Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we still don’t have a trillion bitcoins, Bitcoin still don’t have a trillion Bad Voltages, and:
- Google will remove Play Store apps that use Accessibility Services for anything except helping disabled users, which is a good idea from a security point of view but has a pretty far-reaching effect on some automation and scripting capabilities… Mozilla work on Project “Common Voice”, a crowdsourced speech project to collect a voice corpus, work on speech recognition, and so on… Mozilla release their all-new faster version of Firefox, named “Quantum”, which we’re all going to try for the next show… Should third-party Android ROM creators be responsible for ensuring that emergency calls work? Or is it caveat emptor? … Someone accidentally burns $300m in cryptocurrency, Bitcoin splits into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, leading Del Boy to point out that we can double our money on this, and lots of other cryptocurrency goings-on… the Compuserve forums are shutting down, for those of you still using it: hope your 10285789,4963 address isn’t too much of a loss, but maybe you can win a Toyota to take the edge off… AOL still have millions of dialup users… Intel now base their “Management Engine” on Minix, so the invisible chip-within-a-chip now runs open source code, which you can’t change; Andrew Tanenbaum, Minix author, writes an open letter saying “hey, you might have mentioned it!”… Apparently 65 out of the 100 most cited papers are paywalled; whether you read this as “35% of the most cited papers are Open Access!” or a searing indictment of the current academic publishing industry or both depends on where you sit, perhaps, especially whether you have access to Google Scholar or not and what your views on academic copyright are… Reddit may go public in 2020, leading to asking: what benefit is there to the vast majority of Reddit users if this happens? Your thoughts invited… a rather disturbing article about bots creating autogenerated YouTube videos aimed at kids which are actually quite disturbing in a very unfeeling robot way which doesn’t seem to understand what makes things funny rather than creepy… and finally, Iron Maiden are going on tour (and Bruce Dickinson has a new book out); anyone going?