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3×54: The Joe Dolce Music Theatre

Posted by on 20th January 2023 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×54: The Joe Dolce Music Theatre

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, and Stuart Langridge present Bad Voltage, in which we create predictions for 2023! What will happen over the next twelve months in the world of tech? Here’s what we think…

  • Stuart: the Texas HB20 social media law will come before the US Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court will uphold it as constitutional
  • Stuart: Global daily Twitter users will drop a minimum of 10% by the end of 2023
  • Stuart: A song claimed to be composed and performed entirely by AI will get in the charts
  • Stuart (Bonus): Apple will either allow sideloading or allow third-party browser engines on iOS
  • Stuart (Bonus): Someone buys Netflix
  • Jeremy: Tiktok gets banned in the USA
  • Jeremy: At least one traditional financial institution will have taken on substantial crypto risk that wasn’t fully disclosed
  • Jeremy: Netflix is acquired
  • Jeremy: The rapid advances in AI slow down in a very obvious way
  • Jeremy (Bonus): the web starts fragmenting into 3 distinct blocs: sino, euro, americano
  • Jeremy (Bonus): Mastodon usage peaks in the first half and drops steadily from there
  • Jeremy (Bonus): someone takes a large equity stake in Canonical
  • Jono: Meta will announce significant (1000+ peolpe) layoffs in their Metaverse division
  • Jono: Twitter will launch a YouTube competitor. Users will be able to upload long-form videos (1hr+), monetize their videos with ads, and see a video view
  • Jono: There will be at least 1 legal regulatory requirement be put into practice in the US or EU that restricts the use of ChatGPT and/or Large Language Models
  • Jono (Bonus): Apple will release their AR/VR headset, will garner positive reviews for the product, but press will still question the viability of AR/VR
  • Jono (Bonus): Donald Trump will drop out of the election for one of two reasons: (1) claims of persecution, or (2) a legal decision prevents him from running
  • Jono (Bonus): Bing will launch with ChatGPT-like functionality and see significantly increased growth. Significantly increased = 30%+

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×54-the-joe-dolce-music-theatre/12476

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

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

3×53: Representative but not Shining

Posted by on 23rd December 2022 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×53: Representative but not Shining

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage for the last time in 2022, in which we take a look back at our predictions for this year and review how we did. Surprisingly… not as badly as last year. Although as you may expect there is shameless jockeying for extra points. How did you do by comparison?

We’ll see you in 2023!

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×53-representative-but-not-shining/12473

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

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3×52: Click By 5pm

Posted by on 20th November 2022 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×52: Click By 5pm

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are not necessarily “extremely hardcore”, we aren’t verified (or are we?), we aren’t fleeing the country with a load of money that isn’t ours, and:

  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:37] Twitter and Musk: much change is afoot in the world of Twitter, as Elon Musk completes his purchase of the social media network and immediately starts changing things and staffing with varying degrees of competence and forethought. We have Opinions on this, not surprisingly
  • [00:34:46] Tech Layoffs: the world is heading into a recession, and tech firms are at the forefront of at least some of that. Some of the biggest names are laying off thousands of staff: many are affected
  • [00:40:24] FTX: the latest crypto explosion is bigger than most, but it’s also pretty confusing to understand what exactly it’s all about. We’ll dive in for explanations!
  • [00:49:38] Outro

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×52-click-by-5pm/12471

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

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3×51: Control the Meta Connect

Posted by on 24th October 2022 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×51: Control the Meta Connect

Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, and special guest Adam Lorimer present Bad Voltage, in which reality is virtual, metas are connected, and:

  • Meta, nee Facebook, had their Meta Connect conference where they announced their upcoming plans, recent hardware and software releases, and the like. We have some interest in VR generally, as evidenced by Jono always having a prediction about it at Christmas, and so we’d like to dig a bit more into what’s going on over there, some of the upcoming hardware, and talk a little about the place of VR (and AR and MR) in the world order and how it does and might fit in with everything, especially with Adam who actually does this stuff for a living!

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

https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×51-control-the-meta-connect/12470

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

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3×50: Two Riders Were Approaching

Posted by on 15th September 2022 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×50: Two Riders Were Approaching

Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and special guest Erica Brescia present Bad Voltage, in which a generation of hypochondriacs is created, we are made to do research, and:

  • [00:01:51] VC/WeWork/Flow
  • [00:20:28] AI wins state fair art contest, annoys humans
  • [00:28:14] New smart watches
  • [00:38:22] Notkia
  • [00:39:52] OSTP Issues Guidance to Make Federally Funded Research Freely Available Without Delay
  • [00:42:47] Outro

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×50-two-riders-were-approaching/12468

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

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3×49: The Noise of Doubt

Posted by on 11th August 2022 in Gaming, Linux, News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×49: The Noise of Doubt

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the roflcopter is created, Soli is forgotten, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×49-the-noise-of-doubt/12463

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

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3×48: Brave Internet Explorers

Posted by on 21st July 2022 in News, Open Source, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×48: Brave Internet Explorers

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which everyone’s middle name is Elaine, there is discussion of the nature of business in the modern age, and:

  • [00:02:45] We look at Brave, a privacy-focused web browser. They’ve got some interesting technical choices, but more importantly we want to look at the question of their business model. How do Brave propose to remain sustainable? How are they making money now? And once they get the cash… what are they doing with it?

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×48-brave-internet-explorers/12460

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

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3×47: Fallacious Piece of History

Posted by on 24th June 2022 in News, Shows, Technology | 0 comments

3×47: Fallacious Piece of History

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Victorian Tumblr is a thing, you should probably check out Lethality, Jono’s band’s latest, and:

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https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×47-fallacious-piece-of-history/12459

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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