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3×46: Srtrerarm Deck

Posted by on 19th May 2022 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×46: Srtrerarm Deck

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest star Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which those of the team not currently having fun on a beach in Spain dig into the latest tech news, including (but not limited to):

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×46-srtrerarm-deck/12458

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3×45: Natural Musk

Posted by on 29th April 2022 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×45: Natural Musk

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Times Square is a much better example, it is Stuart’s turn to seemingly sound like he recorded this at the bottom of a coal mine (sorry about that), and:

  • [00:01:50] Elon Musk is buying Twitter. We have thoughts, and quite a few of them. There’s a question as to whether it’ll even happen, there are questions about what he plans to do, and there are questions (many, many questions) about what Twitter will look like after it’s been Elonified. Let’s dig into it

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×45-natural-musk/12455

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3×44: The Loch Dustbinness Monster

Posted by on 14th April 2022 in Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×44: The Loch Dustbinness Monster

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest star Alan Pope present Bad Voltage, in which intelligence is artificial, snaps are un-ned, and art is what you make it:

  • [00:04:00] popey’s latest tool is unsnap, which helps you “quickly and easily migrate from using snap for applications to flatpak”, and we’ll get into how it works and why it exists
  • [] AI-generated artwork. Aza Raskin made a very cool AI-generated video for Zia Cora’s song “submarines”, where he put together a list of text queries and then used AI algorithm Disco Diffusion to generate images as video frames. This sort of AI-generated imagery and art is increasingly common, whether This Person Does Not Exist or This Bench Does Not Exist or National Novel Generation Month or whatever. But what are the wider ramifications of this, for ownership, collaboration, and open source? What are your intuitions in this: is a list of text descriptions of an image really the “source code” for that image? If someone uses the same queries that you did, is their work a derivative work of yours? Would you feel delighted or ripped off if that happened? This is all a new area, and it’s evolving very fast: where are the precedents for this sort of collaborative art creation and where should we be drawing inspiration and understanding?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×44-the-loch-dustbinness-monster/12454

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3×43: Self Assembly

Posted by on 24th March 2022 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×43: Self Assembly

Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, and special guest star Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which we in theory want to talk about loads of news but actually we spend all our discussion time on one topic:

  • [00:02:00] Jorge is into Flatpak. And there’s quite a lot to talk about here. This is very much about the Linux desktop, distribution of applications, and how things have changed; stuff has certainly happened since the last time we looked at this, and it’s worth getting into. Let’s talk about what flatpak means today.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×43-self-assembly/12449

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3×42: That High Level of Unlikeliness

Posted by on 3rd March 2022 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×42: That High Level of Unlikeliness

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia return, after a couple of months of trials and tribulations, to reveal our predictions for (the rest of) 2022! Prepare to find out What Comes Next in our roles as Cassandras:

  • [00:06:20] Jono:
    • VR bonanza: Apple will release their VR headset this year, and PSVR2 will be released, both purchasable by real people. Both will experience critical acclaim (although we won’t have good sales figures)
    • Tesla won’t release a phone, Neuralink will launch in beta this year
    • Truth Social will experience significant growth (but nowhere near as much as Twitter etc) but will be plagued with (1) stability issues, and (2) extremist content
    • Bonus 1: Canonical will not be acquired
    • Meta’s VR services will actually not be terrible
  • [00:28:35] Jeremy:
    • Apple will, for the first time in a long time, release a completely new product line. It will be AR/VR, and it will be panned by critics
    • At least one very large (think FAANG size but does not have to be a FAANG) will walk back their remote work policy
    • both the US and EU pass sweeping tech related laws that have broad impact on the industry (part of the “techlash”)
    • Bonus 1: Gamestop stock price still above $100
    • Inflation for the year below five percent
    • Truth Social will shut down
    • Mark Zuckerberg will not be CEO of Meta
  • [00:49:40] Stuart:
    • Apple will either allow sideloading or allow third-party browser engines on iOS
    • Matter (the common protocol for IoT stuff) will see first devices released, people will not care (they should, but they won’t, of course) and it won’t actually work
    • Meta’s share price a third at end of year what it is at start: under $100 at end of 2022.
    • Bonus 1: Some company will leak private customer data onto a blockchain so it’s there forever
    • Someone buys Twitter (likely to not happen because of the regulatory environment, as Jeremy points out!)

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×42-that-high-level-of-unlikeliness/12447

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3×41: By A Hair Or Two

Posted by on 23rd December 2021 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×41: By A Hair Or Two

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia are in your ears for the last time in 2021, as we look back on what we thought this year would be back in January, and then how it’s actually been now that we’ve lived through it. Yes, it’s prediction review time! Did you do better than us?

We will do better next year. And we plan to do so, live and on camera! Keep an eye out for our first live stream of a show recording, January 13th 2022!

Have great holidays, and see you all in the new year!

  • [00:01:35] SIL: Remote work starts to hollow out cities
  • [00:05:44] SIL: Social media credibility checker
  • [00:09:37] SIL: Amazon buy Zoom
  • [00:10:58] SIL: Bonuses – Canonical, Vaccinations, Apple
  • [00:16:42] JG: Jeff Bezos richest man ever
  • [00:18:09] JG: Google makes largest acquisition in history of company
  • [00:19:20] JG: BTC below $5,000 or above $55,000
  • [00:22:05] JG: Facebook loses 15%-20% of active user count
  • [00:23:26] JG: Bonus – Amazon search engine, security breach larger than Solarwinds
  • [00:27:29] JB: Sony releases PSVR headset V2
  • [00:29:21] JB: vaccine passport required by airlines
  • [00:34:45] JB: Donald Trump’s Twitter account disabled but not banned
  • [00:35:52] JB: Zoom remote-working offering
  • [00:37:48] JB: Bonuses – Facebook spaces, Canonical not getting acquired
  • [00:41:12] Outro

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×41-by-a-hair-or-two/12445

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3×40: The House on the Hill

Posted by on 25th November 2021 in Development, Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×40: The House on the Hill

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia hold these rights to be self-evident:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×40-the-house-on-the-hill/12441

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3×39: Ready Player No

Posted by on 11th November 2021 in Development, News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×39: Ready Player No

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia claim to do research, run conferences, encourage people to hire Marius, and:

  • Meta. Facebook rebranded to Meta and have gone all in on the “metaverse”, which they call “a hybrid of today’s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions or projected into the physical world”. VR and AR are coming with a Facebook brand on it, and we’re going to talk about it. What’s the metaverse all about? Can it work? Does anyone want it? And are Facebook (er, “Meta”) the people who should be providing it?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×39-ready-player-no/12440

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3×38: Nikola Where Are You Now

Posted by on 28th October 2021 in Development, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×38: Nikola Where Are You Now

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which Stuart honestly thought for one second that the Americans have a very worryingly-titled show called “Poor Patrol” before realising that he misheard, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×38-nikola-where-are-you-now/12439

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3×37: I Will See Them In The Fire

Posted by on 14th October 2021 in Development, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×37: I Will See Them In The Fire

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which whistles are blown, audio is twitched, and:

  • [00:02:18] A whole show on one topic: Facebook and content moderation. Since Frances Haugen left Facebook for the life of a whistleblower, filing complaints with federal law enforcement that Facebook knows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest and conceals that knowledge, this discussion has been in the news a lot. We want to look at it from two different angles: policy and process. Obviously Facebook could choose to do better; if they do not choose to do better, what if anything can be done to make them do better? Regulation may be required, but what should that regulation say? And if we take the more charitable view that Facebook actually do want to fix the problems that hate speech causes on their platform and by extension for the world: is it even possible to do so? Facebook are in the business of spreading people’s thoughts, especially those which produce strong reactions. Is it possible for them to fix or even further alleviate this problem while continuing to be Facebook?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×37-i-will-see-them-in-the-fire/12438

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3×36: Nor Any Drop

Posted by on 30th September 2021 in Development, News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×36: Nor Any Drop

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we discuss the mysterious arrival of boxes, how to play CDs, and:

  • [00:02:18] We review the 8Sleep Pod Pro Cover, an internet-connected mattress, which Jono claims is actually useful. There is, not surprisingly, some scepticism about this claim, but equally: sleep is important and basically nobody gets enough of it. So let’s have a look!
  • [00:21:35] There has recently been a bunch of governmental, court, and regulatory pushback on Apple around the world about their policies on their app store and their gatekeeping process for their platform: in the US and Japan, South Korea, and Russia among others. Relatedly, the UK are also doing a regulatory study into this sort of thing and Stuart was invited to speak to them as an expert and showed them some slides about browser choice on iOS. We’re going to talk about this a little.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×36-nor-any-drop/12437

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3×35: Generated For The Purpose Of Journalism

Posted by on 2nd September 2021 in News, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×35: Generated For The Purpose Of Journalism

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×35-generated-for-the-purpose-of-journalism/12435

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3×34: The Days To Come Will Be Filled

Posted by on 19th August 2021 in Open Source, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×34: The Days To Come Will Be Filled

Stuart Langridge and Jono Bacon present Bad Voltage, in which Jeremy is away, there used to be a star and now there isn’t, and we devote the whole show to a discussion of Apple’s recent announcement that your iPhone will now scan some of your photos and report them if they’re child porn. This has created quite a lot of discussion (ZDNet, EFF, Forbes). In particular, the concern from most is that this is the top of a slippery slope. We’ll dig into this a bit; when the former CSO of Facebook is writing New York Times editorials there’s a discussion to be had, at least, and when seventh-graders now think that Apple is looking at their photos, the message has got a bit out of control, especially as it may relate to Apple’s relationship with governments, especially the Chinese government. Let’s see what all this is about, and whether we’re merely one more screeching minority for asking questions.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×34-the-days-to-come-will-be-filled/12432

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3×33: Eternal Bronze Medallists

Posted by on 5th August 2021 in Development, Gaming, News, Open Source, Shows, Social Media, Space, Technology | 0 comments

3×33: Eternal Bronze Medallists

Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Jono is away, you too are not an astronaut, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×33-eternal-bronze-medallists/12430

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3×32: Trigger’s Broom

Posted by on 22nd July 2021 in Development, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×32: Trigger’s Broom

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which God is not our co-pilot. Instead, Github Copilot is. What’s the deal with this thing?

Copilot is “an AI pair programmer that helps you write better code”, according to Github themselves. “GitHub Copilot draws context from the code you’re working on, suggesting whole lines or entire functions.” Is this useful? Is it good? Is it good for open source?

Matthew Garrett wrote a thing about Copilot which is worth reading, especially if your basic feeling is that it takes our open source code against the licence and that’s bad.

And what about the bigger picture? Github — well, Microsoft — are one of the biggest players in the world; is this what they should be doing? And if it isn’t… what is?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×32-triggers-broom/12429

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3×31: Weaponised Death Roomba

Posted by on 24th June 2021 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×31: Weaponised Death Roomba

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there is much news from all over the tech industry, including:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×31-weaponised-death-roomba/12428

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3×30: Reduced Amplitude

Posted by on 28th May 2021 in News, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×30: Reduced Amplitude

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which it is all the news all the time, including:

  • [00:03:30] The results of our (flagrantly biased) Room 101 polls from the last episode!
  • [00:10:29] The biggest GDPR fines so far
  • [00:16:45] Charlie Bit My Finger becomes an NFT
  • [00:31:50] Tesla (arguably) throttle older cars (at least according to Norway)
  • [00:36:50] Internet Explorer 11 is to finally be retired on June 15, 2022
  • [00:44:45] AMP pages are no longer being prioritised in Google Search
  • [00:59:15] People are taking UFOs seriously (!)

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×30-reduced-amplitude/12426

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3×29: Down With The Peeps 101

Posted by on 13th May 2021 in Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×29: Down With The Peeps 101

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we emulate the old British talk/game show Room 101 by nominating our pet hates and consigning those hates to oblivion in Room 101, the ultimate destination for all rubbish things. Assuming, that is, that our explanations convince our colleagues, which is not as easy as one might think.

  • [00:02:20] Jeremy: reality TV
  • [00:08:05] Stuart: Pepe the frog
  • [00:15:45] Jono: overly cartoony company mascots
  • [00:24:20] Jeremy: Facebook
  • [00:35:30] Stuart: peppers
  • [00:40:30] Jono: new features that slow down devices, um, because they prioritise new features over the operational modality of a device
  • [00:48:35] Jeremy: Peeps
  • [00:55:10] Stuart: websites and apps that demand your phone number
  • [01:00:05] Jono: cats

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3×28: Eat The Show

Posted by on 30th April 2021 in Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×28: Eat The Show

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the subject of artificial intelligence is discussed. We’ve walked around the outside of this topic a few times on the show, and now it’s time to dig in; is AI actually real, or are the jokes about reclassifying a Python script as “AI” to get funding founded in reality? Is AI useful, or is it mostly for parlour tricks? What’s going on that provides genuine use to normal people? And… what does the future look like? Should there be legislation; are AI and ML two sides of the same coin or two fundamentally different things… there’s lots to get into.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×28-eat-the-show/12421

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3×27: Bargle-floop the podcast

Posted by on 15th April 2021 in Development, Politics, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×27: Bargle-floop the podcast

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which horrible neologisms are proposed, things are both funny and also sad, and there is ooh gosh loads of news:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×27-bargle-floop-the-podcast/12420

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3×26: Luminiferous Aether

Posted by on 1st April 2021 in Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×26: Luminiferous Aether

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which flock is more than wallpaper, we say the word “cohort” about fifty billion times, and:

  • [00:02:15] FLoC, the “federated learning of cohorts”, is a proposal from Google as part of their Privacy Sandbox initiative to replace third-party advertising cookies but still enable targeted advertising; instead advertisers will be told your “cohort ID”, a calculated and anonymous summary of your last week’s browsing history, and then decide whether and how to target you based on that alone. It’s got some nuances: FLoC won’t appear in GDPR-covered countries because what it does doesn’t ask for consent, and those against targeted advertising entirely such as the EFF obviously don’t like it, but… is this an improvement? Is it detrimental? Does it change anything at all? And is it remarkably ill-defined and slippery deliberately or because it’s still being worked out?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×26-luminiferous-aether/12419

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3×25: Novel Finance Things with No Flamin’ Time for this New-Fangled Tosh

Posted by on 19th March 2021 in Design, Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×25: Novel Finance Things with No Flamin’ Time for this New-Fangled Tosh

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we invite special guest star Augustus de Morgan to comment, there is an intemperate argument about jeans, and:

  • [00:01:30] NFTs. “Non-fungible tokens“; a way to record ownership of some digital asset on a blockchain, something like a collectible or a trading card. Suddenly even more popular all of a sudden. So what’s the deal here? There are a lot of people saying these are nothing more than a big scam; there are a lot of others making bank while claiming this is the way art should work in the 21st century. We’re taking a look, including minting our very own NFT to see what all the fuss is about at rarible.com/badvoltage which you should immediately go and buy for a kajillion dollars. But seriously, folks… what’s the deal here? We have, not surprisingly, Thoughts.

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×25-novel-finance-things-with-no-flamin-time-for-this-new-fangled-tosh/12417

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3×24: Weaponised Rooster

Posted by on 4th March 2021 in Open Source, Politics, Shows, Social Media, Technology | 0 comments

3×24: Weaponised Rooster

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest star Alan Pope present Bad Voltage, in which we are large and in charge, there is ancient history about electricians and phones, and:

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3×23: Multiple Otter Jacobs

Posted by on 19th February 2021 in Politics, Shows, Social Media | 0 comments

3×23: Multiple Otter Jacobs

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Facebook aren’t watching our webinars and this is not nuanced, and:

  • [00:02:50] Advertising. Apple’s new IDFA moves prompt a larger conversation about targeted advertising and whether it works, some examples of how we’ve actually tried using it, and then the bigger picture. Is highly targeted advertising or a waste of money, or does it work fine? If it doesn’t make money, is that because it really doesn’t, or because it does but all the value is captured by Google and Facebook? Is authenticity in advertising actually important? Is anyone actually authentic, or simply pretending? How can exaggeration be stopped in online advertising, and whose responsibility is it to actually do that? Does this relate to the differences between online and offline rules for product placement? And will anyone buy anything that you tell them about by just speaking into your mobile phone?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×23-multiple-otter-jacobs/12415

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3×22: Phantom Power

Posted by on 4th February 2021 in Design, Development, News, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×22: Phantom Power

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we take what Jono calls an avant-garde and everyone else calls a ridiculous improvised approach to the set list.

  • [00:01:10] Flash, aaargh. It saved every one of us. [Flash is now dead](https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html). We take a look back over the history of the web and all the places Flash fitted in, and look at the ups and downs of it all. Glad it’s gone? Yes. Is it replaced? Maaaaybe. We’ll look at Steve Jobs’s Thoughts on Flash memo from 2010, replacements such as Ruffle, and digital preservation projects such as Flashpoint, and ask the questions: are we sorry it’s gone? And what’s next?
  • [00:47:05] And at the end, the news! Scientists have apparently taught spinach to send emails! People in the Bay Area! Get a blue verified badge for your house! The September that never ended had its 10,000th day on January 16th 2021! And now, Bad Voltage!

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Poetry in Notion

Posted by on 21st January 2021 in Design, Open Source, Reviews, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Bad Voltage is on Spotify! Also, we have great content, you should review us on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere, and:

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3×20: According To The Prophecy

Posted by on 7th January 2021 in Design, Gaming, News, Politics, Shows, Technology, Ubuntu | 0 comments

3×20: According To The Prophecy

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we present our predictions for 2021!

  • Stuart:
    • [00:11:11] Remote work starts to hollow out cities and as a result, three major cities see population drops (or the populations drop more than they already were)
    • [00:17:20] Social media sites band together to avoid fake news (and government regulation of what they do) with some sort of shared “credibility checker”
    • [00:23:25] Amazon buy Zoom
    • [00:25:10] Bonuses: somebody buys Canonical; at least one of us has not been vaccinated; Jono continues to buy Apple stuff
  • Jeremy:
    • [00:31:30] Jeff Bezos will become the richest American who has ever lived (he tops around $340b)
    • [00:33:10] Google will make their largest acquisition in the history of the company
    • [00:37:35] Bitcoin price will go below $5,000 or above $55,000
    • [00:39:45] Facebook will lose 15%-20% of their active user count
    • [00:41:40] Bonuses: Amazon builds a publicly-available general-purpose search engine; a security breach larger than Solarwinds will be discovered and will materially impact the position of a major cloud provider or public tech company
  • Jono:
    • [00:45:55] Sony will release the second version of the PSVR headset
    • [00:49:25] A COVID “vaccine passport” will be required for at least three major airlines and five major countries
    • [00:54:50] Donald Trump’s Twitter account will be disabled at least twice but will not be banned [editor’s note! this has happened once already, in between us recording this show and us releasing it!]
    • [00:56:25] Zoom will start build a complete remote-working offering (the “Sharepointisation” of Zoom, as christened by Jeremy) and acquire at least one major remote-working company
    • [01:01:25] Bonuses: Facebook Spaces will still be shit (even though it has been shut down since 2019, so maybe Facebook Horizon will be shit); Canonical will not get acquired (!)

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

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×20-according-to-the-prophecy/12406

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

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3×19: We Have A Bit Of A Point

Posted by on 17th December 2020 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×19: We Have A Bit Of A Point

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we look back at 2×62, our predictions show from a year ago and see whether we correctly foresaw what happened in 2020, or… not. Also features SHAMELESS grovelling for points.

  • [00:02:07] Stuart on Slack purchases, CCPA convictions, ePrivacy, Epic, and drones
  • [00:22:20] Jono on Salesforce, quantum computing, colour Kindles, Canonical, the PS5, Facebook Spaces (again!) and Jack Dorsey
  • [00:43:10] Jeremy on EA and Blizzard, convergent devices, Uber Eats, and autonomous cars

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

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×19-we-have-a-bit-of-a-point/12403

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

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3×18: Ultracrepidarian

Posted by on 10th December 2020 in Design, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×18: Ultracrepidarian

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are ultracrepidarian, the Apple phone becomes slightly more annoying, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×18-ultracrepidarian/12398

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

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3×17: Such People In’t

Posted by on 27th November 2020 in Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×17: Such People In’t

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the reality distortion field is strong in this one, the middle name game continues unsuccessfully, and:

  • [00:02:03] Jeremy has opted for the Pixel 5! So it’s time for a review. The latest Google phone is out, and we have thoughts on the direction Google’s taking with it. And then… Jeremy’s not the only one with a new phone. Jono’s been shopping too, and maybe a little compare-and-contrast is in order with Mr Bacon’s slightly surprising choice. Let’s see what we decide! Does one cubic centimetre really cure ten gloomy sentiments? Enough to devote the whole show to, at least…

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

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×17-such-people-int/12396

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

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