests and guessers Rikki Endsley and Hannah Anderson!

We are hugely grateful to the companies who helped make this show happen: Linode for getting us there, SCaLE for inviting us again, Dell and Endless for providing prizes, and Ticketmaster for putting on the show and venue and tacos and many many beers and the band afterwards!

And… if you want to enter the competition announced in the outro and win that sweet Dell XPS laptop… you want badvoltage.org/fruit

Watch the show here:

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2×04: Pie In The Hold

Posted by on 23rd February 2017 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×04: Pie In The Hold

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which pies are not permitted to be stored in the checked baggage. In this show:

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2×03: And Those Who Dig

Posted by on 9th February 2017 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Reviews, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×03: And Those Who Dig

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, with special guest presenter Christina Warren, speaker, tech journalist from Gizmodo, and podcaster at Rocket. In this show:

Also, Bad Voltage are returning to SCALE in Pasadena in March for a live show! With free food and an open bar, and the 80s nerd rocker band the Spazmatics, the show’s gonna be great. Buy your SCaLE tickets now!

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2×02: Failed to Capture

Posted by on 26th January 2017 in Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×02: Failed to Capture

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, your fortnightly recommended dose of vitamins and minerals. Featuring a still virulently ill Jono, the uttering of the phrase “FreeBSD” in these hallowed halls, and:

  • [00:02:26] In the news this week, the Guardian wrongly declare WhatsApp to have a “back door” and get huge pushback from security experts demanding a retraction, Google is big enough to develop a trusted hardware solution for internal use only and isn’t going to sell it, possibly heralding a new era of hardware that nobody will be able to buy, and Facebook are doing something with VR thus confirming one of Jono’s predictions and he almost dies of smugness
  • [00:13:00] We review the ACPAD, which calls itself “the electronic orchestra for your guitar” after its successful Kickstarter; what’s it all about?
  • [00:27:30] Is ChromeOS “desktop Linux”? We asked this question in the last show, and it’s a bigger one than we might think. If it is, do Chromebook successes count as “the year of the Linux desktop”? If it isn’t, is it a threat? A rival or a friend? Should we buy a Chromebook?
  • [00:50:07] People are using the GPL less and permissive licenses more; this isn’t just a feeling, it’s confirmed by research. Why is this? Is it a problem? And do we think that anyone should care?

Also, Bad Voltage are returning to SCALE in Pasadena in March for a live show! Keep your ears open for more details, and buy your SCALE tickets now!

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2×01: He Grew Whiskers

Posted by on 11th January 2017 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×01: He Grew Whiskers

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia return with the first episode of season 2 of Bad Voltage! Featuring a vitriolic Stuart, a victorious Jeremy, a virulently ill Jono, and:

  • [00:04:00] We bring our predictions for what’s going to happen in the tech world in 2017. Broken up into three parts, first comes Stuart’s attempt to be Nostradamus with regard to the web, Apple, Oracle, and Amazon
  • [00:14:30] In the news this week, a girl uses her sleeping mother’s fingerprint to buy Pokemon stuff, a newscaster says Alexa command words on air and orders a zillion doll houses, Samsung unveil 8K TVs and Panasonic unveil a baby voice recognition engine at CES, and the new Bad Voltage Roku channel courtesy of Martin Wimpress
  • [00:22:30] Jono predicts 2017, focusing on Google+, electric cars, phones, and VR
  • [00:33:00] Jono reviews the Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury, including whether the technology inside it is actually good, what the deal is with Caddys these days, Android Auto and entertainment systems in a modern car, and whether Bacon knows anything about cars
  • [00:50:00] Jeremy gives his predictions for 2017, looking at Canonical, mobile apps, and Linux market share

Also, Bad Voltage are returning to SCALE in Pasadena in March for a live show! Keep your ears open for more details, and buy your SCALE tickets now!

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1×82: Didn’t They Do Well

Posted by on 22nd December 2016 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

1×82: Didn’t They Do Well

The last show of 2016!

[00:03:14] A year ago, the four members of Bad Voltage looked forward in time and predicted what would happen in 2016. And now, we look back and say: how did we do? Our roles as Nostradamuses (Nostradami?) come under analysis, and we look at each of our predictions, what it would have meant were they true (spoiler alert: some were! but… some were not), and who is the worst most terrible futurologist.

[00:38:35] Also! An announcement. Things are changing, and this is where we tell you that. Listen to find out our news, and what this means for the show. Bad Voltage continues, in season 2, in 2017…

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1×81: The Bad Voltage Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Posted by on 13th December 2016 in Gaming, Linux, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×81: The Bad Voltage Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It’s the holiday season! An excuse to buy interesting tech for people. But… what to get? Well, we’re here for you. Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke and Jono Bacon each give suggestions of some cool things that you might want to look at getting… or asking for, in these next couple of weeks of shopping days. And just maybe some things that you should actively avoid…

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1×80: The Two-Percenters

Posted by on 1st December 2016 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×80: The Two-Percenters

In this episode, we devote the whole show to a different format: a wide-ranging discussion on Linux adoption and market share, following the news that it’s been trending up and over 2% consistently for a while now. Taking in the current state of hardware, Steam gaming, new devices from everyone else, and whether mobile is eating desktop or not, Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke and Jono Bacon dive deep into where Linux is going and whether we want it to get there at all.

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1×79: Who Watches the Undertakers

Posted by on 17th November 2016 in News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×79: Who Watches the Undertakers

In a slightly altered format, we split into pairs this week and each sets the other pair a topic. Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge set a topic for discussion for Bryan Lunduke and Jeremy Garcia, and Bryan and Jeremy do the same for Stuart and Jono:

  • 00:01:50 What happens to your data when you die? Have you made provision for your family to have access to your digital accounts, or have you explicitly made provision for your data to get autodeleted on a dead man’s switch? Bryan and Jeremy discuss what they’ve already done, what they’ve thought about for this, and which options are available to you
  • 00:18:42 The UK has seen proliferation of CCTVs and physical mass surveillance on a greater scale than in the USA and other places. Stuart and Jono discuss their thoughts, opinions on the public’s acceptance of this and whether the perceived benefits outweigh the perceived concerns?

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1×78: A Different Kind of Duction

Posted by on 3rd November 2016 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×78: A Different Kind of Duction

Je(re)my Garcia, Stuart Langri(dge), Jono Ba(con) and Bry-(in) Lunduke present Bad Voltage, in which half of us change phones, half of us go to All Things Open, and:

  • 00:02:13 Jono buys the new Google Pixel and tells us what he thinks of the big G’s entry into the mobile market. Is it actually better? Is it just a new Nexus? What’s the deal with software makers making hardware anyway? And is it worth the money?
  • 00:26:36 We’ve recently seen a large distributed denial of service, operated by shady figures in control of a huge internet-connected devices botnet. Are such things the wave of the future? What can be done to stop it? Taking in regulation, consumer purchasing decisions, the nature of the internet, next-generation platforms for IoT devices, the word “shonky”, geopolitics, collective action problems and human psychology, the impact had by speaking out, and whether anyone needs an Toaster of Things anyway

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1×77: Wax Cylinder Coming Soon

Posted by on 20th October 2016 in Design, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×77: Wax Cylinder Coming Soon

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon and Bryan Lunduke present Bad Voltage, in which three idiots fail to recognise the glory of having the theme tune from The League Of Gentlemen as one’s ringtone, we create Garcia’s Law, and:

  • 00:02:01 Google have long been a player in the chat or IM ecosystem. But just lately their approach in this area seems to be getting more and more confused. What’s the deal, big G? You’ve got Allo and Duo and GTalk and Hangouts… what’s the end goal here?
  • 00:24:33 Open sourcing your hardware. Kyle from OpenMYR, who are currently kickstartering wifi-controllable motors, asks the BV team: are we doing the right thing, publishing the hardware source for our creations? When’s the right time to open your hardware: before it exists, after it exists, or never? We look into the question and give some thoughts

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1×76: Bd Vltg

Posted by on 15th October 2016 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×76: Bd Vltg

The Bad Voltage team are half away this week. Fortunately, the good half remain. Since there’s only Stuart and Jeremy we decided to not do a “standard” show; instead, it’s a riff revisiting a bunch of previous topics and seeing what’s happened to them now. Bryan and Jono should be back next time, and meanwhile the smart half present:

  • 00:01:24 Things. Many things. The beautiful things of the shop. Jeremy and Stuart’s wide-ranging conversation, containing the Brave web browser, finding ways to get paid on the internet, the Moto 360 customer service saga, what’s happening to the Motorola name, smartwatches, Mycroft, the absence of a Mycroft, Mycroft’s existing commercial rivals, Lancia’s in the UK, phones that are too big, the Note 7 exploding, the box to contain the explosion, four billion dollars…

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1×75: Surround Meatballs

Posted by on 22nd September 2016 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×75: Surround Meatballs

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which there is a ginger Columbo, the Buffalo Bills come in for more hassle that even their performance warrants, Google release a release announcement for a new phone, and:

  • 00:02:20 Apple have elected to remove the headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone model. This is a harbinger of things to come: will this flood across the industry as a whole? Some thoughts on what this means for iPhones, for phones, for Apple’s philosophy on technology, Bryan’s philosophy on Apple, all our philosophies on Bryan’s philosophies, and how the technology industry works as a whole. Plus, lots of slavering Bacon love for the Google Pixel range (send us review units!)
  • 00:38:34 Jeremy reviews smart lightbulbs from both the Philips Hue and LifX ranges. Are they good examples of the breed? And more generally: are smart bulbs a good idea? What’s the point? Who uses them and how can they be used? Is security necessarily something you have to give up for convenience? And which team’s successes should cause your bulbs to flash?

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1×74: Google Minus

Posted by on 8th September 2016 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media | 0 comments

1×74: Google Minus

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which Bryan was sadly caught in traffic, Jeremy was caught by Motorola, litigators are caught offside, and:

  • 00:22:40 Our own Jeremy purchased a Motorola 360 Sport runners’ smartwatch, and was quite happy with it. Until it went wrong, and he had to descend into the hell that is customer support. A tale of bravery and derring-do fighting the evil monsters of Lying, Misrepresenting, and Incompetence. Plus a review of the device itself.
  • 00:01:54 Google+, the big G’s attempt to unseat Facebook, failed to unseat Facebook despite being wedged by leadership fiat into every Google property. Given their history of killing less-than-dominant products, should we expect G+ to go away? If it does… what replaces it? Where do we go from here?
  • 00:41:17 When’s the right time to litigate over software freedom? A recent brouhaha between Brad Kuhn and Linus Torvalds (and others) on the Linux kernel mailing list throws into sharp relief the distinction between litigation and diplomacy: everyone claims that suing is a last resort, but is this borne out by the facts? And if we don’t sue, what do we do? And who’s “we”, here?

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1×73: DEET Ox

Posted by on 11th August 2016 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Space, Technology | 0 comments

1×73: DEET Ox

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which Kinder Eggs make a surprising appearance, no time off is taken from the internet, and:

  • 00:02:12 It’s becoming trendy, and possibly useful, to “digital detox”: to take some time away from social media or the internet or the constant barrage of information in our modern age. But is it actually a good idea or just the hip thing to do? How do you manage the data flow, and do we need to hide from it now and again?
  • 00:23:55 A while back, Elon Musk proposed Hyperloop, a next-generation super-fast transportation system involving a long tube and metal canisters which you sit in and get flung along the tube at hundreds of miles an hour. Since then, a number of organisations have taken up the challenge and are working towards building such a thing. Can it work? If the technology works, what about the politics and the economics? Will we soon be able to travel between cities in a few minutes? We be the judges.

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1×72: Walking into Trees

Posted by on 28th July 2016 in Gaming, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×72: Walking into Trees

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which we poke mangoes, we set up a Tumblr about people walking off cliffs, we buy music or we don’t, and:

  • 00:01:57 Pokemon Go is the latest sensation. Is this the harbinger of a brave new era of location-based games? Is it just Ingress with cartoon characters? Is it brilliant or bobbins? Is it a CIA plant? Do Nintendo have anything to do with it at all? All this and more is examined.
  • 00:28:20 Music streaming services. Jono has recently discovered Spotify and is astounded by the idea that you can listen to any music you like. But is it the best on the market or are Tidal or Google Play or Amazon better? Should we be using streaming services at all rather than buying mp3s, or dare we say it vinyl?

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1×71: Divisions

Posted by on 14th July 2016 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Ubuntu | 0 comments

1×71: Divisions

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge (Bryan is unavoidably absent but present in spirit) bring you Bad Voltage, in which there is worry about the future, there is concern about the present, there is revision of the past, and:

  • 00:02:12 Brexit. The UK voted by referendum to leave the European Union, thus ushering in a world of despair and misery not seen since the bits about seven bowls in Revelation. Or, the UK voted by referendum to leave the European Union, thus seizing back control of the country. What’s the deal with Brexit? How’s it being presented both in and out of the country? And what happens next?
  • 00: 37:05 Starting a discussion about next generation packaging systems. Snappy, Flatpak, AppImage are vying to be the new hotness. This is a potentially long discussion, so here we just start it off: a summary from our point of view of what’s going on here, and then we invite you to give your thoughts on community.badvoltage.org and we’ll bring that wider discussion back in a later show
  • 00:44:35 We were asked the question: when should you open source? If you’re a company or a project, what goes into the decision to open source your code, what reasons are there to do it and to not do it, and why do some and not others?

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1×70: Delicious Amorphous Tech Bubble

Posted by on 30th June 2016 in Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×70: Delicious Amorphous Tech Bubble

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Bryan Lunduke bring you Bad Voltage, in which the wisdom of naming children for your favourite restaurant is debated, Stuart and his daughter Niamh Chipotle write the show notes from a New York cafe, and also:

  • 00:01:58 Is the tech industry in a bubble? is the tech industry ever not in a bubble? More importantly, what shape is the bubble? What can we do about it?
  • 00:17:20 Jeremy and Jono tag-team a further review of Google’s Pixel C laptop. Warning: contains gushing
  • 00:36:50 After discussing Nextcloud in previous episodes, we talk to Frank and Jos from the new project about their plans as a company and where they’re headed
  • 01:01:00 A catch-up on the current status of the Global Learning X-Prize

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1×69: Bill and Ted and Jeremy and Bryan and Jono and Stuart’s Excellent Adventure

Posted by on 16th June 2016 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

1×69: Bill and Ted and Jeremy and Bryan and Jono and Stuart’s Excellent Adventure

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which none of us like each other’s books, this is actually a real actual show, and also:

  • 00:03:00 The Nextcloud project has been formed by people leaving the Owncloud company and forking the product. What’s this all about? What does it mean for {Own,Next}cloud, and for self-hosted file syncing?
  • 00:25:30 Bryan reviews the Dell XPS 13 developer laptop, 2016 edition
  • 00:40:42 Money and open source projects. As more projects start putting together ways to get money from donations or Patreon or funding, what should they do with that money? How do you decide how to parcel it out fairly?

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1×68: Nor is this

Posted by on 2nd June 2016 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

1×68: Nor is this

We rock the Unplugged format again. For reasons of complex logistics and global travel, we’ve not been able to get together for Bad Voltage, so we asked you, our listeners, for feedback on what questions you’d like us to answer, and then we’ve picked some and answered them! Thank you to everyone who suggested what they’d like to hear, and we hope you like hearing some of the things that come into the BV mailbag!

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