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3×05: This Podcast Will Self Destruct

Posted by on 28th May 2020 in Gaming, News, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×05: This Podcast Will Self Destruct

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are rendered with one meelion triangles. Also:

Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×05-this-podcast-will-self-destruct/12362

News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

3×04: They Call It Dot Egg

Posted by on 14th May 2020 in News, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×04: They Call It Dot Egg

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we like egg. Also:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×04-they-call-it-dot-egg/12359

News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

3×03: Massive Quantities of Potatoes

Posted by on 30th April 2020 in News, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×03: Massive Quantities of Potatoes

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which apparently it is Coventry’s turn in the barrel, and:

Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×03-massive-quantities-of-potatoes/12354

News music: [http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/59218](Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero), used with attribution.

3×02: Bookish

Posted by on 17th April 2020 in News, Open Source, Shows, Space, Technology | 0 comments

3×02: Bookish

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which apparently it is Coventry’s turn in the barrel, and:

Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×02-bookish/12351

News music: [http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/59218](Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero), used with attribution.

3×01: See The Whole Staircase

Posted by on 2nd April 2020 in Design, News, Reviews, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×01: See The Whole Staircase

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we begin a new series, the world is under lockdown, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×01-see-the-whole-staircase/12347

News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

2×65: Email Avengers Assemble

Posted by on 20th February 2020 in Design, News, Reviews, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×65: Email Avengers Assemble

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are all waaaaay more invested in email than certain companies would like us to be, and:

  • In this episode we discuss Superhuman, a new email app. Jono, the email power user’s email power user, has been getting to grips with it and is frankly a bit of a fan. Jeremy and Stuart are perhaps a bit more sceptical of some of the claims that it makes. So, we drill down into it; what does it do, how does it work, who needs it… and what does this mean for the development of design-led apps as a whole? Is this a move in a good direction? All the people trying to claim that email is dead so you use their proprietary system instead… are they wrong? Is this the way to prove that? And why didn’t Gmail do it already?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×65-email-avengers-assemble/12332

2×64: Nobrac

Posted by on 6th February 2020 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×64: Nobrac

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which is discussed the prodigal’s opinions of what we got up to while he was prodigaling, the Wurzels get a second look-in, and:

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  • [00:01:40] People who have fled Wuhan, site of the largest outbreak of coronavirus, are reputedly being “digitally” quarantined; cut off from WeChat, which renders them unable to pay for rather a lot of things such as hotels, petrol, and so on, and the Chinese computerised ID system. Relatedly, Uber in Australia are suspending drivers and passengers as risk of spreading the virus. Is this sort of “digital quarantine” an acceptable response to contagious medical crises? We have some surprisingly nuanced and undecided thoughts on the matter
  • [00:24:04] Microsoft have pledged to be carbon negative by 2030, meaning that they remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they create, to the point where by 2050 they’ve removed more carbon than the company have ever put into the atmosphere. Is this… plausible? Is it a good idea? Will others follow where MS lead? And do we believe them?
  • Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×64-nobrac/12330

    2×63: Give You The Key

    Posted by on 24th January 2020 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

    2×63: Give You The Key

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which the nature of purchasing goods is discussed.

    There seem to have recently been various examples of companies selling a thing and then exerting control over it after they’ve sold it. Sonos speakers have “recycle mode”, HP printer cartridges in their “Instant Ink” programme stop working if you unsubscribe, and farmers buy 30-year-old tractors rather than new ones because they’re still fixable in the field. But are these actually examples of a trend for the worse, or is this not actually the problem that it’s being painted as? Is this just how capitalism works, and is this how we want it to work? We’ll dive into this, from a few different perspectives, and see where we end up…

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×63-give-you-the-key/12326

    2×62: Hey Eckhardt

    Posted by on 9th January 2020 in Linux, News, Shows, Ubuntu | 0 comments

    2×62: Hey Eckhardt

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which what will happen in 2020 is laid out for your consideration with perfect precision. Yes, it’s the predictions episode! This is what will happen in the next year:

    Stuart

    • Slack will be purchased by either Microsoft, WebEx (Cisco) or Zoom. (Jeremy thinks the same, but by Salesforce, Google, or Amazon, in that order)
    • There will have been no convictions under the CCPA by the end of 2020
    • It’s the end of cookie warnings, as the EU ePrivacy stuff actually starts to kick in
    • Bonuses: Epic store releases on Linux; it’ll be common to have drone displays instead of fireworks

    Jono

    • Benioff leaves as CEO at Salesforce
    • Microsoft, Amazon, and Google will all offer quantum computing services for their clouds, which will not be in preview but will actually be in beta or final
    • Amazon will release a color kindle
    • Bonuses: Canonical will get acquired; Playstation 5 will launch to very positive press reviews; Facebook Spaces will continue to be something people don’t care about; Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

    Jeremy

    • Disney acquires EA, or Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard
    • Just a few short years after Ubuntu pulled the cord on convergence, a phone of that nature is released by a major manufacturer
    • Uber shutters Uber Eats
    • Bonuses: There will be no level 5 autonomous cars in 2020

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    2×61: Frankly Much Smarter

    Posted by on 12th December 2019 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

    2×61: Frankly Much Smarter

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which a tenth of a point is more important than one might think it is, Mother Shipton is turning in her grave, and:

    • [00:02:10] A year ago we predicted everything that would happen in technology in 2019. Now… we revisit those predictions and see how we did. No spoilers, but we will say: when we return in 2020 and give new predictions for the upcoming year… we’ll probably do better. In advance of us doing so in the New Year, why not hop over to community.badvoltage.org to tell us what you think will happen?
    • [00:50:30] And it’s goodbye from us for 2019! With some brief diversions into Craigslist getting its first official app after 24 years and a brief check in on the Ubports Ubuntu phone project

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×61-frankly-much-smarter/12321

    2×60: Thanks Given

    Posted by on 28th November 2019 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×60: Thanks Given

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are very different on flights, Jono knows about the Bills, and:

    • [00:01:30] The .org registry has been sold to a private equity firm, and there is a whole lot of suspicion about how that deal went down. We’ll unpack it a bit.
    • [00:15:00] Google release Stadia, their streaming gaming platform, to early adopters. Reception was… mixed. Here are some thoughts.
    • [00:33:30] Lex Luthor Elon Musk invents a low-poly truck. What’s the market for the Cybertruck? Are we going to buy one?
    • [00:49:25] The launch of Disney+, and their market. Disney now own rather a lot of video — their own films, but Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Hulu, Touchstone — and will this make Disney+ the thing that people buy instead of Netflix?

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×60-thanks-given/12313

    2×59: Inciteful

    Posted by on 1st November 2019 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×59: Inciteful

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Jono and Jeremy are coming to you direct from the Open Source Summit in France, the word for “full of incitement” is not “inciteful”, Stuart, and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×59-inciteful/12308

    2×58: Fat For Purpose

    Posted by on 3rd October 2019 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×58: Fat For Purpose

    Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the summer break is over except that Jono is temporarily away, free software has some problems, and:

    • [00:01:45] Is the definition of free software still fit for purpose? We’ve got companies trying to solve the problem of “we pay to build a thing then AWS get paid for it” and people trying to solve the problem of “we sweat to build a thing then ICE get to use it”, and both groups are doing so by looking at what the goals of free software are today, and whether current free software licences are still a good way of achieving those current goals. Matthew Garrett wrote some thoughts about this, and we have Opinions too, as we suspect will you. Give us your ideas on this topic at community.badvoltage.org.
    • [00:23:02] There is speculation that the UK government are offering up quotes to the media which use the key words from negative stories in a new context, in an attempt to push those negative stories down the search rankings for those words. Real life SEO to get bad stories out of the news. Andy Maturin flags this for a search for “boris johnson model” (attempting to push this story down the rankings in favour of this story)
    • [00:30:50] Gnome are being sued over a software patent (“a method that involves capturing a bunch of images, filtering them based on a topic, theme or individual, and wirelessly transmitting the filtered images to another device”) which Shotwell allegedly violates
    • [00:40:08] The dating app maker, Match, are being sued by the US FTC for fraud for allegedly knowingly profiting from and sometimes augmenting the flood of fake profiles on their dating sites
    • [00:45:45] More on Google’s determination to have a robot voice ring up restaurants and make bookings by talking to a real person: “Reserve With Google” seems to be the latest iteration of this plan, and it doesn’t seem to work all that well

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×58-fat-for-purpose/12300

    2×57: Banned, On The Run

    Posted by on 8th August 2019 in Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×57: Banned, On The Run

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we h4XX0r the Dark Web to pwn your s3ns3s, other people are inexplicably less annoyed about this than Stuart is, and:

    • [00:01:15] After a terrorist murdered 22 people and injured 24 others in the mass shooting in El Paso in 2019, police said that they are “reasonably confident” that the shooter published an anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant manifesto published on 8chan, a messageboard heavily linked to alt-right propaganda and mass shootings. Cloudflare then dropped their support for 8chan, refusing to provide them with DDOS protection.
      In the midst of this, Kevin Roose, a tech writer for the NYT, said: there’s a big, interesting debate here about which layers of the internet should be responsible for banning extreme content. And we agree. So, this is that interesting debate: which levels should be banning stuff like this? ISPs, literally the provision of an internet service? Facebook and other end-user applications? Cloudflare and other infrastricture providers? And what justifies a decision to ban? Government regulation? Corporate PR? The CEO’s personal opinions? Is there a risk that challenging the orthodoxy results in banning by the mob, or is that just a fig-leaf used by those who want to keep their awful opinions? A bit of all of that, perhaps: we dig into the whole topic from a few different angles.

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×57-banned-on-the-run/12294

    2×56: Solvitur Ambulando

    Posted by on 25th July 2019 in Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×56: Solvitur Ambulando

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there might be toilet paper conferences, you don’t know, and:

    • [00:01:15] What makes a good conference? We’re digging into this in some depth; what makes a conference fun, or useful, or beneficial, or all of the above, and what stops it from being those things? What’s the point of conferences anyway? A wide-ranging discussion trying to work out what people are doing well, and not so well.

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×56-solvitur-ambulando/12290

    2×55: Moaner Lisa

    Posted by on 12th July 2019 in News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×55: Moaner Lisa

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the Mona Lisa is bobbins, it is important to have your privacy policy meet the overall goals you’re pushing, and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×55-moaner-lisa/12281

    2×54: Well Baffled

    Posted by on 27th June 2019 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

    2×54: Well Baffled

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we only get the bad bits of Neuromancer, apparently “stank” is a noun, and:

    • [00:01:13] More and more companies are going for some sort of “open core” business model approach to software distribution: parts of the software are open and parts are closed, or there’s a licence which prohibits its use by cloud providers without paying, or you have to pay for the branded version. We take a look into the different approaches here, and what it means for open source in general and the direction of the industry
    • [00:27:50] This past weekend has seen a bit of dancing about whether Ubuntu will drop 32-bit libraries from the archive, ending up with a statement from Canonical about it saying they aren’t going to (and Valve have responded saying that they’ll continue to support Steam on Ubuntu, although that was after we recorded the show)
    • [00:44:17] Facebook have released a cryptocurrency, Libra. What’s the deal here? We have some thoughts, not surprisingly

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×54-well-baffled/12260

    2×53: The Route of All Evil

    Posted by on 13th June 2019 in Design, Development, Gaming, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×53: The Route of All Evil

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Stuart gets the episode number wrong, the ghosts of KWebStat and Jokosher are unearthed, and:

    • [00:01:52] Github Sponsors: a new donations programme from Github where people can give money to support an open source project. A good idea? Well, maybe. We have some thoughts on this latest attempt to bring money into the open source ecosystem, and whether they’re doing better than Tidelift or OpenCollective or any of the others
    • [00:21:40] Stadia: Google’s upcoming streaming video gaming service (or possibly a terrible hatchback car from the 1980s). Are we on board? Or are there problems? Well, maybe a bit of both. Bringing the subscription model to gaming excites a lot of comment as a concept, and whether Google are the right people to do it is also a concern
    • [00:34:57] Sign in with Apple: Apple’s new rival to signing in with Google or Facebook. Privacy preserving? Yes, at least partially. Mandatory for anyone using anyone else’s single sign on? Also yes. So, we are on the fence a bit here; time to dig into it, and what the iceberg is that this is the tip of as integration between services becomes more critical and harder to get away from

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×53-the-route-of-all-evil/12238

    2×52: Apples to Oranges

    Posted by on 16th May 2019 in Development, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

    2×52: Apples to Oranges

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there is charity and there is hope but there is not a lot of faith, and:

    • [00:02:50] Lenovo are apparently making a Thinkpad-brand foldable PC next year. We have Thoughts, not surprisingly
    • [00:08:40] Uber finally do their IPO, which manages to seriously underperform expectations and yet still be the 9th biggest US IPO ever
    • [00:11:10] Someone comes up with a worrying Whatsapp remote exploit — dial a call which would then buffer overflow the target and install software on it. It went unmentioned in the release notes, although maybe that’s a good thing because people don’t install security updates?
    • [00:13:50] Drinking six or more coffees a day can be detrimental to your health. In other news, a bear prays, and the Pope was seen heading into the woods with a roll of toilet paper
    • [00:15:20] Our main feature: lots of people think it’s unfair if their open source software is bundled up and sold by someone putting no effort into it. This is certainly legal, but there seem to be more developers who are disillusioned about this, both for personal projects and in large enterprises. Historically the response has been: that’s legal, so you just have to live with it. But as the open source world has changed, is that still a good answer? Maybe those developers do need to live with it, but perhaps there should be a better explanation as to why living with it is actually better in the long term? Or maybe the open source pitch itself should change, or the world should: can we do better than dismissing people’s concerns rather than helping them understand?

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×52-apples-to-oranges/12185

    2×51: Game of Groans

    Posted by on 18th April 2019 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×51: Game of Groans

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest presenter Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which apparently reading A Song of Ice and Fire is as bad as being a Crossfit person or using Arch, Jorge refuses to publicly state just how many HDMI devices he has, and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×51-game-of-groans/12150

    Bad Voltage Live 2019

    Posted by on 4th April 2019 in Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | Comments Off on Bad Voltage Live 2019

    Bad Voltage Live 2019

    The Bad Voltage live show, performed at SCALE 17x! From Pasadena, California, on Friday 8th March 2019, this is Bad Voltage Live! Warning: contains advanced suit technology™. Featuring special guests Erica Brescia, Corey Quinn, Mary Thengvall, Hannah Anderson, Alan Pope, Ilan Rabinovitch, and Matthew “dotwaffle” Walster!

    There’s no audio track for this one, because it’s a stage show, but there is video at YouTube!

    2×50: Born In A Log Cabin

    Posted by on 21st March 2019 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×50: Born In A Log Cabin

    Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Jono is at death’s door and not present, Stuart mixes the show and therefore any complaints should be directed to him (and obviously these will make Jono feel good about himself), and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×50-born-in-a-log-cabin/12110

    2×49: Social Missiles

    Posted by on 21st February 2019 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×49: Social Missiles

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we declare a moratorium on social media, there is Tinder but for livestock, and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×49-social-missiles/12065

    2×48: Antisocial Media

    Posted by on 14th February 2019 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×48: Antisocial Media

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we take ourselves up on a challenge we set a couple of episodes ago.

    Social media. There’s pretty wide agreement that there are issues with it; that it fosters divisiveness and a lack of nuance, it amplifies the narcissistic, that it’s easy to harass and bully people, that there are ways in which it’s had a detrimental impact on society. But is that the fault of the social media networks, or the fault of humanity who just didn’t have an audible voice before? And if that’s the case… what can be done about it? Anything?

    We have some thoughts, and have been reading up about social media, engagement, and the “techlash” more generally, and the motives behind some of these actions. So, why’s it happening, and can it be fixed?

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×48-antisocial-media/12054

    2×47: Get Oval Shortbread

    Posted by on 7th February 2019 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×47: Get Oval Shortbread

    Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia present an abbreviated Bad Voltage, in the lead up to Bad Voltage Live at SCaLE in Pasadena, California on March 8th! With some thoughts on what makes a good conference, some confusion as to what the hell Essential are doing releasing a paid-for email app, and a slightly different take on Apple’s Facetime bug where at least one of us thinks that maybe it’s been blown a little out of proportion.

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×47-get-oval-shortbread/12042

    2×46: A Giant Loser

    Posted by on 24th January 2019 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×46: A Giant Loser

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we look forward for the year and describe what we think will happen in tech in 2019! Our predictions are:

    • Jono:
      • These companies will IPO: Uber (the largest IPO ever), Peloton, Lyft, Slack, Cloudflare
      • Netflix will start selling films/programmes for a one-off cost, not part of your Netflix subscription, a la, Amazon Prime, or…
      • Netflix will launch a streaming gaming service
      • Jim Whitehurst will be announced as IBM CEO
      • Zuckerberg will no longer be Facebook CEO (half a point of whining for this), and Sheryl Sandberg will be CEO
      • Facebook Spaces will continue to be a thing nobody cares about
    • Stuart:
      • A CEO will be fired for a data breach
      • The world finally embraces USB-C
      • The first high-profile deepfake video (not porn; politics or celebrity somehow) will happen and mislead people
      • The world will not care at all about folding phones
    • Jeremy:
      • The US will pass at least one major nationwide piece of privacy legislation (akin to the GDPR or similar)
      • The US goes into a recession (by someone’s definition, for example two consecutive quarters of decline, or the NBER’s definition)
      • Foldable phones will outsell true 5G phones, despite the latter getting much more hype
      • Sheryl Sanderg steps down from Facebook to become the CEO of Disney
      • The PS5 will not ship in 2019

    Now it’s your turn to get involved! What we want you to do is go to community.badvoltage.org and tell us which one of our predictions is most likely to happen, which one is least likely to happen, and one of your own!

    And in a real prediction of something that will happen in 2019, we bring our fantastic live show back to SCaLE in Pasadena, California on March 8th 2019! Keep listening for more details, but if you haven’t yet got your tickets for SCaLE, we’ve got a discount code to give you so that you can see Bad Voltage Live and all the rest of SCaLE as well. See you there! Go to badvoltage.org/live for more details and to see the trailer!

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×46-a-giant-loser/12022

    2×45: Volt 45

    Posted by on 10th January 2019 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×45: Volt 45

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we look back on our predictions for 2018 and see how we did. Not wishing to give anything away, but if you were expecting clairvoyant genius… you might want to tone down your hopes a bit.

    And in a real prediction of something that will happen in 2019, we bring our fantastic live show back to SCaLE in Pasadena, California on March 8th 2019! Keep listening for more details, but if you haven’t yet got your tickets for SCaLE, we’ve got a discount code to give you so that you can see Bad Voltage Live and all the rest of SCaLE as well. See you there!

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    Discuss this episode, and vote in the poll for who you think won, on the forum!

    2×44: Seven Systems

    Posted by on 13th December 2018 in Development, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×44: Seven Systems

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there are more rants than expected, there are seven seconds of panic, and:

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×44-seven-systems/11955

    2×43: Shouting and shaming

    Posted by on 29th November 2018 in Development, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×43: Shouting and shaming

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest Alan Pope standing in for Jeremy present Bad Voltage, in which Tiger Tokens are a more viable currency than you think, AI gets things wrong again, and:

    • [00:02:20] A popular open source dependency in use by many packages, with two million weekly downloads, was “compromised” in maybe a new and interesting way. The maintainer handed over the package to another developer… who then published an update which stole cryptocurrency wallets. The problem was identified and handled pretty quickly, but this has ignited a great deal of conversation and controversy about the role and responsibilities of open source project maintainers, npm, and the like. We get into it.
    • [00:15:40] Jaywalking is a crime in China, and they have cameras to detect it and then publish the pictures publicly to shame the jaywalker. Dong Mingzhu, head of a major Chinese company, got shamed… because the cameras took a picture of a picture of her on the side of a bus and thought it was her. Is this just lulz, or a(nother)cautionary tale about the increasing role of flawed AI in decision making?
    • [00:25:40] Google employees ask their bosses to cancel Project Dragonfly, the big G’s planned search engine for China which obeys the Chinese government’s requirements on blocking certain search terms around human rights and banned religions. Amnesty International have weighed in, and there will be protests. This all speaks to a larger discussion about the power of collective bargaining, and a culture which gives (or doesn’t) employees the ability to speak up about high-level decisions they disagree with.
    • [00:39:25] The Android hacking community are alight with speculation after a Huawei developer adds a commit to Google’s Fuchsia kernel to enable their Kirin 970 board. The Internet Extrapolation Engine is in overdrive, speculating this means the so-called “Android replacement” is being tested on the “Honor Play” series of Huawei devices. Is this a thing? And a detour into the nature of Android replacements; why do Samsung have Tizen and bada?
    • [00:49:00] Twitter: some are specifically recommending that you screenshot, not quote-tweet, controversial tweets that you disagree with because Twitter sees a quote-tweet as an implicit “this is worth sharing” vote and adds credit to that controversial message. Some thoughts on whether this is a good idea, and how small decisions can lead to behavioural bad choices, along with more dodgy AI decisions as Twitter spend some time banning people who tweet about killing Sean Bean in Hitman 2. We’re interested in feedback on how to solve this problem without taking your ball and going home by opting out of social media entirely; let us know on the forum or Slack. Can social media be used as a force for good without also enabling this sort of thing?

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×43-shouting-and-shaming/11927

    2×42: The Book 2024

    Posted by on 13th November 2018 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

    2×42: The Book 2024

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the show was recorded in slightly unusual circumstances because people are travelling at our normal time, phones are now literally twice as big as they ought to be if you like tiny phones which apparently nobody does, and:

    • [00:02:15] Samsung unveil their new foldable phone, which we are, to be honest with you, not all that impressed with
    • [00:11:35] In an update on a previous segment, phone companies in the USA have been slammed by FCC for not doing more to handle robocalls, and a whole bunch of information about call screening and automatically routing scam calls to voicemail if you can manage it. How should such things be fixed, or regulated, if at all?
    • [00:22:25] Motorola are the first major phone manufacturers to sell official DIY phone repair kits, which is somewhat against previous phone vendors’ approaches to who is allowed to repair their devices. Is this a good thing, or too little too late? And would you buy a Motorola just to get it?
    • [00:32:30] Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, says we need to regulate facial recognition tech before ‘the year 2024 looks like the book “1984”‘, which prompts quite a lot of discussion about the role of companies and research in the 21st century and how societal norms may change and may have already changed

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×42-the-book-2024/11900