Shows

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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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

2×41: To Star Repeat 5 Forward 100 Right 144

Posted by on 2nd November 2018 in Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×41: To Star Repeat 5 Forward 100 Right 144

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which a proof through poetry is presented and utterly fails to move the audience, Red Hat maintains a ton of things, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×41-to-star-repeat-5-forward-100-right-144/11885

2×40: Teeth Will Be Provided

Posted by on 18th October 2018 in News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×40: Teeth Will Be Provided

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we appeal for Colgate corporate sponsorship, nobody adds a fake notch, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×40-teeth-will-be-provided/11866

2×39: Snark of the Covenant

Posted by on 27th September 2018 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×39: Snark of the Covenant

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the hardest part of being a developer is personal development, the BV team average two-thirds of a workout per day, and:

  • [00:02:10] Apple release the Apple Watch 4 with a bunch of health additions, and iOS 12 is apparently pretty good, while at the same time they reject iPhone apps which mention the new Apple phone models … Signing into a Google thing now signs you into the browser whether you want it or not, although it can at least be turned off in later versions if you don’t like it … Elon Musk is in the early stages of McAfee syndrome, according to a chap on Twitter … Jono’s got a Peloton exercise bike and has a mini review…
  • [00:38:50] Linus Torvalds writes that he’s taking some time off to get some assistance in understanding people’s emotions and apologises for his past behaviour, vowing to try to do better. The community welcome this new personal insight, or condemn other people for unduly influencing Linus into this decision, and everything in between. We have some thoughts on how we got here, and what’s next.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×39-snark-of-the-covenant/11835

2×38: Rambling Uncle at Christmas

Posted by on 6th September 2018 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×38: Rambling Uncle at Christmas

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest presenter Alan Pope present Bad Voltage, in which there is temporarily less Jeremy, everyone should have a figurine on their desk which watches over them (tell us on the forum what yours is!), and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×38-rambling-uncle-at-christmas/11799

2×37: Amidst the turmoil and darkness

Posted by on 23rd August 2018 in Design, Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×37: Amidst the turmoil and darkness

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which there is more GDPR but not as much as there is on every website everywhere, there is discussion of rolling pins which is probably taking the retro-technology trend a bit too far, and:

  • [00:01:49] News: Python community generally feel that having no leader is gonna be OK, at least for now; Bad Voltage team say, this is our sceptical face … Facebook to start reviewing people on their “trustworthiness”; also debates changing logo to a black pot surrounded by 2.2 billion kettles … and London “fake news is not our friend” FB ads get “adapted” by Protest Stencil to say “it’s our business model” … the FBI decide they can solve crimes by just demanding Google tell them everyone who was nearby at the time; Google say: pull the other one, J. Edgar, it’s got bells on … and according to the Verge, $1000 phones have become normal, although it’s not clear anyone knows what normal is, these days …
  • [00:40:25] Slack. What is it good for? There are companies with a three-person team all in the same room who communicate through a Slack with six channels, and there are some trying to run a 10,000+ people community through it (or deliberately stopping doing so). What’s it supposed to be for? And is it succeeding? Has it stopped being trendy now, or are these merely growing pains?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×37-amidst-the-turmoil-and-darkness/11781

2×36: Open Cooks

Posted by on 9th August 2018 in Design, Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×36: Open Cooks

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we know what time it is, maybe we should set up a startup called Votr, yet another Google Pixel goes in the toilet, and:

  • [00:02:18] Some time ago, Jono and Stuart built BBQPad, a service to track your barbecue cooks, and now we’re closing it down. But we’d like to open source the code, maybe see a new community grow around it, so… how do we best do that? What do we do about the licence? Maybe someone out there is interested in taking it on? We’ll cover our thoughts on what we’re doing here
  • [00:17:50] Patrick Volkerding from Slackware is having some financial problems, and Cassidy Blaede is going full time on Elementary; some thoughts on the perennial topic of how open source projects get money, and what this might mean for each of these OSes
  • [00:44:08] ARM Chromebooks, and how installing Linux on them is nowhere near as trivial as you may have thought
  • [00:52:08] News: Android 9, “Pie”, is released, and the first phone to get it is Jeremy’s Essential PH1, rather surprisingly … The American FCC admits that the “hack” that they claimed happened to their comment system over net neutrality never actually happened, blames the previous CIO … Google Pixel 3 is coming in October and specs are now out there, including a “Pixel Stand” which basically turns your phone into a Google Home … the name of Palm rises from the dead with a new upcoming phone, the attractively-named PVG100, which is just running Android, after HP sold Palm in 2014 … West Virginia in the US plan to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections, via the services of a startup called, depressingly, Voatz, who are also using a blockchain, for extra lolz; this is an idea so stupid that it even hit xkcd … Apple may be replacing the keyboard with a touchbar style screen in the future … and Jono discovers Public Enemy, thirty years later …

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×36-open-cooks/11757

2×35: Two Point Five Billion Factor Auth

Posted by on 26th July 2018 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

2×35: Two Point Five Billion Factor Auth

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we answer a question from @peterrenshu about what a Linux expert is, we are unsurprisingly loath to upload all our passwords to a startup with a big smile and a Bootstrap website, and:

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Discuss this on the forum!

2×34: Destroying Angel

Posted by on 28th June 2018 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×34: Destroying Angel

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which vertical video is truly a thing, editing doesn’t happen as much as it should, and:

  • [00:03:22] News: Ubuntu release a first analysis of the data they collect about user hardware … WHO add “Gaming Disorder” to their disease classification manual … Gitlab move from Azure to Google Cloud … symbolics.com is the oldest domain, from 1985, according to Frederic Cambus … Akon wants to build a “techno city” in Senegal and fund it with cryptocurrency to make “a real-life Wakanda” … Tencent joins the Linux Foundation … the US supreme court declares that protection from searches applies to cell tower tracking … Instagram are estimated to be worth more than $100 billion …
  • [00:38:30] In January, Microsoft published a blog post proudly boasting of the contracts it had signed with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. Recently, ICE have been in the news a lot over border control issues and separation of children from parents; MS therefore got a bunch of pushback about this, and Satya himself commented, walking it back. Google were part of a US military AI project and in April 3100 employees signed a petition requesting that they pull out; they walked it back. The Open Source Definition specifically says that there will be “No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor”. Should tech companies take ethical stances, or is the software industry merely a neutral provider of technology and the users have to deal with all the ethical questions?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×34-destroying-angel/11696

2×33: Visual Github

Posted by on 14th June 2018 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Reviews, Shows, Technology | Comments Off on 2×33: Visual Github

2×33: Visual Github

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which people apparently are allowed to just set up a company about rockets now, we don’t have HBO’s budget, and:

This show is dedicated to two inspiring people who recently died: open source journalist Robin “roblimo” Miller and chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×33-visual-github/11671 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJIP0zIbpKo

2×32: IO, IO, It’s Off To Work We Go

Posted by on 18th May 2018 in Development, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×32: IO, IO, It’s Off To Work We Go

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which it was Google.IO, the big G’s developer conference, and they had a lot to announce… so we take a deeper dive into some of the upcoming stuff and what we think.

  • [00:00:45] General feelings and the overall feel
  • [00:02:25] Duplex: Google Assistant making phone calls to real people to book hair salon appointments and the like. This was by far the thing which got the most press from this IO, and… we have some thoughts. Lots.
  • [00:25:00] Android P: swipe gestures are coming (again)
  • [00:27:05] Digital wellness: helping people unplug, a bit, from their devices. This is an interesting turn from Google, whether done for cynical reasons or shining ones, and the sort of thing that the Center for Humane Technology have been talking about a lot
  • [00:36:40] Google News are planning to use (say it with me) AI and machine learning to curate news and automatically pull in other reads of a given story from different points on the political spectrum
  • [00:44:00] Smart Compose is a new Gmail feature which will make writing suggestions to you when writing a mail; we’re still arguing about Smart Replies, the pre-canned single-button responses, which Stuart bizarrely doesn’t like for no good reason and Jeremy and Jono point this out at some length
  • [00:51:10] Smart displays with Google Assistant, and the Echo Show
  • [00:53:00] Google Photos automatically picking up foreground objects by using AI and machine learning (ya rly!), potentially bringing the “portrait lighting” mode from the iPhone X to Android natively rather than a million manual apps in the Play Store
  • [00:54:16] Maps now has augmented-reality walking directions, with a little cartoon fox for you to follow. And some discussion of whether integrating lots of stuff into Maps is a good idea or not
  • [01:02:00] A grab-bag of extras: Leap to translate menus with AR, Chromebooks being able to run Linux apps, and overall thoughts on Google’s direction

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Discuss this show in the forum!

2×31: Just In Case Delivery

Posted by on 3rd May 2018 in Gaming, Linux, News, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×31: Just In Case Delivery

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which you must be this tall to ride the HTTP, loads of things are related directly or indirectly to Facebook’s F8 conference, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×31-just-in-case-delivery/11608

2×30: Accidental Loot

Posted by on 19th April 2018 in Gaming, News, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×30: Accidental Loot

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which Jono can’t stop laughing, you too are affected by the GDPR, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×30-accidental-loot/11588

2×29: Extra Meaty Skid

Posted by on 5th April 2018 in Gaming, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×29: Extra Meaty Skid

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we are raided, we sell the forum (temporarily) to Alan Pope as part of the Papal Weekend, we are the youth gone wild, and:

  • [00:05:00] Cloudflare spin up a new DNS service at 1.1.1.1… Google launching mid-range Pixel – likely focused on India… Revisiting our Mycroft review in the light of their 18.02 release: Stuart comments in detail, while Mycroft calls Jono a fool (really!)… Apple to move to ARM chips made by themselves in laptops, from 2020… Mark Shuttleworth talks about Canonical IPO… US restaurant PaneraBread leaks millions of customer records… Mozilla Reality: a browser, in VR… Profile Engine scraped hundreds of millions of users’ Facebook profiles in 2007-2010… Google vs Oracle: Google loses appeal, APIs are copyrightable… we’ve been playing with the MarcoPolo “video walkie-talkie” app, and review it…
  • [01:01:00] Jeremy and Stuart and others have been working on building Measure, a tool for people who manage open source projects. It helps you know what’s going on in the community, who’s contributing and who isn’t, and generally gives you more visibility, while being easy to understand and opinionated in which things it shows you. We talk about it here, and Jeremy spoke about Measure at SCaLE 16x in more detail still if you want to know even more.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×29-extra-meaty-skid/11564

2×28: Renamed to Spectre

Posted by on 22nd March 2018 in Gaming, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

2×28: Renamed to Spectre

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which space is raided, beans are endless, and:

  • [00:01:55] News: An Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian… Google announce the “Google News Initiative“, which seems to be some sort of subscription service, an attempt to fact-check fake news, and a way to help journalists connect privately and securely to the internet… Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are under a great deal of fire about data harvesting and influence over election proceedings and public perceptions in the UK and the US… WebOS is open source (again)… NVIDIA and Microsoft collaborate on RTX, some real-time raytracing in DirectX to produce “cinematic quality” real-time games… and RIP Stephen Hawking, legendary physicist and actor in Star Trek: The Next Generation…
  • [00:37:26] Mycroft are working towards their Mark II release: fully funded on Kickstarter in six hours and got up to nearly $400,000, but can this be good? Some thoughts on the Mark 1, and prospects for the Mark 2, and what Mycroft will need to succeed. Just don’t ask it “Mycroft, what are beans?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×28-renamed-to-spectre/11540

2×27: Much Furdo About Nothing

Posted by on 26th February 2018 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

2×27: Much Furdo About Nothing

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which brick-and-mortar shops go under, brick-and-mortar shops go from strength to strength, things are a bit delayed after a very tough week, and:

  • [00:01:18] News: Blast from the past UK electronics store Maplinare in talks to sell the business, along with rueful speculations on how Radio Shack are doing too… In an unoracular move, beneath the market’s din, Oracle open sources DTrace under the GPLGoogle removes “view image” from the Google Image Search after a settlement with Getty Images, inspiring a whole bunch of rage and/or plaudits… Snapchat updates UI, 1.2 million people sign a change.org petition complaining about it, Snapchat responds and says things will get easier, honest… FreeBSD release their new code of conduct, which takes a much more detailed approach to listing acceptable and unacceptable behaviour than most projects do… some thoughts on Amazon’s real-world bookshops
  • [00:32:20] In the last show, Jeremy asked this question: “if success on the Linux desktop ends up meaning that we have to move to a paid app ecosystem, with a mixture of closed and open source apps, would you prefer that we have that success, or stay with what we have now?” We said, “this is a big enough discussion to deserve a whole section of the show to itself”, and… this is exactly that discussion.

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